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STATEMENT FROM NEWPORT INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT TONY WATTS ON COVID-19-RELATED SCHOOL REOPENING

In a call yesterday (Aug. 10), Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear made a recommendation to all public school superintendents to delay opening schools to in-person instruction until or after the week of Sept. 28 due to the high number of Kentuckians testing positive for COVID-19, especially among children. 

The governor based his recommendation on four factors:

  1. A high level of total COVID cases and a high positive test rate
  2. An increase in the number of infections among children, both in Kentucky and the nation
  3. Outbreaks already occurring in states that have attempted reopening schools
  4. Families still going on vacations in COVID hotspots, then returning to Kentucky.

Based on Gov. Beshear’s recommendation, unfortunately, we will not begin school with in person instruction. All students will begin school on Aug. 31 doing virtual instruction. We will provide updates on changes as they occur. We thank our students, parents, families, teachers and staff for their patience and understanding through these trying times. 

Aug. 11, 2020 

:
Tony Watts
Superintendent Newport Schools

NEWPORT BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020, 6:30 PM

 

THIS MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED BY VIDEO TELECONFERENCE

 

  THE PUBLIC LINK FOR LIVE STREAM IS:

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzBZhIUvARsta_ZkPCu1sVw

Parent Survey for 20-21 Re-opening Plans.

The Kentucky Department of Public Health has established safety expectations for schools to mitigate transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

These include:
• Social Distancing
• Screening, school exclusion & contact tracing
• Cloth masks and personal protective equipment
• Sanitation, environmental, and industrial factors

As we begin planning for the 20-21 school year, we value the input and feedback of our Newport families. This survey was created as a guide to identify areas of concern as we create re-opening plans during the pandemic. Please answer each question honestly, as results are anonymous. This information will be used to make decisions regarding the 20-21 school year, as we navigate the "Healthy at School" recommendations.

Please complete the survey by July 6, 2020.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Survey Link

Free Lunch at the Library

Free Lunch PictureThe Newport Independent Schools and the CCPL are partnering to offer children free, healthy lunches this summer. Lunches will be provided through the USDA Summer Feeding Program and no registration is required.

Lunch is served every Tuesday:

Library Parking Lot - 12:00-1:00

To ensure the safety of all participants, lunch will be provided “Grab and Go” style from the parking lot. We hope to see you at the tent!

Click here for the full flyer.