The McCreary County School District has extended its closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak through at least May 1, according to a letter from Superintendent Corey Keith released Thursday. Local school were originally scheduled to resume next week, but as the health crisis continues, the decision was made to extend the shut-down, extending it at least three more weeks.
Governor Andy Beshear held a conference call with Superintendents across the state last week to discuss further actions to protect staff and students and recommended schools remain closed through at least that date.
If the pandemic does not appear to be subsiding in the next few weeks, there is a strong possibility that classes will not resume until the start of the next school year, or beyond.
The Kentucky Department of Education received a waiver from the federal government allowing the state to cancel all K-PREP testing for the school year. The tests are administered typically in the last two weeks of school and are used as part of the accountability system designed to rate schools and districts based on their overall performance.
With the cancellation of testing, all state school’s ratings will remain the same as last year’s and schools will be re-evaluated next year.
One casualty of the closure is the cancellation of Senior Prom at McCreary Central High School, originally scheduled for next weekend.
Superintendent Keith said the District is looking at graduation, and has no intention at this time to cancel the celebration, but will await further guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Governor’s Office before developing further plans.
“We are hopeful that graduation will occur, even if it has to be done so in a creative, non-traditional way to honor our students and families,” Keith said.
At the start of the school year the closing date for students was set for May 14. Prior to the outbreak the District had been using Non Traditional Instruction days as much as possible to adhere to the originally scheduled closing date.
In Keith’s letter to parents NTI packets and Google classroom will continue to be used throughout the extended closure. This week was designated as spring break, and no assignments were issued.
The District will continue their food delivery program on Monday, April 13.