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Discussions underway for return to school in 2020-21; no final plans yet
      Administrators at Ballard County Schools already have begun discussions about the return to school for 2020-21, and acknowledge that plans are not yet final.

"Actually, we've been talking about it and meeting about it since the end of last semester," said Dr. Casey Allen, Ballard County Schools superintendent. "We also are holding online meetings at least weekly with representatives from the governor's office, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Kentucky Department of Public Health to determine our best and safest options for next year."

Because this is a novel virus, no one is able to predict its possible spread in the future, Dr. Allen said. “So right now, a lot of things crucial to planning a school year are still fluid, maybe even including when we start and end. We are trying to develop plans that allow us to transport, feed, and educate students in the safest, least disruptive way possible, while keeping our staff safe and healthy, too. 

“We’re also talking about ‘what happens if’ – if circumstances require that we use non-traditional instruction again,” he continued. “We want our students to come back, and for the school year to provide a sense of normalcy for them, but only if we can do it as safely at possible.”

Dr. Allen added that parents and community members should look for a short survey about the return to school in the near future. “We want to get a sense of how our families and community feel about some of our options, and how they think we can improve on some of the things we’ve been doing.”

He said that as plans begin to come in focus, they will be shared with families and the community. “Regardless of when we start, or what school looks like, we want to assure you that we are working every day to make sure your children are safe, educated, and cared for in the best way we can,” Dr. Allen said.

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