Greetings Campbell County Families,
Presented below is my weekly update, providing important information about Campbell County Schools. I would like to invite you to read this information at your earliest convenience.
Now that we have entered the summer break, I am going to back off my weekly update after this week. I will only provide an update during weeks when I have important or pending information to share with you.
Ms. Emily Hamilton Named New Principal at Grant's Lick Elementary:
Ms. Hamilton is being promoted, serving most recently as assistant principal at Campbell County Middle School. She has been in education for 14 years, 13 of which have been in Campbell County. She resides in Alexandria with her family. Both of her children attended Grant’s Lick Elementary and are currently students in Campbell County. She loves the Campbell County School community and all that it stands for! “I am excited beyond words to join the GLE team and work with the family of educators that prepared my own children for middle and high school and beyond! There is no other place I’d rather be to learn and grow and help students and staff do the same. GLE is amazing and cannot be replicated!”
We are excited for Ms. Hamilton's start at GLE. Please join me in congratulating her and wishing her the best of luck in her new appointment!
Honoring our Retirees:
Please join me in celebrating and honoring our staff who have retired during the 2020-21 school year and will not be returning next year! We thank these colleagues for their service to the students and families of Campbell County.
Instructional Mode for 2021-22 School Year:
As it stands right now, vaccines are not yet available for students under the age of 12 and Governor Beshear still requires that masks be worn within school settings. This means that students and staff must continue to wear masks during summer academic programming and that could continue into the next school year. I do not intend to provide virtual-only instruction next year, but I will continue to evaluate options throughout the summer as we still had quite a few all-virtual students at the close of the school year, the majority of whom were high school students. We are still limited by CDC and KDPH guidance but are expecting updated CDC directions for schools in the next few weeks. I'm hoping for more clarity and a reduction of required virus mitigation strategies to open school more normally next year.
This summer, I would still like to encourage vaccinations for any unvaccinated staff members and for any students over the age of 12. Again, this will greatly improve our ability to operate normally, reducing distancing restrictions, possibly contributing to the removal of mask mandates and eliminating the need to quarantine folks for virus exposure.
As a community, the Campbell County virus incidence rate has fallen to 1.3/ 100,000 people, which is great. We need to get below 1.0 to be "in the GREEN".
Summer Feeding Program:
We have pivoted our food distribution to our summer schedule. Last year we operated 10 am to 1 pm. This year, we have modified it slightly, operating our distribution from 11 am to 2 pm, on Thursdays. The June flyer is shown below.
Thank you for reading through my update. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!
Dr. David A. Rust
Superintendent of Schools