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Drop-off locations for NTI paper packets are located all over the county
Beginning Tuesday, April 7, BCS will begin collecting NTI paper work packets that students have been working on for the past few weeks.Ballard County Schools, in conjunction with the Ballard County Health Department, has created an acceptable plan for collecting paper work packets from our students. 

There are six locations for drop-off:  

Ballard County Schools will continue NTI and meal deliveries will continue through spring break; changes end of school dates
Like many of you, we take stock every day about our evolving situation in this unusual time. We try and keep the needs of our students, families, staff, and community at the center of all of our decisions. With that in mind, Ballard County Schools will continue NTI instruction and meal deliveries during the days originally scheduled for spring break (April 6-10). This change will mean that the school year will end on May 8, instead of May 15. (The new end date for Ballard County Preschool is April 30.)  
Non-traditional instruction for all students will begin on March 16
Starting Monday, Ballard County Schools will be closed, in an effort to help slow or stop the virus' spread into the community. However, the district will be implementing a new Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) plan to help keep students from falling behind, starting on March 16.

NTI days have been used by over 80 districts in Kentucky to allow students to keep learning from home if school is closed for things like snow, flooding, or public health issues. The state Board of Education is offering a blanket waiver for emergency applications for NTI, in light of the governor’s recommendation on Thursday that Kentucky schools close for at least two weeks.

Here is some general information about NTI programs:  

Meal deliveries to students will begin on March 17
       Ballard County Schools Food Service will be delivering meals to students, starting on Tuesday, March 17. “All students who are on a morning bus route will receive shelf-stable breakfast, lunch, and snack items at the site of that morning stop,” said Food Service Director Amber Hayes.

Any child NOT on a morning bus route who DOES need a meal package is asked to contact Hayes at amber.hayes@ballard.kyschools.us, or 270-665-8400, ext. 2530, to be added to the list. She will need the student’s name, grade, and if possible, number of people in the house under 18 years old.  

KHSAA declares emergency dead period for all sports
Effective immediately, all sports and sport-activities, regardless of season, are declared to be in a dead period, congruent with the provisions of Bylaw 24, according to Kentucky High School Sports Association Commissioner Julian Tackett. This prohibition extends through Sunday, April 12. Prior to April 11, and in consultation with the Governor, Public Health Officials and the Kentucky Department of Education, an evaluation will be made for the period going forward.
  • Students shall not participate in any organized team activity, or organized or semi-organized team competition in any sport or sport-activity in any format at any location in any state where school personnel (paid or unpaid) are involved, in attendance, or receiving reports of performance.
 
Ballard County Schools to follow governor's recommendation; will close on March 16
Upon the recommendation of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, Ballard County Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16. Although COVID-19 has not yet been found here, the measure is deemed necessary to slow or stop the virus’ spread into our community.

More information will follow on Friday, but right now, we ask parents to help us with these important items:  

Updates as we receive them: Meal deliveries, NTI plan, Sports news, Nurses available Monday, Feeding program, Schools open today
We're going to provide a running list of updates here as receive them (most recent first). As more details emerge, we'll post full stories, also.   9. Feeding program will begin Tuesday with home deliveries of breakfast, lunch, and snack items. (See details in another post.) 8. Parents and students should hear from their teachers by lunchtime Monday with details of the new Non-Traditional Instruction plan. (See details in another post.) 7. Sixth- and seventh-grade parents: See the BCMS page (https://www.facebook.com/BallardCountyMiddleSchool/) for Remind codes for Jeanna Staples' classes. 6. KHSAA has declared an emergency dead period for all sports, beginning today and extending at least through April 12. There will be no games/matches/meets, and no practices. (See details in another post.) 5. If you are looking for childcare, please contact Family Focus Director Kelly Wray to discuss options - 270-665-8400, ext. 2026.  4. School nurses will be available to see school-aged children beginning at 8 a.m. Monday (March 16). Parents/guardians MUST call ahead to speak to a nurse first, and make an appointment - 270-665-8400, ext. 2020.  3. BCMS and BMHS also will allow students to check out up to 3 library books during their 10 a.m.-2 p.m. opening today. 2. Food service personnel are meeting this morning to work out details of a feeding program. We will have information before/by close of business today on times, locations, deliveries, etc.  1. Ballard County Elementary, Middle and Ballard Memorial High schools will allow students and parents to come by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today (Friday) to retrieve belongings and materials they may need.

 
Ballard County Schools statement on COVID-19 preparedness
At Ballard County Schools, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, including the first case in Tennessee on Thursday, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and tell you about what we’re doing to minimize risks of infection. 
District seeking candidates for finance officer
Ballard County Schools is seeking candidate for its district finance officer position. The job would begin on July 1, although the successful candidate would need to be trained for 60-90 days prior to that date.

By Kentucky regulations, school finance officers must have a bachelor’s degree, and at least one of the following: 12 hours of accounting coursework, four years of work experience in accounting or finance, and/or two years of experience in finance in a school district. The successful candidate reports directly to the superintendent.  

BCPS registrations set for April 17-18; please call for appointment
       Ballard County Preschool - Head Start will hold spring registration for new students on April 17 and April 18 for children who are or will be 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 1, 2020.

All registrations are by appointment only, and will be held at BCPS, 3383 Paducah Road, Barlow. Appointments may be made from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 17, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 18. Parents/Guardians are asked to please call 270-665-8400, ext. 2101, from 1-3 p.m. to schedule an appointment; children will be given their developmental screenings while adults complete the registration packet.  

Upcoming Events
BMHS Baseball
Thu Apr 9 2020
BMHS Baseball
Fri Apr 10 2020
BMHS Softball
Fri Apr 10 2020
to Sat Apr 11 2020
District Calendar

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Students, their families, employees and potential employees of the Ballard County School District are hereby notified that the district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex, or disability, in employment, vocational programs, or activities as set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.

The Ballard County School District offers the following career and technical education programs for all students, regardless of race, color, or national origin, and including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability, in grades 9-12: Agriculture, business, family and consumer science, health, industrial maintenance, and welding.

Persons seeking further information concerning career and technical education offerings and specific pre-requisite criteria should contact Assistant Superintendent David Meinschein, 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2004. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies should be directed to Superintendent Casey Allen, 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2001. The person designated to coordinate Title IX compliance is Athletic Director Stephen Queen, 3565 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2301. The person designated to coordinate Section 504 is Director of Special Education Terri Wehmeyer, 3383 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2101.

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