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Special Superintendents' Webcast: May 5, 2020

KDE asks districts to be flexible when planning for start of 2020-2021 school year

Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown told superintendents to plan for multiple scenarios that might occur before and after the start of the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID-19 emergency.
From the Desk of Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. An update for Kentucky's Families about the COVID-19 crisis and our schools, April 24, 2020

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s April 24 letter to families

Just because you know bad news is coming doesn’t make it easier to swallow and so it was this week when Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that in-person classes be suspended through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Members of the Commissioner's Student Advisory Council held their second virtual meeting April 14.

Kentucky high school seniors willing to wait for in-person graduation ceremony

Members of the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council said at their April 14 virtual meeting that having a graduation ceremony is very important to them and the majority of them would be willing to wait for an in-person ceremony.
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.
Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown

Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown’s March 27 letter to families

Our focus at KDE is now three-fold – Educate, Feed and Support. Our first priority is ensuring your children still receive their education through the use of Kentucky’s Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program.
Local Superintendents Advisory Council Virtual Meeting

Kentucky commissioner lauds superintendents’ efforts amid COVID-19 crisis

Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown told the Local Superintendents Advisory Council that superintendents have helped the effort to continue instruction while in-person classes are suspended.
Commissioner's Student Advisory Council Virtual Meeting

Kentucky students share how COVID-19 closures impact their lives

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council met virtually to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on public school students in the Commonwealth.
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.
Janet Throgmorton, principal at Fancy Farm Elementary (Graves County), takes a photo with her students before driving them home from school.

Kentucky principal goes the extra mile to ensure continued learning

Three years ago, Principal Janet Throgmorton of Fancy Farm Elementary (Graves County) was looking for a way to save her district some money while addressing one of its most pressing needs.
Local Superintendents Advisory Council Virtual Meeting, September 29, 2020

Local Superintendents Advisory Council voices support for NTI recommendation

Members of the Local Superintendents Advisory Council (LSAC) voiced their approval of a recommendation that could make it easier for school districts to apply each year for the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program during a virtual meeting on Sept. 29.