Thursday, April 9, 2020
Kentucky Board of Education Virtual Meeting, April 9, 2020

KBE voices its support for educators, families during COVID-19 emergency

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) expressed its support at its April 9 meeting for educators and families during the extended period of school closures brought about by the COVID-19 emergency.
Photo illustration of three teachers work together during a summer conference in Montgomery County.

GoTeachKY launches virtual teacher mentorship program for COVID-19 support

A new GoTeachKY initiative called Teachers Helping Teachers is connecting experienced educators to provide virtual coaching and support directly to other teachers to help them deal with the stresses of the COVID-19 crisis.
Decorative screenshot of how the new COVID-19 webpage appears to visitors.

KDE launches new COVID-19 webpage

The Kentucky Department of Education has launched a new webpage on its website designed to provide 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) education-related updates and information educators, staff and families.
KDE Special Superintendent's Webcast, April 7, 2020

Kentucky schools could receive more than $200M in federal COVID-19 relief funds

Superintendents and finance officers of Kentucky’s 172 school districts were given an in-depth look at emergency federal funding, as well as some elements of the budget for fiscal year 2021 approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.
KDE Guidance for Districts: Considerations for the Class of 2020, for Professional Learning, for Instruction (NTI), for Mental Health & Wellness, for Assigning & Reporting Grades. Educate, Feed, Support

KDE releases guidance documents for districts dealing with COVID-19 closures

The Kentucky Department of Education released five guidance documents April 7 for districts to use when considering the implications of school building closures due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

KDE highlights USDA meals for children during COVID-19 school closure

During school building closures due to COVID-19, the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option – which are administered by the Kentucky Department of Education – will provide meals at no cost to children 18 and under. This allows children who may face food insecurity to continue receiving meals while schools are not holding in-person classes.
Input Sought

Public comment sought on Kentucky waivers for flexibility on K-12 education funding

The Kentucky Department of Education is accepting public comments for Kentucky’s waivers for flexibility on K-12 education funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
KDE Education Continuation Task Force - April 6, 2020 Virtual Meeting

Principals offer feedback to KY’s Education Continuation Task Force on graduation requirements

The Education Continuation Task Force met virtually to discuss a recent survey sent to Kentucky principals about the two graduation requirement options for the class of 2020.
Superintendents' Webcast

KDE, KHEAA address impact of non-traditional instruction on KEES awards

Officials from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority addressed questions on Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship awards during a Special Superintendent’s Webcast on April 3.
Waiver suspends requirements for civics, early graduation exams

Waiver suspends requirements for civics test, early graduation exams

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet issued a waiver April 3 in response to the COVID-19 emergency that suspends the requirement that students who plan to graduate from high school in 2020 pass a civics test, as well as certain requirements for completing an early high school graduation program.