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Morgan Elementary

Welcome to Morgan Elementary!

Morgan offers a comprehensive early childhood development program. Primary students, in grades 1-3, are divided by grade levels. They are grouped and re-grouped by skills in reading and math, according to abilities and need.

Some intermediate teachers specialize in math, social studies, science and language arts. They utilize curriculum guides, with flexibility to design instruction to meet individual or group needs.

Besides classroom teachers, there are additional teachers for art, humanities, vocal music, speech/language, physical education, library/media center and gifted-talented-creative programs.

Morgan offers special-needs instruction and facilities for MMD/FMD, a deaf educator and full-time interpreters for the hearing-impaired.
 
 
 
 
 

Information About Pandemic EBT

Pandemic EBT helps families whose children receive free or reduced lunch cover the extra cost of groceries for the days when school went virtual this semester (August-September 2020).
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Paducah Board of Education Special Meeting November 19

There will be a special meeting of the Paducah Board of Education held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in the Paducah Innovation Hub Seminar Room. Please click "Read More" to see the agenda.
 
In order to keep the Board and the public safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be closed to the public. Livestream viewing will be available on the district’s Facebook page @PaducahPublicSchools  and the PTHS web page: https://www.paducah.kyschools.us/PTHS.aspx  
 
If you have any questions, contact the Board Members at [email protected]  or the Board Secretary Lisa Chappell [email protected]  
 
This notice is in accordance with KRS 61.805 to 61.823.

Citizen voices are key to COVID response in education and beyond


LaToya Benberry, director of Kids Company Too at McNabb Elementary, was part of citizen research team of school stakeholders who were charged by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with co-designing a study to amplify the voices of Kentucky teachers and families navigating the COVID-19 crisis. The attached opinion piece by Prichard Committee volunteers, LaToya Benberry, Spandana Pavuluri, and Christina Trosper, follows. To see the complete report, click "Read More".  - W. Walden


Add to Kentucky’s groundswell of education influencers some innovative, if earnest, laypeople.

We are part of a citizen research team of school stakeholders. We call ourselves the “Intergen 9”, and we comprise three parents, three teachers, and three students representing eight districts across the Commonwealth, including five people of color. We were charged by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence with co-designing a study to amplify the voices of Kentucky teachers and families navigating the COVID-19 crisis. And we were inspired by high school researchers from the Committee’s Student Voice Team.
 
 We developed our Coping with COVID Teacher and Family Survey in the late summer and disseminated it widely through our family and teacher networks in the weeks leading up to and including the start of the new school year. We also conducted peer interviews with teachers and parents and targeted African Americans, parents of children with special needs, lower income families, grandparents raising grandchildren, and others who were underrepresented in our survey results. And we learned a lot.

Despite the politics around COVID-19, for many Kentucky teachers and families, the concern around safety is grounded in reality. Of the 2,068 people from 111 of Kentucky’s 120 counties who responded to our survey, 32% of teachers and 21% of parents said they personally know someone who has died from the disease. And 42% of teachers and 25% of parents said they consider themselves at high risk for developing complications from COVID-19 themselves. 


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PDHD to offer free COVID-19 Tests at Pop-Up Testing Sites

The Purchase District Health Department (PDHD) will be conducting pop up testing sites at Purchase District Health Department clinics and at community events and locations.  Please register for a day and time by visiting our registration site: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php...
• The testing is 100 percent free of charge. We will not ask for proof of insurance.
• You do NOT have to have symptoms or a doctor’s order.
• Results will be available within a few days. You will be contacted by text message or phone call.
• We accept walk ups but prior registration is preferred.
• This testing event is for ages 12 and older. However, if the test cannot be tolerated by those under the age of 18, the service may not be able to be provided and you will be asked to follow-up with your local primary care physician.
Please click "Read More" to see a list of testing dates and locations.
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Paducah Public Schools to Continue with All Virtual Learning November 16-20

As recommended by the Purchase Area Health Department, Paducah Public Schools will continue with all-virtual instruction for the week of November 16 – 20 due to increasing COVID-19 infections in our community.  We also have approximately 30 employees who have COVID related issues or quarantines, including our superintendent, Dr. Shively. 

Remember that students will be on NTI (Non-Traditional Instruction) Monday, November 23 and Tuesday November 24 of Thanksgiving week in accordance with the 2020-21 district calendar. School will be out November 25-27 for Thanksgiving.

Please be reminded that Tornado Takeout will continue delivering meals twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Information on delivery times and locations is available on the district web site.
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Contact Information for the Paducah Board of Education

If you have a complaint, concern, or question with regard to a racially insensitive photo of Dr. Shively that was taken while he was a teacher at PTHS in 2002, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 270-558-6648. This will allow us to collect all complaints in a central location so they can be reviewed by the board of education.
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Calendar for In-Person Hybrid Days August 24 - September 4

Our in-person student group has been split into the Blue Group and Tornado Group.  These groups are determined by households primarily so that students with siblings in the same household will be in the same group attending on the same day.  We will only change an in-person group assignment after careful consideration of impact on the household and the classroom. 

In the event a student must be isolated at home, they will be updated to the Always Virtual At-Home Group until cleared to return.  The student will then be returned to their previous in-person group assignment. 

Here is the calendar for August 24 to September 4: 

Monday, August 24 

NTI Day 

   All Students are Virtual at Home 

Tuesday, August 25 

NTI Day 

   All Students are Virtual at Home 

Wednesday, August 26 

NTI Day 

   All Students are Virtual at Home 

Thursday, August 27 

Blue Day 

Blue Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Friday, August 28 

Tornado Day 

Tornado Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Monday, August 31 

Blue Day 

Blue Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Tuesday, September 1 

Tornado Day 

Tornado Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Wednesday, September 2 

Blue Day 

Blue Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Thursday, September 3 

Tornado Day 

Tornado Group will be at school – all other groups virtual at home 

Friday, September 4 

Blue Tornado Day 

Both in-person groups will be in attendance at school 


To confirm whether a school day is virtual or in person for your child, log in to the Infinite Campus parent portal. For your child, go to Calendar>Schedule, then click on the day. If your child is scheduled to be virtual that day, the word “virtual” will be to the right of the day. Please see the example below. 

 You can also see your child’s schedule in the IC parent portal.  

Parents, if you don’t have Infinite Campus parent portal access, please email us at: [email protected] 

 To view or download this information as a document, click "Read More"
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Paducah Public Schools opening with 'hybrid' plan

by Derek Operle
The Paducah Sun
August 19, 2020
Used with permission.

Paducah Public Schools’ start to the semester will follow a hybrid format — mixing online and phased in-person instruction — Superintendent Donald Shively announced at the board’s Monday meeting.

Shively and the board arrived at their decision by looking at locally relevant COVID-19 statistics and having extensive talks with area and state health officials. Underlying all of the planning, the board is just trying to “do what’s best for the children” and make sure that his schools aren’t accelerators for the community.

“Our local data is much better than the state’s,” he told the Sun Tuesday. “There’s some really good trends in the state right now that support that the disease is on the way down so balancing that versus the cognitive, emotional, social, nutritional and physical needs that are met at school, that led me to make this decision.”

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Housing Authority Providing Students Free Internet Access

by Derek Operle
The Paducah Sun
August 16, 2020
Used with permission.

The Housing Authority of Paducah is taking strides to address the digital divide locally, outfitting all seven of its properties across the city with Wi-Fi that will be freely accessible for students as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the safety of in-person education.

Tommy Hollimon, HAP executive director, announced the effort via social media Aug. 7. The project will see the installation of 50 total Wireless Access Points in the Elmwood Court, Pierce Lackey, Ella Munal, Blackburn, Dolly McNutt, Anderson Court and H.C. Mathis properties.

“With the coronavirus pandemic, we knew that we had a lot of residents that would have their kids doing virtual learning and they’re going to need access to the internet,” Hollimon said. “We just want to make sure that the kids who are in school, who have school-issued devices, have free access.”


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School Reopening Plan Video and Slideshow

If you would like to watch the video of last night's meeting of the board of education and Dr. Shively's presentation about our school reopening plan, you can see it here. Dr. Shively's slides from his presentation are attached for reference to view a pdf of the slide show, click "Read More".
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A Message from Dr. Shively About School Reopening

To our Paducah Public Schools students, staff, family and friends:

Since receiving Governor Beshear’s recommendation that the start of school be delayed until September 28, I have been in constant conversation with local health officials, district leadership, and our board of education about the best path forward. We have requested and received local and regional data to analyze the local impact as opposed to the state-wide impact of the COVID-19 virus. 

We are exploring every option at this point regarding how and when to start school. While we may be able to make an announcement sooner, we will announce the specifics of our plan no later than the next meeting of the Paducah Board of Education on Monday, August 17.

Our staff have been planning to implement both at-home and at-school learning, as we originally planned, so I am confident that they will be prepared for either option.

Regardless of how we deliver instruction to our students, let’s continue to work together for what is best for each and every child.

Donald I. Shively, EdD

PPS Instructional Delivery Selection Survey for Kindergarten and New Students

PPS Parents, if your child is a returning student, you should receive a survey via KINVO asking you to choose either At-Home or In-Person instruction for you children. Please complete the survey once for each household.
 
If you are the parent of a kindergarten or new student, please follow this link to complete the the survey.
 
Here is an introduction to the survey:
 
Paducah Public Schools will be implementing Team Kentucky’s safety expectations:
• Social distancing of 6 feet in classrooms whenever possible
• Wearing of masks when social distancing of 6 feet is not possible and during all transitions
• Temperature checks for all students and staff upon bus/property entry
• Regular sanitation and disinfection of school facilities
• Contact tracing
For each individual student in your home, please choose either:
1. At-home virtual instruction delivered by PPS teachers
2. In-person classes at school
If you need more information, additional guidance can be found here.
If you have additional questions, please send them to: [email protected]
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