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Superintendent's Message



Dear Owen County School Community,

 

During these unprecedented times, Owen County Schools are making extraordinary efforts to provide educational opportunities in the safest possible environment for our students and staff.  Beginning on Monday, October 12, 2020, Owen County Schools will begin providing in-person classes.  Last week, families were contacted to choose between in-person and remote learning for PreK through 12th grade students.  These responses are being used as we develop plans to provide in-person classes starting on Monday, October 12th.

 

Depending on which building a student attends, they will return to in-person instruction on a different schedule.  Different schedules will allow the schools to best meet the individual needs of their students.  Safety is always our first priority!  Please see the chart below that outlines our current plan.  Schools will be available to answer your questions as we transition to in-person classes.

 

In-Person Classes Schedule

 

Grade

Schedule of Classes

Preschool

Students will attend in-person classes in one of two groups.  Group A will attend on Monday and Tuesday.  Group B will attend on Wednesday and Thursday.  All students will be off on Fridays.

K-4th Grades

Students will attend in-person classes five days a week.

5th-12th Grades

Students will attend in-person classes three days each week (Tuesday-Thursday).  All students will be on remote learning on Mondays and Fridays.

NOTE:  Students and parents who chose to continue remote learning will be able to remain on this option at this time.

 

 

Students who return to in-person learning will be required to wear masks at all times and follow the Healthy at School Guidelines.  Please note that parents and guardians are required by KRS 158.160 to report to the school principal within 24 hours if a student tests positive for COVID-19 or been quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure.  Classes will be taught by teachers, but students must bring their Chromebooks to class each day fully charged and ready to use.  This will allow students the ability to download assignments and submit their work.  Devices will also be used to help students and teachers meet the 21st Century teaching and learning standards as well as support a variety of student learning opportunities.   

 

Remote learning students must have access to high-quality Internet and demonstrate they are successful with this learning option. Otherwise, they will be required to return to in-person learning.  Please know it is our desire to return to a traditional setting as soon as possible.  At this time, it is unknown how long a remote learning option can and will be offered. 

 

As always, we ask you to continue to be patient and flexible as we move to provide in-person learning opportunities for our students.  Throughout this process, plans may be altered to meet changing circumstances.  Therefore, please make arrangements for childcare in case we experience intermittent closures at any time.

 

Each school will contact their students to provide details of their organizational plans.  We understand how difficult this time has been for our students and families.  Our goal is to serve our students and community, and we will continue to seek ways and opportunities to do so.   We appreciate your support and look forward to serving our students with both in-person and remote learning.

 

 

Robert Stafford, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Owen County Schools




9/25/2020


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