As we suspected, and as confirmed by today’s virtual meeting with Governor Beshear and all KY superintendents, schools will not be returning to in-person classes this school year, and we will be ending instruction on May 14th. The ending day corresponds when each school district reaches 1062 hours. Thus there are different ending dates for each school district.
I know you will all have many questions; please look for more information from your school principals in the days to come with end of year procedures, technology turn-in instructions and more.
As of now, Food Service will continue to provide uninterrupted meal service on the current schedule throughout the summer for any students 18 and under. (Not just Newport Independent students) Please take advantage of this program to help feed your children and stretch your family budgets in this time of crisis. Each meal we serve increases the federal reimbursement our food service program receives. By participating you are helping the district as well as your family.
I’m sure graduation is on the mind of every senior and his or her family. I have spoken to members of the senior class for their input, and while nothing is finalized yet, we will give our seniors their chance to be recognized for their achievement. Exactly what this celebration will look like is uncertain. Given the governor's communication and looking at the federal phase in program, an in-person graduation will not be possible even if the ceremony was carried into the summer. Again, more to come later on this and other end of the year subjects. Feel free to contact your local school principals if you have additional questions.
Please encourage your children to keep up the great work and stay on task in completing and turning in their assignments. The May 14 finish line is very close, and we do not want to see anyone’s grades slip at the very end.
Finally, I’d like to thank you all for your understanding, sacrifices, and hard work during this pandemic. Together we can see this through to the end and then look forward to the fall when hopefully we can all be together again.