FAQs Related to the New School Year

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The On-Campus Option

Q. Will all students get their first choice of either AM or PM sessions?

A. We had 85% of students submit their preference for their session by the July 31st deadline. These students will get their preference. If there is an issue or question with their selection, they will be contacted by August 7, 2020. If students did not submit their selection by July 31st, they should contact their school office to submit their choice. Please note that as of August 1, the AM Session was at/close to capacity in most grade levels.


Q. Will families be scheduled during the same session?

A. Yes, it is certainly our goal to ensure that siblings attend the same session in order to accommodate families.


Q. Will my child still have online work to complete at home?

A. Yes, they will. They will have work that extends to their "second half" of the day. However, they do not necessarily have to log on to complete their work during those specific hours of the second half of the day. On Fridays, they will have a certain time, based on their grade level and class/content where they will have to connect online with their teacher(s) on Google Meet.

The Off-Campus Fully Virtual Option

Q. We selected the Off-Campus Option, so what exactly will that look like?

A. Grades 1-12 will have a chromebook (laptop) at home to complete all work. Each day, Monday through Friday, students will have to log in and complete their daily work through Google Classroom. Instructional videos will be uploaded to instruct the students. In general, they will not have to log in at a particular time. There will be times throughout the week where they will have to connect at a certain time, but it will differ by grade level, content/class, and specific needs. On Fridays, all students will have to log on at a particular time to connect virtually with their teacher(s).

Preschool and Kindergarten will look a little different than Grades 1-12. More of their work will be hands-on, reading, and paperwork.


Q. Are there certain high school courses that my child will not be able to take virtually if they choose this option?

A. Yes, there are a few classes, such as Student Aide or Peer Tutoring, that may not lend themselves to a virtual format due to the nature of the course. An alternative course may need to be chosen. Mrs. Johnson will work with those students to adjust their schedule.


Q. Will my child still receive the extra support, counseling, or IEP/504 Plan services/accommodations if on the off-campus plan?

A. Yes, all students will have their needs met. It may look different though! These services will mainly be implemented virtually. Our school counselors will still be available for office time/chats, accommodations and related services can still take place, and IEP/504 Plans will still be implemented. Once the year starts, the staff members in these roles will be connecting with families to give them a better picture of what their assistance will look like to meet individual needs.

Remote Learning Plan

Q. What happens if school is closed for an extended period of time?

A. If our schools are forced to close for a longer period of time, we will implement a Remote Learning Plan. ALL students will work virtually and must plan to log in to their Google Classroom to complete work on a daily basis. Students will have some days/times where they will have to connect virtually with their teacher(s) at a scheduled time. Other work can be completed at their own pace. This will be different for each grade level/content area.

Back-to-School Events

Q. Will Pantherfest still take place? How will I get my schedule and pay my fees?

A. Our annual back-to-school events will not be taking place in the same manner this year. We are still working on some of the logistics related to these activities and will communicate them as soon as we make final decisions. Thanks for your patience!


Q. How will my child receive their chromebook and materials?

A. We are still finalizing plans on these types of activities and will communicate them as soon as we can.


Q. Have School Supply Lists been posted?

A. School Supply Lists have been posted! You can find lists HERE.

Drop Off & Pick Up

Q. What time can I drop off my child each day if they are taking classes on campus?

A. The AM Session drop-off time is 7:35-7:50 AM. The PM Session drop-off time is 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM. Due to restrictions to students gathering, and to maintain cleanliness in the hallway areas, we are limiting to entrance during these times only. We realize this changes everyone's routine, but we cannot have students dropped off earlier. Once they enter the building and have their temperature taken, they will report right to their classroom.


Q. Where will I drop off my child? Are we still using the regular drop off procedures?

A. We are working on an adjusted drop-off procedure, especially for our younger students. In order to speed-up the entrance process with temperature taking, we are going to increase the number of entrances used. They will be designated for specific grade levels. Stay tuned for updates on this process.

Masks

Q. Will students have to provide his/her own mask?

A. Each student attending classes on campus will be given two types of cloth masks to use. One will be a standard mask with ear loops. The other will be a scarf-type (complete with a Ludlow logo) that is worn around the neck and can be pulled up and down as needed. Students may choose to wear his/her own mask as well, as long as it covers the nose and mouth appropriately.


Q. How do I care for my mask?

A. It is expected that the student has a mask at school with them each day. Since they will be wearing them as they leave school each day, they will come home with the student. These should be cleaned in a washer/dryer regularly.

Taking Your Temperature

Q. Upon arrival, will my student have his/her temperature taken?

A. Yes, all staff members and students will have their temperature taken upon arrival. We will be using a face recognition thermal scanner that students will step in front of. It records their temperature.


Q. What happens if my child's temperature is above 100.4 degrees?

A. A staff member will take them to another area, out of the line. They will let the student sit for a few minutes before taking their temperature again to be sure it was an accurate reading. If the temperature still reads higher than 100.4 degrees, a parent will be contacted to pick up the student. We ask for your patience with this process. We have to help remind our students that just because another student's initial temperature reads high, and they move out of the line, it does not necessarily mean they have COVID-19. We ask for your help with reinforcing this message to your child.

Procedures for Positive COVID-19 Tests/Exposures

Q. What are the procedures for positive tests in the school? How will I know if my child has been exposed?

A. We are working on a flowchart that shows the procedures for various scenarios. Those are in the process for being approved by the NKY Health Department. As soon as we can share them, we will. Please rest assured that we will follow all procedures and requirements provided by the health department if there is a positive case or possible exposure.

If anyone -- a student or staff member -- tests positive for the virus, the health department works with that person to contact trace where they've been and who they have come in close contact with. We would be notified by the health department if we had a staff member or student who tested positive. We would have to follow all guidelines they have in place with notifying parents/staff/students/ to possible exposures.

Preschool & Kindergarten

Q. What will preschool and kindergarten look like?

A. Preschool and Kindergarten will look different than Grades 1-12 programs. The type of work will look different if choosing the virtual option. The GUIDANCE provided for students of these ages is different than for older students. To help answer specific questions, the parent/guardian of enrolled preschool and kindergarten students will receive a phone call from one of our teachers during the week of July 27th.

Grade 11 & 12 Early College & Career Programs

Q. My son/daughter is enrolled in the Gateway GenEd Early College Program. What should we expect this fall?

A. Students enrolled in the Gateway Gen Ed Early College Program will take their classes remotely this fall, starting on August 17th. Classes run 9:30-10:45 AM, Monday through Thursday (one class on M/W and the other class is on T/R). Students must log in to the "live stream" (like a Zoom session) to attend class with the instructor during the assigned class time. Because of the days/times of these courses, Gateway students must select either the off-campus virtual plan or the PM session plan for their LHS time. Since these students are enrolled only in 4th, 5th, and 6th period classes at LHS, they will actually only be on campus at LHS on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (1st, 2nd, and 3rd period classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, because these students don't have 1st, 2nd, or 3rd periods classes).


Q. Will we still have an orientation for Gateway classes?

A. We will be sharing some orientation-type of resources with families, but we will not be able to host the in-person visit to the Gateway campus this fall.


Q. How will the career classes at Gateway be held this fall?

A. We currently have students enrolled in IT and Auto Tech courses at Gateway. Those will look different, based on the program. The IT Program will be held fully online. The Auto Tech courses will be held both online (lecture) and in-person (for the labs). For labs, students will have to attend the class on their auto campus in Ft. Wright. Those schedules will be out soon, but they are morning classes. Since these students are enrolled only in 4th, 5th, and 6th period classes at LHS, they will actually only be on campus at LHS on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (1st, 2nd, and 3rd period classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, because these students don't have 1st, 2nd, or 3rd periods classes).

*Gateway is also offering career dual credit courses in the areas of Logistics/Supply Chain and Health Care. Interested students can contact Jenny McMillen at jennifer.mcmillen@ludlow.kyschools.us.


Q. My son/daughter is enrolled in the Building Institute Association Program. What should we expect this fall?

A. Students will still attend this program on the Enzweiler campus this fall (2751 Circleport Dr in Erlanger). Classes run in the mornings on Monday and Tuesday mornings, from 8:15-10:30 AM, beginning August 31st. Online work will take place on Wednesdays for this program. More details will be communicated as plans are finalized. Students will have to have their temperature checked upon arrival and wear a mask and gloves while working in their classrooms/shop. Because of the days/times of these courses, BIA students must select either the off-campus virtual plan or the PM session plan for their LHS time. Since these students are enrolled only in 4th, 5th, and 6th period classes at LHS, they will actually only be on campus at LHS on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (1st, 2nd, and 3rd period classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, because these students don't have 1st, 2nd, or 3rd periods classes).

Reviewing Our Plan

Q. How long will this adjusted plan be in effect?

A. We will continue to evaluate our plan on a daily basis, and will make changes as KDE/state guidelines and recommendations are made. As restrictions are heightened or eased, we will adjust our plan, schedule, and activities to reflect those. We want our year to look "like normal" as soon as possible!