March 13, 2020
Good Morning Staff, Parents, and Stakeholders of Spencer County Schools:
As many of you are aware, we have been closely tracking, monitoring, and proactively preparing for a worst-case scenario in Spencer County Schools. Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Spencer County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th with a tentative plan to return after Spring Break on Tuesday, April 7th. Although not currently utilizing non-traditional instruction, a plan has been developed to submit to KDE outlining the learning strategies for our schools for the following 9 instructional days. Students from SCHS will be receiving accounts and passwords for the on-line learning platform, Edgenuity. SCMS will primarily be utilizing google classroom accounts, and both TES and SCES will be utilizing Lexia and Dream Box platforms. All schools may embed hard copy, instructional packets for this unprecedented event to go along with the various on-line learning platforms. Students with specific instructional questions regarding on-line learning platforms may contact our technology help-desk that will be open during normal working hours at 502-808-6111. Cafeterias at SCES, TES, and SCHS will remain open throughout this time, and recognizing the number of students who will be home without transportation, door-to-door shuttle services for meals and instructional materials will be taking place by effectively utilizing our transportation staff. Additionally, Bear Care and Early Head Start will remain open, and for those who may be concerned about the effect on graduation, rumors of graduating in June are simply untrue. It is very likely (pending further disruption to the educational year) that we will actually hold graduation a week earlier than originally scheduled due to thoughtful planning and continued collaboration during the past week.
In closing, I would like to apologize in advance for any inconvenience and disruption this will undoubtedly cause. I’m confident that administration, faculty, and staff of Spencer County Schools will work efficiently and effectively to assist our students in on-going learning activities and their general well-being by ensuring they have food, materials, and any additional resources our school district can provide. Rather than rely on social media and local media outlets, I would urge everyone to learn of the facts associated with this pandemic, along with prevention and control at www.ncdhd.com; chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph; or www.cdc.gov. These websites are for the regional health department, state health department, and federal Center for Disease and Control and include much more accurate information than can be found elsewhere. As stated in previous communication to our staff, I have little doubt that the resiliency of Spencer County will continue to shine during adversity if we remain faithful to our cause and flexible while carrying out the massive responsibility of limiting disruption during this unprecedented event.
Chuck Adams, Superintendent
Spencer County Schools
“Going the Distance for ALL Students”
For more information please click on links below:
COVID-19 Hotline (800) 722-5725