Kentucky Teacher – Dec. 18, 2020

Dec. 18, 2020

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Kentucky school reopening guidance for January 2021 released

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released guidance on Dec. 18 on reopening schools for in-person instruction in January 2021, accompanying a new executive order by Gov. Andy Beshear that was signed at noon ET.

Beshear’s previous executive order, issued Nov. 18, allowed students to return to classrooms as of Jan. 4. The new order on Dec. 18 sets standards for reopening and recommends school districts not to resume in-person classes until Jan. 11.

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A male student demonstrates a robot he made out of a construction toy while people watch.

Kentucky’s iLead Academy team is a finalist in national Rural Tech Project competition

A team from iLead Academy in Carrollton (Carroll County) joins teams from four other states as a finalist in the U.S. Department of Education’s Rural Tech Project.

iLEAD Academy, which is run by the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC), will develop model computer science education career pathways. OVEC also received a $4 million Education Innovation Research grant for a groundbreaking effort to train teachers to teach computer science in elementary and middle school.

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COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccinations

KDE releases guidance to assist districts in preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released a new COVID-19 guidance document on Dec. 15 to assist districts in preparing for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination.

The “COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccinations” guidance document acknowledges that many of the specifics about the vaccine distribution have not yet been determined, but does provide important planning information.

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Commissioner Glass conducts first tour of Kentucky school district through virtual visit

Paris Independent Superintendent Stephen McCauley invited Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass to virtually tour the district’s Greyhound Academy on Dec. 16, Glass’ first tour of a Kentucky school district since beginning his tenure with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) in September. 

The Greyhound Academy is a fully remote learning experience for all students in the Paris Independent school district and is used whenever school is closed for safety or unexpected emergencies, according to the district’s website.

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A man stands in front of the windows of a library that are decorated with brightly colored pictures of the Muppets.

Letcher County teacher uses Post-it Notes to teach math, create art

The Post-it Note pictures by Tyler Watts on the windows of the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg are getting lots of attention, but it’s far from his first such project.

This year’s row of five Christmas-themed Muppet characters is just the most recent. He has covered the library windows in Post-it Notes a half-dozen times for the holidays, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and one for Halloween featuring figures from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Friday The 13th” and Pennywise the Clown from “It.”

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BAVEL sets benchmark for Kentucky online education

In spring 2020, Kentucky schools and others across the country scrambled to set up online classes due to COVID-19 shutdowns. As they did, educators sought advice on how to do that successfully. Though many schools had some form of virtual program, this was their first experience with full-time remote learning.

Kentucky educators had an example: the Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning (BAVEL), which for 15 years has been doing what other Kentucky schools suddenly needed.

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Kentucky superintendents hear plans for return to in-person instruction, vaccine distribution


KBE accepting nominations for Robinson Award for Diversity and Equity in Public Education


Public comment sought on Kentucky waivers for flexibility on K-12 Title IV, Part A education funding



Prisha Hedau, a student at Lowe Elementary (Jefferson County), writes her daily activities on notecards.

Jefferson County student provides a child’s perspective on pandemic



Americans have been learning skills to help them through the pandemic for over 75 years with FCCLA



Land Between the Lakes offers free biology webinars



Greeting card company holding scholarship art contest



Registration open for Space Exploration Educator Conference


Free virtual design field trips from Cooper Hewitt museum


WKU redesigns master’s of advanced teacher education


Professional Learning Bulletin Board


COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools - Preparing for Reopening in January 2021 (December 18, 2020) 


COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools - Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccinations (UPDATED - December 17, 2020)


COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education (December 15, 2020)


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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