COVID-19 (2021-22)

SAFE RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AND CONTINUITY OF SERVICES PLAN

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan
Lincoln County Schools is committed to providing our students a safe learning environment so they may receive a quality education. Our commitment means we will offer daily in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. We will not close in-person instruction unless required/mandated by the Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD), Department of Public Health or the Governor.

Our plan was developed using guidance from the CDC, Department of Public Health and Kentucky Department of Education. Our plan may be revised or modified in accordance with new information provided by the Lincoln County Health Department, CDC, KDE, Department of Public Health, etc.

Learning Opportunities
Our district is committed to offering in-person instruction for our students during the 2021-22 school year. However, we do understand that virtual learning is preferred and necessary for some families. For this reason, the Patriot Learning Academy (virtual learning) was offered to students until August 20th. 

Health and Safety Guidelines (Per the CDC, Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Kentucky Department of Education)
It is highly recommended (not required) that all of our staff, students (5 and up) and their families receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We fully understand that this is a personal/family decision but feel it is a vital component for us to be able to successfully offer in-person instruction. Students/staff that have been vaccinated will not be asked to quarantine unless they become symptomatic.

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Lincoln County Schools

Lincoln County Schools will be implementing some changes to the current COVID-19 protocols based on the “Guidance for K-12 School Operations for In-Person Learning” issued today by the State of Kentucky. These changes will ensure that more students will be able to stay in school for in-person learning. The biggest change is asymptomatic students and staff who are considered to be close contacts will no longer be quarantined for at-school exposures.

1. Face coverings are now optional at all of our facilities and on school buses.

2. Vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff that are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:

•Get tested as soon as possible. If positive, isolate for five (5) days. Positive cases that are still experiencing symptoms after five (5) days should isolate for an additional five (5) days (10 days total).

•All students and staff should immediately notify the Lincoln County School contact tracers if they test positive for COVID-19.

•Face coverings are recommended for a full 10 days while indoors.

3. Quarantining (At-school and Home Exposures):

•Asymptomatic students and staff who are considered to be close contacts will no longer be quarantined for at-school exposures.

•In-home exposures will receive their quarantine guidelines from the health professionals that performed their test or the local health department.

4. Baseline Prevention Strategies:

•Please stay home if you are sick.

•Continue to practice proper hygiene and cleaning.

•Students and staff are encouraged to stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

•Individuals who are sick should be tested for COVID-19. If positive, follow the latest CDC guidelines.

***This guidance will go into effect immediately. You may view the updated guidance from KDPH here: LINK