LOUISA, Ky. -- Lawrence county is the one of the 13 counties statewide to get a waiver to keep students in class in cases of inclement weather
The Lawrence County School District applied to pursue nontraditional instruction through an application process through the Kentucky Department of Education, and is one of 13 Kentucky school districts chosen to do so.The waiver means students can have virtual classes online.
"Our district team is finalizing the plan for 10 days that were granted by KDE for our SnowBound Project." Lawrence Co. Supt. Dr. Robbie Fletcher said. "The plan currently uses a web-based platform that will be easy to use for all."
The virtual learning setup involves the use of the Internet, computers, online learning systems and modern technology, in which most students participate in snow day lessons online.
We want to have the final plan that is operational by December and that allows for our students and our staff to have a "school-day" experience from the safety of their homes. Lawrence Supt. Dr. Robbie Fletcher said."We are also finalizing an alternate plan for students that do not have Internet access," Fletcher said. "We want to have the final plan that is operational by December and that allows for our students and our staff to have a "school-day" experience from the safety of their homes."
The district may count up to 10 days of nontraditional instruction toward regular attendance. This comes as a response to last winter’s ice storm, which cost some Kentucky school districts up to 30 days of school.
"This is relatively new territory for our state, so we want to make sure we implement the program with fidelity, Fletcher said today. "At the end of every day, we want to be "All in LC" -- even on the snow days!"
Corbin Independent Schools and Boyle, Grant, Jessamine, Johnson, Lawrence, Leslie, Owsley, Pike, Taylor, Washington and Wolfe County schools also received waivers.
Nationally recognized experts on school safety and representatives from the law enforcement community are providing tuition-free training on how to prepare and respond to active school threats and stand up against bullying at a statewide conference on Nov. 10-11 at The Center for Rural Development.
The Center, a nonprofit organization based in Somerset, KY, and home of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center, has been selected as the host site for the Kentucky Regional Conference on School Safety and Bullying.
Officials from the School Safety Advisory Council (SSAC), a recognized leader in school safety based services and training, will join leading law enforcement authorities from around the country to discuss school safety issues.
The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky.“We are excited to be able to host training of this caliber at The Center,” said Danny Ball, director of the NLECTC Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center, which provides resources and training for the nation’s small and rural law enforcement agencies. “The safety of our children and the people that teach them is paramount and to have nationally recognized speakers share their expertise is priceless.”
The conference will provide training in emergency management and effective lockdowns in the event of an active shooting incident; preparing and responding to active school shooters; what every educator and law enforcement officer should know about bullying; and cyber-bullying and social media threats to schools and children.
“School districts and law enforcement agencies are in desperate need of emergency management and anti-bullying training nationwide,” said SSAC president Sean Burke, who will lead a discussion on school bullying. “Some of the districts and agencies in the biggest need are those from rural areas of this nation.”
The conference is funded through a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and provided tuition-free to participants. Kentucky educators who attend may earn up to seven continuing education credit hours.
Other guest speakers include Curtis “Curt” Lavarello, SSAC executive director; Don Alwes, lead instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association in the areas of school and workplace violence and active shooter response; and Lt. Tim Enos of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and president of the Florida Association of School Resource Officers.
To register online for the Kentucky Regional Conference on School Safety and Bullying, visit the School Safety Advocacy Council website at www.schoolsafety911.org. Click on tuition-free training, Rural School Safety and Bullying Conference, Nov. 10-11, The Center for Rural Development, to download a conference schedule and brochure and fill out the attendee registration form.
The conference is sponsored by The Center, the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
About NLECTC Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center (SRTB-RC) The Center for Rural Development is the host agency for the NLECTC Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center (SRTB-RC). SRTB-RC is an outreach center in the NLECTC system with the National Institute of Justice, a program of the U.S. Department of Justice.
SRTB-RC provides responsive solutions, practical benefits, outreach support, and technical assistance to nearly 17,000 small, rural, tribal, and border law enforcement agencies across the nation through innovative, collaborative cooperation. Visit www.srtbrc.org or www.justnet.org.
About The Center for Rural Development Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.
In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation. Visit www.centertech.com to learn more about programs at The Center.
MOREHEAD, Ky. --- MSU Opera will present Stephen Sondheim’s comedy “A Little Night Music” in Duncan Recital Hall of the Baird Music Building on the Morehead State campus, Nov. 5-8. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each night.
Tickets are available at the door for $10 and $5 for students and seniors (cash and checks only). All MSU students will be admitted free on Wednesday, Nov. 5.
A Little Night Music is based on the 1955 Ingmar Bergman film, Smiles of a Summer Night. It takes place in Sweden, at the turn into the 20th century. Jonathan Tunick, who orchestrated the show for Sondheim, compared the work to a Scherzo, the third movement of the Classical symphony. “It is light, fast, playful, mysterious, and in triple meter.” Indeed, with the exception of a very few measures, the entire score of this musical is in some form of triple meter. The number three also figures in the plot development, as created by Hugh Wheeler’s book for the show. Of this, Tunick said it consisted of “a chain of triangles: in each of these connected relationships, the unstable number three is drawn to the stable two, as the various mismatched couples disengage and find their proper partners.”
Hammond and Osborne during their senior year at LCHS last yearAppearing in the cast are Kristin Mosley, Hindman sophomore, as Fredrika Armfeldt; Matthew Hammond, Louisa freshman, as Frid; Joseph Rivers, Cincinnati senior, as Henrik Egerman; Ariel Snider, Cynthiana sophomore, as Anne Egerman; Nick Wolford, Jackson, Ohio, sophomore, as Fredrik Egerman; Olivia Foster, West Portsmouth, Ohio, senior, as Petra; Brittany Thompson, Hazard senior, as Desirée Armfeldt; Kaitlyn Osborn, Louisa freshman, as Malla; Joseph Hamilton, Lexington senior, as Bertrand; Ryan Wardell, Big Stone Gap, Virginia, senior, as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm; Jasmine Wheeler, Morehead sophomore, as Countess Charlotte Malcolm; and Alisha Hampton, Ashland sophomore, as Osa.
Appearing as Madame Armfeldt is Pamela Hammonds, Camden-Carroll Library associate. Sondheim also employs a Greek chorus known as Liebeslieders, which comment on the action and tie scenes together. They are played by Reagan Stamper, Hazard freshman; Kaitlyn Osborn, Louisa freshman; Alisha Hampton, Ashland sophomore; Gabrielle Keith, Louisville sophomore; Charles Day, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, sophomore; Joseph Hamilton, Lexington senior; Matthew Hammond, Louisa freshman; Noah Colley, Jackson, Ohio, freshman; Andrew Hall, Ashland freshman; and Curtis Turner, Jackson, Ohio, freshman.
An orchestra of MSU’s musicians will accompany the production. Members include Jared Davis, Morehead, bass; Tyler Gibbs, Ashland, flute; Amanda Martin, New Castle, Indiana; and Melyssa Brookshire, Shepherdsville, clarinet; Blake Johnson, Shelby Valley, oboe; Brittany Giles, Mount Sterling, bassoon; Josh Harney, Morehead and Kyle Mills, United States Virgin Islands, trumpet; Kathryn Jackson, Ashland, Anthony Nolan, Louisville and Tyler Sullivan, Belcher, horn; Anthony Ritchie, Vest, trombone; Gloria Yehilevsky, San Diego, California, percussion. Guest musicians include William Murphy, Huntington, West Virginia, keyboard; Nathanial Ramsey, Huntington, West Virginia, violin; and Wing Sun Ku, Huntington, West Virginia, viola.
Roma Prindle, associate professor of voice is the director of the MSU Opera while Samuel Fowler is assistant to the director. The rehearsal pianist is Chialing Hsieh, instructor of music.
A Little Night Music is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International.
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