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School districts assess first few weeks back to school

by David Snow
The Paducah Sun
September 13, 2020
Used with permission.

The McCracken County and Paducah Independent school districts each had plans on how they would open schools in August in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that were developed over the summer.

Each district used the experiences they had when in-school instruction was canceled in March with the onset of COVID-19 and shared ideas to provide the best means of instruction, whether parents wanted their students to stay at home or to take in-school instruction.
Then, weeks before school was scheduled to open, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that schools open in the last week of August with no in-school instruction until at least Sept. 28. Most schools across the state followed that recommendation.

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State Issues Updated Guidance on Masks

Parents and students:

We received an update from the state to the guidance on mask requirements last evening. The requirements are included in Team Kentucky's #HealthyAtSchool "Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools". Click here to download the latest guidance.

The new guidance requires that all students and staff wear a mask at all times while in the school building or on the bus. Students and staff can only lower their masks while actively eating and drinking. We ask for your assistance and support as we comply with this state requirement and enforce it.
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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 

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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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Paducah announces hybrid system for schools

by David Snow
The Paducah Sun
July 21, 2020
Used with permission.
 
Like many other districts in the region, the Paducah Independent School District will open its schools with a hybrid model, with some students having instruction in schools and others at home.

However, the way it provides that instruction will have a different look from other districts.

Paducah schools will open for students Aug. 24, with each school day having added time so that each school will provide 400 minutes — 6 hours and 40 minutes — of instruction. That added time will enable students to have the state-required 1,062 instruction hours over 160 days in the 2020-21 school year.
 
Parents will be sent a survey through the school district’s KiNVO communication system. They will have until July 28 to determine if they want their student to get their instruction at school or at home.

Parents will be able to change that decision at the end of the fall semester. 
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