April 20, 2020
DCPS families -
At the recommendation of Gov. Andy Beshear and in consultation with the Kentucky Department of Education, the Daviess County Public Schools district will remain closed through the end of the current school year with all school-sponsored events and activities also cancelled. In order to meet the minimum state requirement of 1,062 instructional hours, DCPS will continue Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) through Friday, May 8, to conclude the 2019-20 school year.
Like all states, Kentucky has to meet White House requirements under a three-phase reopening plan. KY must demonstrate either a consistent drop in percentage of new COVID-19 cases or a drop in the whole number of new cases over a 14-day period to reach Phase I, which still limits groups to 10 or fewer. Phase II limits groups to 50 or fewer; and Phase III is essentially a return to mass gatherings as we have known them in the past.
Your child’s school will contact you soon asking for your continued support as we finish the school year STRONG. These next three weeks are an important time as your child completes his/her assignments and fulfills academic expectations. Your school will also share information regarding any year-end closing procedures such as the return of Chromebooks, library books etc., and so we can return to you any personal items your child may have left at school when we departed on March 13. We hope these processes will also provide an opportunity for our teachers and staff to say farewell (from safe distances) and wish your child and family the best as we conclude a school year that none of us will ever forget.
I want to thank our parents and families for your continued support throughout this unprecedented experience. Your understanding, patience and cooperation in working with us to ensure that our students have remained engaged with meaningful learning throughout this event, as well as having access to nutritious meals and other support resources, is truly appreciated.
When we look back on this year, I will remember it as the year when the entire Daviess County Public Schools district came together to put “Kids First” in extraordinary ways. You have truly risen up to meet the challenges that faced us as a DCPS family and as part of the greater community. Please accept my warmest wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy future.