With Governor Beshear’s strong recommendation to not begin in-person classes until September 28th, the Whitley County School District is busy finishing the tasks necessary to begin classes online on August 26th. Students who do not have access to internet will be given NTI materials that do not require internet connectivity. Detailed information concerning how to prepare for the first day of classes will be provided throughout the next couple of weeks.
“While this really was not what we had hoped for, I am pleased to be able to say that we do have the equipment and plans in place so our students can begin online learning on August 26th”, said Superintendent John Siler. “This has been a team effort with our technology department getting all of our new chrome books ready and our teachers and curriculum teams working to get content loaded onto devices. I feel like we will be able to provide our students with a good experience and meaningful instruction with what we have in place. We have had all summer to prepare for this possibility and we are much more knowledgeable about how to provide non-traditional instruction than we were in March when schools were closed down,” Siler further commented.
Staff members are currently doing professional development and working in their schools to have everything in place for the online start date. Once online instruction begins, the food service staff will also be preparing food each day for students which will be delivered to homes by transportation employees.
“We have a great group of employees in our schools and they want to do good things for kids. I feel certain our staff will do what it takes to make this school year as productive as it can possibly be given our current circumstances. We know that we are dealing with a fluid situation and we want to be prepared to change however it is necessary to meet the needs of our students. Frequent communication between parents, students, school personnel and health officials is going to be essential in meeting this goal. We all want our children to have the best educational opportunities but we want them to stay safe and healthy in the process and that is what we are working to provide for all of our students,” said Superintendent Siler.