Kentucky Teacher – Dec. 4, 2020

Dec. 4, 2020

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Graphic reading: Governor's Call with Superintendents, December 4, 2020

Gov. Andy Beshear asks Kentucky superintendents to begin preparation for COVID-19 vaccination

Gov. Andy Beshear met virtually with Kentucky’s superintendents on Dec. 4 to ask them to begin planning for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the state’s education community.

Beshear expects the Pfizer two-dose vaccine to become available by Dec. 15 and anticipates Kentucky receiving 38,000 doses in the first round of distribution. The initial doses will go to healthcare providers and nursing home residents and staff, though there won’t be enough to vaccinate them all.

Read more on Kentucky Teacher.

Graphic reading Governor Beshear announces multi-agency education initiative: Commonwealth Education Continuum

Kentucky announces Commonwealth Education Continuum to ease transitions in education

Gov. Andy Beshear and state education officials on Dec. 3 announced the creation of an initiative to help Kentucky students through transition points in education, from early childhood to adult learning.

The Commonwealth Education Continuum (CEC) is the latest of several moves by the Beshear administration to promote and improve educational performance.

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Kentucky Board of Education Virtual Meeting: December 2, 2020

Kentucky Board of Education reviews recommended changes to state’s accountability system

During the Kentucky Board of Education’s (KBE) Dec. 2 regular meeting, the board reviewed recommended changes to the state’s accountability system to align it with Senate Bill (SB) 158 (2020).

Originally planned to be a first read and action item, the board had shifted its agenda after the Dec. 1 special meeting of the Local Superintendents Advisory Council (LSAC), where members felt modifying the system was an item that deserved more time and opportunities to gather input.

Read more on Kentucky Teacher.

Superintendent Webcast: December 1, 2020

FEMA tightens rules for COVID-19 reimbursement, Kentucky superintendents told in webcast

Kentucky’s school superintendents learned Dec. 1 during the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) monthly Superintendents’ Webcast that federal rules on reimbursement for some COVID-19-related costs have changed.

Robin Kinney, associate commissioner in KDE’s Office of Finance and Operations. said the new FEMA guidance seems to make more restrictive the ability to request reimbursement for protective gear, temperature scanners and disinfectant from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) relief funds.

Read more on Kentucky Teacher.

Graphic of a Christmas Tree decorated  with children's drawings, reading: Dishman McGinnis Elementary selected for the National Christmas Tree.

Bowling Green elementary school represents Kentucky in 2020 National Christmas Tree display

The Kentucky Department of Education has selected Dishman McGinnis Elementary (Bowling Green Independent) to represent the Commonwealth in the 2020 National Christmas Tree display.

Dishman McGinnis joins 55 other schools across the country in creating one-of-a-kind ornaments for the National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse in President’s Park in front of the White House.

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Commissioner's Comments

A picture of Dr. Jason E. Glass

Jason E. Glass

Wishing you a merry little Christmas

I’ve always been a fan of the holiday season, much like all of you I’m sure. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the things I like the most about the holidays are the traditions – decorating, spending time with neighbors and special dinners with friends and family.

I look forward to those holiday events all year long, especially now that I have two young children of my own. But I must admit that I’m still coming to terms with the fact that all those traditions that I value – that all of us value – are going to look a little different this year due to COVID-19.

Read more on Kentucky Teacher.


Graphic with a picture of a woman reading: 2020 Noland-Miller Award. Gretta Hylton honored for her work with exceptional children

Gretta Hylton wins Kentucky Department of Education’s 2020 Noland/Miller award


LSAC recommends Kentucky Board of Education take second read on changes to the state’s accountability system


Union County Public Schools Superintendent Patricia Sheffer holds a trophy shaped like an eagle.

Union County’s Patricia Sheffer named 2021 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year


KDE commissioner won’t recommend state management, assistance in Jefferson County



KET to show film on handling COVID-19 stress in school


Quick Connect: Feeling charts


Register for childhood trauma screening and panel discussion



Register now for free Black history and culture webinar from the Clark Foundation


National History Day going virtual for 2021


Civics Unplugged student fellowship



Schools in 30 counties dubbed Bright Spots for exceeding expectations


Schools asked to send holiday cards to the elderly


Online master’s in teaching available at Thomas More


Secretary of State sponsors essay, slogan contests for students


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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