June 25, 2020
To the staff, students and parents of the Edmonson County School District Community —
First of all, thank you for your cooperation since mid-March in dealing with the most significant health crisis of our lifetimes. What we have lived through together has been unprecedented in the history of public education, and through this time we have been able to continue to help students learn.
I’d also like to thank you for your patience. Yesterday, on June 24, 2020, at 3:00 pm Governor Beshear released his plan for reopening schools during his afternoon press conference. The link to this press conference is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbDFFUIcNDA . The section of the press conference dedicated to reopening schools is between 19:15 and 46:20 in the video. Additionally, the “Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12)” document was released following the press conference. The link to this document is https://education.ky.gov/comm/Documents/Safety%20Expectations_FINAL%20DOC.pdf. I’d like to encourage you to review these documents in order to better understand what is expected of our schools as we work toward making decisions that lead to reopening schools.
We have purposely waited until now to release two surveys for Edmonson County Schools. One survey is a staff survey, while the other survey is a parent survey. The staff survey has been release to all school personnel through school email. As a school district, we are now at the point where our stakeholders can give accurate answers and we can collect accurate data that will help to guide the decisions for Edmonson County Schools.
There are several points to keep in mind as we work together in this reopening phase. Please understand that:• Edmonson County, and the school district, have set a precedent of making every effort to follow the guidelines set forth by our state government and leaders and will continue to do so.• Your voice matters. We hope for 100% cooperation so all students are represented. The leadership teams of our schools, our Central office staff and the members of the Board of Education are interested in what you have to say. • We are making every effort to understand the needs of every student of the school district. Options for one household may not be an option for another household. We hope to offer flexibility to families moving forward while meeting the safety guidelines set before us. • Our goal is to make the school experience for all the students of the Edmonson County meaningful and positive.
Thank you for your time; and again, please take the time to view the links shared above.
The link to the Parent survey is: https://bit.ly/2BBvkSo