Due to COVID-19, Oldham County Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16. We hope to reopen on Monday, April 20, 2020. Child enrichment centers will also be closed during this time. NTI instruction will continue during this time, with the exception of Spring Break, which is March 30 - April 3.
March 31, 2020 Update:
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Please click here for more FFCRA information.
March 20, 2020 Update:
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT GREG SCHULTZ:
Thank you for a great first week of Non-Traditional Instruction. I am extremely proud of how our staff was able to come up with such quality, engaging work on such short notice. It makes me equally as proud to see the quality of work being performed and turned in by our students.
Today, Governor Andy Beshear, in a conference call with Kentucky superintendents, requested that we continue to keep schools closed through Friday, April 17. The hope is to return to school on Monday, April 20. However, this continues to be a fluid situation and that date could change.
NTI work will continue throughout our absence from the school buildings, with the exception of Spring Break, which is March 30 - April 3.
Meals will continue to be provided next week, and we will have further announcements regarding feeding services in a few days.
I am very proud of teachers, students, staff, and families for coming together with such positive attitudes during this difficult time. It’s important students keep up with the work and turn it in as requested. I appreciate all our parents have done to assist their children where they can, and encourage students and parents to reach out to their teachers via email if they need additional support.
We are a strong community and we will get through this together.
March 13, 2020 Update:
Tonight Governor Beshear strongly recommended, based on the recommendation by public health officials, for schools to close for face-to-face student instruction starting Monday, March 16 and running for at least two weeks. For OCS this would take us to Spring Break, which means a total of three weeks for the COVID-19 situation to hopefully improve. I feel compelled, for the health of our community, to follow this request and close OCS schools.
Therefore, Oldham County Schools will be closed until we reopen on Monday, April 6. Child enrichment centers must also be closed starting March 16 to prevent community spread. Please look for further instruction regarding Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) assignments to be communicated on Monday, March 16. The Oldham County Schools Nutrition Department will provide information on Friday, March 13 on the plan to continue providing meals during this two week closure.
March 12, 2020 Update:
As a district, it is our responsibility to do what we can to slow the transmission of COVID-19, and we cannot ensure the safety of the community with large numbers of visitors entering our buildings. Therefore, the district is requiring any school activity that has an audience be postponed, effective this afternoon through Spring Break. This includes band and choir concerts, and anything else that brings outside spectators into our buildings. We understand this is disappointing for many, but we truly have the health and wellness of students, staff and the community as our main goal.
Schools will be performing extra cleaning and sanitizing over the weekend, so we’ve asked students to take valuables and anything else needed for an extended break with them. If we are in school Monday, please have them bring back the necessary items then. If there is something your child needs from school and we are not in session, please contact your school’s administrator via email.
Please know that you will hear from us first, should the decision to close school be made, based on recommendations from Governor Beshear or the state or local health department. There have been numerous rumors floating across social media and through the grapevine this week. Should the decision to close be made, you will receive the phone call, text and email from Infinite Campus, and word will go out via the district’s official Facebook and Twitter sites, as well as local media outlets.
Should schools be closed, we must require that our child enrichment centers also be closed.
It’s important to note that we have no plans to cancel school at this time, but as you know, this is a fluid and rapidly changing situation. We promise to keep you up to date with the latest information.
March 11, 2020 Update:
While we hope traditional learning will continue as usual, we continue to monitor and plan for the potential impact that COVID-19 could have on schools in the coming days. Our goal is to avoid canceling school if possible. We are working toward this goal by ensuring increased attention to hygiene and building cleanliness. That said, we do want to make sure that we are prepared in the event of a cancellation.
Teachers and administrators will be spending this Friday’s Teacher Work Day reviewing and preparing Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI), which, if used, will allow us to avoid making up missed days at the end of the school year. Principals will assist teachers to plan for up to ten days of instruction to be accessed by students at home, should it become necessary to do so. At this time we are working out the details of our NTI plans, and will have a plan in place after Friday’s Teacher Work Day. Teachers and administrators will communicate their NTI plans to students and parents as soon as the district becomes aware of a potential closure.
Replicating the high quality instruction that we expect each and every day in our classrooms is a challenge. For this reason, the Board of Education has not approved the use of NTI in the past. Please understand that even if NTI days are approved this year to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, NTI days will NOT be approved for weather-related closings. The district will continue to utilize make-up days for weather-related closures in future school years.
A team is currently working to complete the application for Temporary Emergency NTI days. The completed plan must be approved by our local board prior to submission to the Kentucky Department of Education for its approval.
***Please note that we do not plan to close school, unless we are ordered to by Governor Beshear or the Oldham County Health Department.***
I sincerely hope that we are not required to utilize the NTI option, but the health and well-being of our students and staff remains at the forefront of our decision-making.
March 9, 2020 Update:
Oldham County Schools district officials are paying vigilant attention to COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Our Administrative Illness Response team is meeting regularly and taking guidance from the Oldham County Health Department (OCHD) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There are no known cases within Oldham County at this time.
After meeting with the OCHD last week, we began reviewing district sanitizers to ensure they are labeled for “emerging viral pathogens.” We are scheduling extra cleaning and sanitation of commonly touched areas in schools, and making sure teachers are encouraging extra hand washing.
Although there has been no recommendation for school closure at this time, district administrators are seeking guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education regarding possible non-traditional instruction days, should the district be required to close for a period of time.
We encourage you to visit the OCHD website for more information on COVID-19 at
https://oldhamcountyhealthdepartment.org or call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725.
March 2, 2020 Update:
The Oldham County Board of Education is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff and understand there are concerns about the novel coronavirus. Therefore, district administrators recently met with the local health department to review disease outbreak response plans.
The Oldham County Health Department is in daily communication with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, who is carefully assessing the situation as it evolves. Although coronaviruses are a group of viruses that aren’t new, this is a new type of coronavirus that health officials are still learning about.
At this time, the health risk to the general public in Kentucky and in Oldham County remains low. The Oldham County Health Department will continue to monitor this event locally along with the Kentucky Department for Public Health and will implement guidance and directives as received by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
As a best practice for overall health, get your seasonal influenza vaccine and engage in everyday preventative measures to prevent the spread of germs such as:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommendations that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (i.e., chills, warm flushed appearance)
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Please contact the OCHD with questions or concerns at 502.222.3516 or visit https://oldhamcountyhealthdepartment.org