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Lincoln County schools covid-19 dashboard

This dashboard gives daily update of COVID-19 cases in Lincoln County Schools. 

Click here to view: Dashboard Link

COVID-19 Positive Diagnosis Reporting

Per Kentucky Regulatory Statue (KRS) 158.160 parents/guardians are obligated to notify the student's school if the student has a medical condition that threatens the safety of the student or others in the school. This KRS has been in place since 2005. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is of the upmost importance to promptly report positive test results to your school.

Reporting to schools should occur for all students, in-person and Patriot Learning Academy (PLA). Additionally, State of Emergency 902 KAR 2:220WE states parents/guardians responsible for a student shall notify the student's school within 24 hours following a positive test diagnosis of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (COVID-19).

Lincoln County Schools

Lincoln County Schools will offer in-person and Patriot Learning Academy (virtual learning) to students when school resumes on January 11th. PLA students will continue to learn from home as they did the previous semester. In-person students will be required to follow the guidance below.

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) have released their guidance for reopening schools in January of 2021. Districts are encouraged to follow the Healthy at School Guidelines, the COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education and the COVID-19 Daily Case Incidence Rate Maps to determine which methods of instruction are appropriate given the local community transmission.

Our plan is to follow the guidance and evaluate the Incidence Rate Map on Thursdays after it is released. The determination for the following week’s mode of instruction will be determined by the level of community spread based off of the map. The modes of instruction are based off of four different color categories:

  • Red (Critical): Substantial Community Transmission- Aggressive Hybrid Instruction
  • Orange (Accelerated): Heightened Community Transmission- Hybrid Instruction
  • Yellow (Community Spread): Increased Community Transmission- In-person daily instruction
  • Green (On Track): Minimal Community Transmission- In-person daily instruction

Red Level Instruction- If we are Red on Thursday, the following week Lincoln County Schools will use Aggressive Hybrid Instruction. This method of instruction will be an ABCD schedule for in-person students.

Monday- students in “A” group will attend in person.

Tuesday- students in “B” group will attend in person.

Wednesday- students will learn virtually, schools will be cleaned, etc.

Thursday- students in “C” group will attend in person.

Friday- students in “D” group will attend in person.

Orange Level Instruction- If we are Orange on Thursday, the following week Lincoln Schools will use Hybrid Instruction. This method of instruction will be an AB schedule for students.

Monday- students in group’s “A” and “B” will attend in person.

Tuesday- students in group’s “A” and “B” will attend in person.

Wednesday- students will learn virtually, schools will be cleaned, etc.

Thursday- students in group’s “C” and “D” will attend in person.

Friday- students in group’s “C” and “D” will attend in person.

Yellow Level Instruction- If we are Yellow on Thursday, the following week Lincoln County Schools will use daily in-person instruction for all in person students.

Green Level Instruction- If we are Green on Thursday, the following week Lincoln County Schools will use daily in-person instruction for all in person students.

***Thursday, January 7th will determine our color level for January 11th.

January 2021 return to school fast facts:

  • Patriot Learning Academy (virtual school) will still be offered to all students. Students must remain in PLA until the end of the semester once they opt in.
  • The color schemed modes of instruction are based off of guidance provided by KDE and DPH. The district will evaluate the data released on Thursdays to determine the level of instruction used the following week.
  • You will be notified by the school which group (ABCD) your student is in. Siblings will be grouped together on the same days.
  • Early Childhood/Preschool will continue to use the same schedule they used last semester. Staff will contact families if there are any changes.
  • School buses will run their routes daily.
  • Meals will not be delivered to PLA students, but they will be able to pick up meals at the schools. We also have a 5 day meal pick up plan available now.LINK
  • Schools will be extensively cleaned on virtual days (Wednesday) without students in the building.
  • Students participating in targeted instruction may utilize a different in person schedule.
  • Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) is not the same as PLA. NTI days will be used for inclement weather, sick days, etc.
  • If sickness (or quarantined staff) causes one of the schools in the district to be short staffed, they may be asked to utilize NTI.
  • Extra-curricular activities will be allowed when permitted by schools.
  • District wide facility request will follow the Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 Education. Per the Lincoln County Board of Education, no facility request will be permitted when the county is in the Red (Critical) level of community transmission.
  • Middle and high school athletics will continue to follow the guidance issued by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

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. 

option 1: In-Person School

Students who enroll in Lincoln County Schools In-Person School will return to campus the week of January 11th. 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. 
  • All students and staff will be required to wear a face covering on campus at all times (unless eating, drinking or social distancing outside). Each student will a face mask 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. 
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle from home and will be permitted to refill it from water stations at school. 
Transportation
  • 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 by all 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. 
  • Lincoln County Healthy at School Bus Procedures Video (below)
Food service/Cafeteria
  •  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

Edgenuity Parent Resources Page (Click Here)

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 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. You must call the school each day by 9 AM to order lunch. You will then pick it up between 10:30 - 10:45 AM each day. Breakfast for the following day will be included. 
  • Partnerships between parents and teachers will be critical to the success of this program for your student. 

*NOTE- LCHS offers Option 3, virtual classroom learning

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.