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SCREENING AND REPORTING
GCS will continue to follow all current and updated Healthy at School requirements.
All students and staff will be screened upon arrival at school and should also be screened before leaving home. If your child has a temperature of more than 100.4, is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, has been exposed or is awaiting test results, please do not bring or send them to school that day.
Please continue to report all positive cases of COVID-19 to your school. Accurate data is essential to the safety of students and staff in our buildings. Reporting is also a state requirement for both families and schools.
Please confirm with your school that your contact information is up to date and advise of any changes. This is especially important this year should your child become ill at school, for contact tracing, and for notification of potential COVID exposure.
Daily Symptom Screening: If your child has a temperature of more than 100.4 and/or these symptoms, please do not send them to school.
Parent Assurance for Daily Student Health Assessment. (Link to sample form)
Requirement to Report - Parents and Schools. 902 KAR 2:220E: Per KRS 158.160, parents and guardians are required to notify a student's school of a diagnosed medical condition that may threaten the safety of the student or others in the school, within 24 hours of the diagnosis.
Healthy at School Updates, March 2021
March 31: Based on the latest information from the CDC, Healthy at School guidance has again been revised to reflect changes to temperature screening expectations for students and staff. Temperature screening expectations have been changed to state that only symptomatic students and staff need to be screened for fever.
Parents and guardian should continue to monitor their children for symptoms prior to leaving for school and/or getting on a bus. Students with a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees or who exhibit any of the other exclusion criteria for COVID-19 should remain at home.
March 26: The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) have released updates to the state’s flagship Healthy at School guidancebased on the latest guidance from the CDC.
The updates, which can be found throughout the document, say schools may decrease the distance between students from 6 feet to 3 feet in classrooms if everyone is masked. Students still must maintain a 6-foot distance in common areas such as the gym, cafeteria and auditoriums, while singing, and during activities such as band, sports and other exercise. These activities should be moved to outdoor or large, well-ventilated spaces if possible.
Guidance from the CDC may continue to change as the pandemic evolves, and as it does, KDE and DPH will continue to update Kentucky’s Healthy at School guidance and other COVID-19 guidance documents.
SENATE BILL 128: SUPPLEMENTAL SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM
Senate Bill 128, signed into law this spring, created the Supplemental School Year Program (“SSYP”). Also referred to as the “do-over bill,” the program allows students in grades K – 12 to request to use the 2021-22 school year as a supplemental school year.
The intent of the bill is for students to re-take or supplement courses previously taken during the 2020-2021 year, not to simply gain an additional year to explore new coursework.
Please carefully review information in the resources below to determine if this is an option you wish to pursue for your child.
Students have until May 1 to submit a request to their local board of education. If you do not have access to the form, paper copies will be available at your child’s school.
According to the bill, the local board has until June 1 to decide whether to accept all submitted requests or no requests for the supplemental year. The bill does not provide for individual case decisions.
The district will host informational sessions with Supt. Robinson next Thursday, April 22, at the Board of Education office.
- 5:30 Elementary Parents
- 6:00 Middle School Parents
- 6:30 High School Parents
If you can’t attend that evening and/or have additional questions, please call the Board office at 270-259-4011 or reach out to your school.
Please visit this page frequently for additional guidance and updates as it is released.
GCS Fact Sheet(includes access to application)
KDE Guidance Updated 4.16.21