Jefferson County Public Schools Coronavirus Response FAQ

Why is JCPS closing school now?
While our goal has been to keep our doors open as long as possible, the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities remain our top priority.  Following guidance from the Governor and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMDPHW), we are suspending all classes through the end of Spring Break (March 16-April 3) in order to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  Classes are scheduled to resume Monday, April 6.

Will the district provide online learning while schools are closed?
Jefferson County Public Schools serves a diverse community with varied access to technology. We are committed to providing high-quality learning for all our students, including those who do not have access to technology or internet at home. JCPS has prepared 2 weeks of alternative learning plans that will give students academic activities they can do at home.  Paper copies of these alternative learning plans are being distributed to all students. As the largest district in Kentucky, this is the most equitable and fair way to ensure all students have the same academic opportunities, and everyone receives the support they need and deserve. This material will also be translated into multiple languages.

Will the school year be extended into June or beyond?
At this time, our last day of school for students would be June 10 and our last day for teachers would be June 11

How are graduations being impacted?
Graduation dates may be pushed back into June. However, the Kentucky General Assembly could pass legislation that would allow school districts to go ahead with their graduation dates already scheduled in May.

Will Child Enrichment Programs (CEP) be open? 
No. All before- and after-school care programs will be closed. 

How can my child receive breakfast and lunch while schools are closed?
JCPS will open 43 sites for families to pick up breakfast and lunch while schools are closed.  The district will operate 37 school sites and eight mobile sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only one meal per child present will be allowed. Here are links to a list of sites, a map and menus:

Sites
Map
Menu

Will my child continue to receive support services (OT, speech therapy, etc.)?

No.  Similar to snow days, these services are not provided when school is out.

Who reports to work, and will they be paid?
While schools are closed, employees will follow JCPS’ Emergency Procedures for Closing of Schools which is typically used when school is closed due to snow: JCPS Employee Schedule

How will JCPS handle student absences due to Coronavirus when school resumes?
Families know what is best for their children and we will honor your decision to keep your child home from school. Some children and family members may be at higher risk for severe illness because of underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system. We are asking parents to make the best decision for their families. Currently, Jefferson County Public Schools is excusing all health-related absences, including those who have a fear of exposure to Coronavirus. Your child does not need to have symptoms to receive an excused absence and does not need a note from a doctor. Please let your child’s school know if you will be keeping them home and send a parent note when they come back to school.

Are there any restrictions on returning to school if I travel for Spring Break?
Depending on the location you should follow travel guidelines from national and state public health officials. Click here for after-travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How will families, employees and the community be notified of updates?
JCPS Communications will continue to provide updates through School Messenger.  Please use this link to update your information.

Will KPREP testing be delayed?
At this time, we don’t know.  That will be a decision made by the Kentucky Department of Education and the federal government.

Where can I turn for more information?
As with any newly emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time. Early on, it is difficult to know the source of the disease, the ways in which it spreads, how effectively it spreads from person to person, and how severe the infection is. Below is a list of resources with the latest information on Coronavirus:

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Please see the Guidance from Kentucky Public Health for Counties with confirmed cases 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Disease 2019 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Guidance for Travelers