What's Happening in Kentucky Schools

New DPH metric designed to help Kentucky school districts decide on virtual or in-person classes

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has created a four-color metric to guide school officials in deciding whether to offer in person, virtual or hybrid instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Andy Beshear and DPH Commissioner Steven J. Stack announced the new metric on Sept. 14, a day during which Kentucky recorded 54 new cases of COVID-19 among people under age 18, about one-sixth of the day’s new case total.

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The Kentucky High School Speech League is open for business

The Kentucky High School Speech League is open for business and full steam ahead! We celebrate our 100th state speech tournament this year and have moved smoothly to online competitions after trying it out with our April/May state senior speech tournament series. We offer competition in speech and debate categories for students in grades 4-12  and co-sponsor professional developments for teachers and coaches through SPEAK. Additionally, our member schools host events from October through January with our Regional and State tournaments in February and March. We provide mentors for new programs, host a website with continually updated support materials, and are eager to add new schools this year when other extracurricular options are more restricted. Let us help you offer these co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for your students! And follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Semifinalists named for 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

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KASC Virtual Open House

We invite new principals to join us for a free Zoom Open House so you can see some of the tools and resources we provide, plus ask questions of our staff.

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For Many Schools, It’s Back to Distance Learning. Let’s Make It Better.

For Many Schools, It’s Back to Distance Learning. Let’s Make It Better.

Schools have been under enormous pressure this summer to reopen as soon as possible—from families, from data showing the learning students lost this spring, even from the White House. And system leaders have been working tirelessly to solve the dizzying array of logistical challenges to open school buildings safely.

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KASC is seeking delegates and Board of Director nominations

KASC is seeking to elect new members to our Board of Directors.

We encourage your help in finding strong candidates. We are currently asking for nominations for board members and delegates to represent each SBDM council in voting.

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Unlimited NTI days, 2021-2022 funding: Memorandum provides flexibility for Kentucky’s school districts

FRANKFORT, KY) – School districts throughout the Commonwealth were informed June 24 that the state is taking steps to provide unlimited non-traditional instruction (NTI) days during the 2020-2021 academic year.

This announcement came in the form of a memorandum submitted by Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown and signed by Lt. Gov. and Secretary of the Education and Workforce Cabinet Jacqueline Coleman. The memorandum temporarily suspends the statute capping NTI days at 10 and indicates that Brown will recommend an administrative regulation to the Kentucky Board of Education providing for unlimited NTI days for the next school year. It came on the same day Gov. Andy Beshear announced the release of the Healthy at School guidance during his daily press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KDE seeking family input on what supports they need due to COVID-19 crisis

(FRANKFORT, KY) – In preparation for the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) would like to better understand families’ and caregivers’ experiences with distance learning last school year due to COVID-19.

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KDE seeking feedback on library media standards

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on the new Kentucky Academic Standards for Library Media Elective (K-12).

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Interviews via Teleconference

  1. Select a video teleconferencing* platform that will be easily accessible to your members, the public, and candidates.
  2. Send out notice of a special called meeting clearly stating the meeting is a video teleconference,* and make a link available for interested parties to attend. Notify the media if you have requests on hand.
  3. Since you will start and end the meeting in open session and go into closed session for interviews and discussion of candidates, you can create two links/logins. One will be for the open portion of the meeting that you share on the agenda/notification with members, the public, and media. Estimate the earliest time you will return to open session and be sure the open meeting isn’t reactivated BEFORE that time; after is understandable.
  4. Schedule a different Zoom (or other video platform) log-in link/login for the closed portion of the meeting and share that only with the council members (and any additional person who is an official part of the interview).
  5. When returning to open session, record in the minutes that you interviewed and consulted with the council if they were part of the interview.

 If the interview committee doesn’t include the council:

  • The interview committee will still need to follow all of the above.
  • You will need to have a council meeting for consultation after the interviews.

KBE seeks nominations, applications for next education commissioner

FRANKFORT, KY) – Kentucky is searching for its next commissioner of education, who will make a difference for the state’s more than 648,000 public school students and support its more than 42,000 teachers.

Nominations and applications are being taken until May 31. Kevin C. Brown is currently serving as interim commissioner of education until a new commissioner is named. Brown has been serving in the role since Dec. 18.

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KDE releases initial guidance on how to re-start schools for 2020-21 year amid COVID-19 pandemic

FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released a new guidance document on May 15 about questions schools and districts should consider when they are making plans for how to restart school for the 2020-2021 school year.

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KDE releases COVID-19 guidance on graduation alternatives, end-of-year procedures

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released two new guidance documents on April 30 to help districts work through how to safely handle graduation alternatives and other end-of-school procedures during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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KASC Guidance for Online Elections


April 20, 2020 -- KASC advice is in accordance with the KDE email to SBDM Coordinators on 3/26/20; this version has been improved based on discussions with PTA and feedback from member schools.


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2020 Legislative Budget Update

The General Assembly adjourned last night on April 15 and will not come back into session until January 2021, unless called into special session by the governor. Most of the laws enacted will take effect in mid-July except for a few bills that had emergency effective dates.

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Grading Issues

KASC has received several questions about whether/how to change policies in regard to grading during this NTI period. This is a complex issue that may or may not involve SBDM councils.

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Principals offer feedback to Kentucky’s Education Continuation Task Force on graduation requirements

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) recently sent out a survey to 260 Kentucky principals seeking their feedback on the two options about how high school graduation requirements will be met for seniors during the 2019-2020 school year.

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Virtual Parent Café and At Home Learning Weekly Resource

Please join the Virtual Parent Café brought to you by Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools
(it’s a lot of fun and great way to connect to other families)

Fridays March 20 - May 8 @ 1:00pm


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CPE makes Kentucky Virtual Library available to all Kentucky students, educators, and citizens for at-home learning

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -- Amid the challenges of COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) announced today that all K-12 students and teachers in Kentucky now have free access to an online portal of educational resources that can support learning and lessons at home.

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Education Continuation Task Force holds first virtual meeting

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Education Continuation Task Force met virtually on March 23 to receive an overview on the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program and discussed questions that are being raised by districts and education shareholders related to this type of instruction during COVID-19.

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