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Clay County School's 2020-2021 Options

We know many of you are anxious to know about plans to return to school. During this time of pandemic, we must make some difficult decisions. Some will not be popular and we understand, but we must try to make the best decisions for students, given the expectations from state agencies. We have developed a plan that follows the expectations of the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Department of Health. These plans are based on three common principles: social distancing of at least six feet, wearing a mask when you cannot social distance and grouping students when possible to contact trace if the COVID-19 virus is present. Parents will be able to choose to send their children to school on a 5-day normal schedule observing the state expectations for social distancing or an online learning option if you decide to keep your children at home. Both options will have conditions that parents must consider when making decisions for their children. Once you make your decision, your child must stay enrolled in that option for the 9 weeks’ grading period. 

The first day for students will be August 24th, 2020. This is for in person and online learning.

OPTION #1 Traditional/In-School Learning

Clay County Schools believe the best place for students is in the building, but we realize that it may be necessary to create alternate scheduling plans, depending on COVID-19. With Option #1, students attend school, following the Governor’s #HealthyAtSchool safety expectations/guidelines.

Health and Safety Actions in the School Buildings

  • Symptom screening for all staff and students to include daily temperature checks.
  • Students with symptoms will be isolated under adult supervision and parents will be contacted.
  • Social distancing in common areas - this means staying 6 feet apart in school.
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the buildings in all common areas, hallways and the classrooms.
  • Students in 1st-12th grade will be required to wear masks during transitions and in classrooms when appropriate and social distancing is not possible. Masks will be provided for those who do not bring their own.
  • Sanitation - includes proper hand hygiene, frequent cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces, buildings and school buses, staggering recess/playground and eating time to ensure the safety of all students and staff.


  • Parents will ensure student is fever free before getting on the bus
  • Use of masks on buses where social distancing cannot be accommodated for 1st-12th grade students
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on buses
  • Buses will be sanitized between routes
  • Household members will be encouraged to sit together
  • Assigned seating for contact tracing if needed

Option #2 Online Learning

This school is designed for families who do not feel it is in the best interest of their child's health to return to the school building. To ensure that the Online Learning is commensurate with traditional learning, please know that the level of expectation and accountability will resemble that of the traditional classroom. Our goal is to provide equitable instruction to students at home and in school. Parents must sign a contract to adhere to the requirements of internet, accountability of attendance and accountability to complete content online. Online students will also be required to participate in local and state assessments for their grade level and content area. Students may not participate in any extracurricular activities. Parents need to understand that online learning requires total commitment from parents and students.

Expectations for the Online Learning

  • High quality internet (consider if you were able to stream videos and Google Meets consistently during NTI, then your internet should work for online school)
  • Students will be enrolled in the Online Learning Option for the entire 9 weeks or semester
  • Use of a reliable device, like Chromebook, laptop or desktop computer. Cellphones will not allow students to complete the level of work needed for this learning choice.
  • Daily attendance in online classes following a set schedule
  • Daily participation in assignments from classes on your schedule
  • Consistent communication and feedback between teacher, student, and parents
  • Note that teachers will be district wide teachers and the student’s teacher will not necessarily be from their districted school.
  • Parents and students must attend a mandatory orientation to pick up device, if provided, and learn how to access our online learning platform.

Support for Families

  • Partnership between parents and teachers will be key to student success in the Online Learning Classrooms
  • Tips and strategies to support students learning off campus
  • Support from teachers to meet student needs during set school hours
  • Parent training on tools to be frequently used by students
  • Meals are still provided at regular cost or free/reduced cost to families may be picked up at school

Click the link below to enroll your child(ren) in the online learning platform by July 28, 2020:


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Community Resources

The community is an integral part of the education of a child.  We ascribe to the philosophy that it truly "takes a village to raise a child".  Having strong community partnerships is essential to our school district's success, and we too want to be a good partner with our local partners in order to move our entire county forward.

Click Below to Access Each Resource:
Manchester Memorial Hospital

Clay County Public Library

EKU Manchester Campus

Government Resources

Kentucky Legislature

Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education 

Kentucky Center for School Safety 

Federal Census Bureau




Headstart/Preschool Applications 20-21Covid-19 Edition can be
found in Student Enrollment Forms or the link below


/userfiles/400/my files/2020-2021 application covid edition.doc?id=6881




Professional Learning Schedule 20-21 link: Files/20-21 PL Schedule.docx?id=6912
















CCPS  2020-2021 Information


·       Children who board the bus will have a pre-signed parental agreement/assurance stating that their child:

  • o   Does not have a temp of 100.4 or greater
  • o   Does not have a cough
  • o   Does not have symptoms of GI (vomiting or diarrhea)
  • o   Does not have a cough
  • o   Has not been exposed to a COVID-19 case during the prior 48 hour period
  • ·       Students will load bus back to front (preschool and Kindergarten will be the exception)
  • ·       Students will sit in assigned seats (siblings together when applicable)
  • ·       Students will wear masks entire bus ride (preschool and kindergarten the exception)
  • ·       Buses will be sanitized between morning drop off and evening runs as well as after evening runs

School Day  

  • ·       Temperatures of all staff and students will be taken before entering the building
  • ·       Temps of 100.4 or greater will not be permitted in classrooms
  • ·       Social distancing will be emphasized
  • ·       Students in grades 1-12 will wear masks
  • ·       Handwashing and use of hand sanitizer will be utilized frequently
  • ·       No backpacks (per each school’s request)
  • Preschool
  • ·       No-online option at this time
  • ·       Classrooms at ½ capacity:  Monday/Tuesday group and a Wednesday/Thursday group
  • ·       2 days of face to face instruction and 2 days of concept reinforcement
  • ·       Students will not wear masks, but staff will be wearing bonnet style hoods.

Food Service 

  • ·       Breakfast picked up as students enter the buildings
  • ·       Students will eat in the classroom
  • ·       Lunch will be served in the classroom
  • ·       For online students, you may pick a lunch up at your school



Please click on this link for a list of Frequently Asked Questions:


/userfiles/400/my files/faq 2020-2021.docx?id=6909





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A strong family / school partnership is critically important to the success of the students of the Clay County Public Schools.  The staff of our school district are committed to making sure that we do all that we can do to help your students graduate from Clay County High School on time, be ready to go on to some type of postsecondary education, the workforce, or the military, and be college and career ready. 

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