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Here's what back-to-school will look like in all 6 Campbell County public school districts

Posted at 2:19 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 14:19:46-04

All information is current as of 2 p.m. on Friday, July 24.

Here's what we know about what parents and students can expect.

BELLEVUE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
All-remote learning

In Bellevue, the 2020-’21 school year will start online.

According to superintendent Robb Smith, a reopening task force concluded it could not develop a safety plan that would enable students and staff to return to in-person lessons without substantial risk.

“Given the current guidelines set by the Kentucky Department of Education and multiple health agencies, it is clear that our schools face too many physical, financial, and personnel constraints to enforce said guidelines with confidence,” Smith wrote in a July 16 letter to families. “Additionally, there is no way to begin the impending school year with a primary focus on instruction when so much energy will be directed at masking, sanitizing, and social distancing.”

In the letter, Smith promised an innovative approach to remote learning but providing few details, saying the plan remained under development. He asked parents to fill out a feedback form if they had questions, concerns or complaints.

CAMPBELL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Parents’ choice (Blended learning or online)

What will classes look like?

No students will return to full-time classes in their school buildings, but parents can choose a blended learning model involving some in-school time or a completely virtual model. Families that select the virtual model will not be allowed to change their choice until December.

The blended learning option will split students into two groups, each of which would attend school for two days a week (either Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday) and work at home for the remaining three.

For all students, district officials wrote in their plan, teachers will endeavor to provide “synchronous” instruction — the same lesson given at the same time, regardless of whether students are at home or at school.

What safety measures can I expect?

Students and staff will be screened for fever using non-touch thermometers upon entering their school building each day.

Once inside, all students and staff will be required to wear masks unless they are unable to do so for a medical reason. Masks can be lowered indoors when students are more than six feet away from the nearest person and no one is walking around the classroom.

Masks must also be worn aboard school buses.

School mealtimes will be rearranged to allow more time for students to wash their hands and practice good sanitation. Other meal-specific safety measures will depend on the individual school and the age of the students.

DAYTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
TBA

The district’s COVID-19 resource page contains no plans for the upcoming school year, except that it will begin Aug. 26.

A virtual rundown of the most recent school board meeting, which took place July 22, notes that the board has received the results of a parent survey and appointed a re-entry team that will create safety recommendations for the year. The team will meet weekly until Aug. 25 or until its work is complete.

FORT THOMAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
Parents’ choice (In-person classes or online)

What will classes look like?

Families can choose to keep their children home for online learning or send them to school for a full five-day week. Each choice will hold until the end of the fall semester, barring a change that forces the entire district to move online.

In a letter to families, superintendent Karen Cheser wrote: "We do not have the same constraints that are forcing others to begin the year with an A/B schedule or with NTI. … we were able to meet the safety requirements through creative scheduling, new uses of space, and innovative programming in order to keep student cohorts small and 6-foot distanced.”

What safety measures can I expect?

Each school within the district has a separate web page, accessible by scrolling to the bottom of this one, outlining its specific safety requirements.

NEWPORT INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
Parents’ choice (Blended learning or online)

What will classes look like?

Newport families will have a choice between sending their children to school for part of the week or keeping them home to learn virtually full-time.

The blended learning model will divide students into two groups: One that attends in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday, then one that does the same on Thursday and Friday. All school buildings will be closed on Wednesdays for deep cleaning and sanitizing, according to a news release from superintendent Tony Watts.

Depending on the status of the pandemic later in the fall, the district could transition to a totally virtual model to keep students safe.

What safety measures can I expect?

Students attending in-person classes will have their temperatures taken when they enter their building each morning; masks will be required unless seated.

Teachers, not students, will move between classrooms throughout the day to minimize opportunities for transmission of the virus.

School meals will be eaten in classrooms, not cafeterias. Water fountains will be shut off, but students will receive water bottles.

More details will arrive in August, according to the district.

SOUTHGATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
TBA

According to the district’s Facebook page, a plan for face-to-face instruction will be released July 31.