Kentucky Teacher – Sept. 4, 2020

Sept. 4, 2020

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Local School Board Members Advisory Council Virtual Meeting, September 3, 2020

Kentucky local school board council discusses new COVID-19 guidance

Members of the Local School Board Members Advisory Council discussed revisions to the flagship Healthy at School guidance document during its Sept. 3 virtual meeting.

The guidance was released in June, but was updated at the end of August based on advice from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to include the expectation that students and teachers will wear cloth face masks at all times while in school except when eating or drinking, said Kelly Foster, associate commissioner in the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Office of Continuous Improvement and Support.

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Education Professional Standards Board Virtual Meeting: September, 2, 2020

EPSB votes to provide COVID-19 flexibility for Kentucky schools

The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) voted at its Sept. 2 virtual meeting to provide additional flexibility for Kentucky’s schools during the 2020-2021 school year.

The first approved item by the board was a request from the Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to conduct remote student teaching observations for all educator preparation providers for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

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2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Teacher Nine Semifinalists

Semifinalists named for 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nine outstanding teachers from across the state – three elementary, three middle and four high school – are semifinalists for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Valvoline Inc. announced on Sept. 1.

Winners of the elementary, middle and high school Teacher of the Year awards, in addition to the overall 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, will be announced in a virtual ceremony.

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Randy Poe poses for a picture with students from Erpenbeck Elementary (Boone County).

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Randy Poe continuing his education journey with the KBE

Randy Poe’s journey with Boone County schools began as a bus driver for the district. Now, after serving the northern Kentucky community for nearly 40 years, Poe’s journey continues with the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE).

“I consider it a great honor to be nominated and recognized to sit on the board so that I can continue working for children in Kentucky,” Poe said. “Public education, for me, has been the American dream and my opportunity to continue to help others achieve that dream.”

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New Butler County Superintendent Robert Tuck, far left, works during a school board meeting July 14.

Superintendent Tuck seeks to develop leaders in Butler County

Robert Tuck came well-prepared into the job of Butler County Schools superintendent. He knew he was hired in June, so he had time before his July 1 start date to confer with retiring Superintendent Scott Howard.

And Tuck already had been assistant superintendent for three years, with experience in Butler County not only as a teacher and administrator, but as a 1992 graduate of Butler County High School. He’s a Butler County native and has a daughter in Butler County Middle School now.

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Kentucky superintendents hear Healthy at School update during webcast


CPE study shows dual credit jumps 75%, driving student success


DPH developing website for school districts to self-report COVID-19 cases to communities


Governor appoints Randy Poe to fill empty spot on Kentucky Board of Education


Kentucky Board of Education sends letter to KHSAA urging consideration of expanding COVID-19 guidance


COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: English Learner Programs at Reopening

KDE releases COVID-19 reopening guidance on English learner programs



KAGE online workshop to help identify underrepresented



KET provides more learning help with PBS programming


WKU offers graduate discount for teachers


Professional Learning Bulletin Board


Orientation and Targeted Services


Participation Tracking in Infinite Campus


Library Media Center


Class Sizes in Virtual Programs and Courses


Flexibility for Assigning Staff in the COVID-19 Instructional Settings


Guidance for School District Personnel Leave Options, 2020-2021 School Year


Compensatory Education and Extended School Year Services


Daily Participation and Non-Traditional Instruction


Exceptional Learners and Preschool Students


Academic Re-entry, Stage two: Meeting Learners' Academic Needs


Workplace Health and Safety


Facilities and Logistics


Room Capacity Calculator


Intermittent School Closure Guidance


Alternative Learning Design Strategies 


Academic Re-entry, Stage One: Drafting an Adjusted Curriculum


Initial Guidance for Districts and Schools


Evaluating Students’ Academic Readiness

Initial Guidance for Schools and Districts


Supporting Student and Staff Wellness


Kentucky Department for Public Health's COVID-19 webpage


KDE's 2019 COVID-19 webpage


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