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Athletic opportunities through Cal Ripken Baseball League coming up for kids Cal Ripken baseball logo

It’s that time of year again!! Time to register for the Cal Ripken Baseball League!!! There will be four registration dates at the Aspire Center from March 8th to March 15th. 

Gov. Andy Beshear announces executive order that expands in-person instruction in Kentucky Ky Department of Education logo

Gov. Andy Beshear announced an executive order during his Feb. 23 media briefing that recommends all public school districts offer or expand in-person instructional opportunities beginning March 1, or seven days after district personnel receive their second COVID-19 vaccination.  

Students, educators and staff will be required to wear face coverings while on school grounds and inside school district transportation at all times, subject to the exceptions listed in the face coverings order, Executive Order 2021-070, and any renewal orders.

Gov. Andy Beshear announces executive order that expands in-person instruction in Kentucky Ky Department of Education logo

Gov. Andy Beshear announced an executive order during his Feb. 23 media briefing that recommends all public school districts offer or expand in-person instructional opportunities beginning March 1, or seven days after district personnel receive their second COVID-19 vaccination.  

Students, educators and staff will be required to wear face coverings while on school grounds and inside school district transportation at all times, subject to the exceptions listed in the face coverings order, Executive Order 2021-070, and any renewal orders.

Retiring Board Member Donna Blevins contributes 16 years of service Donna Blevins at retiree reception

Donna Blevins was recognized during the January Board of Education Meeting for her 16 years of service to Wayne County Schools. She received a plaque from Superintendent Wayne Roberts for her years of working for the children of the county. She took a leadership role, serving as the chairperson for many of those years. #tellingourstoryky

Resource Center promotes Healthy Choices for Healthy Families Healthy Choices for Healthy Families

The January/February 2021 Healthy Choices for Healthy Families English and Spanish Newsletter provides information on how to handle food cravings to making family meal times a priority, just to name a few of the articles. The Cooperative Extension Service supports this information and works within the schools to supplement nutrition, economics, and physical activity education. Check out the healthful tips!

Cover your Beak Campaign implemented on Cardinal campus Cover your Beak promotional

  Wayne County Schools are proud to promote a “Cover your Beak” campaign to help our students, staff, and community stay safe. Wearing a mask will help our students get back to in-person learning in their classrooms, so please join us in this worthwhile promotional campaign.#tellingourstoryky

Cover your Beak Campaign implemented on Cardinal campus Cover your Beak promotional

Wayne County Schools are proud to promote a “Cover your Beak” campaign to help our students, staff, and community stay safe. Wearing a mask will help our students get back to in-person learning in their classrooms. So join us in this worthwhile campaign.#tellingourstoryky 

Wayne County Schools four day in-person learning kick off delayed until March 1st Wayne County School Seal

      Wayne County Schools have bumped the four-day a week in person instruction schedule up a week, to begin Monday, March 1st. In the meantime, virtual learning will be on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 22 and Feb. 23) for all students. On Wednesday (Feb. 24) the red group students will be returning to campus and on Thursday (Feb. 25) the white group students will be attending in-person classes. Next Friday (Feb. 26) will be virtual learning for all students.

        The new four-day weeks will begin Monday, March 1st. All in-person students, will attend classes on Mondays through Thursdays with Fridays continuing to be a virtual day of learning for all students. Students who have chosen the virtual option may continue with full virtual instruction. The kick off had been planned for February 22, however, the date had to be pushed forward a week.

KDE releases latest COVID-19 guidance Latest KDE Covid-19 Guidelines

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released three new COVID-19 guidance documents on Feb. 8, one on decisions regarding student promotion or retention, one on operating schools after staff vaccination and another on the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund Two (ESSER II).

State mandated bus evacuation drill held during school Buses pull up to school for evacuation drill

The transportation department held their second bus evacuation safety drill for the red and white groups over a two-day period. Four drills are required each year and this week's drills were during the day so they reached all the students. Students who do not ride a regular bus route still need to be familiar with bus rules and safety tips because they normally participate in field trips. By breaking it down into red and white groups, there were fewer students on each bus and drivers were able to get their full attention to teach them to be good stewards of the buses and be able to help the drivers in an emergency. #tellingourstoryKY 

School employees thankful for Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine Healthy Kids Clinic workers were stationed at the front of the line

In order to help schools across Kentucky get back to consistent in-person learning, school staffs in the Lake Cumberland District have been receiving vaccines, as front line workers. Wayne County School employees received the first of two Covid-19 vaccines to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 caused by SARS-CoV-2 on Monday, February 1. The clinic provided a total of 290 shots to individuals and will follow-up with the next dose in 28 days. The Healthy Kids Clinic staff administered the vaccines to the Wayne County School employees following a specific schedule. Employees waited in chairs socially distanced after receiving the shot to make sure they did not experience any kind of an allergic reaction. They were given a vaccination card to show health workers when they return for their second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccination. The Healthy Kids program provides health and medical services to the school students and staff on a daily basis.  

Uncertainty still exists on state assessments, Kentucky school counselors told during virtual meeting School Counselors Advisory Council symbol

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) School Counselor Advisory Council (SCAC) met virtually Jan. 28 and members were asked to continue planning for state assessments, though department staff still are monitoring the situation with the U.S. Department of Education.“The jury is still out on if we’re going to be required to administer a test or not,” said Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass.

Nutrition Services Department continues mission to feed children in unique ways Curbside pick up lines at high school

With Wayne County School students back to in-person instruction with the Hybrid schedule and continuing to have students on virtual, the Wayne County Child Nutrition Department wanted to follow up in regard to their important mission to feed the children. Before, when students were going in-person, they were only being fed five days a week. Since they are now providing seven days of meals a week, they had to make some changes for those that are coming in-person.  The reason is they knew how difficult it would be for student to carry four days of meals home with them on the school bus. #tellingourstoryKY

Students check out new Hotspot! HotSpot School bus access point

Wayne County School students have a new permanent access point located in the Wal-mart parking lot thanks to their community partners from South Creek Pharmacy. #tellingourstoryKY

Board of Education begins new year Board members being sworn in for four-year term

     Wayne County Board Member Larry Muse will serve as the chairperson for the Wayne County Board of Education as a result of action taken at the start of Thursday, January 21st school board meeting. Muse and Board Member Melissa Upchurch were both nominated for the position, with Muse being selected by a 3-2 written vote by board members. Upchurch was then selected to serve as vice-chairperson for the board.

Wayne County Board of Education recognized along with board members across the state 2020 Board of Education Members

     As Kentucky observes School Board Recognition Month in January, the Wayne County School District is joining in the celebration. Current board members Vice-Chairperson Melissa Upchurch, Larry Muse, Whitney Smith, Jarrod Criswell and incoming member Benton Sloan are among the more than 850 school board members in the state’s 171 local school districts being recognized this month for their service. Special thanks to recently retiring Board Chairperson Donna Blevins for her 16 years of service.  #LoveKySchoolBoards  #TellingOurStoryKy

In-Person learning resumes on January 25 and 26 back to school in-person resumes

    Wayne County Schools will be resuming in-person learning a bit earlier than expected, due to the rapid decrease of COVID numbers in Wayne County.  Students will be returning to school on Monday, January 25 and Tuesday, January 26 following the red/white every-other-day rotating schedule. Students who have previously chosen to study virtually, will continue to learn from home.

Archery Team participates in Pulaski County Meet Lilly Owens at a previous tournament where she received a 4th place trophy

All three of the Wayne County School Teams participated in the Pulaski County Archery NASP competition on January 16th. Congrats to Monticello Elementary Archery Team for bringing home a first place team award, along with first place female elementary individual winner Lilly Owens.

Superintendents hear about $928 million in new funds, vaccine distribution plan KY Dept of Education logo

Kentucky will receive $928 million in the second round of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) federal funding, superintendents heard during the Superintendents’ Webcast on Jan. 12.

Kentucky Teachers address state Senate on COVID-19 impact Senate State Capitol logo

Four Kentucky teachers addressed the Kentucky Senate Education Committee on Jan. 7 regarding the impact of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, the committee chair, said each teacher had been asked to speak about one success they’ve seen during the fall 2020 semester, one innovation they’re using in the classroom, and the primary struggle they expect to face in spring 2021.

Wayne County Schools name Tyler Guffey as its 11th Head Football Coach Tyler Guffey

Wayne County Schools didn’t have to look far to replace the most successful football coach in school history, as he was already on the sidelines and in the hallway.  Tyler Guffey, a 2014 graduate of Wayne County High School and an assistant coach the past six seasons was officially named the head football coach on January 12th.

Health Department announces Vaccination for COVID-19 across the Lake Cumberland District Lake Cumberland District Health Department logo

Each of the ten Lake Cumberland District Health Departments received limited doses of the vaccine.  These doses were given to individuals identified by the Kentucky Department for Public Health Tier 1a. They have requested additional vaccine to continue vaccinating Tier 1a.  After all identified Tier 1a individuals have been vaccinated, they will begin vaccination for Tier 1b.  Tier 1b is identified as first responders, K-12 school employees and persons over 70 years of age.

"A December Delight Festival of Lights" brings joy to 21st Century Students Snowman scene at back of middle school

Some 100 Wayne County students turned out to see the lighting spectacular created to brighten their holiday season along the drive behind the middle school on December 17th. About 75 carloads of students drove-through the beautiful and thoughtful event hosted by the 21st Century Program. Goodie bags were handed out to each 21st Century student filled with books, pencils, erasers, toys, and packets of hot chocolate and candy canes. Plus, the bags included Christmas craft kits to make with their family that contained markers, crayons and all the needed supplies. It was a fun night to touch base with a very valuable after-school enrichment program that has been creatively operating virtually during the pandemic. 

Community helps add WiFi spots to facilitate student learning Cardinal School Bus Hot Spot

The Wayne County School Technology Department is providing WiFi service at several locations in the community, with the help of Community Telecom Services. It’s all about enabling students without home connections to easily find a neighborhood WiFi “hot spot” to connect their Chromebook to so they can complete daily assignments

Kids enjoy Riding through a Winter Reading Wonderland Mr. and Mrs. Claus at school

    “Riding through a Winter Reading Wonderland” was quite a hit amongst the third, fourth and fifth graders who got to caravan through specially built sets filled with lights, while seeing some of their teachers dressed in winter character costumes to help illustrate their favorite books. Check out the magical scenes inside...

Rising COVID-19 Cases locally will hamper Return to In-Person Classes School District Seal

  Wayne County students will not return to in-person classroom instruction until at least January 11, according to a discussion held during the school board meeting held December 17. Superintendent Wayne Roberts recommended that students return to school virtually following the Christmas holiday on January 4, after he reviewed COVID-19 case numbers for the counties included in the Lake Cumberland area which has remained in the red zone.

Register for Hooked on Science special virtual event for kids Hooked on Science Speaker Jason Lindsey

 Join The PocketLab and Jason Lindsey, aka "Mr. Science," with Hooked on Science, this Saturday, December 19th, at 12PM PT/3PM ET, for Holiday STEM Virtual Family Night! More than 150 have already registered for the FREE event. You'll discover the science secret behind how Santa gets down the chimney, watch as Jason use a human circuit to power a gigantic Christmas light, create a holiday fireball, and more.

Governor issues new public health guidance for schools Public Health color graph

The Governor announced new public health guidance for Kentucky schools. He said there would be no change in the way the incidence rate will be calculated for each county; instead, the recommendations and requirements for each color-coded zone from the Kentucky Department for Public Health are changing.

Kids need to be watching for school buses delivering holiday meals along bus routes Thursday, December 10th Children get meals from Sherry Upchurch

  Instead of looking for Santa’s sleigh, children can be watching for a big yellow school bus along their bus route tomorrow, on Thursday, December 10th sometime after 3:00 p.m. The Wayne County School bus drivers will be delivering delicious hot turkey dinners near the bus stops, so all aged children need to be watching for them. If they are unable to be home after school hours, a pick-up distribution site will be conveniently located at the Wayne County Middle School from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Wayne County sets timeline to name the 11th Head Football Coach in program history Coach Thompson advising a player

Wayne County High School athletics announced the following timeline for the naming of a new head football coach.  The position will be officially posted the week of December 7th, with applications accepted until Christmas.  After applications are reviewed the hope is to schedule interviews and have a new head coach in by the first to second week of January. Wayne County is seeking to replace their longest tenured football coach in history as Shawn Thompson stepped down earlier last month.

Wayne County students volunteer at House of Blessings Students who volunteer at the House of Blessings
Free thermometers and disinfectant products
Lake Cumberland Community Action benefits help local families Healthy at Home Relief flyer

Check out how Lake Cumberland Community Action Partnerships provide assistance to local families ranging from water and sewer bill relief to medical coverage. Learn more information through the Lake Cumberland Community Action Virtual Resource Fair coming up December 7th.   

Bell Elementary students participate in turkey art on ClassDojo Turkey art sample from Bell Elementary

Bell Elementary students provided Thanksgiving joy through their art work displayed on their school's ClassDojo communication tool over the holiday. The school mailed their students' grade card, plus a Thanksgiving activity for them to do over the break. Prinicipal Derrick Harris was delighted with the participation and unique responses that homeroom teachers collected digitally from students. Their theme for the project was "Save a Turkey" and created quite an art gallery of turkeys that are bringing joy during the pandemic.   
 

School Board endorses all classes shut down week of Thanksgiving WC Seal

Wayne County students and all school staff will get a little extra holiday break next week, taking a week away from classwork for Thanksgiving.(Also, check out the Wayne County Schools Recap and Governor's restrictions inside)

Hot Thanksgiving meals delivered to students' homes Fall decoration picture

Schools do not just deal with academics. They are a community that provides a wealth of services to children and their families. Even though all of the students are currently home studying remotely, the district did not want their students to miss an annual school event that everyone looks forward to in the fall.

Parent Skill Building Sessions help them navigate their child's virtual learning at home Jaxen and Jaslynn Dennis and their mom Sarah Dennis get helpful tips from Kathryn Kidd

   Wayne County Middle School is reaching out to parents by providing a series of Parent Skill Building Sessions to help them navigate their child’s virtual learning at home. They did not get any parent responses from the parent session to be held at Monticello Elementary on Thursday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m. so that event is cancelled. However, the second session for the middle school will have participants on Friday (November 20) at 10 a.m. in the media center. Google Classroom will be one of the topics to better familiarize parents with their childrens' work.

Don't miss out on some great food options for your child Pizza flyer

The Nutrition Service Department is providing food to youngsters with some creative ideas for recipes to make at home. They are excited to announce the addition of weekend meals, with a flyer on how to prepare popular options like pizza, for instance. The weekly Friday pick-up service offers curbside distribution behind the middle school from 10 to 4:30 p.m. In addition, food items are being sent home with students who have fallen behind that drop in for tutoring sessions during virtual days. The staff are constantly trying to make sure the children of Wayne County are not going hungry during the pandemic.   

COVID-19 Testing available TODAY! Drive-Thru Testing logo

The community is invited to take advantage of a Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing pop-up site today, November 18th from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the old Central Office Building at 1025 South Main Street. The Healthy Kids Clinic, which partners with the local school district, is providing the convenient service for the school staff, as well as the community. 

Marsha Bertram named Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Marsha Bertram receives her award

       Wayne County Schools congratulates WC Area Technology Center Teacher Marsha Bertram on being named the Monticello Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year. She recently attended a luncheon ceremony held during the local Chamber of Commerce meeting. She was amongst several local individuals who were recognized by the Chamber of Commerce for their contributions.

Sessions to assist parents with virtual learning offered at WCMS Photo of parent trying to deal with child's virtual learning from home

Wayne County Middle School will be offering several sessions both in-person and through zoom to provide parents with basic skills related to their child's virtual studies. Parents will learn how to use the parent portal, infinite campus, and google classroom to better understand how to meet their child's academic needs during these unusual times. Don't miss the first session on Friday, November 13th.  

Healthy Kids Clinic offers another Drive-Thru Covid Testing site Covid-19 Testing graphic

Drive-Thru Covid-19 testing to be offered to the public on Friday, October 30th 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the old central office building.

Look for the Cardinal Hot Spot School Bus #209 Cardinal Hot Spot bus parked in Tradeway Shopping Center

Wayne County Schools are happy to announce a new Wi-Fi access point for Wayne County students called the Cardinal Hot Spot, courtesy of the school district's technology department. A traveling Wayne County School Bus #209 has been equipped with a Wi-Fi connection, which can be used by students who lack internet accessibility during virtual learning.

Food Service employees go the extra mile for kids with Friday curbside meal pickups Shaw family picking up food

Wayne County Schools' neighborhood food distribution sites recently ended. These sites and pickup services are made possible through the federally funded Summer Feeding Program, which the USDA has recently extended through the rest of the school year. Wayne County's Nutrition Department have done an awesome and inspiring job cooking and delivering meals since the pandemic started through a variety of customized programs. They continue to make sure children are fed breakfast and lunch through Friday curbside pickups at Wayne County Middle School. Meal pick up services are located behind the middle school from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. once a week, accommodating students 18-years-old or younger. Check out the fresh fruits and vegetables coming from the school garden.  

WCHS Teacher Jared Criswell among Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award recipients for 2021...watch virtual ceremony October 22! Valvoline Graphic

Congratulations to Jared Criswell on being one of the  2021 Kentucky Teacher Awards recipients, previously announced. The 24 honored teachers are being recognized during a virtual ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, October 22. Along with the 24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners, the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. will be announcing the 2021 Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers of the Year, and the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year at a virtual ceremony.

To watch Thursday’s ceremony or to share it with your students, staff, teachers and community, please go to the KDE Media Portal at: https://mediaportal.education.ky.gov/watch-live/ and click on the ceremony. You may share this link at any time, but it will not be live until 10:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, October 22.

 

Healthy Kids Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic flu shot graphic

Flu shots have been scheduled throughout the Wayne County Schools campus October 19-22 for students and staff. Health officials strongly recommend that students and staff receive the shot during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as the flu season gets underway. In addition, the Healthy Kids Clinic will be offering a Drive-Through shot clinic on October 21st and 22nd from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. which will be open to students and the public. Vehicles can conveniently pull in the circle driveway at the old central office building located at 1025 South Main Street.  

Wayne County Middle School wins "Viewer's Choice" award in the 5th Annual Scarecrow Trail Wayne County Middle School winning display

Proceeds from the fun contest go to the Imagination Library. All families who sign up with the imagination library get a free book in the mail every month for children ranging from birth to 5 years old. The WCMS won two categories with their impressive display. Congrats on receiving most votes from the public in the "Viewed Choice" category, as well as top choice voted by committee for group/non-profit category.

Wayne County Schools temporarily returning to virtual learning schedule WC School logo seal

Wayne County Schools will be returning to virtual learning for the entire student body beginning Wednesday, October 21, since the county has fallen into the “red-range” of community-spread, according to the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

Audit report reveals no findings at monthly Board of Education meeting School logo WC Seal

  Board members were updated regarding in-person classes, with students attending on alternate days. Superintendent Wayne Roberts said that so far it was working out well and he had received a lot of positive feedback. Roberts told board members that they have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases recently, with three staff members testing positive this week. District officials will continue to monitor the numbers and if they move into the designated "red zone" there may have to be some changes made regarding in-person classes.  

Check out all the resources available to students during KY Safe School Week 2020 Safe School Graphic

 Wayne County Schools have all kinds of help for students’ medical and behavioral health, conveniently located on campus. It is an especially good place to turn to while living through a pandemic. Students also have resources at their fingertips like the Safety Tip Online Prevention button that appears on the school website, courtesy of the Kentucky Safe Schools website. In addition, flu shots are available to students and staff this week. 

Wayne County Schools report COVID-19 activity weekdays to state public health department Mask logo

Since September 28, as mandated by the state, Wayne County Schools have been reporting any COVID related activity every weekday to the state public health department when school is in session for both in-person classes or virtual. During fall break (last week) the school district was closed and no reports were filed.

Transportation Department employees are valuable asset to district during pandemic Johnny Young unloading milk off his pick up

The Wayne County Bus Drivers/Monitors have been very busy during these recent times of non-transported classes. They have worked extra hard and gone above and beyond what they have been asked to do, while waiting for the return of in-person classes.

Cards Awards go to front line cooks and bus drivers who have fed children during pandemic Superintendent speaks to Go Cards winners at ceremony

Wayne County Schools recognized nutrition services and transportation employees who were quick to respond to the needs of students when the pandemic started last spring. They cooked meals, packed food, organized the distribution of food bags, loaded supplies, stocked school buses with food, greeted families outside their homes, drove routes, directed traffic in pick-up lines, and did the bookeeping for massive amounts of meals. They risked catching COVID-19 to make sure 200,000 meals were distributed to local children in an unselfish and determined manner. Monticello Bank partnered with the school district and provided monetary awards to these Wayne County School heroes!     

Parent requirement to report is key to school safety scales of justice illustrate the law

Parents are required by law to work with school officials to fight the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with KRS 158.160 and 902 KAR 2:220E, parents/guardians must notify their child’s school within 24 hours following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Check out the COVID-19 FAQ's for Parents information inside.... 

Kids excited to return to in-person learning at Bell Elementary Bell Elem Educators welcome the white group to in-person learning

First and second graders in the white group could not wait to come to school for in-person learning on September 29th. The red and white groups are on a rotating schedule with Fridays set aside for virtual learning. 

Healthy Kids Clinic provides COVID-19 Testing for staff Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Albright conducts COVID-19 Testing

Wayne County School system employees have been provided with two different COVID-19 testing opportunities on campus, prior to students returning to in-person instruction. All employees that have participated tested negative for the virus. The most recent station was set up just a few days prior to the start of in-person classes. Some 36 employees were negative, receiving their results just before students arrived. Flu shots will be offered beginning October 20th on campus.  

Superintendent shares message to parents about return to school plans Checklist for Parents

Every-other-day alternating schedule will begin Monday, September 28 for in-person learning. Parents or guardians must notify their child's school within 24 hours following a child's positive COVID-19 diagnosis. See letter inside...  

Wayne County Schools issue safety protocols for in-person attendance water fountains in schools

Wayne County Schools are anxious to welcome their students back to campus who have chosen an A/B Alternating Day schedule during the pandemic. The staff will also continue to provide online virtual education to those who have chosen to study full time remotely. Check out the expectations for returning to school... 

Food Service Program shifts gears with meal pick-ups and site distribution WCHS Cafeteria Staff pack up shelf stable meals to be distributed through pick-up service

Free meal plans are being customized to meet the needs of both A/B Alternating Schedules, as well as for full time virtual students. Plus, parents or guardians can sign up to receive pick-up meals on Fridays for children who do not attend school and are under the age of 18. Meal distribution sites concluded on September 22. 

COVID-19 Testing available to employees Drive-Thru testing for employees

Wayne County Healthy Kids Clinic will be providing Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for school employees on Thursday, September 24th. Tests available in the Wayne County High School Gym Parking Lot from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No appointments are needed and the tests are an option for the staff, not required.

New plan for in person instruction to begin September 28 Wayne County Seal

 Wayne County students will return to the classroom for in person instruction on September 28, on an alternating day schedule providing smaller class sizes. The school board met Thursday, September 17 and discussed how they would bring students back into the classroom as safely as possible, after several weeks of virtual instruction.

Broadband capabilities to improve across county due to school district's partnership WC Seal

Tax rates will not change at Wayne County Schools for 2020 - 2021, but broadband wireless is a step closer for everyone.

School Nutrition Program refining meal distribution service meal graphic

The first Tuesday (September 8th) of the Food Service Meal Distribution held this week launched another round of the Summer Free Meal Program for local children. The number of meals needed to accomodate the families picking up meals had increased, considerably. The normal pick up for meals had been around 1200 maximum districtwide, however, they served 2000 meals on Tuesday.

Wayne County Schools announce spectator guidelines for fall sports across the campus WC Logo

Wayne County Schools athletic fan guidance and expectations for the fall 2020 sports seasons have been released. These guidelines will be followed beginning with the first home football game of the season when the Cards host Southwestern. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Community sites planned to distribute school meals on Tuesdays Buses head to distribution sites

USDA and the Kentucky Department of Education has approved utilization of the Summer Feeding Service Program for Wayne County Schools Child Nutrition Department 2020-21, starting on September 8th. Due to this change, the school district will be able to make meal distribution a bit easier for local families with children. The following are the changes you will see starting September 8th.

Bell Elementary students visit their school for orientation Lonnie Chaplin's family meets with one of the teachers

Teachers welcomed back second graders and met their new first grade students.

Student Participation is important part of Virtual Learning WC Logo

Wayne County Schools along with all schools across the state who are observing NTI (Non-traditional instruction) days, are not recording daily attendance as usual. Instead, teachers are recording participation in their Infinite Campus software programs, with students working individually at different paces from home.

Wayne County students will benefit from Virtual Learning Leslye Rice's webpage for her class

The Wayne County Board of Education members were impressed with a sample of the virtual learning that is being kicked off for the new school year which began August 24. Students are responding to the virtual lessons that the teachers have worked hard on to present online.

Food Service Department encourages parents to participate in Curbside Pick Up meals at their child's schools Healthy Choice Logo

Wayne County School Virtual Student Curbside Meal Pick Up opportunities will be available each Tuesday, beginning August 25th to start the school year. Five days worth of free breakfast and lunch will be distributed each week on Tuesday. All Wayne County School students are encouraged to participate in this program. Because of regulations that are in place for now, parents must pick up the student’s meal at the school they are enrolled.    

 

   

Medication Trainings held for new teachers and instructional assistants Medication Training underway

District employees from all five schools participated in the Medical Administration Skill Competency training for unlicensed administrative personnel, recently. This group of employees give student medication following the district procedures and policies when school nurses are absent or perhaps accompanying students on field trips. The annual training covers the use of epi pens, policies and procedures related to medical skills and how to administer what a doctor has prescribed for a student during the school day.   

Orientations at schools revisited with new plans mask logo

  With Wayne County Schools delivering instruction virtually beginning August 24th, each of the five schools on campus has revised their orientation schedules and protocols coming up. CDC guidelines will be observed with each school making individualized plans.

Lifeline Program and Broadband Now help lower internet service costs for students Students Connect

 Lieutenant Governor shares home internet assistance options designed to make communication services affordable for low-income families. These two new programs are designed to offer robust internet access to underserved rural areas ensuring affordability.

Transportation/Medical Training held for Bus Drivers and Monitors as they play crucial role in re-opening Transportation employees practice medical skills

While keeping all the buses maintained and the drivers meeting all the CDL guidelines plus a Class B endorsement, this school year will be even more challenging because of extra precautions being taken due to Covid-19. The drivers will play an especially important part of a successful re-opening of school.

New teachers welcomed during annual summer training seminar Monticello Elementary Digital Learning Coaches share software programs virtual students can use at home

 Chief Academic Officer Brian Dishman led the annual new teacher support training where new teachers are familiarized with the district and curriculum specialists get acquainted with them so they can be of assistance to them at each of the school buildings. The intent of the local four-day teacher seminar, along with future trainings, is to make sure they have the resources and support they need to have a successful school year. They are being introduced to Wayne County’s curriculum instruction resources, classroom management, and local technology involving everything from: Infinite Campus to Smart Boards to Google Classroom. The curriculum coaches across the district assist teachers at each school and serve as consultants along with one other teacher mentor assigned  to each of the new teachers throughout the school year. They also benefit from digital learning coaches at the school levels that help enhance teachers' technology skills. In fact, each building has two teachers that have also taken on the duty as a digital learning specialist.   

KCHIP benefits students' health KCHIP Graphic

Staying healthy is an important part of education. If your child doesn’t have health insurance, you may qualify for KCHIP, Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program. It provides comprehensive coverage at no cost. There are many students across the district who qualify but are not signed up. To find out more, go to kidshealth.ky.gov or call toll free 1-877-524-4718 – because every child needs health insurance. This is a government program, run by the state.

Last call for preschoolers before final screening date August 5th Little Cardinal mascot

Incoming preschoolers who have not yet registered need to stop by Walker Early Learning Center or register online to meet the final screening deadline scheduled for August 5th. Parents can go to the school district website and check out the upper left-hand column for information or call the school at 606-348-4251. Make sure your child becomes kindergarten ready, by enrolling them in Wayne County's highly rated preschool.   

Wayne County School retirees honored Photo Booth set up at ceremony for retirees

Wayne County Schools honored their employees who retired during the past school year, at their June board meeting. The retirees attending received a plaque and were given a party to go bag to celebrate the occasion with their families (in order to observe Covid prevention guidelines).Thank you to the 19 retirees that logged a total of 492 years of service!

Summer Feeding Program serves almost 200,000 meals to local children Summer food service workers

Wayne County Schools’ Summer Feeding Program has been a tremendously valuable service to the children of Wayne County during the on-going pandemic. They have prepared close to 200,000 meals.The school program has been in full force since March 16, supported by a professional school staff, which has included a particularly dedicated ‘family’ of food service employees that have definitely gone the extra-mile.

2020-2021 Escuelas del Condado Wayne back to school bus logo

2020-2021 Escuelas del Condado Wayne Covid-19 Plan de Reentrada. Opcions eleccion de los padres per los estudiantes.

 

 

Schools anxious to receive results on which back to school options best for students Wayne County

    Wayne County Schools are anxious to nail down student preferences on back to school options. Schools are seeking parents’ decisions regarding which back to school option is best for their child regarding scheduling for the upcoming school year.

Kentucky’s newest commissioner found his calling, and his family, in education New Commissioner of Education

Coming from a family of Kentucky educators, Jason Glass had a passion for learning, community and democracy. Now, with an extensive and diverse array of educational and professional experiences, he has been able to turn those passions toward the work of being Kentucky’s next commissioner of education.

Wayne County Schools announce re-entry plan back to school bus logo

     The Wayne County Board of Education approved Wayne County Schools’ re-entry opening plan during a meeting on Thursday (July 9) evening, while continued public health restrictions make a “normal” opening of school impossible.

DAAD cancels Back to School Bash Back to School Bash graphic

The 17th annual Back to School Bash at the ASPIRE Center is cancelled due to COVID-19.

Ways for parents to practice prevention techniques with children Logo of a child wearing a mask

School nurses recommend ten tips to stress to young learners Parents can help educate their children on COVID-19 prevention techniques before they head back to school. 

P-EBT Food Benefits deadline extended til July 10 P-EBT flyer

Wayne County School families eligible for free/reduced-price meals up to $313.50 per child. The application deadline has been extended until July 10th.

Update concerning COVID-19 crisis for schools across the state Commissioner writes letter to parents

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown provided an update to Kentucky families about the COVID-19 crisis and schools across the state on June 26, 2020.

Revised Summer Food Service Program WC LOGO Seal

Starting May 26, the Summer Feeding Program Schedule and changes are being made that families need to be aware of for the remainder of the summer.   

Kentucky issues COVID-19 guidance for upcoming school year Healthy at School graphic

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education, on June 24 issued highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic

Parents and Staff Survey results being studied by the district Wayne County School District Seal

Thank you to the 1,214 local parent survey responses that represent over 2,000 students enrolled in the Wayne County School District. District administrators appreciate your input into starting the 2020-21 school year during this unusual time. Also appreciated was the survey results from the school district staff. These findings along with the Governor's/Kentucky Department of Education recommendations will be factored into future decisions being made about the reopening plans.

Practical Nursing program coming to SCC’s Clinton Center this Fall New nursing program flyer from Clinton Center

Wayne County students have another opportunity available to them as they further their educations, nearby. Somerset Community College’s Clinton Center will have a new program option this fall—Practical Nursing. The Kentucky Board of Nursing recently approved the expansion of the program to the center and classes are scheduled to begin Monday, August 17. Twenty-five students will be admitted to the one-year program each fall.

Cardinal Kids Campus now open Cardinal Kids Campus Flyer

The school child care facility re-opened Monday, June 15, to begin providing services from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. They are at limited capacity, but space is still available. Call 348-1591 for enrollment information. 

Survey provides voice for parents regarding re-opening of school WC Logo Seal

Wayne County Schools are seeking input from parents regarding the start of school this fall. Please fill out the parent survey link at https://forms.gle/faNkyAZTwyFKmsA56 by Monday, June 22.

KDE's Commissioner's Parent Advisory Committee provides insight on reopening schools Kentucky Department of Ed logo

The Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE) Commissioner's Parents Advisory Council (PAC) heard how schools are preparing for reopening this fall during its June 10 meeting.

All Wayne County School Students eligible for new P-EBT food benefit program Food Service Director Kathryn Tucker

Since Wayne County Schools are a Community Eligibility Provisions (CEP) school district, students receive free Breakfast and Lunch during the school year. This enables them to qualify for this helpful new program offered to offset food costs during the pandemic.  

 

Campbellsville University honors 217 teachers in 76 districts and/or private schools, including teachers in Wayne County Wayne County Seal

Campbellsville University’s 34th annual Excellence in Teaching Award Program Ceremony was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 217 teachers received the Excellence in Teaching Award from 76 districts and/or private schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Wayne County Schools is represented by Wayne Roberts, superintendent; along with the following instructors that were selected for this award:  Leslye Rice, Monticello Elementary School; Lisa Bell, Wayne County Middle School; and George Snyder, Wayne County High School.

Highlights from Graduation exercises Austin Bell showed his grandfather, former WCHS Principal George Horton is diploma

It was an unusual graduation that took three days to complete in stages. The pandemic prevented everyone from being together, however, the event became an intimate  event for each family who had a front row seat to see their child's graduation. The school staff went to great lengths to make it as authentic and special for each graduate, while maintaining safety guidelines. A video is being produced so everyone will be able to see the event in its entirety. 

Virtual Graduation ceremony held for Class of 2020 Ben Vickery delivering Valedictorian speech

Wayne County High School Commencement was held in a unique way this year. Since the entire class could not meet together, seniors were welcomed to the gym for a private ceremony where their families had a front row seat to see them cross the stage and pick up their diploma. A schedule was set up so social distancing could be practiced with everyone wearing masks (except while on stage), stretched out over a three-day period.  A video will be coming out in the future for everyone to view and enjoy. Check out the 2020 Commencement program inside.   

Local school nurses recognized on National School Nurse Day Healthy Kids graphic

National School Nurse Day, May 6, is a time to celebrate the specialty practice of school nursing. In 1972, the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) created National School Nurse Day to recognize school nurses and acknowledge their role in the educational setting. District School Health Coordinator Patty Burton would like to recognize the school nursing staff, as well as the contributions made by the Healthy Kids Clinic.

Preschool and Kindergarten program builds strong foundation Bristol Morgan and her Dad

While the Little Cardinal Academy and Countdown to Kindergarten programs were abruptly halted in midstream during March due to the pandemic shutdown, Walker Early Learning Center preschool and kindergarten enrollment is now underway online.

Wayne County Schools Non-Traditional classes will continue through May 11th

Wayne County Schools Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) will continue through May 11, which will conclude the school year for local students. The district implemented NTI days due to the pandemic in mid-March. WCHS Seniors will learn more details about graduation when they pick up their cap and gown on May 4th

Wayne County School Meal Service Pick-Up runs smooth as silk Food Service Director Kathryn Tucker communicated with her staff at the head of the line of motorists

The Wayne County School Nutrition Service Department has done an outstanding job feeding the youth of Wayne County during these trying times for the community.  Not only have they been there to make sure children are not going hungry during the pandemic, they are providing high quality meals on their menus.

New Wayne County ATC producing face shields to protect local medical workers Asst. EMS EM Director Dewayne Perkins carrying another box full of the headpieces donated to medical personnel in Wayne County

 Although students have not yet gotten to walk down the shiny new halls and benefit from the state-of-art classrooms/labs at the new Wayne County Area Technology Center (ATC), there is already work being produced. In fact, the school is already providing a valuable service to local medical personnel during the pandemic.

Walker Early Learning Center students see butterfly releases via technology Preschool Teacher Sharon Lowe capture a beautiful butterfly landing

   Admittedly, it was not quite the same for the preschool and kindergarten students to see their classroom butterflies released from their teachers’ yards on ClassDojo this semester. However, the teachers made it as special as possible for the annual event that the children look forward to each year. Usually the children gather in the outdoor classroom for the releases at school.

Bell Elementary finds unique ways to stress reading Sign in library recognizes reading accomplishment

First and second graders are exposed to all kinds of wonderful reading opportunities at Bell Elementary. On March 2nd they had met their goal and read 600 books total. In addition,they celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with an appearance by Cat in the Hat as one way to promote reading. During the NTI Days, students have been able to do their Accelerated Reading activities from home and increase their point averages by taking the online comprehension quiz matched to each AR book.

Teachers go extra mile for students on NTI Days which have been extended through May 1st Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher Malissa Atkinson works on an NTI assignment

Some of the teachers have been at school isolated in their classrooms working on NTI assignments, while many others are working from their homes online. They have learned some new ways to communicate online and are contacting their students on a regular basis to keep in touch with them. They are providing valuable instruction during these difficult times. 

Wayne County School Curbside Meal Pick Up service adjusted beginning Tuesday, April 21st boy picking up bag at bus door

Due to the increased participation from the local community with the Wayne County School meal pick up option, the school has to adjust how they are doing their pick-ups. The number of meals grew dramatically last week with 941 meals picked up at school on Monday, April 13 and 4,890 meals delivered that week. All of the home deliveries transported by school buses are now on Mondays. Due to this, over half of the food service staff is out on delivery routes. Therefore, they will no longer be able to provide pick up meals on Monday.

 

District distributes meals to youth across county Driver Mike Cooksey gets ready to head out on his route

   Even though school is out, you may hear a big yellow Wayne County School bus honking outside your home no matter what corner of the county you reside. Nutrition service workers and bus drivers have become unsung heroes to almost a thousand children benefiting from a hot school lunch and shelf-safe breakfast for the next morning. Young people are being fed either along newly established routes or through a pick-up service at Wayne County Middle School.

Wayne County Schools Healthy Kids Clinic Open Healthy Kids Clinic graphic

Wayne County Schools Healthy Kids Clinic will continue to be open for business, while also providing Telehealth online service. Besides being available in person on weekdays, this new extra service is now available through the local clinic to be even more accommodating to patients.

            

 

Wayne County School Mental Health and Counseling Hotline number being established

The new Wayne County School Mental Health and Counseling Hotline number is 340-3696.  This number will be available from 8:00-4:00 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and the caller can leave their name, number, and message with the expectation that someone will get back to them shortly.

Talking to children about Coronavirus Disease

Check out valuable information like this article inside from the CDC and others by clicking the Coronavirus link on the upper left-hand column on the front page of the school website. This CDC article shares information on talking with children about Coronavirus Disease  Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children.

Child Nutrition Services outline plan for feeding children Middle School Cooks happy to provide meals through pick up service

Check out valuable information regarding meals pick up program at the middle school cafeteria, as well as delivery service which begins Thursday, March 19. There is no charge for the meals program and youth 18 and under are encouraged to participate.

Parents can provide their child's latest contact information if needed school logo

In order to have the very latest contact information on students during these days of remote communication during NTI days, parents need to make sure they have supplied their child's school with updated information. In the few cases where this information is not up to date, parents can go to the link inside.

Wayne County Schools offer services to meet student needs Wayne County Schools offer services to students

Although, Wayne County School classes have been dismissed, several services that the district normally offers will continue to meet student needs.

Second graders portray the Solar System Second graders portray the Solar System

Bell Elementary Teacher Melinda Burnett's class performed a musical program that illustrated the solar system for fellow second graders and their parents. They did a great job with the help of Music Teacher Susan Helms and PE Teacher Lois Bradley.

Tech students rally around real life cause to fight cancer green clover leaf pin produced by the students

Wayne County High School students have produced some unique items this year in Marsha Bertram's Tech Design/Help Desk entrepreneurial class. However, their latest project designing cloverleaf pins comes from the heart. Their mission is to sell 500 pins to help in the fight against cancer.

District report cards available online District report cards available online

Kentucky's 2018-2019 School Report Card is now final, except for finance data, which is scheduled for release in May

100 days of school celebrated at the Elementary Schools Monticello students created 100 beaded necklaces during a 100 day activity

Many of the Elementary students customized their clothing to celebrate the 100th day of school. Learning activities included 100 days into their equations.

Local Principal inducted into Kentucky Women in Education Leadership program Local Principal inducted into Kentucky Women in Education Leadership program

Wayne County Schools is proud to announce that Walker Early Learning Center Principal Angela Ballinger recently attended the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) 2020 cohort of the Kentucky Women in Education Leadership (KWEL) program. Ballinger was one of 33 exceptional women educators that were chosen through a competitive application process based on specific leadership criteria.

Bell Elementary students provide music program on healthy food Bell Elementary students provide music program on healthy food

Teacher Kristen Phillips' second grade classroom presented the "Five Fantastic Food Groups" under the direction of Music Teacher Susan  Helms, while PE Teacher Lois Bradley wrote the program. Bradley teaches proper nutrition habits in her health class instruction.

Agriculture Color Contest Classroom winners from Bell Terry Bertram chatted with Agriculture Color Contest Classroom winners from Bell

UK Program Assistant for Agriculture Terry Bertram presented goodie bags to each classroom representative who did a good job on their coloring page, which related to their fall broccoli planting lesson in the school garden. Congratulations to the classroom representatives, and especially to Emrah Atkinson, Katie McCoy, and Amberly Vaughn whose work was judged to have the best artistic talent in regards to the agriculture lesson.

Wayne County School Board honored this month Board of Education Members

Wayne County Board Members Donna Blevins, Melissa Upchurch, Larry Muse, Whitney Smith, and
Jarrod Criswell are among the more than 850 school board members in the state’s 173 local school
districts being recognized this month for their service.

The Center for Rural Development hosts wildlife and landscape visual arts exhibiting by Wayne County artists Jay Perkins and David Coffey Artist David Coffey Below the Mill painting

The exhibit includes more than 40 oil and acrylic paintings from wildlife artist James “Jay” Perkins and landscape artist David Coffey. Both are self-taught artists and the best of friends. David Coffey recently participated in the arts festival at Wayne County Middle School

Families had fun at Bell's Christmas Extravaganza Bell Elementary Christmas Extravaganza

Students and families enjoyed attending the Christmas Extravaganza where they painted ornaments, made reindeer food, sipped hot chocolate, and participated in Christmas games and directed drawing activities. Santa was the guest of honor in the media center.

Congrats to the Monticello Elementary Archery Team for placing first place at Boyle County and Pulaski Northern Congrats to the WCHS Archery Team for placing first at Pulaski Northern Middle School and 2nd at Boyle County

Most recently, Monticello Elementary Archery team placed 1st, WCMS placed 2nd, and the WCHS team placed first at the Northern Pulaski Middle School on January 4th, and at Boyle County on December 21st Monticello Elementary placed 1st, and the WCHS team placed 2nd.

Wayne County Schools welcome students back to school Wayne County Schools welcome students back to school

Approximately 3,000 students will be welcomed back to the Wayne County Schools
campus on the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 14.
Orientation activities are underway at each of the five school buildings. Kindergarteners
through seniors and their families are learning everything from codes of conduct to bus routes
to meal plans as general expectations are shared for the 2019-2020 school year.

Wayne County Schools’ reading initiative yields Impressive gains Wayne County Schools’ reading initiative yields Impressive gains

The Wayne County Board of Education were pleased to learn the results of year-end data
regarding the dramatic gains in student reading levels. Congratulations to the staff and students for moving forward on reading!

Win a houseboat vacation and help support educational programs at the Center for Rural Development Houseboat Raffle

Have you purchased your ticket for a chance to win a Houseboat Vacation on Lake Cumberland and support The Center for Rural Development's youth programs?