Kentucky Teacher – Nov. 6, 2020

Nov. 6, 2020

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Kentucky Board of Education Virtual Meeting, November 6, 2020

Kentucky Board of Education discusses amendment to accountability system, developing new vision and mission

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) met for a special virtual meeting on Nov. 6 to discuss the impact on Kentucky’s accountability system resulting from the enaction of Senate Bill (SB) 158 (2020).

The bill, which became law on July 15, amends KRS 158.6455 to create an accountability system that includes an annual differentiation of all public schools in the state using multiple measures that describe each district’s overall performance, school and student subgroup.

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Picture of Emma Stevens wearing a beekeepers outfit and holding a rack from her hive filled with bees.

Greenup County student buzzing following national beekeeping award

Emma Stevens has been beekeeping for a little over a year and a half, yet she already has brought pride not only to Greenup County, but the whole Appalachian region.

The 16-year-old junior at Greenup County High School recently was named one of the nation’s top youth beekeepers by the North American Bayer Bee Care Program.

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Graphic reading: KDE School Nurse Webcast, November 4, 2020

Kentucky school nurses get more details on COVID-19 contact tracing and quarantining

Cooperation between schools and local health departments is vital for successfully tracking people who have been exposed to COVID-19, Kentucky health officials said Nov. 4 during a webcast for school nurses on contact tracing and quarantining.

Dr. Connie White, deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), has talked repeatedly to the state’s superintendents about how local health departments should handle contact tracing, she said during the joint presentation by DPH and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).

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Commissioner's Comments

A picture of Dr. Jason E. Glass

Jason E. Glass

We need to hear from you

My first few weeks as Kentucky’s education commissioner have been a whirlwind of phone calls and virtual meetings with students, teachers, Kentucky Department of Education staff and other education stakeholders to get an idea of the education landscape in the Commonwealth.

While the long days are exhilarating, I find the meeting people early on and hearing their concerns and wishes for education are very useful in figuring out where a state or district is education-wise and where it is they want to go. Now it’s your turn.

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Kentucky FFA members excel at National FFA Convention


Smithsonian offers new takes on Thanksgiving for teachers, students



Applications now open for Governor’s School for the Arts



KET’s “un-conference” set for Nov. 14 for pre-K-3 educators


AdvanceKentucky accepting applications for College Readiness Program


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


Kentucky Department for Public Health's COVID-19 webpage


KDE's 2019 COVID-19 webpage


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