Superintendent thanks families for support, urges everyone to hold the course
Sept. 14, 2020 email
Dear Fayette County Public Schools families:
Thank you for all you are doing to support your students and schools while we are unable to safely return to in-person learning. Our teachers have been working very hard to ensure that our students are having a positive experience and that Non-Traditional Instruction 2DL is an improvement over last spring.
Our schools will be asking for feedback about how NTI/2DL is going for your family. I would encourage you to participate in these surveys so that we can adjust our offerings accordingly.
We are working closely with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to monitor current levels of COVID-19 in our community. We are in daily communication with health officials to review data about current incidence rates in our community and monitor positive cases among students and staff.
FCPS has identified three possible instructional models to be implemented based on the level of community spread of COVID-19 and infection rates in Fayette County:
- Model 1: Traditional school – In-person instruction with preventative practices, processes, and protocols.
- Model 2: Hybrid instruction – Alternating schedules for students between in-person and distance learning.
- Model 3: Non-Traditional Instruction – School or districtwide distance learning as necessary. Options include targeted closure to isolate and disinfect affected areas, short-term closure to allow for deep cleaning of entire building, or extended closure for at least 14 days.
According to the Kentucky Department of Health, Fayette County is experiencing accelerated spread of COVID-19. We need our entire community to help us reduce these numbers by following all mitigation measures including social distancing and wearing masks. You can help us not only by doing these things yourself, but also by encouraging your neighbors, family, and friends to do the same.
As we shared in our Reenvisioning, Reimagining, and Renewing back-to-school plan, we have set regular intervals every four to six weeks throughout the school year to reconsider which instructional model is appropriate. Our first review window is set for later this month (September).
Our schools are actively preparing for the return of some form of in-person instruction. Floor decals are being placed throughout our school buildings to mark safe social distancing, we have stocked our schools with appropriate cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment, and classroom furniture is being moved to maximize spacing.
I am also excited to share that during (the Sept. 14) Fayette County Board of Education meeting, school board members approved a contract to purchase Thermal Imaging and Temperature Detection Technology for our middle and high schools and large elementary schools to provide real-time fever detection and thermal screening similar to what Toyota uses in their Georgetown plant.
If you would like to review the health and safety protocols we will implement upon a return to school, I have attached them to this email. I would also encourage you to familiarize yourself with our Reenvisioning, Reimagining, and Renewing report, which is available in multiple languages.
As a father and an educator, I would like nothing more than to be back in school. However, it is not up to me. As Dr. Fauci wisely observed months ago, we do not make the timeline – “the virus makes the timeline.” I ask for your continued support and collaboration as we work through these challenging times together.
Manny Caulk, superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools
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(Posted Sept. 15, 2020)