11/12/2020 COVID-19 Update for Families

COVID UPdate for Families

Dear Rockcastle County Schools Community:

I have been monitoring our county’s COVID-19 status over the past several days and working closely with the Rockcastle County Health Department to determine the best course of action regarding returning to in person learning on Monday, November 16, 2020. According to the state map, Rockcastle County has been going back and forth this week from Orange to Red. Based on current data, Rockcastle County Schools has 0 teachers that are positive for COVID-19 or who are in quarantine. We have 1 bus driver who is in quarantine. In addition, we have 2 students that will still be in quarantine on Monday and 2 students who are positive for COVID-19. Of these 2 students, 1 is a MyRock Online student and has not been in a school building. Due to the minimal impact that these quarantines and positive cases are having on the local school system, I have made the decision along with our Rockcastle County Board of Education that we will return to in-person learning on Monday, November 16th, 2020.  We will continue to monitor our community for signs of any increased spread of the COVID-19 virus, but I feel confident that we can work to mitigate this spread and keep our students safe.  Our priorities are to educate, feed, and support while ensuring the health and safety of all the students and staff in Rockcastle County.  We believe that we can best provide these services at school as well as strengthen important connections between students and their teachers.  As always, we will observe established safety precautions: wearing masks, handwashing, distancing and disinfecting our classrooms and buildings.  We look forward to seeing our students on Monday, November 16th!

Sincerely,
Carrie Ballinger
Superintendent, Rockcastle County Schools

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