From Superintendent, Steve Carter
June 18, 2020
Dear McCracken County School Family,
Everyone’s cooperation and flexibility since the cancellation of in-person classes on March 13th has been amazing. Over a half-million meals were served and multiple drive-thru award celebrations were conducted. I have much appreciation and gratitude for our students, parents, staff and community. As we finished the 2019-2020 school year, our attention quickly shifted to the 2020-2021 school year. We are working to develop a re-opening plan that will benefit the needs of our students and community. As I have said many times, our schools will not look or operate exactly the same as the day we left in March.
We miss our students and want to be able to see as many as possible in person. A perfect plan may not exist; however, we are working diligently to provide the best possible solution for returning to school. Currently, there are two task force committees developing options for our return. One group is focused on delivery of instruction and the other on operations. While not everyone will agree with the plan when finalized, we will do our best to provide the safest learning environment, both physically and emotionally for our students and staff. The health and safety of nearly 7000 students and 1000 staff members is of the utmost importance.
Just like everyone else, we are trying to navigate and develop plans based around information that changes and evolves weekly. We will continue to follow guidance received from the governor’s office, Center for Disease Control, as well as both state and local health officials. We will continue to monitor and be active participants as we continue to move forward in the coming weeks and months.
As of now, we know the following:
• Nearly 92% of parents who responded to our survey reported they want their children to be in school for in person classes.
• Parents will have the option to provide remote/virtual instruction or send their child(ren) to school in August.
• Students and staff will be required to wear masks at certain parts of the day, including on busses and when social distancing may be compromised.
• Plan on having a finalized plan ready for board approval at the July board meeting.
Again, our plans are still in draft form and will be communicated as they are finalized and approved by the Purchase Area Health Department. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer and stay #McCrackenProud.