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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Covid-19 Cases Climb, New Announcements for Back To School Guidance from Lt. Governor Coleman





By Jessie Eden


Governor Andy Beshear stated in his press conference that Covid-19 cases are continuing to climb with 674 new cases reported on Tuesday. He also announced three deaths.





"The mortality rate in Kentucky is just 3%, the lowest in the country," said Gov. Beshear. "But - please note that although this is a low number, the number of deaths lag about 14 days behind from when new cases are announced."

Gov. Beshear stated that 22 of those cases were children under the age of 5 and that daily positives for children are increasing. 

"These numbers are not a surprise, they unfortunately validate where we are on this journey," said Dr. Steven Stack. In response to some criticism on not putting restrictions on individual counties, Dr. Stack stated "We would like to be as precise as we can be in our interventions...but doing things county by county isn’t realistic. At this point in time with the information we have and how the virus behaves, we can’t be as precise with our interventions [in each county]."

New Announcements on Healthy at School Efforts

Lt. Governor Jaqueline Coleman spoke about recent efforts for the Healthy at School initiative and the need for flexibility in how schools spend funding, use NTI days and keep students and staff safe. "We have worked with KDE on Healthy at School Guidance to prioritize giving power to school districts to make the best decisions. A vast majority of school districts have done things the right way," said Lt. Governor Coleman. "At the heart of every reopening plan should be the health and safety of every child and every adult in the building as well as every family they go home to at night."

New announcements in regards to the Healthy at School initiative include the following;

- Unlimited Covid-19 Related Emergency days for faculty and staff. Usually workers only receive three emergency days. They can now extend them for Covid related reasons.
- New efforts to expand wifi in areas that need it the most. An announcement will be made about this soon.

- This Thursday, a virtual town hall on reopening schools for educators and school staff will be held from 2 pm – 4pm at eduation.ky.gov. ((Full Details Below))

In addition, last week Lt. Governor Coleman wrote a letter to the United States Secretary of Education Betsy Devos to appeal for an additional round of flexibility in CARES Act funding "The future of Kentucky’s economy is in the classrooms today. Every one of us have been forced to adapt to the epidemic," said Lt. Governor Coleman. "Our educational funding must be adaptable as well to meet the needs of the community in this unprecedented time."


Daily Covid-19 Update

> NEW CASES: 
674 (Total Cases: 24,060 ) 

>NEW CASES PER COUNTY: 
- Campbell County: 13 (Total: 409 )
- Kenton County: 17 (Total: 1,078 )
- Boone County: 12 (Total: 851 ) 

> DEATHS: 
3 (Total Deaths: 674 )

> DUPLICATES REMOVED: 
28 (This number reflects duplicate cases and patients that did not meet case definition for confirmed cases.)

>TESTING / HOSPITALIZATIONS: 
- Total Tests Completed in KY: 549,208
- Hospitalized Currently: 532 
- Ever Hospitalized: 2,900
- In ICU currently: 136
- Ever in the ICU: 1,036
- Recovered Patients: 6, 927

>POSITIVITY RATE: 
4.37%

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The following is a press release from the Kentucky Department of Education:

KDE to host Virtual Town Hall on Reopening Schools for Kentucky educators and staff on July 23




The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet will co-host a virtual town hall on reopening schools for state educators and other support staff from 2-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 23.

The event “Reopening Kentucky Schools: Virtual Town Hall for Educators and Staff” will be hosted on the KDE media portal and will be open to the public.

The purpose of the town hall is to review the major elements of the flagship “Healthy at School” guidance developed by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and KDE, along with other major KDE guidance documents as they relate to reopening for the 2020-2021 school year and the flexibilities granted to districts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials with KDE, DPH and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves as Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, will participate in the two-hour virtual town hall.

“Our main goal is to go over the five main areas of the flagship document as well as give a high-level overview of the state-level guidance documents we have issued and how to find them on the KDE COVID-19 website,” said Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown. “Over the past few weeks, we had been hearing from some teachers and other certified and classified staff members from across the state that they had not been receiving any state-level reopening information from their local districts and there were some rumors being spread about school-based decision making council authority being waived, which is not true.”

Brown added: “We want to communicate with all of our educators and staff about our statewide guidance documents. We hope it will be used in conjunction with what the local districts have already done.”



Coleman noted that every aspect of our society has been changed by COVID-19. This includes education.”

“Our goal has been to keep the safety of everyone who enters a school building at the forefront of all our decisions,” she said. “We have worked to make sure every group – students, parents, teachers and community members – have had input on what school reopening looks like in their communities.”

Prior to the webcast, teachers and support staff can submit questions to KDE via this Google Form, but the Town Hall will only address questions that are related to state-level topics. To participate during the live event, teachers and staff can go to: https://app.gosoapbox.com and enter the access code: KDEtownhall.

The agenda for the town hall is as follows:

Reopening Kentucky Schools: Virtual Town Hall for Educators and Staff
July 23, 2020, 2-4 p.m. ET
KDE Media Portal



I. Welcome

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and Ex Officio Member of the Kentucky Board of Education
Kevin C. Brown, Interim Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education 


II. Overview of Healthy at School Expectations

Kevin C. Brown, Interim Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education
Steven J. Stack, M.D., MBA, FACEP, Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health
Connie White, M.D., Deputy Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health
Kelly Foster, Ed.D., Associate Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Robin Kinney, Associate Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education Office of Finance and Operations 


III. Locating COVID-19 Guidance Documents on KDE’s Website

Kelly Foster, Ed.D., Associate Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education Office of Continuous Improvement and Support


IV. Daily Participation and Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI)

David Cook, Kentucky Department of Education Office of Continuous Improvement and Support


V. COVID-19-Related Flexibility and Waiver Overview for the 2020-2021 School Year

Todd G. Allen, Interim General Counsel, Kentucky Department of Education Office of Legal Services


VI. Questions and Additional Feedback

Question may be asked during the event using GoSoapBox (https://app.gosoapbox.com and enter the access code: KDEtownhall). You also may submit questions in advance via the Google Form.


VII. Adjournment

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman
KDE Interim Commissioner of Education Kevin C. Brown

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