Estill County Students, Parents, Staff and Community,
On Monday, April 20, Governor Andy Beshear, with the advice of state health officials, recommended that schools close for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Our District Leadership Team met yesterday to determine next steps as we come to the close of another school year. After considering all viable options, all Estill County Schools will continue to utilize Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) to provide at-home learning for our students. The last day for students will be Friday, May 8 and closing day for staff will be Friday, May 15. Your child’s school will be providing additional guidance during the next few days.
The District Leadership Team also discussed the best ways to conclude this school year regarding the following matters: Class of 2020 graduation; 8th grade promotion; 5th grade promotion; Kindergarten graduation; awards programs; and how to return personal belongings to students and collect school owned items. We will continue to work with the Kentucky Department of Education, county and city government and the local health department to ensure we stay within the guidelines that have been provided by the Governor’s office.
One of our biggest concerns at this point is how to recognize the Class of 2020. The Estill County Board of Education is working hand and hand with District and School Leadership in an effort to honor the accomplishments of our Senior Class. Across this State and Nation, high school seniors have had to make a huge sacrifice in order to protect their parents, grandparents and community during this pandemic. Senior trip, prom, spring sports, awards nights and graduation are just a few of the events that have either been altered or canceled. We hope to finalize plans for our seniors sometime next week, and the high school will release final details at that point.
As we prepare for the end of this unprecedented school year, I want to express my gratitude for the support that you have shown us as we navigate these uncharted waters together. NTI would not have been possible without the help of our families and without the intentionality of our entire staff. I am thankful for how you have helped us implement virtual learning, and I am proud of the ways that our teachers and staff have creatively and resiliently educated and encouraged our students during this difficult time. I also want to give a special thanks to our support staff for providing breakfast and lunch for our students during this crisis. We are providing over 8000 meals a week and hope to continue this program throughout the summer.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we close out the 2019-2020 school year.