Due to the State of Emergency declared by Governor Andy Beshear, and based on his recommendation, Franklin County Schools will be implementing NTI (Non-Traditional Instruction) in accordance with KRS 158.070 (9). Beginning Monday, March 16th, 2020 and up through Friday, April 3rd, 2020, instruction will be delivered for all students while they remain home. Spring Break will begin on Monday, April 6th and will continue through Friday, April 10th as planned. We will assess the situation during Spring Break week and hopefully will be able to resume classes in our buildings on Monday, April 13th, 2020.
Teachers will be sending home NTI work with students on Friday, March 13th which will cover the 15 days of instruction prior to Spring Break. If there are any questions about the assignments, please contact your teacher or school principal.
For students receiving free and reduced lunches, Bondurant Middle and Elkhorn Middle school cafeterias will remain open to provide breakfast and lunch for pick-up. If you are in need of these services, please call the FCS Food Hotline at (502) 209-6841 to place your orders for breakfast and lunch. Please do this on a daily basis so that we can effectively plan how much food to prepare. Additionally, if you do not have transportation to one of these cafeterias for pick-up, please call the hotline so that we can make other arrangements for you.
All extracurricular activities and sporting events, including games and practices, are suspended for the rest of the month of March. In addition, all in-state and out-of-state trips during the month of March are postponed at this time. We will re-evaluate trips, activities, and sporting events as we approach the month of April, and we will communicate that information to you as it is decided.
All childcare programs will be closed through Spring Break as well. We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause. If you are a parent or guardian who uses these programs, please begin exploring other childcare options at this time.
Education Commissioner Kevin Brown has stressed the “Three C’s” when dealing with this situation—Calm, Clean, and Cooperate. We must remain calm, we must thoroughly clean and disinfect all of our facilities, and we must cooperate with and take the precautions given to us by Governor Beshear and the Franklin County Health Department. We will get through this together. Stay strong. We are #OneTeamFCS!
Yesterday Governor Andy Beshear conducted a conference call with all superintendents in Kentucky as well as the Interim Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Public Health, and several representatives from the Kentucky Department of Education. During this call Governor Beshear asked that every district be prepared to close school within 72 hours of a recommendation from the state government. If this is asked of us, Franklin County Schools will utilize Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) days.
At this time, we have not been asked to close our schools; we have only been told to be prepared for school closure should officials make that recommendation. We have instructed our teachers to prepare work for NTI days 2 – 15 at this time. This work will be distributed by the end of the week.
If we must close schools, we will do so to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and will be using this time to deep clean all buildings. Because of this, all childcare programs will be closed as well. If you are a parent/guardian that takes advantage of these programs, please begin exploring other childcare options (we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause).
We will communicate information that we receive regarding potential cancellation of events and/or activities. Previously scheduled trips will be evaluated and considered on a case by case basis.
If schools are forced to close, Bondurant Middle and Elkhorn Middle school cafeterias will remain open to provide breakfast and lunch for pick-up for students receiving free and reduced lunches. If you are in need of these services, but do not have transportation to either cafeteria mentioned for pick-up, please call the FCS Food Hotline at (502)209-6841 so that we can make other arrangements for you.
Please continue to remind your children to wash their hands with soap and water often, cover their cough or sneeze and avoid sharing items. These are the same personal hygiene practices we encourage during flu season.
As we are made aware of additional information and potential recommendations, we will communicate with you via one-calls, social media, and the FCS website (franklin.kyschools.us).
Additionally, the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CDC website (www.cdc.gov). For local updates, you can visit www.kycovid19.ky. Also, the Kentucky Department of Public Health has established a COVID-19 hotline that can be reached at 1-800-722-5725 for any health- related questions you may have.
Superintendent Franklin County Schools
Dear Superintendent,As the situation around the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves and more cases are discovered across the state, I want you to know that the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) continues to work closely with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to provide accurate information so we can strengthen our preparedness and response efforts to our schools and districts. The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Kentucky is being maintained on the DPH’s website.
This evening, Governor Andy Beshear, joined by DPH officials, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), announced three additional cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky, bringing the total cases to four -- two in Harrison County and one case each in Jefferson and Fayette counties. The governor indicated all four individuals are in isolation.