Ballard County students and staff who have been in direct contact with positive COVID-19 cases have had the option of daily testing instead of quarantine since Nov. 3. However, with a recent uptick in the community’s incidence rate, administrators would like to clarify a few points about testing in general and the test-to-stay program.
Wild Health will hold a vaccine clinic on the Ballard County Schools campus on Dec. 2 from 2-7 p.m. The site will be in the old board office building at 3465 Paducah Road (between the high and elementary schools).
Injections of Pfizer first, second, and booster shots will be available for anyone age 5 and over. The shots are free of charge and available to all Ballard County community members; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Nathan Myers, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Ballard Memorial High School, will speak at Ballard’s annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 at 1:15 p.m. in the BMHS gym at 3561 Paducah Road, Barlow. The public is invited to attend.
Family Focus and Teen Focus have been helping families with Christmas expenses for several years, and want to continue the program. Here is an outline of the guidelines for this holiday season.
Please click this link to find out who is eligible for the program.
Ballard County Schools, in conjunction with Wild Health, will begin a free “test-to-stay” program on campus on Wednesday, Nov. 3. This will give students and staff who have been in direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case an option instead of quarantining and missing school and other activities.
Students and staff can stay in school and participate in school activities like athletics as long as they are asymptomatic and receive a daily negative test result. They must take the tests and remain negative for five consecutive days to leave the protocol.
Students and staff in Ballard County Schools will have the option to attend classes without wearing masks, beginning on Monday, Nov. 1. Visitors no longer will be required to mask inside school buildings, but masks still will be required by federal regulation for students and drivers on school buses.
“Our district administration has monitored a variety of resources on a daily basis before making this decision,” said Dr. Casey Allen, Ballard superintendent. “Those factors include a downward trend for our county on the state incidence map, falling community case rates, and the small number of cases in our own students and staff."