Greetings Campbell County Families,
Presented below is my weekly COVID update, providing important information about our COVID numbers, school status and other items of interest. I would like to invite you to read this information at your earliest convenience.
County COVID Incidence Update:
Both our local numbers and state COVID numbers moved in the wrong direction from last week. Based on yesterday's numbers, our county COVID rate is has increased to 7.6 incidents per 100,000 people, up from 5.8 last week. The current overall state rate is 11.5/100,000, an increase from 9.7/100,000 last week.
District COVID Data - Current:
Listed below is our updated positive/quarantine list, by school. Our district COVID numbers increased slightly from last week as well. Staff positives and quarantines continue to be ZERO. Student positives and quarantines saw a small uptick this week, mirroring the countywide increase. Positives have increased from 2 to 5 since last week. The number of quarantined students have increased from 16 to 20. As always, we will continue to monitor.
PRESCHOOL CHANGE to Our Current Programming:
I am excited to share that we are working to expand preschool to four days from our current two days of programming per week. Through our review we found that several school districts have been delivering four days of preschool instruction for some time. Now that the state has reduced the distancing recommendation to three feet from six feet and the fact that day cares have been "full-in" for quite some time without masks, I now feel much more comfortable bringing our preschool students in four days a week. I would like to remind parents that although masks are not required for preschool participation, we would still encourage them. Our pivot to four day preschool will begin on Monday, April 26th. For planning purposes, Wednesday will still be the preschool "off" day, so current AM students will remain in AM classes but change to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Current PM students will continue to attend in the afternoon but attend Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please expect to receive more information from your child's school and preschool teacher.
Senate Bill 128 - URGENT NOTE:
For those of you not familiar with Senate Bill 128, this is the new law that will allow each local Board of Education to consider whether to permit a "supplemental year" to be provided for students whose parents request it for the 2021-22 school year. Our team has put together a brief summary of information for parents to review and a formal request form which may be access via this link. The district received a guidance document from the Kentucky Department of Education last week and I would STRONGLY recommend your careful reading of the linked KDE document for anyone interested in requesting the supplemental year for your child. The important thing to know is that parents must submit requests for a supplemental year and the district will review and make an "all or none" decision to permit a supplemental year. The requests must be made via the linked document above and must be submitted by MAY 1st.
DAV - Open Letter and Update:
The Campbell County School District is still committed to acquire the DAV property for renovation into a second middle school. Please see my recent open letter to our community, published in Fort Thomas Matters, discussing our current status and rationale for the DAV acquisition.
Thank you and have a great day!