Christ The King School News Notes

January 26, 2021

Message from Principal Smith

Dear CKS Families,

Today we celebrated Mass with Bishop John and the entire diocesan school community in recognition of School Choice Week, this week, and of Catholic Schools Week, which will officially begin on Sunday. Please tune in to the 11:30 a.m. Mass this Sunday, January 31, when Fr. Paul will kick off CSW in our traditional way, with a parish Mass. Through that Mass, though “virtual,” we can still come together to honor our school and this special ministry of the Church.

Please see the list below of all the fun going on next week as we celebrate the blessings of being a Catholic school. Our Catholic school has been a special blessing this year for all of us, in that our students have had the opportunity to participate in face-to-face instruction. To keep this our priority, we will continue thinking of others by protecting one another through limiting our risks of exposure to the coronavirus, to keep students and staff -- and our families -- safe. We stay safe by following the guidelines set in place: wearing masks, washing hands, and physical distancing.

As government and public efforts continue to make progress toward getting the pandemic under control, we are able to make updates to our reopening plan. For example, we will begin having multiple cohorts at Mass each week, starting with our 8th graders attending our school-wide 9:45 a.m. Mass this Friday with Bishop John, in preparation for their confirmation next week. We hope to try out some face-to-face band classes soon, as well as have hybrid-learning students (beginning with middle school) join their in-school classmates from home in live class sessions via Google Meet.

After Catholic Schools Week, it will be time for re-enrollment of our current families. At that time, we will provide you more information about that process, including updates on tuition and fees. The State of the School address will be Thursday, February 11th.

Thank you for your continued support.

God bless,

Paula Smith, Ed.S.

Principal, Christ the King School

Please be sure to check your email for K-8 Handbook sign off!

Important Reminders

  • If you test positive or quarantine, please notify the school's COVID contact. We are required to report these during virtual and in-person instruction.
  • If you are in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period, you must quarantine. For the most accurate results, it is recommended that you get tested no sooner than 5 days after your known exposure to the positive case.
  • Quarantining is defined as staying at home for 14 days after the known exposure, watching symptoms and checking temperature twice a day. This means not just quarantining from school, but all public locations.
  • When dropping off students' forgotten materials at school, please leave them outside the school's door, and buzz the front desk to arrange retrieval.
  • Masks must be worn on school property at all times. Please make sure to wear your mask when coming to the front door.

COVID Contact

As questions arise about the policies and procedures that we have put in place due to COVID-19, we wish for our parents to have a point of contact for their questions. For the upcoming year, our nurse, Shayna Elmore, will be available full-time during the school day. She will be our school’s COVID Contact. Please direct your COVID-related questions via email to or call (859) 266-5641.

If you have any questions about whether your child can be in attendance, please reach out to Nurse Elmore, our COVID contact. It is of utmost importance that we maintain the health and safety of our school community.

If your child is in isolation or quarantine, please contact Nurse Elmore, so that we can ensure that students can continue learning via the hybrid plan if they are well enough to do so. Her contact information is

COVID Testing Locations

Lexington Fayette County Health Department FAQ's about COVID Vacinne

1). Once I receive the 2nd COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to quarantine if I come in contact with a positive case? Yes

2). If I am positive, can I still get a COVID-19 vaccine? Once you test positive and are finished with your Isolation period (released from Isolation), you can then receive a vaccine.

3). Once I test positive, will I still have to quarantine if I come in contact with a positive case? Not if it is within 90 days after your initial infection date; however, there could be a stipulation if you become symptomatic.

4). If I am in quarantine from being exposed, can I still get the vaccine? We advise that you stay in quarantine and not leave your quarantine to get a vaccine until your quarantine period has ended.

5). Do I still have to wear a mask and distance 6 feet even after I receive a COVID-19 vaccine? Yes

6). Is it recommended that I quarantine after traveling to other states or countries after receiving both vaccines? Yes

Carline Drop-off & Pick-up Refresher

Just as a refresher, please review our carline diagrams and videos, available at

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CKS Travel Policy

Many have come to us concerned about families traveling. We all have to be protective of our cohorts.

In order for us to preserve face-to-face instruction of our students at school, we have to be extra careful with the choices we each make. We, of course, want our children to have all the typical experiences; however, we have to remember that making sacrifices for the short term will help prevent the spread of the virus, and reduce long-term negative effects on the school’s reopening and the health and safety of our children, faculty, and staff.

If you travel to or through any current hotspots, students have to quarantine for two weeks. The best place to go to check hotspots, which are states with 15% positive testing rates, is

Keep in mind that there are considerable swings and changes in all states and they can change even while you are traveling.

Daily Prescreening

Parents will need to fill out this pre-screening form daily with respect to their children who attend Christ the King School. You may submit this either the evening before your child(ren) will attend class on campus, or in the morning before bringing your child(ren) to school; HOWEVER, if you submit this form the evening before and circumstances change between then and the morning, you should resubmit and take action accordingly. A SYMPTOMATIC CHILD, OR ONE WITH A TEMPERATURE OF 100.4° OR ABOVE, SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL.

On the school website:

Alternate link if the website is offline:

  • When a cohort goes into quarantine, including the teacher, the students will use the full online plan that includes synchronous (or live-streamed video) learning.
  • When individual students quarantine, without their cohort/teacher, or chooses to learn from home, he/she will use the hybrid plan that includes asynchronous (pre-recorded video) learning ONLY.
  • When a student is sick with allergies, strep etc. or on a trip he/she will complete missing work as normal, using Google Classroom and Ren-Web to keep up. The student has as many days as he/she misses to make up the work.
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Reopening Plan

Please see the CKS Reopening Operations Plan for all important information.

COVID-19 Response


Recent communications from CKS, along with links to COVID-19 Resources:


Prayer list:

Prayer Request Form:


If you would like to make a donation to those struggling during this time or if you need help, please contact us:

Inclement Weather

As we enter January, the possibility of inclement weather approaches. In the event we are not able to safely attend school, CKS will utilize E-Days as in previous years. There is always the possibility of a delay; therefore, please stay weather aware and check all communication outlets (website, email, social media, etc.).

Teachers will utilize Google Classroom, as they do during virtual learning, as their platform of choice if we are forced to use an E-Day. There, you can find all assignments, resources, and other pertinent information. We encourage you to use the schedule provided during virtual instruction to assist your child(ren) with time management and breaks. You can expect all work to be posted by 9 a.m. Teachers are available, via email, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lunch Menu

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Catholic Schools Week!

February 1-5

Monday: Celebrating our Community!

CKS Is Super! Wear your favorite superhero shirt with appropriate pants. (It is the first Monday of the month, so it is also Jeans Day. As always, if leggings are worn, bottom should be covered.)

Tuesday: Celebrating our Clergy!

Hats Off To CKS! Wear a hat of your choice.

Wednesday: Celebrating Our Families!

CKS Has Spirit! Wear CKS spiritwear.

Thursday: Celebrating Our Teachers!

CKS Is a Dream Come True! Wear cozy PJ’s. Make sure they follow uniform guidelines for length and modesty.

Friday: Celebrating Our Students!

We Are the Army of the Lord! Wear a camouflage

shirt with uniform bottoms.

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Yearbook Help!

Would you like to help with the Yearbook this year?

Please contact Ms. Z at to let her know.

We need help with formatting and designing pages. Work from home !!!!

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CTK Bulletin

Be sure to fill out this year's parish commitment form. This helps to ensure you are an active parishioner!

Here is the Link to the Commitment Card:

Flipbook Ministry Guide:

Summer Catechesis Opportunities for Children

Before you book your 2021 summer vacations, be sure to plan around the Cathedral’s

amazing Catechesis opportunities for children!

Totus Tuus - June 20-25 (changed)

Vacation Bible School – July 26 - 30

More information to come:

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Important Dates

January 31, 20201- Catholic School's Week Kick Off Mass (11:30)

February 1-5, 2021- Catholic Schools Week

February 11, 2021- State of the School (Virtual)

February 15, 2021-President’s Day - No School

February 16, 2021-Professional Development - No School

February 17, 2021- Ash Wednesday

February 26, 2021- End of Tri 2

CKS Contacts

Renrollment/Tuition/ FACTS: David Stromquist,

Admissions: Amy Smith,

Technology Support: Vince Mongiardo,

Communications: Kelley Taylor,

Student Concerns: Christine Gibson, cgibson@ckslex.og and Kelley Taylor,

COVID Exposure, Positive, Health Related Questions: Shayna Elmore,


Christ the King School develops Character, Knowledge, and Spirit in its students and community by living the Catholic faith through sharing the sacraments, promoting academic excellence, and engaging in service.
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