Kentucky Teacher - Special coronavirus edition

March 12, 2020

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Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown said he fully supports Gov. Andy Beshear’s recommendation for all Kentucky’s schools.

Gov. Andy Beshear recommended today that all Kentucky schools consider suspending in-person classes for a period of at least two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, to help control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in communities across the state.

During a news conference at the Kentucky State Capitol, Beshear said he was acting on the advice of Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack in asking the superintendents of Kentucky’s 172 public school districts to cease in-person classes for at least two weeks.

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Districts may apply for NTI waiver in case of emergency closures

(FRANKFORT, KY) – An application and waiver opportunity are now available for certain sections of the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program for public school districts not currently utilizing the program, Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown announced today.

The move was made in response to widespread concern regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential need to close school facilities upon recommendations of public health officials.

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Dear Kentucky Superintendent:

As the situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves and more cases are discovered across the state, I want you to know that the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) continues to work closely with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to provide accurate information so we can strengthen our preparedness and response efforts to our schools and districts. The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Kentucky is being maintained on the DPH’s website.

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Kentucky Department for Public Health's COVID-19 webpage


KDE's 2019 Novel Coronavirus webpage


U.S. Department of Education's COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel


American School Counselor Association: "Planning for Virtual/Distance School Counseling During an Emergency Shutdown" 


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