I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and this message finds you and your families safe and well! Since the start of this COVID 19 pandemic, it’s been my desire to keep our school community as informed as possible given the changing circumstances we all face. We fully recognize the importance of providing families and our staff with adequate time to plan and prepare for potential changes.
As many of you know, on November 18th, Governor Andy Beshear enacted an Executive Order requiring all schools to close for in-person instruction through at least December 4th. The Governor’s order allows elementary schools (K-5 only) to return to in-person classes on December 7th if the school district’s county is categorized as “Orange” on the state’s Incident Rate Map. Given the recent data and the current community spread of COVID-19, it has become apparent that it is highly unlikely that Bullitt County will transition from a “Red” to an “Orange” county before Dec. 18. In an effort to provide appropriate time for planning and a level of consistency for everyone, we will continue with remote learning for all BCPS students until Christmas Break (Dec. 18).
When school resumes Jan. 4, we hope to be permitted to resume in-person classes, but based upon the last eight months of data and the Governor’s mandate, it is reasonable to expect that BCPS may be required to continue with Remote learning well into 2021. If given the opportunity to begin in-person classes on January 4th, we are prepared to implement our Hybrid (A/B) schedule for Middle and High School students.
Gi?i b?n cáAdditionally, we are making plans for a hybrid (A/B) schedule for our elementary students in the event we have to use it. Like we did with our middle and high schools, we will use the Infinite Campus algorithm to create the A and B groups. Households with multiple siblings will be placed in the same group even if siblings are spread across multiple schools and multiple levels. Because the algorithm is designed to keep household students together while dividing classrooms as evenly as possible, unfortunately, we will not be able to honor requests for a specific group.
We realize the hybrid model creates significant hardships for our students, families, and community, which is why we attempted to bring all of our students back in-person before turning to this approach. However, a hybrid approach may be the most responsible and practical path forward, at least for the immediate future. Our Elementary schools will communicate more information in the coming days about what that model would mean for your student in the event we need to use that approach in January or beyond.
Please know that we remain committed to offering in-person instruction and we are optimistic about that possibility in the spring semester. Of course, this will be determined by the impact of the virus within our community and any mandates by the Governor.
Gi?i b?n cáIn the meantime... We have two and a half weeks before Christmas Break. Let’s finish strong. If you have questions, concerns, or need additional help, please reach out to us. We are here for you. And as we get into the heart of the holiday season, please continue to help us get our kids back in school by continuing to follow the CDC guidelines (avoiding large crowds, wearing your masks, practice social distancing, and wash your hands and using sanitizer often). Together we can curb the spread of the virus in our community and get our kids back in our buildings.
Gi?i b?n cáOn behalf of all of us at Bullitt County Public Schools, thank you for your continued patience, support, and grace. I hope you have a safe, happy, and blessed holiday season.
Gi?i b?n cáJesse Bacon, Ed.D. Superintendent