The Fairview Independent School District will provide a communication update for parents and families as we continue to move forward in the 20/21 school year.
Please see below communication provided by the Fairview Independent School District in mid-December and part of the executive order for school districts issued by the Governor on December 18, 2020. Additional information has been added for clarification and it is noted below.
Previous District Communication...
The Kentucky Department of Public Health has recently recommended that districts not return to in-person instruction before Monday, January 11, 2021.
In the most recent data released, our county is #19 out of 120 counties in total number of cases with an incident rate that is #13 out of 120 counties. Our region is at 79.43% of inpatient capacity. This is the highest of the 10 regions. More data can be found at the following link: https://chfs.ky.gov/.../dph/covid19/COVID19DailyReport.pdf
Over the past nine months, you have faced many challenges as the pandemic has impacted your child's education. It has been a time of constant change. Your partnership has been and will continue to be greatly valued. The partnership between the families of students and educators is needed now more than ever to result in the educational outcomes our kids deserve.
Our priority continues to be in person instruction under conditions in which our students and staff are safe. We want to have our students back in person as soon as possible and anticipate additional guidance after January 1st. We will communicate with you during the first week of January after this guidance is received. We hope to see improvements in our community data and return to in-person instruction in some capacity on January 12, 2020.
Adjustments to our calendar have been made for the 20/21 school year. Rather than coming back to virtual instruction after the break, school will not be in session the first full week of January, 1/4/21 - 1/8/21.The five days for this full week have been added at the end of the school year. Additionally, school will not be in session on Mondays in January and the first two Mondays in February, resulting in four additional days added at the end of the school year.
In summary, in the revised calendar, school will not be in session for students 1/4/21 - 1/8/21, 1/11/21, 1/18/21, 1/25/21, 2/1/21, and 2/8/21. The last day for students will be June 10, 2021. Added for clarification - it is planned that any snow day will be a "NTI Day" in the calendar so that we can maintain June 10, 2021 as the last day for the 2020/2021 school year in the calendar.
We are hopeful that full-day, in personal instruction will be possible in the spring. Therefore, this revision to our calendar will give us an additional two weeks of full day, in-person instruction. Added for clarification - we all know that virtual learning is not the best learning option for most students. It is a struggle for everyone and any opportunity to appropriately replace virtual instruction with in-person instruction has been and will continue to be our priority. This means that now, in allowing our parents and families more time to prepare, we are communicating a plan and a hope to replace virtual learning with in-person learning in the spring by decreasing the week in January and early February from five days to four days. This will not only allow an opportunity to replace virtual learning days with in-person instruction in the spring, but it will also allow right now for an additional day weekly in which students are not required to attend virtual instruction. This time will assist students in getting caught up, if necessary.
Your understanding, flexibility, and teamwork continues to be appreciated. We will update you in early January as new information is received.
Part of the information from within the Governor's most recent executive order to school districts...
It is recommended that all public schools in Red Zone Counties, as provided by the Kentucky Department for Public Health on the COVID-19 website (available at https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19), delay in-person instruction until January 11, 2021, to prevent the spread of disease following the holidays.