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New state regulations for parents/guardians to report COVID-19 positive students take effect today
A new state regulation goes into effect on Monday, Sept. 28, requiring parents and guardians to notify schools of any student’s positive test results within 24 hours. There are two ways to make that report:  
Child in virtual learning tests positive; district discusses state's new COVID-19 reporting requirements for parents
A child who is a virtual-learning student at Ballard County Elementary School tested positive on Sept. 22 for COVID-19. The child had not been attending school in person.
The Purchase District Health Department is handling all case investigation and contact tracing, with cooperation from Ballard County Schools. Individuals who were in close contact with the student will be contacted by PDHD and will receive instructions. Their contact tracing is continuing at this time.  
LaCenter First Baptist Church will open to students for internet access on Friday
First Baptist Church La Center will open its fellowship hall for the next two Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free access to the internet for any Ballard County students. The church is located at 421 Broadway; the fellowship hall and parking lot are easily accessed from Olive Street.  
State agencies to hold virtual town hall meeting about COVID-19 notifications this evening
The Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet are co-hosting a virtual town hall meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. ET (5-6:30 p.m. CDST).
The purpose of this forum is to:
• Go over the major elements of the new four-color coded COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education framework released on Sept. 14 
• Discuss the DPH emergency regulation that establishes requirements for parents, guardians and caregivers to report COVID-19 cases to schools, and for schools to notify DPH of COVID-19 diagnoses or quarantine among students and school personnel.  
Editing error in Code of Behavior corrected
A minor editing error in the section about the district policy on student cell phones has been made, and the revised Code of Behavior has been posted on this website. For the revised paragraph, please click the link below.  
District outlines health protocols
Since the beginning of in-person classes, several parents have called with questions about whether to send students to school or keep them home. "I appreciate the many calls that we have received from parents about the health of their children, out of concern for other students and staff, and the adverse effects their health could have on the school year," said Ballard Director of Pupil Personnel Bob Wilson. "One of the best ways we can do this is by keeping your students (or yourself) home during illnesses."
According to the state’s document, "Healthy at School," the criteria for when a student or staff member should remain at home is as follows:  
All fall sports in full swing this week; new guidelines in place for in-person spectators
BMHS golfers have been playing for a few weeks, but the rest of our fall sports got/get underway this week. However, in conjunction with KHSAA and the Purchase District Health Department, there are some new rules and stipulations for in-person spectators at all of these new events.
Please click the link below to view these rules.  
Community wi-fi hotspots available to Ballard students
Ballard County Schools students who do not have adequate internet service at home may use any of these wi-fi hotspots in the community. Please remember that if you’re in a church or business parking lot to be courteous to other patrons or customers, and not to leave litter in the area. 
Also - Students, if you have difficulties on Friday (Sept. 4), please contact your school or teacher. You may call 270-665-8400 after 7:30 a.m., or email your teacher directly. 
A list of hotspots follows:  
District will work with state’s new guidance on masks
Ballard County Schools has received new guidance in the state’s “Healthy at School” document concerning mask wearing by students and staff. The district reopening plan, which had been approved by the Purchase District Health Department, was being used when schools opened for in-person students on Aug. 31. The state’s document, which was last updated in June, changed requirements on the evening of that first day of Ballard County classes.
The state now will require the use of cloth face masks by all students and staff at all times while in the building or on the bus, regardless of the ability to socially distance, unless they are actively eating or drinking, or are medically waivered. Students/staff who are outdoors and able to maintain a 6-foot distance from each other still are not required to wear a mask. New plans will be fully implemented beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8.   
District sets compensating tax rate for 2020-21, slightly lower than last year
The Ballard County Board of Education selected the compensating tax rate at its August meeting. This move lowered the real estate property tax rate from 55 cents per $100 of assessed value to 54.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. Tangible property rates will go down from 55.5 cents per $100 of assessment to 54.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.  
Upcoming Events
BCMS Baseball
Thu Oct 1 2020
BCMS Football
Thu Oct 1 2020
BCMS Softball
Thu Oct 1 2020
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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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