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January 10, 2021
DCPS Families -
As we move into the second semester, I want to take this opportunity to review our plans for returning to in-person instruction … and also share information about another potential area of concern about which you need to be aware.
As you know: Elementary and middle school students (grades K-8) enrolled in the A-B Schedule will return to in-person instruction starting Monday, Jan. 11. High school students (grades 9-12) will resume in-person instruction starting Tuesday, Jan. 19. Virtual Academy students will remain on their current schedule. (No classes on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 18.
Note: Families of preschool students should read this important message sent on
Although we may anticipate a continued rise in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in our community following the holiday season, we believe offering families the choice of returning students to in-person learning is the right thing, while also continuing to make an all-virtual option available at all times upon request.
We understand that the decision to resume in-person learning - like so many other decisions throughout this pandemic - is open to debate. However, here are some of the reasons we believe this is the right decision at this time:
- Students and staff have been, and will remain vigilant in following Kentucky’s “Healthy at School” guidelines regarding social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands.
- Evidence at both local and national levels suggests that there has been minimal transmission of the virus in school buildings.
- In addition, some research suggests that in-person school may prevent opportunities for the virus to spread in the community by having students in a structured and monitored environment.
- And to reiterate: The Virtual Academy remains an option for all families who believe that is the right choice for their child(ren). Parents/guardians who wish to transition their child from in-person learning to the Virtual Academy may send an email to dcpsVArequest@dcps.org with their child’s name, grade and school, and the parent/guardian’s contact information.
We understand the challenges faced by families, especially those with young children, in finding supervision for children and making adjustments and accommodations for changing schedules. Therefore, it is our goal to remain consistently on the A-B Schedule until it is deemed safe to return to a traditional five-day schedule.
However, we must recognize that there are potential scenarios that could mean a return to remote learning for all students. One such scenario would involve a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Daviess County. Another - which actually has the potential to become a reality at any point in time.
Like many school districts across the nation, DCPS is experiencing a critical shortage in certain areas of staffing - specifically that in the area of Transportation. As this letter is written, we have 14 open positions among our bus drivers and several employees in that department on quarantine or unable to work because of health restrictions and other limitations. As COVID-19 continues to be present in our community, we simply must accept that school employees are also susceptible to becoming infected and/or having to quarantine based on exposure.
Schools simply cannot operate in person without adequate staff - or without enough bus drivers to bring kids to school. I want to make you aware that it is possible we might have to revert to a remote learning status if we do not have enough staff to provide in-person instruction. We will provide as much advance notice as possible but we encourage families to be prepared with alternative child care options.
If you or anyone you know is interested in applying for a position with the DCPS Transportation Department, we’re hiring! These positions offer paid training and great benefits with a starting pay of $15.30 per hour … plus the reward of knowing you are literally putting kids on the road to success. Call 270-852-7080 to learn more, or submit an application online at www.dcps.org or go directly to that page at https://daviess.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=5157
Thank you for your continued support as we work together to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students of Daviess County Public Schools.