Greetings Campbell County Families,
Presented below is my most recent update, providing important information about Campbell County Schools. I would like to invite you to read this information at your earliest convenience.
Legislative Update and Masking:
As many of you know, the Kentucky General Assembly is convened in a special session this week to act on bills related to the COVID emergency that still exists in the Commonwealth. Although nothing has passed at the time of this post, I do expect that the Kentucky Board of Education's mask mandate will be stricken or rescinded by legislative action. I want to be forthright with everyone that I still intend to leave the Campbell County masking mandate in place for the near future as our incidence rate has continued to climb and our absentee rates have increased. As I have continued to say, without masks, many more students would have had to quarantine and miss school. The quarantine rules are clear and masking helps us avoid exposures.
Test To Stay Program:
I am excited to announce that Campbell County Schools has partnered with Ethos Laboratory, a certified testing lab located in Newport, to implement the VOLUNTARY Test To Stay program. So, what is the test to stay program? The test to stay program is a newly identified tool, provided to us by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Northern Kentucky Health Department, which will permit students and staff who have been exposed to a positive individual at school, to be VOLUNTARILY tested each morning of their mandated quarantine, before school, with a rapid-antigen test. If the test comes back negative, the student or staff member can continue to participate in school, while remaining masked for that day. At the end of the day, they must then return home to continue their quarantine. If the test comes back positive, then the student or staff member must go home and begin an isolation protocol, rather than attending school.
We are working through the logistics to implement this program at each school and hope to have it up and running within two weeks. I will share much more specific information with you as we completely iron out the details. But, please know, this is being done at NO COST to our student or staff and is completely VOLUNTARY. The state is funding this program. This is an option that will help keep kids and employees in school. See this flyer from Ethos. Please stay tuned for more information from me regarding this option!
Continue Keeping Sick Students Home and Reporting Quarantines/Isolations (A reminder):
I need to reiterate this again this week as we continue to monitor a moderately high absentee rate, but not a substantive increase in quarantines or positives. I'm afraid that some families are not reporting quarantines to us. This is VERY IMPORTANT and helps me keep track of what is really going on with absences across the school district.
As a reminder to our families, please continue to monitor your children for COVID-related symptoms and keep your child home if they are symptomatic. A COVID-symptomatic child must see a doctor for evaluation and determination if they can return to school, possibly after receiving a COVID test and/or receiving an alternative diagnosis. I want to encourage all parents to notify your child's teacher or attendance clerk if they are being quarantined or isolated resulting from an outside-of-school exposure. Again, this is very important.
District COVID Numbers:
Right now, as you can see from the table below, we have modified our reporting to indicate the number of quarantines and positives resulting from exposures occurring in school versus out of school. Please know that many of our in-school quarantines have occurred as a result of exposures occurring during extra-curricular activities, which sometimes require the quarantine of whole sports teams.
In addition to this new chart that just focuses on student exposures, we have also added two additional dashboards that show both our certified and classified staff, which may be accessed from our website.
You will see these link options shown below on the side of the page and you may select either the student dashboard, the certified staff dashboard or the classified staff dashboard to review our data.
REGIONAL RATES, as published daily by the Kentucky Department of Public Health (KYCOVID):
CAMPBELL RATES by ZIP, as published daily by the Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health):
I hope this information has been useful.
Again, I want to thank you for your continued trust and support.
Have a great weekend!
David A. Rust, Superintendent