• Alert:

    January 15, 2021:  Estill County School Announcement

    After reviewing our COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metric and looking at several data points, the district feels that we need to return to remote learning during the week of January 19 through January 22.  This is not due to any type of spread within our schools, but related to county and state data and a number of quarantines that has resulted from activities and events in our community. 

    Each individual school will be contacting their students and families with additional information. Teachers will be working with students daily to assist them with their assignments.  Meal delivery will resume next week and students will receive a breakfast and lunch for Tuesday through Friday. 

    Hopefully, our data points will improve during the next few days and in-person classes will resume on January 25 using our Hybrid A/B Schedule.  We continue to ask our entire community to follow all CDC guidelines and continue washing your hands, practice social distancing and wear a face covering.  Have a good weekend.

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Mental Health & Depression

Depression Statitics

Depression affects individuals regardless of age, race, socio-economic status, or background.  It is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S.  During this time of social distancing and quarantine, many individuals have noticed an increase in depression symptoms.  Some signs of depression include:

  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in appetite: either an increase of decrease
  • Poor concentration or ability to make decisions
  • Loss of energy
  • Lack of interest in usual activities.
  • Low self-esteem; dwelling on losses or failures
  • Feelings of hopelessness or guilt—including thoughts of suicide


Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10-34.  Please see the attached information regarding warning signs and crisis line contact information.  If you notice signs of depression in your child/youth, please click on the following link to download additional information: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/understanding-depression-young-adults/sma16-5004?referer=from_search_result

As always, you can contact an Estill County School’s mental health professional by email:

Deana Caldwell – District Psychologist – deana.caldwell@estill.kyschools.us
Kathy Flynn – District Psychologist – kathy.flynn@estill.kyschools.us
Sonya Miller – Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – sonya.miller@estill.kyschools.us


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