NTI Learning Thursday and Friday, January 27 and 28.
We still have a staff shortage and will not be able to have in person school the rest of this week. Students should continue the next two days of their NTI work. Staff will report at regular time tomorrow. Students who need help with work should feel free to call the school and reach out to teachers who are available to assist them. We appreciate our parents for your help and understanding as COVID has hit a high level in our community.
NTI Day Wednesday, January 26
Tomorrow, Wednesday January 26, will be an NTI day in Lee County because we don’t have enough bus drivers to run all the routes. Our transportation department has worked hard to cover routes with little disruption, but even with all substitute drivers who are able to drive, we will not be able to drive all routes. At this time we believe that we should be able to run routes Thursday. If we cannot, we will send another message tomorrow evening. Students should complete their next day packet or online work for NTI tomorrow and staff should report at regular time.
Masks Required at Middle High Starting Tomorrow
The COVID incidence rate has climbed significantly in Lee County and COVID is affecting many of our students and some staff. In order to try to maintain in person school as long as we can, students and staff at the middle high school will be required to wear masks beginning tomorrow unless they have a valid exemption. When universal masking takes place in a school, students do not have to quarantine if exposed to a positive case of COVID in the schools unless they have symptoms. We also offer the test to stay program at both schools. We would appreciate your help in ensuring all students have a mask tomorrow at school. We will have some available for students who do not have one or who forget.
Wild Health will be here tomorrow, and if you want your child screened but have not completed the permission you can print a form from the Superintendent Message page of our district webpage and send it to school tomorrow with your child.
The 2021-22 Lee County District Calendar has been updated as of January 24, 2022. The last day for students (as of 1-24-22) is Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
There will be school in Lee County Monday, January 24. However, we will have to use our Snow Plan for buses. This means that some roads will not be traveled and there are designated meeting points. The Snow Plan has been published to our webpage and our Facebook page. Please check this list carefully. Because it is not supposed to warm up a lot tomorrow, we will be using this snow plan for the morning and afternoon bus runs Monday.
The roads are still too hazardous so there will be no school in Lee County tomorrow, Friday, January 21. This is a traditional snow day and NOT an NTI day.
After listening to the 5:00 p.m. conference call with Jackson Weather Service, we have made the decision to cancel school tomorrow, Thursday, January 20. As seen in the picture posted here, Lee County is in an area for potentially 1-3 inches of snow tonight that is predicted to begin around midnight and last until after 7:00 a.m. The temperatures will only be around 20 degrees, so all the rain we got today will likely freeze on the roads making travel difficult in the morning. This will be a traditional no school day and not an NTI day.
There will be no in person learning in Lee County tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, but we will have an NTI day as the number of homes without power has improved. If you still have no power and are unable to do your work packets or online learning please let you teacher know when we return to school and you can make it up another day.
There will be no school in Lee County tomorrow, Tuesday, January 18. This will be a traditional snow day and not an NTI day due to several power outages still in our community as well as snow and ice covered side roads.
Our 2021-22 Lee County District Calendar has been updated on our websites (lee.kyschools.us and school websites as well) for your convenience now and in the future. This calendar has been updated as of January 10, 2022.
These adjustments have been made after missing 3 days:
1. Monday, February 21st will now be a school day.
2. Last day of school for students is now May 20, 2022.
3. End of nine weeks grading periods have also been adjusted.
There is a lot of water standing on the roads and with temperatures expected to fall significantly, the concern of black ice in the early morning when buses have to head out is too risky. In order to keep students and staff safe, we are going to cancel school tomorrow, Monday, January 10.
Over the weekend we have also had reports of additional COVID cases in our staff and student population. Wild Health will be here Tuesday for their weekly screening, and we would encourage parents who want their children tested and don’t already have permission slips on file to get one from the Superintendent Message section of our district webpage or stop by Central Office tomorrow to fill one out.
We have been monitoring the expected weather situation throughout the day and just finished a conference call with the Jackson Weather Service. There is a 95-96% chance of receiving up to 2 inches of snow tomorrow afternoon and evening in Lee County and a 70-75% chance of up to 4 inches of snow. The timing of the snow is supposed to start anywhere from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a travel impact as early as an hour after the snow starts falling due to the cold temperature. The likelihood that the snow is going to come and will impact us at a time that would make it difficult for students and staff to get home safely, even with an early dismissal, is simply too high to take the chance. There will be no school in Lee County tomorrow, Thursday January 6. This will not be an NTI day but will be made up at a later date.
Please join us in attending our COVID vaccine clinic for students ages 5 and up held at Lee County Elementary. The Lee County Health Department will be giving first and second dose shots to any student age 5-18. See flier for details.
We are going to host a Vaccination Clinic by the Lee County Health Department on Wednesday, November 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for all children ages 5-18. If you would like your child to receive the COVID-19 vaccination please complete this form. Parents/guardians will have to be present for the vaccination, so if this date doesn't work for you at this time but you want your child vaccinated, please still complete this form.
We would like to remind everyone that tomorrow there is no school in honor of our veterans. We are thankful to our veterans and realize we could not be living in a free country without their service.
During the Lee County Board of Education meeting held last night, November 9, the Board made changes in the COVID-19 operation plan. These changes center around making masks optional at the Middle High School and Central Office beginning Monday, November 15, and the Test to Stay program being implemented at Lee County Elementary. The new plan and an information sheet about the Test to Stay program are posted to the Superintendent Message page from our district web page. The attached letter provides details about where masks are still required and when they could be reinstated. It is important that parents discuss expectations of wearing a mask or not for middle high school students and understand masks are still required on a school bus, at the ATC, and at our elementary school. Please read this information carefully, and if you have any questions feel free to call the central office. Thank you.
We are looking for people who love working with students and want to be a part of a great team. We have two teaching positions open and if you have at least a bachelor's degree we can talk through options for certification. We also have certified openings in school counselor and speech therapist.
If you don't have a degree we have opportunities in our transportation department for a transportation manager/mechanic and bus driver as well as an instructional assistant position and many substitute jobs. Please take a look at all of our employment opportunities at our website at www.lee.kyschools.us
The Governor has issued an executive order stating that all children, staff, and visitors to public schools (regardless of vaccination status) are required to wear a face covering while inside the school buildings. This order took place beginning at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon and is in place a minimum of 30 days. If you have a mask for your child please send it with them to school tomorrow. If you do not, we have some at both schools that we can provide. When students are outside they will not be required to wear a mask. While we know that masks are a controversial topic, we want our students to be in person and this is the requirement we must follow. We will do our best to give our students outdoor mask breaks. Please help us continue to have in person school by explaining to your children the need to wear masks beginning tomorrow. We appreciate your support.
This coming Tuesday is our first day of school and we are excited to have our students back in our buildings this year. We want to make sure everyone knows that masks will be required to be worn on school bus transportation and masks are highly recommended for all students and staff indoors, especially those individuals who have not yet been vaccinated. Also, high school students who attend courses at our Area Technology Center will be required to wear masks while in classes at the center. We will do our best to keep students socially distanced at 3 feet in classrooms, but for many rooms that simply is not possible, so students will be in smaller “pods.” We ask that if your children are sick please take them to your family doctor and do not send them to school. We will work with our regional health department to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in Lee County and in our schools and may change our masking policy at any time in the future. It is our desire to keep everyone safe as we still continue to provide in-person learning to all of our students.
All our offices and buildings will be closed to the public tomorrow, Monday, August 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for an all staff in-service training. If anyone needs assistance or has questions feel free to call or come by the schools after 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.
The COVID-19 incident rate for Lee County went to 27 today and we are now in the red on the state map. Because of this status, we will require all families, staff, and community members participating in Readifest or the Lee County Middle High School open house and orientation activities over the next two days to wear masks when entering the buildings. At this time, masks will still be highly recommended but an optional family choice for students and staff when school starts next week. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Lee County Registration Event is set for July 20th (Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8) and July 21st (Grades K-2 and Grades 9-12) from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the LCMHS Sedley Stewart Auditorium. Students will receive schedules & tickets for Readifest/Open House. See flyer for details.