Frequently Asked Questions about re-entry into the 2020-21 school year

Last Updated: 8/19/2020 4:27 PM

For Parents/Guardians

What are the instructional options for my child this school year?
Parents/guardians will have three options for their child this school year.

  1. Students may attend classes in person at school with enhanced safety measures. See the KCSD Guidance Document for the safety measures that will be in place.
  2. Students may choose a synchronous model, where they stay at home and learn online in real time.
  3. Students may choose the KCSD Virtual Learning Center.

Once we pick an option, do we have to keep it?
We ask that once you choose an instructional model for your child for the 2020-21 school year that you stay with that model. However, we realize that there can be extenuating circumstances, so changes can be made if a valid reason is given. Please note that we will be as flexible as possible.

If I choose to send my child to school, will he/she have to wear a mask?
Students in first grade and up will be required to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. That includes on the bus and when moving throughout hallways and classrooms. When students are stationary in the classroom and at least six feet apart, they may lower their masks.

What if my child can’t wear a mask due to a medical condition?
In order for a mask requirement to be waived, the parent/guardian must provide the school with a letter from a licensed medical professional. The letter must include the following:
                Student name
                Date of birth
                Medical reason the student cannot wear a mask
                Signature, printed name of physician
The letter must be dated and on physician letterhead.

If I choose the synchronous model, what will that look like?
The synchronous model will look different than NTI in the spring. Students will participate in classes at home in real time. The district’s academic calendar will continue to be followed, and students who are not physically present in the classroom will be expected to participate online during class or watch a recording of the class at a later time and meet all classroom expectations.

I would like my student to learn from home, but we are limited by technology (no device or poor Internet access). What can we do?
Each school will have a process in place when it relates to technology device check out.

The district will provide assistance to families who have Internet connectivity issues to the maximum extent possible. Families seeking assistance should contact Chris Setters, the Director of Technology, at chris.setters@kenton.kyschools.us.

What happens if my child or member of our family shows symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19?
The Kenton County School District has implemented a COVID-19 Decision Tree that will help make decisions regarding positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 for students and staff.

What happens if a staff member or another student who may have had contact with my child tests positive or shows symptoms of COVID-19?
The COVID-19 Decision Tree will offer guidance in this case as well. Parents/guardians will receive a letter notifying them if their child may have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.  If the contact with the COVID-19 positive person requires the need for specific measures to be taken, then you will be notified directly by school personnel and/or local health officials.

What additional cleaning protocols will be in place at school?
Please refer to the facilities section of the KCSD Guidance Document to review the additional sanitation measures that the district and schools are taking. 

What will bus transportation look like?
Hand sanitizer will be available on all KCSD buses and should be utilized when students board and disembark the bus. Students in grades 1 and up will be required to wear masks on the bus if social distancing is not possible. Drivers and monitors will wear masks as well if they do not interfere with their health and safety. Students will also have assigned seating, with students who live in the same household sitting together. More information on bus transportation is available in the Transportation section of the KCSD Guidance Document.

How will meals be served?
Meals will be available to ALL students, regardless of if they choose to attend classes in-person. Those choosing to learn at home will have grab and go options available for breakfast and lunch. Food service staff will wear masks (unless medically exempt) and gloves at all times, and students will be required to wear masks in food service areas, except when eating. Limited menu options will be implemented, and students may be served meals in locations other than the cafeteria, such as hallways, the classroom or the gym. More information on Food Service is available in the KCSD Guidance Document.

Will my child be able to participate in sports or extracurricular activities?
The Kenton County School District is following all KHSAA guidelines as it relates to sports in the 2020-21 school year. Guidelines from the KMEA regarding marching band will also be followed.

In addition, school clubs and extracurricular activities must follow the guidelines of state and local health officials. Club size will be limited to the size and space where the activity will be held to accommodate social distancing.

 

FOR STAFF

I am concerned about missing work due to COVID-19. What should I do?
For COVID-19 absence-related questions, please refer to the Human Resources section in our Guidance Document. If you still have questions after reviewing this document, please contact our Human Resources Department.

If a student/colleague becomes sick, can I be held legally responsible as a district employee?
The legal expectation is that all staff do their very best to implement the guidance plan and local school plans as written. This is no different than all other Board of Education Policies and law, many of which deal with safety.

As long as an employee meets this standard they should be entitled to qualified immunity.