Good afternoon. I hope everyone enjoyed their winter break. We are pleased to be back in session and looking forward to having our students back on campus, while returning to our HYBRID schedule next week. I would like to invite you to read through my weekly update with COVID information and additional items of interest.
If you recall, Governor Beshear’s executive order and his subsequent comments recommended our return to face-to-face instruction, via our hybrid model, beginning on Monday, January 11th. And that is our plan.
Next Monday, buses will pick up our Group A hybrid students for school. As an important note, Group B students will attend school physically next Wednesday, since our last Wednesday on campus was attended by Group A. We will continue alternating Wednesdays for groups A and B, every other week as we had before moving to an all-virtual model at the Governor’s direction. Some families had requested a change prior to the break. Please reach out to your child’s principal if you have any questions about that change.
Current COVID Numbers:
According to the KY DPH’s website, Campbell County’s incidence rate is 53.7 per 100,000 people. We have fluctuated between the 40s and 60s during the past two weeks. The current state incident rate is 65.0, as indicated below.
Before the close of December, school districts were asked to submit rosters of employees to receive COVID vaccinations once they are made available to us. School employees are assigned to group 1b for vaccination. In a letter received from the Northern Kentucky Health Department this week, we’ have been told that vaccinations of school employees could begin in February. Logistics are still being worked out.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Building:
As you may have seen in the news from recent weeks, the Campbell County Board of Education is pursuing the acquisition of the Disabled American Veterans headquarters in Cold Spring. The DAV is moving their operation to Erlanger next summer and the site they are vacating is a perfect location for a second middle school. Acquiring this site achieves several priorities for the school district:
- The DAV building can be RENOVATED into a middle school, at a HUGE savings to local taxpayers, so we don’t have to buy and build a new school from the ground up. The DAV team provided Board members with a guided tour of the facility in September and it is in immaculate shape!!
- Adding a second middle school will reduce the current middle school’s enrollment by HALF, reducing it to 600 students, a much more manageable number. This also provides room for future increases in enrollment.
- The DAV sits in the northern section of the county, providing greater access for students and families living in those areas and save us money on transportation by having a school closer to the students.
For additional information, please read through these Frequently Asked Questions regarding the DAV and our desire to add a second middle school. These FAQs were originally published on December 21, 2020.
Thank you, as always, for you trust, collaboration, flexibility and feedback as we continue to work through this difficult school year. I really appreciate it.