What's Happening in Kentucky Schools

Kentucky Department for Public Health releases updated guidance for schools on masking

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) released new guidance on July 28 for schools on recommended masking guidelines ahead of the 2021-2022 school year.

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KASC is seeking delegates and board members

KASC is seeking to elect new members to our Board of Directors.

We encourage your help in finding strong candidates. We are currently asking for nominations for board members and delegates to represent each SBDM council in voting.

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24 Kentucky Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners named for 2022

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2022 Valvoline™ Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers qualify to compete for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in September.

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Kentucky students thrive at national Educators Rising conference

(FRANKFORT, KY) – High school and college students from across Kentucky who are looking to pursue careers in education participated in the 2021 Educators Rising National Conference, which was held virtually June 24-27.

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Kentucky Writing Project Professional Development 2021

Professional Development

There are many opportunities to work with the Kentucky Writing Project this summer. Check back at their website often, as things are continually updated. 

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Summer Reading Book Group Opportunity

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Eighteen new students selected for KDE's 2021-2022 Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Eighteen Kentucky public high school students have been named to the 2021-2022 Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced on May 28.

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KDE kicks off summer learning initiative to promote literacy and mathematics


KDE kicks off summer learning initiative to promote literacy and mathematics

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education has launched its Summer Boost: Reading and Mathematics Program, along with a series of Summer Support webpages, in partnership with The Children’s Reading Foundation, Scholastic and the Summer Food Service Program. 


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KDE seeking input from diverse stakeholders on how to use its portion of federal relief funds

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking input from a diverse group of stakeholders as it develops plans for the use of its portion of American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds.

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Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund

Currently, the Kentucky Housing Corporation has expended just under $30 million of an available $220 million to program applicants. They are actively seeking applications from both tenants and landlords for rent and utility assistance.

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KDE updates guidance on Supplemental School Year Program

KDE updates guidance on Supplemental School Year Program

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Three Students Share What It's Like to Learn During a Pandemic

Sachel Harris Communications Manager, TNTP


During a “normal” year, students eat together, play games together, laugh together, cry together, and grow together. But this year, the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant students have fewer opportunities to interact meaningfully and authentically with each other—often having their togetherness reduced to a Zoom room.

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KDE, DPH update Healthy at School guidance on distancing in classrooms

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Kentucky’s SCAAC receives updates on state assessments and accountability


(FRANKFORT, KY) – Members of the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council received assessment and accountability updates from department leadership during a March 16 virtual meeting.

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Developing State and District Parent Engagement Policies

Schools provide many services that aid children’s development, well-being, and academic success. Key providers include mental health agencies, social workers, school counselors, and nurses, as well as school officials and other employees. Yet quite possibly the most important component of these services—often overlooked—is the parent.

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FIS board supports adding non-voting student member to Frankfort's SBDM council

Frankfort High sophomore Audrey Gilbert thinks students need to be heard when decisions are made affecting schools, and on Monday she made her third presentation about adding a non-voting student member to the FHS Site-Based Decision Making Council.

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Students encouraged to apply for 2021-2022 Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council



(FRANKFORT, KY) – Public school students in grades 10-12 are invited to apply for 14 vacant positions on the 2021-2022 Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council, a group that provides input to the Kentucky commissioner of education.



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Kentucky celebrates 82 new National Board Certified Teachers during virtual ceremony

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Kentucky recognized 82 teachers newly certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) during a Feb. 11 virtual ceremony.

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Learn More About Summit Learning

KY/ Summit Learning Open House
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Kentucky Launches Free Statewide Wi-Fi Speed Test to Better Connect People to School, Business and Government Services

Frankfort, Ky. –  Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced today the launch of the Kentucky Broadband Speed Test, a crowd-sourcing project that will gather data from Kentuckians needed to expand internet home access for distance learning, telework, and telehealth. Kentuckians can take the free, anonymous speed test from Jan. 19 to Feb. 18 at ewdc.ky.gov/Initiatives/Pages/KBI.aspx.

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