•Perform the health assessment each and every day before sending your child to school. This involves a temperature check and a screening of other COVID-19-related health symptoms.
•Do not send your child to school if he or she is not feeling well, especially when he or she has a temperature greater than 100.4. Do not use a fever reducer and send students to school.
•If the school office calls because your student has a temperature greater than 100.4 or other COVID-19 symptoms, you will need to pick them up as quickly as possible. Please read and follow the guidance concerning isolation and quarantine following a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms. There are no awards for perfect attendance this year.
•Make sure phone numbers are up to date in Infinite Campus as well as the list of people who are allowed to pick up your child from school.
•Notify the school and the North Central Kentucky Health Department (502-633-1243) as soon as possible if your child tests positive for COVID-19.
•Encourage your student(s) to follow the mask guidelines. According to public health officials, masks are the best preventative measure we currently have to combat COVID-19. Please reinforce with your child that masks must be worn at all times on the bus, in the classroom, and in the halls. Masks must be worn even when socially distanced. The only exceptions are when actively drinking or eating, or when outside and practicing appropriate social distancing.
•Remind your student of the importance of hand sanitation throughout the day. Washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and avoiding touching your face are essential steps to prevent infection.
•Encourage your child to social distance. We have lowered class sizes where possible to provide more operating space for students and teachers. Remind students to social distance throughout the school day in all areas of the buildings, including outdoors. As much as we all want to hug a friend or high five a buddy, now is not the time for these activities. Air hugs and air fist bumps are always encouraged. Instruct your student to respect others' personal space.
•Take this situation seriously. Encourage your student to exhibit leadership and good citizenship each and every day. Horseplay involving masks, touching others' belongings, encroaching on others' space, blowing or "mock" coughing on others, and anything that contradicts the health and safety expectations must be avoided.
•Be as flexible as you can. We have never experienced a more fluid situation than we are now experiencing. Our goal is to avoid Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) to the extent feasible while ensuring safe in-person instruction. However, there may be periods of time in which NTI is needed and utilized.
•Talk to your child every day - this year will be stressful for all of us. Help your children by letting them share their emotions with you.
•Extend grace throughout the year. These are extraordinary times, which makes delivering safe in-person instruction and a virtual option very complicated. We are committing to try to make each day better than the prior day in every facet of the operation.
•Be sure to read all communication from your school and the district. Guidelines will change throughout the year and you will be receiving updated information on a regular basis. Important, time-sensitive information is typically communicated through phone calls or texts, but emails will contain pertinent information as well. Please check your email regularly.
•Stress academic integrity to your student. I am most concerned about the learning that needs to happen in the classroom and through the Online Learning Academy - learning is not a passive process. Students will need to be engaged in their work. Grades will be determined by the work that students complete.
This year will be unlike any year you have had in school. We need your cooperation and full support to make this happen.
Thank you in advance for your efforts.
Terry L. Price, Ed.S. Superintendent
Henry County Public Schools