She, along with other parents in the “Let Them Learn” group, wants to see kids back in classrooms in person as soon as possible. Jefferson County is now a Kentucky “red” zone with high COVID-19 numbers, so JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said there’s still no date for when in-person instruction will resume. Andy Beshear has recommended districts … “For me, I don’t have any family. Some schools have since resumed in-person learning for the 2020-21 year, before the recommended Sept. 28 start date from Gov. Which basically covers your essentials. State shows off stockpile of masks, gloves and other items to aid in event of COVID spike, Disadvantaged JCPS students face learning struggles with NTI 2.0, The Kentucky Department of Education currently advises, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy, Two cloth masks per student and staff member, Two disposable masks per student and staff member, One 32 oz. Michele Edison, along with single mom Alyson Cleyman and hundreds of others, is in a Facebook group called “Let Them Learn.” The group wants JCPS to have an option for in-person learning sooner than later. November 2, bring back all 6-12 graders. Leaders will "constantly" monitor COVID-19 data to determine if schools are safe to keep open, according to the district. Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Offering Equal Educational Opportunities www.jefferson.kyschools.us. Pollio said he understands the frustration as a JCPS parent himself, but that the district is going off of what the state is telling them, especially now that Jefferson County is in the red. Right now, we’re planning on students resuming their education that day. Bloom Elementary SBDM Council Meeting . Fax. “I’m just not working right now,” Cleyman said. This page contains the major holiday dates from the 2020 and 2021 school calendar for Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky. One key element of any return to classrooms is the mandatory wearing of face masks, with JCPS following Kentucky Department of Education guidance on how students and staff should wear cloth masks at all times while in school or on a bus. Exceptions are for those with medical waivers, and masks should only be lowered when eating or drinking, according to the guidance. “My biggest thing for me is the amount of screen time they are having. Pollio said the district is going off of what the state is telling them, especially with Jefferson County in the red with COVID-19 cases. “If my dad has to watch him, he doesn’t have the hotspot wifi all the time, so we’re behind. pump bottle of hand sanitizer per classroom, front office and health room, One clear plastic face shield per employee, One touchless digital thermometer per 100 students, A to-be-determined number of disinfecting wipes (upon availability), One 2-by-4-foot clear acryllic barrier for front counters, One electrostatic disinfecting / sanitizing spray, Changing filters in HVAC units as well as removing debris, wiping down and sanitizing interior and exterior areas of units, Flushing water sources for a minimum of one minute or until water runs clear, Emptying, cleaning and sanitizing ice machines, and allowing them to refill with ice. So I understand the frustration, but the state health department, the CDC and the White House are all in line with what they say the problem is with outbreak in Jefferson County.”. The state could step in again and ask schools to shut down if, for example, the positivity rate rises above the 6% mark and hospitals become overrun with patients, officials said. Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky's public health commissioner, noted Monday that the new dashboard features a color-coded system relating to different incidence rates, or the number of cases per 100,000 residents per county. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/subscribe. The Kentucky Department of Education currently advises that if schools allow students and staff inside buildings, they should limit capacity to 15% of usual occupancy and no more than 15 people in one classroom at a time. Here's what JCPS board members had to say about reopening schools: District 1: Diane Porter The updated back to school plan includes requiring everyone to wear a mask, checking temperatures checks daily, and practicing social distancing. Email Us. Cleyman has two daughters in JCPS: one in 3rd grade and one in 6th grade who has special needs. RELATED: What does JCPS' move to non-traditional instruction mean for students? 205-379-2000 October 21, 2020 at 12:12 AM EDT - Updated October 21 at 12:30 AM, Focus on Health - American Senior Communities, Breonna Taylor Case: State board rejects request for special prosecutor, 8,003 new COVID-19 related cases, 84 new deaths reported in Indiana, Brothers accused of duct taping, raping woman during home invasion, Man dies after crashing into TARC stop on Dixie Highway. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - JCPS laid out an updated plan Tuesday to re-open schools, which includes giving parents the choice to return to in-person instruction or continue with virtual learning. What do we do?”. “Currently right now I get $100 a week in unemployment benefits. These special hubs will provide "interdisciplinary and intergenerational learning models that offer students culturally responsive, highly engaging, and social justice-informed content and activities," according to JCPS. JCPS leaders announced earlier in the summer that remote learning would take place for at least six weeks, or until the first full week of October. The CDC has also named Jefferson Couty a red county. … … “As we look at the work that’s due each day and then we see all the missing assignments, it’s even more stressful,” Michele said. JCPS and districts throughout the Bluegrass State were forced to shift to nontraditional instruction, or NTI, back in March after COVID-19 began spreading across the country. I grew up in the foster care system. The Edisons are both working full time now and have two kids in JCPS. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio announced his recommendation that the district start the 2020-21 school year remotely during a press conference Thursday. Stack said Monday that if the statewide positivity rate — a 7-day average of positive tests — remains below 6%, then the state will defer to local school and health officials in making decisions about holding in-person classes by using the colored grid. Andy Beshear announces 745 new coronavirus cases, 9 new deaths. And JCPS and Dare to Care will coordinate to ensure that every kid is receiving adequate nourishment. They said the schools and teachers have been incredibly helpful and understanding, but the experience as a whole has been incredibly overwhelming. The updated back to school plan includes requiring everyone to wear a mask, checking temperatures checks daily, and practicing social distancing. Computer training and tech support will also help kids struggling with the virtual demands of NTI 2.0. JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLSSchool Calendar. Dr. Connie White, deputy commissioner in the state public health department, told JCPS board members Tuesday that Jefferson County is currently in the orange level, which represents "accelerated" spread and between 10 to 25 cases per 100,000 residents. Currently, JCPS' last day of school will be June 10. Published: 4:51 PM EST December 2, 2020 ... a student for a Jefferson County Public School is rapidly approaching. Kentucky School Calendar 2020 and 2021 Please choose your school district in Kentucky from the list below to view a calendar of your 2019-2020 school holidays. “We are red. wear cloth masks at all times while in school or on a bus. We will start the school year using Non Traditional Instruction (NTI). Copyright 2020 WAVE 3 News. “Give parents the right to choose. Jefferson County Public Schools's nearly 100,000 students logged into a new school year Tuesday morning. She’s not able to work because she needs to stay home with her daughters to help with NTI. The Jefferson County Board of Education has voted unanimously to approve Tuesday, August 25th as the start date for the 2020-2021 school year. "I do have to say, I feel like our schools, under the circumstances, are doing incredible work," Pollio said. 2100 18th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35209. “I’m over it,” Michele told WAVE 3 News. Catholic schools in Jefferson County set to resume in-person instruction Aug. 12 6/26/2020 Colorado synogogue bomb plot: Man pleads guility to hate crime and arson charges Also:Gov. Pollio said Tuesday the plan is to still continue with remote learning until at least Oct. 6 but that he will issue a new recommendation on restarting classes and allow board members to vote on the issue, at the latest, by the Sept. 29 meeting. The calendars were developed and recommended by the district's Calendar Committee, which was composed of representatives from each of the school board districts, local schools, employee unions, central office departments, community … The Johnston County Public School Board voted Tuesday night to allow some students to return to their classrooms on September 28th. The new rate will allow Louisville officials to "see if our attempts to stop the spread of disease are working or not in a more timely way," according to language on the Metro Department of Public and Wellness website. For Michele and Garrick Edison, Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) wasn’t terrible in the spring because Michele wasn’t working in March. Jefferson County is now a Kentucky “red” zone with high COVID-19 numbers, so JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said there’s still no date for when in-person instruction will resume. Information will come out after Tuesday 9/29 board meeting. Pollio suggested that having the county move down to the yellow zone, with no more than 10 cases per 100,000 residents, before resuming in-person learning is key. She said her autistic sixth-grader refuses to stay with anyone but her or teachers in school, which makes it difficult to get a babysitter. Earlier Tuesday, Louisville public health officials said they will now report a "2-week rolling positivity" rate, which equals the total number of positive tests divided by tests administered. State officials have said the dashboard will be posted to kycovid19.ky.gov by Sept. 28. recommended Sept. 28 start date from Gov. All rights reserved. JCPS hopes to have final decisions for the 2020-2021 school year made in mid-July. Should I resign my job? "We will not go back to anything normal this school year, so whether that's hybrid once we get back the rest of the way or social distancing, masks." First and Last Days for Students. Placing COVID-19 information signage at front entrances, restrooms, high-traffic areas, cafeterias, break rooms, etc. A preliminary $200,000 budget that includes the cost of PPE and supplies over six weeks will set up 50 community learning hubs that serve 2,011 students, leaders said. JCPS to begin 2020-2021 school year with virtual instruction JCPS will be starting the year with six weeks of NTI after the plan was unanimously approved by the school board Tuesday night. Jefferson County Schools. A Gray Media Group, Inc. Station - © 2002-2020 Gray Television, Inc. JCPS lays out updated back to school plan, still uncertain when in-person classes will resume. Finally, JCPS is working with Humana to establish a "JCPS Community Support Service Model" based at the health insurance company's Waterside Building on Main Street. ... November 2020 « Prev; ... Conway Middle School YSC Advisory Council Meeting Farmer Elementary SBDM Council Meeting . When those subcommittees complete their work, parents and community will have oppportunities to ask questions, according to JCPS. In addition, JCPS said school buildings will have numerous safety procedures in place to prepare for safely welcoming students and staff. Middle School Site; High School Site; Assessment for Learning; Jan Lange Elementary Test Site ... JCPS Foundation; Alumni Association - Jay Pride Alive; Miller Performing Arts Center ... Calendar . Hubs wanted:Disadvantaged JCPS students face learning struggles with NTI 2.0. The first day of classes is scheduled for August 12. On Tuesday, the state's positivity rate dipped to 3.97%. So I’m stuck at home doing NTI with my kids,” Cleyman said. The virtual academy option will feature the Savvas Realize digital platform "to ensure an equitable experience for students," according to district documents. Jefferson County Public Schools • Louisville, Kentucky. “Because quite frankly, I just feel like I’m failing [my son]. On Tuesday, Jefferson County had an incidence rate of 16 cases per 100,000 residents, Pollio said, and White noted that schools located in counties that are in the orange zone are advised to stick to remote learning. I'm really excited to go back to school." Earlier:State shows off stockpile of masks, gloves and other items to aid in event of COVID spike, When they reopen to in-person learning, JCPS will provide funds for schools to receive "secondary PPE kits.". All others will return a few weeks later. 2020-21. Before any schools reopen, JCPS documents reveal the district will reconvene "brick and mortar subcommittees" to hammer out and receive feedback on plans. new dashboard features a color-coded system, Gov. JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio talks with WDRB News on the first day of classes for the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 25, 2020. And I want to be clear with this statement right here: this is not only the state health department that has us in red. But that can change. There would also be a hybrid model for middle and high schools, where students would attend in person two days a week, to allow for social distancing. Andy Beshear announces 745 new coronavirus cases, 9 new deaths. Visit Us. They are concerned about their kids falling behind. “I miss all my friends and all my teachers.”. Andy Beshear and public health officials. "The last thing we want is to start school and then stop it two weeks later," Pollio said. “Whether he’s on there at 9 or not, if he’s not on there, we’re falling behind,” Garrick said about their second-grade son. State leaders said superintendents wanted the new system and metrics to help provide more clarity than the "K-12 School Public Health Report," which includes numbers that often differ between the state and local entities due to delays in the verification process. © 2020 www.courier-journal.com. Reach Billy Kobin at bkobin@courierjournal.com. For the in-person option, students will attend schools with various safety precautions in place, according to JCPS. "I think that would be the most frustrating thing for families and educators and everybody.". The partnership with Humana will offer students and families a space for NTI 2.0 help as well as things like translation services, medical screenings and housing assistance. All rights reserved. If the closure is not extended, JCPS students will return to school on April 6. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Jefferson County Public Schools, the state’s largest district and one of America’s 30 largest districts, announced Thursday that its plan to return to in-person classes on Oct. 22 has been delayed. JCPS is relying on guidance from state health and education officials to determine how or if we can safely return to our school buildings. Election 2020: Where do school board candidates stand on JCPS issues? … Superintendent Marty Pollio is tasked with evaluating the COVID-19 situation to determine when JCPS could bring students and staff back to classrooms. Pollio also said when the district re-opens, they plan to do so … The Jefferson County Board of Education approved the 2019-20 and 2020-21 calendars at its Oct. 30 meeting. JCPS, along with local colleges and universities, will provide 30 substitute teachers as well as student teachers who will offer tutoring and academic support at the hubs. Jefferson County and other school systems are waiting to hear from State School Superintendent Eric Mackey Friday on his advice for reopening in August. VIEW THE FULL SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR HERE: JC SCHOOLS 2020-2021 CALENDAR; Get In Touch. And the White House recommends we have no large gatherings. “They are begging to go back to school,” Cleyman said. Pollio also said when the district re-opens, they plan to do so gradually, starting the first week with elementary and pre-K schools, then in week two, sixth and ninth grades, and in week three, seventh and eighth and 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. JCPS is also aiming to create "Justice Now Learning Hubs" that will serve students in the third through 12th grades. THESE DATES are TENTATIVE and will require a decline in cases Virtual option will be available, families will have to opt in. More students starting with some middle school back on October 29. JCPS officials shared more concrete details about the hubs on Tuesday evening. But allow the people who need their kids to be in school to have that option," she said. JCPS started the 2020-21 school year with at least six weeks of nontraditional instruction, called “NTI 2.0,” and Gov. The learning models are inspired by youth educational initiatives such as HipHopEd and the Aspen Challenge, and the hubs will seek to provide a larger community that empowers kids, district officials said. They would like to see options to allow kids to return in person soon. I don’t get child support or any assistance that way. The city continues to also report a "cumulative positive rate," which equals the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began divided by tests. JCPS, which will resume classes on Aug. 25 pending approval by the Jefferson County Board of Education, is exploring two options to start the 2020-21 school year: offering families a … Here are more details about the plan to resume in-person learning: Whenever JCPS decides to resume in-person learning, district officials reiterated Tuesday that families will have the option of sticking with virtual instruction. So we get behind real quick, and that’s what a lot of people, we’re running into.”. JCPS officials said the hubs should be open "fairly quickly," with Pollio adding that he believes the hubs could stay open for after-school support whenever schools welcome all students back to in-person instruction. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It is not yet known when students and staff in Jefferson County Public Schools will return to in-person learning, but officials discussed plans Tuesday evening to start bringing in some groups of kids to buildings to receive academic help. By Toni Konz Tatman | JCPS Communications. The Kentucky Department of Public Health and Department of Education worked together to develop a new dashboard for COVID-19 cases in schools. ... we can open our school buildings back up, you get a chance to go … The JCPS board reassured parents it will keep NTI as an option when students do return to class. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Louisville-area schools are getting ready to offer several learning options in what will be a unique 2020-2021 academic year. Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy said as a result of Gov. The hubs will be located in community centers, churches, business spaces and other buildings, according to the district. The White House has named us as one of the red counties in the state of Kentucky. language on the Metro Department of Public and Wellness website. Let the parents who want to stay at home with their kids, by all means stay home with their kids. Full Forecast; Toggle ... in the state's new color-coded COVID-19 map before he suggests bringing students back … Board members shared numerous concerns Tuesday with how virtual learning has gone for certain groups of students and staff. Billy Kobin, Louisville Courier Journal 10/8/2020 Miss USA 2020 is the first Black woman to represent Mississippi Some parents like Samantha Stewart, whose 9-year-old twins have excelled with virtual learning, have plans to keep their children in NTI for as long as possible. Unhappy with Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s decision not to directly charge any of the three Louisville Metro police officers involved in Taylor’s death, her mother, Tamika Palmer, requested a special prosecutor. In August, JCPS provided schools with initial personal protective equipment "starter kits" that included masks, hand sanitizer, face shields and digital thermometers. “We have to focus on what the state gives us and the metrics the state has provided us,” Pollio said during Tuesday’s board meeting. Fern Creek Elementary SBDM Council Meeting . Please check back regularly for any amendments that may occur, or consult the Jefferson County Public Schools website for their 2020-2021 approved calendar.You may also wish to visit the school district homepage to check for any urgent or last … 573.659.3000 Phone. My third grader started having headaches, she’s cried, she says her eyes hurt.”. Their second-grade son, Golden, said he’s ready to go back to school. Taylor Durden is a multi-media journalist and weekend anchor at WAVE 3 News, 725 S. Floyd StreetLouisville, KY 40203(502) 585-2201. However, it’s still unclear when exactly JCPS schools will open. Pollio acknowledged those concerns but also offered praise for how schools have managed the unfamiliar territory during a pandemic. The White House has named us as a red county. JCPS releases updated back-to-school guidance The district has not released a timeline for when students will be able to go back to classrooms, since … While distance learning at Jefferson County Public Schools ... 2020 @ 8:56 am . Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. But Kentucky's largest school district has continued with at-home learning, or NTI 2.0, since starting its year on Aug. 25. Download the WHAS11 News app now. 20-21 SchoolYearCalendarBack 5.20rj. That’s it. As of Tuesday, Louisville's 2-week rolling positivity rate was at 4.8%. And they shared more details on the personal protective equipment and cleaning protocols for schools to use whenever they reopen. The hope is to return students to school Monday, April 20.The governor's original recommendation was a two-week closure, which all public school districts agreed to do.Along with JCPS… The couple said NTI 2.0 has been much worse. I don’t know what they expect parents to do.”. 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