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Wayne County Board of Education considers future plans for re-opening

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Wayne County Monthly Board of Education Meeting on June 18, 2020

The Wayne County Board of Education met Thursday, June 18 and continued to discuss options for the next school year. Superintendent Wayne Roberts shared several options with the school board regarding the schedule and how the next school year will look. No decisions were made during the meeting, but he indicated the board would have to likely decide on a start date, as well as how they will reopen for students and staff within the next few weeks.

According to the discussion, it is likely that the new school year will begin in August, but a calendar has not yet been approved. Roberts said they had surveyed school districts around Wayne County. Districts like Pulaski County, Clinton County, Casey County and Russell County are looking at reopening school with a five day a week schedule for all students. Other districts in the area are considering a calendar that would include alternating days for students.

Roberts noted that currently a parent survey is being conducted in the district to get vital feedback from parents. The surveys continue to be collected and all parents are urged to participate by going online at the district website or picking up a paper copy of the survey at the school.

Early results seem to indicate that some parents will feel more comfortable if their students continue distance learning from home. Roberts noted that students who stay home and are Wayne County students will be provided with distance learning opportunities..

Also during the meeting, the board approved the reopening protocol for Wayne County athletics. It essentially follows KHSAA guidelines which allows coaches to begin practice with pods of students of eight or nine. The coach will continue to work within that pod of athletes. Further guidelines will be issued by the KHSAA in mid-July.

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KDE releases plan for reopening schools during COVID-19

Schools should remain at a constant state of readiness for a sudden closure

June 16, 2020

As schools prepare for the 2020-21 school year, they should prepare for intermittent school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). This planning looks beyond the formal use of the Non-Traditional Instruction Program to allow instruction to continue through remote means. Planning for school closure also must include plans to remain at a constant state of readiness for a sudden school closure.

Schools and districts should remain vigilant in preparing for sudden intermittent closures or rapid transitions to extended periods of remote learning. KDE encourages schools and districts to build and communicate transition plans and maintain a constant state of readiness throughout the school year. This may involve changes to the way students store materials, the types of materials students take home daily and considerations for blended learning in lesson planning. Click the link below for KDE’s four-page PDF.

COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Intermittent School Closures (PDF)

COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools:
Intermittent School Closures
June 15, 2020
Kentucky Department of Education
As schools prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, they should prepare for intermittent school closures. This planning looks beyond the formal use of the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program to allow instruction to continue through remote means. Planning for school closure also must include plans to remain at a constant state of readiness for a sudden school closure.
Schools and districts should remain vigilant in preparing for sudden intermittent closures or rapid transitions to extended periods of remote learning. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) encourages schools and districts to build and communicate transition plans and maintain a constant state of readiness throughout the school year. This may involve changes to the way students store materials, the types of materials students take home daily and considerations for blended learning in lesson planning.

Table of Contents
Types of Intermittent Closures........................................................................................................ 1
Readiness for School Closures: Common Elements ....................................................................... 2
Integrated Instructional Design ................................................................................................... 2
Use of School-Owned Technology ............................................................................................. 2
Limited Storage of Instructional Materials ................................................................................. 2
Readiness for School Closures: Variable Elements ........................................................................ 2
Short-term Closures (1-2 days) ................................................................................................... 3
Mid-term Closures (3-10 days) ................................................................................................... 3
Long-term Closures (11+ days) (Presumes there will be public health restrictions) .................. 3
Additional Considerations .............................................................................................................. 4

Types of Intermittent Closures (Page 1)
As the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) continues to monitor the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the next school year, it is important to remember that there could be closures of varying lengths and for varying reasons. In many cases, the length of the closure and the accessibility that teachers have to their students can affect the transition planning your district should consider:
• Short-term Closures (1-2 days): These are the more traditional uses of NTI. In the case of COVID-19, this would be a closure to facilitate cleaning or social distancing efforts.

Intermittent School Closures (Page 2)
• Mid-term Closures (3-10 days): These closures may take on elements of the traditional use of NTI but also contain elements found in Long-Term Closures like those experienced in the spring of 2020.
• Long-Term Closures (11+ days): These closures look most like the closure experienced in the spring of 2020 and probably include the most restrictions related to public health guidelines, which will affect structures like collection of student work, feeding programs and distribution of student technology.
Readiness for School Closures: Common Elements
It is crucial that schools remain prepared for all school closures, regardless of the length of the closure. It is highly recommended that your Readiness for School Closure Plan have certain elements that are the same, regardless of the length of closure:
• Integrated Instructional Design
In order to keep instructional continuity during closures, all instruction should be designed using available technology platforms, especially learning management systems (i.e. Google Classroom, Canvas, Class Dojo). Designing all instruction in a tech-enabled way makes transitions extremely smooth. Tech-enabled instruction works just as well during in-person instructional delivery and can easily be modified for offline (paper) instructional delivery. In addition, if all students receive their in-person instruction using tech-enabled design, students will not be challenged with new methods of instructional design during closure.
• Use of School-Owned Technology
It is highly recommended that if students have been assigned district-owned digital devices, they take those home with them every night in order to avoid being without them due to a sudden closure. If the district-owned devices are not assigned, it is recommended that the district plan include the process for swift deployment of those devices.
• Limited Storage of Instructional Materials
Due to the sudden nature of intermittent closures, it is highly recommended that students take instructional materials (i.e. books, other materials) home in the evenings.
Readiness for School Closures: Variable Elements
There also will need to be elements of your Readiness for School Closure Plan that might vary based on the length of the school closure, such as use of NTI, submission of work and food service:
COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools:

Intermittent School Closures (Page 3)
Short-term Closures (1-2 days)
• NTI
If the district desires, a plan for short-term closure could simply be to close school and not take advantage of NTI. If NTI is used, the district should have a plan for continuation of learning.
• Submission of Work
When the district has a short-term intermittent closure, student work and calculation of participation can be done when students return to school.
• Food Service
The district’s plan for food services during a short-term closure could be to not provide meals or to follow feeding plans implemented in the spring of 2020.
Mid-term Closures (3-10 days)
• NTI
It is recommended that if your closure lasts 3 days or longer, you should implement NTI.
• Submission of Work
When the district has a mid-term intermittent closure, student work and calculation of participation can still be done when students return to school.
• Food Service
The district’s plan for food services during a mid-term closure could be to not provide meals or to follow feeding plans implemented in the spring of 2020.
Long-term Closures (11+ days) (Presumes there will be public health restrictions)
• NTI
It is recommended that if your closure last 3 days or longer, you should implement NTI.
• Submission of Work
When the district has long-term intermittent closures, student work and calculation of participation needs to be done digitally for those with digital access as it occurs. The district should have an identified process for material collection for offline (paper) on at least a weekly basis.
• Food Service
It is recommended that the district’s plan for food services during a long-term closure would be to follow feeding plans using similar as was done in the spring of 2020.

Intermittent School Closures (Page 4)
Additional Considerations
• Deployment of Classified Staff
- Could be the same for all closures or different based on district plan.
• Location of All Staff
- Could be the same for all closures or different based on district plan.
• Review vs. New Content
- Your Readiness for School Closure Plans also should address expectations about when new content could be introduced.





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