Mercer County Families,
Since the end of the 2019-2020 school year, multiple committees including Central Office administrators, principals, teachers, and parents have been working on many different options for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. We all know that COVID-19 virus is an ever-changing situation but one thing that has been constant throughout the process in the District’s commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, families, and staff.
Mercer County Schools will follow the recommendations from federal/state authorities, the Mercer County Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Public Health and the Governor’s office.
Governor Beshear and Lt. Governor Coleman released “Healthy at School” guidelines earlier this week. We have been discussing this information and making sure that each recommendation is being followed. Within the next few weeks, we will be releasing our Return to School plan with the you. In the meantime, I can share a few things that we do know:
- Each district was asked to develop three calendars for the start of school. A July date, an August date, and a September date. WE WILL NOT BE STARTING SCHOOL IN JULY. The August 12th date and the September 2nd date are still options. We will be monitoring the COVID-19 virus very closely over the few weeks to make an announcement on the first day of school.
- WE WILL BE PROVIDING IN-CLASS INSTRUCTION. We are not for sure what exactly this will look like but we are committed to providing some type of face-to-face instruction with a teacher.
- THE DISTRICT WILL BE PROVDING A “ONLINE ACADEMY” OPTION. If a parent or student does not feel comfortable coming to campus for face-to-face instruction, the student will be given an option to enroll in our online academy. This will allow students to be able to complete a quality online instructional program from their own house. This will be available at each grade level from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
- WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. We asking for your help to make the best decision possible for our students, families, and staff. Please click on the link Parent Survey to take the survey. Your input is very important to us and is critical as we prepare for the next school year.
Dennis Davis, Superintendent
Mercer County Schools