3/13/2020 Update: COVID-19 Communication

March 13, 2020

Dear Rockcastle County Families,

In light of the recent need to close schools at the recommendation of state officials, many questions may still remain for you and your family. As previously stated, Rockcastle County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Current plans are for students to return to school on Monday, March 30, 2020.

The safety of our students, staff and community is our number one priority. We will continue working with state and local health experts, government agencies and organizations to make the best decisions for our families.  Practicing social distancing as recommended by the Center for Disease Control is one of the most important measures we can implement. It will be imperative to limit social interaction during this time. In an effort to do so, please note the following measures and communication.

-All school activities, afterschool programming and athletics are postponed until further notice.

-The first five days of this two-week cancellation will be made up at the end of the school year as regular school days. No instructional packets will be sent home at this time. The second week will be determined based on additional information and future planning.

-We will be in constant communication in regard to identified student needs. We have scheduled a meeting for Monday, March 16th with Family Resource and Youth Service Coordinators, Principals and the Food Service Director to map out a plan to guide us through the upcoming weeks.

-School buildings will be closed and will NOT be open to visitors during the week of March 16th-20th. The following week will be evaluated as more information becomes available.

-Central Office will remain open.

Rockcastle County Schools will continue to monitor this situation on a daily basis. Please monitor our district website for additional information and communication as we move forward: www.rockcastle.kyschools.us

The most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 is available online by going to: the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Coronavirus webpage, which includes information from the Center for Disease Control: kycovid19.ky.gov.  The Kentucky Department of Public Health has established a hotline and information center where people can get answers to their questions by calling 1-800-722-5725.

Please feel free to contact my office with any questions.

David Pensol, Superintendent
Rockcastle County Schools


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