Inspired Learning, Leading, Living

#IL3 Newsletter Friday, October 23, 2020

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October 23rd Update COVID

A Message Regarding COVID - 19 Decision Making

Because we received many messages and phone calls regarding how decision making occurs regarding in-person v. non-traditional instruction during COVID - 19, we wanted to clarify a few main points. The following message went out to our community via email on 10/21/20.

  1. The following people will work collaboratively to make decisions regarding NTI.
    1. Dr. Sally Sugg and the administrative team
    2. SCPS Board Members, Andrew Cline, Joanna Freels, Brenda Jackson, Allan Phillips, and Sonya Blackburn
    3. District Health Coordinator, Traci Earley
  2. We have had many questions about HOW we will determine to go back to NTI.
    1. Daily School COVID numbers: As of 10/21/20, we have 10 students/staff out of 8,000 students/staff who have identified as positive for COVID - 19.
    2. Learning Options In Place; 72% of our students are involved with in-person learning (SCPS@School) while 28% of our students are involved with SCPS@Home learning. This option was offered to parents at the beginning of the school year.
    3. Mitigation Factors that are Successful: handwashing, masks, hand sanitizer in every classroom, physical distancing, classroom seating charts for contact tracing.
    4. The COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education is a framework of guidance for schools to utilize for decision making. This is ONE factor out of the many to help guide our decision making. It is a recommendation and not a mandate.
    5. Community Health Numbers: produced by North Central Health District
    6. State Health Numbers: reported by the Kentucky Department of Public Health on the COVID - 19 Current Incidence Rate Map
  3. When will decisions about returning to NTI be made?
    1. After reviewing the many factors listed above, SCPS could determine to close one classroom or one building based on the number of cases at any time. Parents should always be prepared with a Plan B.
    2. After reviewing the many factors listed above, SCPS could determine to return to NTI, if our community rate, the KY Covid-19 Current Incidence Rate, and our School numbers are excelling.
    3. We reevaluate the above factors daily to determine what is best for our students. Should a classroom, building, or district go to NTI, we will give at least 24 hours notice.

Visit to keep up with Board Meeting dates and times as well as agendas and minutes from the meetings.

Board Meeting October 22, 2020

Board Meetings are Live Streamed

SCPS Board meetings are live-streamed and then recorded to our YouTube channel. Check our website and social media for links on the day of the meeting or visit our YouTube Channel.

Transportation Report from the 10/22/20 Board Meeting

In celebration of National School Bus Safety Week, Jill Tingle, Chief Operations Officer, and Eddie Oakley, Transportation Coordinator, reported to the board last night about our Transportation team for SCPS. The pictures above are from a PowerPoint with main points regarding transportation in Shelby County. Some highlights include:

  • While we have 60 bus drivers, we still need about 10 more.
  • Our buses travel 5,874 miles a day or over 1 million miles per year.
  • We have 70 buses on the road and we have 78 buses in our fleet.

To view the whole report, visit the YouTube link above.

Mental Health, Counselors, and FRYSC Appreciation Video

Special Thanks to our Mental Health Consultants, Counselors and FRYSC Coordinators

Last year, schools saw the need for more assistance with mental health for our students. Our Board of Education responded and funded that need. At the 10/22/20 Board of Education meeting, we recognized our counselors, mental health consultants, and our Family Resource and Youth Service Center Coordinators. They are very appreciated.

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New Diesel Mechanics Certification at Shelby County Area Technology Center

Congratulations to these guys on their Diesel ASE Industry Certification! They are the first students to pass and earn their certification in this program. Our Diesel program is going into its 3rd school year and is taught by Mr.

Will Hardesty

We are proud of the great work our students and Mr. Hardesty are doing!
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Kentucky's School Report Card

Kentucky's School Report Card

The Kentucky School Report Card provided by the Kentucky Department of Education has students at its center—ensuring that students are well-rounded and prepared for life after graduation. Stakeholders may search this site by district and school.

Adam Watson, Digital Learning Coordinator, Published in National Blog

Adam Watson is a rock star when it comes to digital learning. He's won titles and recognitions for his work and we at SCPS are lucky to have him on board. He was hired by SCPS in 2014 to assist with our 1:1 initiative. In 2019, he was awarded the KySTE Outstanding Leader Award. Recently, one of his works was re-published for the Aurora Institute, which leads the growth of K-12 next generation, competency-based education, and personalized learning across the US which is all new and growing quickly. Adam, his colleagues, our teachers, and our district are emerging as leaders in competency-based education and personalized learning. Adam shares our story with the US. Read it HERE!

2021 - 2022 Calendar Vote

It's that time of year again! The calendar committee has TWO choices for SCPS students, staff, and parents vote. Click HERE to access the ballot.

Shelby County Public Schools

Mission: Preparing wise students who master standards, lead by example, and embrace social responsibility.

Misión: Preparar estudiantes sabios que dominen los estándares, lideren con el ejemplo y adopten la responsabilidad social.

Vision: Inspired Learning, Leading, and Living

Visión: aprendizaje, liderazgo y vida inspirados