Kentucky Teacher – Dec. 11, 2020

Dec. 11, 2020

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Graphic reading: Teachers Advisory Council Virtual Meeting: Dec. 10, 2020

Commissioner Glass meets with Kentucky teachers to solicit feedback on returning to in-person instruction

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Teachers Advisory Council (TAC) provided feedback to Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass on a potential return to in-person instruction in January during its Dec. 10 virtual meeting.

The meeting wraps up a week full of meetings where Glass also solicited feedback from the department’s Student Advisory Council, Principals Advisory Council and Parents Advisory Council.

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Graphic reading: Commissioner's Parents Advisory Council Virtual Meeting: Dec. 9, 2020

Kentucky parents prioritize mental health, prefer local decision in reopening schools to in-person instruction

Jason E. Glass, Kentucky’s commissioner of education, continued soliciting feedback from the education community on a potential January return to in-person instruction during the Dec. 9 virtual meeting of the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Parents Advisory Council (PAC).

Glass told the council that Gov. Andy Beshear has asked the department to provide a recommendation on whether schools should return on Jan. 4, the date Beshear’s executive order will expire, or continue virtual learning until a later date.

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Graphic reading: Commissioner's Principal Advisory Council Virtual Meeting: Dec. 8, 2020

Kentucky principals discuss potential early spring return to in-person instruction

Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass met virtually with the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Principals Advisory Council (PrAC) on Dec. 8 to seek the council’s opinion on when schools throughout the Commonwealth should return to in-person instruction amid COVID-19.

The executive order signed by Gov. Andy Beshear, which suspended in-person instruction effective Nov. 23, allows elementary schools (grades K-5) to reopen for in-person instruction on Dec. 7. However, schools still must follow all the safety expectations found in the Healthy at School guidance document and cannot be in a county that is a red zone for community transmission.

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A screen shot of the virtual Commissioner's Student Advisory Council meeting.

KDE’s Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council discusses return date for in-person classes

Opinions are mixed among members of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) on whether Kentucky schools should be allowed to resume in-person classes in January, and on who should make that decision.

Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass asked SAC members their opinions during a Dec. 8 regular meeting.

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Guest Column

Picture of Allison Stacy holding a small child.

Allison Stacy

My take on work-life balance as a teacher

I started teaching right out of college and was only 22 years old. Reflecting on my 22-year-old first-year-teacher self always makes me cringe slightly, but that version of me is where this story begins.

I worked one or two days a week at a consignment shop for my first three years teaching, until I became pregnant with my first son and I decided one job was exhausting enough. While working at the consignment shop, I was spending almost every Sunday grading papers and making lessons for at least 3-4 hours, but sometimes the whole day. One of my biggest regrets is the memory of someone giving Bengals tickets to my husband and me having to tell him that I could not attend because I had so many papers to grade.

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Professional Learning Bulletin Board


Guidance and Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12) - English (UPDATED - December 7, 2020)


COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools - Coronavirus Relief Funds (December 3, 2020)


COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools - Orientation and Targeted Services (UPDATED - December 1, 2020)


Pupil Transportation (UPDATED - September 4, 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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