The Daviess County Public Schools district has adopted the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) COVID-19 risk level model, which aligns with information disseminated by the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH).
The HGHI model assigns a “color strategy” to identify the risk level in any given community based on the number of positive cases per 100,000 people. The colors assigned are Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. Learn more HERE. (Scroll down on page. Click on map. Choose "Kentucky" from list of states at left, then select "County" option to see status of Daviess County.)
DCPS has developed a “stoplight” model for in-person teaching and learning that reflects this approach so that our school district most accurately reflects designations assigned to our community.
As DCPS transitions in levels of distance and in-person teaching and learning, we will adopt a two-week strategy. This means that Daviess County must experience two consecutive weeks of improved status before we will move down the continuum of strategies (from Red to Orange to Yellow to Green).
However, due the need for an immediate, emergency response, DCPS will respond swiftly in moving up the scale from levels of in-person to distance learning (example: Status could change from Green to Orange without a transition period of Yellow).
Descriptions of both DCPS and community responses for each of the four statuses in the HGHI model are as follows:
Green = Five-Day In-Person Learning
Yellow = A/B Hybrid Schedule
Orange = A/B Hybrid Schedule for grades PreK - 8 with small group restrictions;
Distance Learning for grades 9-12 (small groups allowable within KDE guidelines)
Red = Distance Learning for all P-12 Students (no In-Person Learning)
This plan will allow DCPS to respond in an organized, rational way to changing conditions with a goal of helping our community understand the reasons for any changes in status that may be implemented throughout the year. It is also essential for every member of our community - students, families and staff - to have a clear understanding of the expectations that are involved with any of the four levels of status.