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Newport board approves school reopening hybrid schedule of in-person and virtual instruction

The Newport Board of Education approved a school reopening plan this week that will feature a hybrid schedule of in-person and virtual instruction with a heavy emphasis on safety measures designed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Students are being given the choice of either continuing to learn virtually at home or a combination of attending class and virtual learning. The initial plan...

NKY Forum presents COVID-19 & BACK TO SCHOOL, an event with panelists who can answer questions

The Northern Kentucky Forum presents COVID-19 & BACK TO SCHOOL, a focus on going back to schools for elementary and secondary students on Tuesday, July 28, 6:30-8 p.m. via ZOOM. RSVP AT THIS LINK What are the guidelines? What are the options? What do we not know yet? “COVID-19 has had implications for our lives in countless ways. Shopping. Going to the doctor. Seeing family and friends. Voting....

Diocese of Covington releases requirements, guidelines for opening of schools next month

After months of intense discernment and discussion, the Diocese of Covington Department of Catholic Schools has released information on how the nine Catholic high schools and 30 elementary schools and pre-schools will open next month. The 13-page document entitled COVID-19 Return to School Requirements was e-mailed to all priests and principals Tuesday and is available online. The document contains...

UK Alumni Club to host annual celebrity golf scramble for scholarships at Summit Hills Sept. 21

The Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati University of Kentucky Alumni Club will host its annual celebrity golf scramble on Sept. 21 at the Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills. Registration is now open to the public. All proceeds from the event go towards providing scholarship money to deserving UK students from the area. Registration is $140 per person. This cost includes a round of golf,...

KyCIR: During NTI, ‘participation’ definition varied from school to school; questions abound on future

By Graham Ambrose Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting In March, as the state hunkered down for a pandemic, Kentucky schools launched one of their largest educational experiments ever: remote learning for every child. It was an unprecedented challenge requiring unprecedented creativity. To reach their students, educators made phone calls and left voicemails, wrote text messages and emails,...

UK Facilities Management implements plan to ensure campus is ready for upcoming fall semester

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky Along with 18 other workstreams, a facilities workstream with representatives from across the University of Kentucky was created this spring to discuss ideas to prepare the campus to reopen. With those ideas, UK’s Facilities Management division has created six internal workstreams — space, campus navigation, custodial services, informational signage, building...

School news: New Boone superintendent, principals at Ryle, Camp Ernst, Garrison gets state appointment

New superintendent at Boone County Matt Turner is the new Superintendent of Boone County Schools and adding to the wide-ranging job responsibilities is a world-wide pandemic. He already has several ideas and plans he is working on to march the system forward during these tough times. He has made it clear that he wants to be transparent to our staff, students, parents and community. Over the next...

Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program adapts classes to promote health, well-being in COVID-19 era

The 38th annual Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) is underway at two college campuses this summer, but with a mixture of virtual and in-person experiences and other modifications to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19. “I personally know how amazing and life-changing this program is for participants,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Not only am I an alum from 1995, I am the first Governor’s...

NKYEC: 2020 Census data critical to future education funding; educational grants help children

Education is vital to the success of our region, our residents, and our workforce. The following is part of a series of articles on the importance of education in Northern Kentucky. The series is produced by the Northern Kentucky Education Council’s Advancing the Big Picture Coalition. Each article focuses on a particular aspect of education, provides data and information from the community and its...

From bus driver to superintendent, Dr. Randy Poe forged legacy of success at Boone County Schools

Boone County High School needed a soccer coach. Students on the team suggested Randy Poe. At that time he was teaching business classes at Boone County. Poe received the call from school administrators and promptly told them, “I played football, I don’t know soccer, but I’m willing to learn.” From there the man who would later become Boone County Schools Superintendent coached...

Gateway Community & Technical College to offer fall classes in variety of formats beginning Aug. 17

Fall term classes at Gateway Community & Technical College will be offered in a variety of formats (barring any further disruption from the pandemic) beginning on Aug. 17. Gateway will continue to offer fully online classes, face-to-face classes, and some options that are a mixture of both. With the rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, Gateway has made the decision to transition most lecture...

Principal Jessica Pass has written a children’s book about Willy Woolly WInglewish, inspired by a student

Jessica Pass is principal at Erpenbeck Elementary School in Florence — and the author of a children’s book for sale on Amazon. Jessica Pass Her book, Willy Woolly Winglewish, has risen to #1 New Release in children’s bug and spider books. Pass has been an English teacher and a librarian. In 2014, as assistant librarian at Boone County High School, she had a student whose last name...

Early Childhood Learning network established to provide services to child care providers in NKY

In June, Cincinnati-based nonprofit 4C for Children ended delivery of services to child care providers, families and employers in Northern Kentucky. As a result, a group of 12 business and community leaders concerned about early childhood education formed the Early Childhood Transition Committee (ECTC) to ensure these services continue in the NKY region. Today the group announced it has established...

Teachers are confused, concerned and fearful as they contemplate the new school year amid COVID pandemic

Kentucky Health News Perhaps unlike any previous school year, teachers are looking to 2020-21 with dread. On top of their fears about the coronavirus, there is confusion about just what they’re getting into. “As I talk to educators across the state there is a great deal of concern, fear and confusion surrounding the reopening of schools,” Kentucky Education Association President Eddie Campbell told...

Northern Kentucky Chamber, Education Council to host excellence in education celebration July 30

The 2019-20 school year finished in a fashion that no local educator, administrator, parent or student alike could – or would – have predicted at its start. Now, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Northern Kentucky Education Council are partnering to celebrate and honor the region’s outstanding educators, students, community partners, and business leaders commitment to education in...