Saturday, July 31, 2021
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Jefferson County’s Marty Pollio named KASA’s 2022 Superintendent of the Year

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Marty Pollio was named the 2022 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA). He received the award during KASA’s annual leadership conference on July 30.
Graphic reading: KDE News, Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Department for Public Health releases updated guidance for schools on masking

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) released new guidance on July 28 for schools on recommended masking guidelines ahead of the 2021-2022 school year.
Graphic reading: Preschool Coordinator Advisory Group Virtual Meeting, July 28, 2021

Kentucky preschool advisory group discusses decreased enrollment, behavior support for teachers

Kentucky preschool enrollment has steadily declined from 2010-2020, said Bill Buchanan, education program consultant in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of IDEA Implementation and Preschool.
Picture of the outside of the Kentucky Department of Education building.

Governor requires face coverings in all executive branch buildings

As part of the continuing COVID-19 “Healthy at Work” initiative, the Commonwealth of Kentucky remains committed to limiting the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the health and safety of our state employees and visitors.
Graphic reading: KDE News, Kentucky Department of Education

Public comment sought on Kentucky’s proposed alternate assessment participation waiver

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking public comment on a request to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) to extend the waiver related to the number of students participating in the alternate assessment aligned with alternate academic achievement standards (AA-AAAS).
Graphic reading: Local Superintendents Advisory Council Virtual Meeting, July 27, 2021

KDE’s Local Superintendents Advisory Council approves regulation for selection of KBE student, teacher members

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Local Superintendents Advisory Council (LSAC) conducted its regular meeting on July 27 to approve several regulations and amendments, including a new regulation governing how the student and teacher representatives for the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) will be selected.
Graphic reading: KDE News, Kentucky Department of Education

Governor urges Kentucky school leaders to prioritize in-person learning ahead of the 2021-2022 school...

Gov. Andy Beshear unveiled new masking recommendations for the state’s K-12 schools in response to the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant during a July 26 media briefing.
Graphic reading: Commissioner's Student Advisory Council Virtual Meeting, July 20, 2021

Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council hears details on proposed KBE student representative selection process

Students have a voice in the proposed selection process for future student representatives on the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) heard about the proposed process during its regular meeting on July 20.
Graphic reading: School Curriculum Assessment and Accountability Council

Kentucky Summative Assessment, Advancing Education Project discussed at SCAAC meeting

The final administration of the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) assessment came last spring, members of the Kentucky Department of Education’s School Curriculum Assessment and Accountability Council were told during their July 20 meeting.
Graphic reading: Finance Officer Webcast, July 15, 2021

Kentucky finance officers hear details on requirements for third round of ESSER funds

Kentucky’s superintendents and district finance officers received more information on requirements their districts must meet to receive the latest funding from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER) during a Finance Officer Webcast on July 15.