Lincoln County Schools
This page will be used to provide information to parents and staff about returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Our leadership team has worked closely with the Healthy at School Guidelines and the Lincoln County Health Department to develop our guidelines.
Please carefully read the all the information below regarding the two different options available for students this year. This plan is for all students (Kindergarten-12th grade).
There will be preschool offered too, more details will be forthcoming regarding that program.
**The first day for students will be August 26, 2020 for all options.
option 1: In-Person School
Students who enroll in Lincoln County Schools In-Person School will return to campus on August 26th. All staff and students will be required to abide by the Healthy at Schools Guidelines.
Lincoln County Schools believes the best place for our students to thrive (when feasible) is in the school building with our staff providing instruction. Obviously this will be different during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to provide students and staff with instruction in the safest manner possible:
day to day health and safety actions
- Parents/guardians will screen their student(s) for symptoms each morning, including a temperature check. If the student isn't feeling well, or is running a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, they should not attend school in-person that day. Schools will supply families with thermometers.
- Students will have their temperature checked by staff before entering the school building each morning.
- Students (1st-12th grade) will be required to wear a face mask in instances where 6 ft social distancing is unobtainable. Students may remove their mask in classrooms for instruction when social distancing is properly maintained. Each student will receive two face masks from the school to start the year.
- Hand sanitization stations will be placed throughout the buildings.
- The buildings will frequently be cleaned with CDC approved cleaning supplies.
- Staff will encourage proper hygiene and limit group gatherings daily.
- Each school will have an area designated to quarantine individuals that develop symptoms while on campus.
- Schools will work closely with the school medical provider and the Lincoln County Health Department to follow proper COVID-19 protocols.
- Parents/guardians should ensure their student is fever free before getting on the school bus or before dropping them off at school each morning.
- Face masks should be used on school buses when 6ft social distancing is unobtainable for 1st-12th grade students.
- Students will be assigned seats on buses and are encouraged to sit with household members.
- Buses will be sanitized daily between routes and will have hand sanitizer available for staff and students.
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided on site and social distancing must be practiced.
- Students will remove face mask once they are seated.
- Staff will be required to wear a face mask at all times and will disinfect eating areas after students are finished eating.
option 2- Patriot learning academy
- Edgenuity is an online curriculum that will rely on participation and completion
- This will be a personalized learning platform, based on each students' needs
- Teachers set due dates for assignments
- Time management and self pacing is the responsibility of the student
- There will be no set log on time for students each day
- Students will be assigned PLA teachers to help assist them with instruction and students should communicate with their instructor regularly
- This is NOT the same as NTI
This option is designed for families who do not believe it is in the best interest of their student's health to return to the school building. The level of expectation and accountability with this option will resemble that of the In-Person School option. We feel it is of the utmost importance to provide equitable instruction at home and in-person. This option will be made available for the entire school year.
The Patriot Learning Academy should not be confused with Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI). NTI days will be used for for short-term school closures such as snow days, weather days and county-wide sick days, etc.
Parents who choose this option for their student will be required to sign an agreement acknowledging the following expectations:
Patriot learning academy expectations
- Students will be enrolled in the Patriot Learning Academy for the entire semester. A student may leave In-Person school and opt into PLA at any time during a semester. A switch from Patriot Learning Academy back to In-Person school can only occur at the end of the semester. The only exception to this is if a student was made to quarantine due to COVID-19. These students will be eligible to return during the current semester.
- Grades K-1st will be working from a workbook curriculum.
- Grades 2nd-12th will be working online.
- Students in grades 2nd-12th must have daily access to high quality internet.
- Grades 2nd-12th will use a Chromebook, supplied by the school system, to perform their daily work.
- There will be daily attendance taken and daily participation is expected of all students.
- Students will be asked to consistently communicate with their Patriot Learning Academy teacher. (NOTE: Certain teachers will be assigned to work specifically with Patriot Learning Academy students.)
ExtracURRICular and support
- Patriot Learning Academy students will be permitted to participate in after school activities, such as athletics, if they meet the eligibility requirements.
- Meals will be available for students enrolled in the Patriot Learning Academy, but the meals must be picked up at the school. There will be no deliveries.
- Partnerships between parents and teachers will be critical to the success of this program for your student.
*NOTE- LCHS may also offer an Option 3 (Interactive Learning/Online) where they livestream classroom instruction.
non-traditional instruction (NTI)
The Kentucky Department of Education has granted all districts with unlimited NTI days for the 2020-2021 school year. NTI days are used to provide instruction to students when they are unable to be on campus due to inclement weather or widespread illness, etc.
Students may be asked to participate in NTI at any point during the school year. All LCS staff members will be expected to teach during NTI days. Your In-Person teacher(s) will be your NTI teacher(s).
NTI and Patriot Learning Academy are NOT the same thing.