LAWRENCE CO. SUPT Dr. Fletcher has posted the results of the parent survey this morning on which method they preferred their kids return to school. 40.9% selected the non-traditional or stay at home option, 39.5% selected the traditional/at school option and 19.6% selected the hybrid or alternating home/school option.
Interestingly the Lazer poll this week had a similar question and almost exactly the same results.
With these results the hybrid option has been eliminated leaving the traditional and NTI option the only two. Students will either attend 5 days a week in person or 5 days a week using the NTI option.
For those who selected the hybrid option someone from your school will be contacting you so that you may select one of the other two options.
One very important note for the NTI option, if you selected this option the student must remain home until Christmas as the school will need that two week break to plan for changes
Dr. Fletcher states they will continue planning using the results of this survey, the results of the staff surveys, and the guidance documentation released by the Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Education. Fletcher also stated you will be informed as final decisions are made as there are still many decisions remaining.
One question will be if on-line only students will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports.
Start date is August 26th for Lawrence County.
Here is a copy of the press release from Dr. Fletcher:
July 6, 2020
To All Parents/Guardians of Lawrence County Students:
As you know, we published a survey for each of you. While there were many questions that provided us valuable information, the question with the greatest impact centered around which instructional option that you preferred for your student. Here are the results of that question:
- 40.9% selected the non-traditional, or stay-at-home, option.
- 39.5% selected the traditional, or in-person/at-school, option.
- 19.6% selected the hybrid, or alternating home/school, option.
With these results, we are eliminating the hybrid option. Moving forward, parents/guardians have 2 options for educating their students in the 2020-2021 school year. Now, students will attend 5 days a week for in-person, at-school classes (or full time at school). OR, students will attend 5 days a week using an NTI-like system (or full time at home). We will continue planning for the upcoming school year based on the selections you made in last week’s survey. If you selected the hybrid option, you will be contacted by someone from your school so you may select one of the two remaining options that works best for you and your family.
There is one more important note. If you selected the NTI/at home option, your student MUST stay at home until Christmas. We will need the two-week break at Christmas to plan for changes, if students are added for in-person instruction.
Next, we will continue planning using the results of this survey, the results of staff surveys, and the guidance documents released by the Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Education. You will be informed as final decisions are made. Here is a timeline of decisions and information that has been released so far.
Timeline of Important Actions for Opening Lawrence County Schools
- June 24, 2020 – Governor Andy Beshear released the “Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools,” which is the main guidance document for opening Kentucky schools in the fall. (Document: https://education.ky.gov/comm/Documents/Safety%20Expectations_FINAL%20DOC.pdf)
- June 30, 2020 – The Lawrence County Board of Education approves the 2020-2021 School Calendar, which has the first day of school for students on August 26, 2020(Document: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/783208/Updated_2020-2021_School_Calendar.pdf)
- July 2, 2020 – The parent/guardian survey closed.
- July 3, 2020 – The teacher/certified staff survey was published and was set to close on July 7, 2020.
- July 6, 2020 – The official decision to allow only 2 options for student attendance in the 2020-2021 school year was communicated. Students may attend school either full time at school or full time at home. The hybrid option was eliminated. Also, parents and guardians were informed that all “at-home” students must participate from home until Christmas break.
Finally, there are numerous decisions in upcoming weeks. We will have to decide on how to provide at home instruction, how to transport students, how to provide breakfast/lunch, how to schedule students during the school day, and much more. You will be informed as more details are available. We appreciate your patience and appreciate your being…
Robbie L. Fletcher, EdD