Kentucky Teacher – Sept. 18, 2020

Sept. 18, 2020

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Virtual Forum: New Public Health COVID-19 Reporting Requirements, Thursday, September 17

KDE virtual forum provides additional information on DPH metric, emergency regulation

Nearly 100 people tuned in to the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) virtual forum on Sept. 17 to learn more about the Department for Public Health’s new four-color COVID-19 decision-making metric for school officials.

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman said she felt it was important to provide this additional opportunity to Kentucky’s education stakeholders so they could hear firsthand about the COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education, as well as have their questions answered by health experts.

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A screen shot of Dr. Jason E. Glass attending a Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council virtual meeting.

Kentucky’s new education commissioner joins Student Advisory Council for roundtable on mental health, educational challenges

Members of the Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council were joined by Kentucky’s new Commissioner of Education Jason Glass and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman during their Sept. 15 virtual meeting.

The students discussed non-traditional instruction (NTI), mental health and educational challenges their schools or districts may be facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Special Superintendents' Webcast: September 15, 2020

New DPH metric designed to help Kentucky school districts decide on virtual or in-person classes

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has created a four-color metric to guide school officials in deciding whether to offer in person, virtual or hybrid instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Andy Beshear and DPH Commissioner Steven J. Stack announced the new metric on Sept. 14, a day during which Kentucky recorded 54 new cases of COVID-19 among people under age 18, about one-sixth of the day’s new case total.

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Commissioner's Comments

A picture of Dr. Jason E. Glass


Commissioner Jason E. Glass

KDE stands ready to work with districts and schools as classes resume

I wanted to start my first column as Kentucky’s new commissioner of education to let you know how happy I am to be back home and how honored I am to have been selected to help move the Commonwealth’s schools forward during these unprecedented times.

I know this is the most unusual opening Kentucky – and the rest of the country – probably has ever had. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and I stand ready to help all our districts as the school year begins. 

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Quick Connections: Add a virtual bulletin board


Intent for Early Graduation deadline set for Oct. 1 



Teach healthy habits during Safe Schools Week



Kentucky Historical Society offers online programs for students, teachers



Kentucky schools win national awards


More KET curriculum help and teacher training


Professional Learning Bulletin Board


Pupil Transportation (UPDATED - September 4, 2020)


Orientation and Targeted Services (UPDATED - September 2, 2020)


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


Evaluating Students’ Academic Readiness


Supporting Student and Staff Wellness


Kentucky Department for Public Health's COVID-19 webpage


KDE's 2019 COVID-19 webpage


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