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Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination

Paducah Area Technology Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


The programs offered at Paducah Area Technology Center include:

Health Science
Auto Technology
Auto Body

For more information contact:
Steve Ybarzabal
Paducah Area Technology Center/Paducah Innovation Hub
500 S. 25th St.
Paducah, KY 42003
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Changes to Masking Requirements

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 

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
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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 Public Schools Reopening Plan Presentation to Paducah Board of Education

This is a Youtube link to Part 1 of the presentation made by Dr. Shively to the Paducah Board of Education about plans to reopen Paducah Public Schools for fall 2020.

In Part 1, Dr. Shively talks about the planning process and provides and overview of revisions to the school calendar for 2020-21.
Stay tuned for links to the remainder of the presenation. 
Here is a Youtube link to  part 2 of the presentation made by Dr. Shively to the Paducah Board of Education about plans to reopen Paducah Public Schools for fall 2020.

In Part 2, Dr. Shively talks about the 2020-21 school calendar, safety procedures that will be in place, and the instructional plan that will be used.
Here is a Youtube link to part  3 of the presentation made by Dr. Shively to the Paducah Board of Education about plans to reopen Paducah Public Schools for fall 2020.

In Part 3 , Dr. Shively talks about the Hybrid Instructional Plan and the Health/Logistical Plan. 
Here is a Youtube link to the fourth and final part of the presentation made by Dr. Shively to the Paducah Board of Education about plans to reopen Paducah Public Schools for fall 2020.

In Part 4 , Dr. Shively talks about the Health/Logistical Plan, Important Dates, and where to ask questions. 
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PTHS Yearbooks have arrived

Yearbooks are in!  All students may pick them up Mon, July 20th & Tue, July 21st from 9am to 12pm in the bus circle.  Students may also pay for one during this time.  Price is $55.  Seniors may also pick up diploma covers during this time as well.
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Kiosk Times are Available at School Buildings for Online Registration.

If you do not have a computer to access online registration, you can call any school in the district to make an appointment to complete registration on site. Only one parent/guardian per household may come to register. Please wear a mask. If you want to download the flyer, please select "Read More".
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Online Registration Instructions for 20-21 School Year

Online Registration for returning students (rising students in grades 1 - 12)  is now open. To see instructions for online registration click "Read More".
You can find forms and information about online registration here.

If you have questions, please send us an e-mail  or call us at 270-444-5600 ext. 1014.

Registration for new students and kindergarten students will open Monday, July 20.  
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Online Registration for 20-21 School Year Begins July 6

In an effort to limit in-person contact, Paducah Public Schools will move to online registration for the 2020-21 school year. Online registration will begin Monday, July 6.
If you already have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account, you are ready for online registration.  If you don't have a Parent Portal account, you will need to set one up to register online.  Please send an e-mail to [email protected] to request your activation key. For security purposes, you will need to provide:
> Your (parent or guardian) name and date of birth
> The name, date of birth, and school attending for each child you plan to register 
Please note that we will not be providing in-person registration events due to COVID-19 precautions. Now is the time to get your Parent Portal account set up and ready to complete registration for your students. If you need assistance or have questions, please send an e-mail or call the office of the Director of Pupil Personnel at 270-444-5600. 
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P.O. Box 2550 Paducah, KY 42002 | Phone: (270) 444-5600
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