Owensboro Public Schools is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of our students. As a result, we would like to keep the public informed by providing this list of answers to frequently asked questions. This list will be updated as information becomes available.
Q: Are you closing school?
A: Schools will be closed at the recommendation of Governor Andy Beshear beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 17. It is our hope for school to resume on Monday, April 20.
Q: Is Spring Break still the same?
A: Spring Break will still be the week of March 30-April 3. However, we encourage all of our families to practice proper safety precautions outlined by the CDC and state health officials regarding travel and areas with large crowds.
Q: What about our upcoming field trip?
A: All out of town trips scheduled before April 17 have been canceled.
Q: What about athletics?
A: The KHSAA has placed all school athletics under a dead period at this time. That information can be found on the KHSAA website. There is to be no team practices and school facilities are not to be used. Coaches will be in contact with their student-athletes on individual workout plans.
Q: Are we going to have to make these days up?
A: We have a plan for nontraditional instruction days that would not need to be made up. However, if we are closed for an extended period of time, we may need to make up days, but we will communicate any make-up days with families.
Q: What is nontraditional instruction (NTI)?
A: Nontraditional instruction is a program that encourages the continuation of academic instruction on days when school would otherwise be cancelled. School districts create plans to deliver instruction to every student in the district and provide for student and teacher interaction on NTI days, with the ultimate goal of continuing instruction. The Commissioner of Education has waived NTI days to allow them count towards student attendance days in the school districts’ calendars.
Q: How are we going to feed the kids if out of school?
A: Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided free of charge to anyone aged 18 and under at various sites throughout the city. Meals will be provided Monday-Friday throughout the closure. That information can be found on our district website. All prepackaged meals should be consumed within 12 hours. Any hot meals that are served should be consumed within one hour.
Q: How are we supposed to turn in NTI assignments?
A: All assignments during NTI days are due on the first day school resumes. Should this change, we will inform families.
Q: I want to homeschool my kid…what do I need to do?
A: You can contact Central Office at 270-686-1000 to discuss that option.
Q: Are we still having graduation, prom, etc.?
A: We have not made a determination on future events past April 6. We will update families as the situation develops.
Q: What kind of extra cleaning are you doing?
A: Our staff will have all hands on deck during the school closure to deep clean all of our facilities.
Q: Has there been a confirmed case in our county?
A: We do currently have several confirmed cases in Daviess County. We encourage all families to continue to follow the guidelines laid out by the CDC in regards to protecting yourself from the virus. You can find more information about the virus in Kentucky at the state’s website for COVID-19.
Q: We don’t have internet. How is my child supposed to do this NTI work?
A: Students should be able to access their classwork on Google Classroom by downloading it before they leave on Friday. Instructions for NTI work will be sent home with students on Friday. If you are having issues with accessing your assignments, you can contact your school between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Q: What if my student attends college classes?
A: Students who attend college classes should follow the guidelines and instructions set by the college or university.
Q: My student missed Friday, March 13 and didn’t get their packet. How can we get that?
A: Call your school or Central Office and a district official will deliver any materials to you that are necessary for NTI days. Do NOT come to the school building to pick up packets. We want our families to do their best at practicing social distancing according to CDC guidelines.
Q: My student has an Individual Education Plan. How do we still have that meeting?
A: You will need to contact your child’s case manager and schedule a phone appointment. These will not be held in-person.
Q: What can I do to help the district during this time?
A: During this time, it is really difficult for us to allow volunteers to come and help out with feeding sites and other things around the district due to social distancing rules that are in place. However, one thing we have heard is that students are needing extra supplies in order to complete their NTI work from home. The Foundation for Excellence at Owensboro Independent Schools has set up a fund to help purchase additional supplies for students during this time. To make a contribution, you can visit the Foundation web page and make a donation online. You can also mail a check made out to the Foundation for Excellence with a memo for “NTI Supplies” to 450 Griffith Avenue. Those funds will be used to purchase needed school supplies. If there is any money left over it will be used for grants to the schools once the district is back in operation.