Education

  JCPS to suspend regular season athletics play, tonight’s games to be played as scheduled

The decision was announced in a letter from JCPS superintendent Marty Pollio Friday morning following a data review on Thursday evening.

  JCPS breaks ground for new South Louisville area school

JCPS, Humana partner to create service center for families

  JCPS lays out updated back to school plan, still uncertain when in-person classes will resume

Board of Education approves land purchase for new West Louisville elementary school

  JCPS sports in jeopardy as COVID-19 cases rise in Jefferson County

JCPS Showcase of Schools to be held virtually

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  JCPS reopening CARE Hotline helping those struggling with rent, paying bills, mental health and more

Finding internships becomes new challenge for college students

  School attendance drops during coronavirus pandemic

  JCPS superintendent says COVID-19 spike to blame for NTI expansion

  JCPS delays return to in-person classes

  Kentucky School Report Card impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

  Hundreds of schools not contributing to Kentucky COVID-19 dashboard

An online tool Kentucky leaders hoped would help make students safer has been available since last month, but those in power expressed frustration about it this week.

Kentucky ACT scores on down for seniors

ACT scores for Kentucky high school seniors are on a decline.

  Atherton High School to retire Rebel mascot

Atherton's site-based decision-making council decided to change the mascot and retire the rebel for good.

  JCPS breaks ground on $16.5M Indian Trail Elementary project to replace 60-year-old building

Jefferson County Public Schools broke ground Tuesday on a new building that will replace the 40-year-old Indian Trail Elementary School building.

  Louisville couple leaves behind a $1M scholarship for Kentucky students

Trump administration extends free meals for kids for entire school year

Northern Kentucky University to admit all applicants with at least a 2.75 GPA

  West Louisville families could see significant changes to JCPS student assignment process

Face mask donations needed as students return to in-person learning

  JCPS task force introduces proposed changes to student assignment process

Parade thrown for Louisville boy, 8, undergoing heart surgery this week

Loved ones and friends from Audubon Traditional Elementary School threw Jullian Edwards Jr. a drive-by parade Wednesday.

  Fall break means new COVID guidance for some Kentucky schools

Whenever traveling, people should take the same precautions as when they’re at home in terms of social distancing and wearing a mask.

JCPS expands meal pick-up times at ten locations

JCPS has extended meal pick-up times at ten locations.

Manual HS football player tests positive for COVID; next 2 games canceled as team quarantines

The team last practiced together Monday.

  JCPS superintendent makes plea to fix district’s aging facilities

For nearly 40 years, the third floor at the Academy @ Shawnee has sat empty of students, deemed structurally unsound in 1981. Now, JCPS leadership continues to stress the belief that the investment into the community and school is past due.

JCPS students to solve business problems in career-focused 3DE program

The results of the phase 1 pilot program in schools showed a 46% increase in the graduation rate, with 38% fewer chronically-absent students.

  Clerk’s office to provide voters clarification on JCPS tax question

Despite an ongoing legal battle, Jefferson County voters will see a question on their ballots this election regarding a JCPS tax increase.

  Controversial mascot from the past disappears from Louisville high school

The former mascot of Seneca High School, Lonesome Polecat, was removed through a JCPS process called a “racial equity analysis protocol.”

JCPS extending meal pickup times at 10 locations

The times were extended to help accommodate working parents and guardians and families who have students participating in NTI, according to the district.

  Spalding president: University has grounds to sue U.S. government over executive order

Spalding University President Tori Murdern McClure says that the university has grounds to sue the U.S. Government, based on President Trump's proposed ban on anti-racism training for public institutions.

  JCPS board extends NTI, though students could return to classes in October

If and when students do return to campus, families would be given the option of a virtual academy specific to each school in the district.

  Kentucky launches K-12 COVID-19 dashboard

The dashboard visualizes self-reported data to give decision-makers and parents critical information that could impact their families.

JCPS expands meal pick-up times at ten locations

JCPS is allowing more time for parents to pick up meals for students at ten different food sites.

  Cases of COVID-19 rise in Kentucky as JCPS prepares for in-person classes

Beshear said Monday he has confidence in Kentucky schools preparing for “some version” of in-person classes as long as they follow guidance from the state.

A/B schedule for NAFC middle, high school students to continue through 2020

New Albany Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Snyder announced Monday that the district will continue the A/B schedule for grades 7-12 through the remainder of 2020.

  School districts return to the classroom amid pandemic

Students at several districts in WAVE Country are back in class this week.

DuPont Manual recognized as 2020 National Blue Ribbon School

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized DuPont Manual High School in Louisville as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School last week.

UK students feel connected to Breonna Taylor case

Taylor was a student at the University of Kentucky in 2011.

  Some JCPS schools make travel changes awaiting Breonna Taylor decision

Some coaches and teachers were notified by emails, they may have to press pause for now on games, practices, and the use of classrooms.

JCPS creates website helping students, staff prepare for upcoming election

Jefferson County Public Schools is creating a way for students and staff to prepare for this year’s upcoming election.

  JCPS outlines spending plan for extra $54M from proposed tax increase

The plan splits the money to improve systems helping the school.

  Parents angry over police shooting book taught at JCPS schools

One parent, who is a former teacher, says it is not the place of JCPS teachers to try to “indoctrinate” children with the book.

UK releases revised Spring 2021 academic calendar; no spring break

UK officials said the decision to remove spring break from the calendar is rooted in health and safety concerns for students and the entire campus community.

  JCPS discusses in-person learning plan

JCPS is preparing for the eventual return of students to the building.

  Parents getting Head Start help with virtual learning

There’s a new virtual way parents who need help can get it when it comes to their growing child.

  New system will help Ky. schools track COVID-19 cases, make information-based decisions

A color-coded COVID-19 incident rate map with guidelines will help schools decide if they should stay open from week to week.

What online learning looks like for student with special needs

Justin, an 18-year-old senior, wakes up every morning just feet away from his classroom, But the challenges begin once the laptop is turned on.

  A suicide prevention guide for parents with middle schoolers

With more kids going to school online, mental health experts are concerned about teens feeling isolated and alone.

  University of Louisville apologizes after vague RAVE alert was sent to students

University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi issued an apology after an emergency RAVE alert was sent to students about a “black man in a red hoodie” wanted by police.

Norton Healthcare announces $1.2 million commitment to Simmons College

In addition to helping with educational and program initiatives, the grant will also support facility improvements to enhance student and faculty experiences.

New Little Library dedicated at Georgetown Elementary School

New Little Library dedicated a Georgetown Elementary School

  JCPS finalizes plan for fall sports practices and game attendance

JCPS has now released some specifics behind the plan to keep high school athletes safe this fall.

JCPS releases plan to keep student athletes safe during coronavirus pandemic

Anyone who is not playing a game must be wearing a mask, including coaches and cheerleaders.

COVID-19 cases reported in CAI high school

High school students at a school in Indiana will continue classes through synchronous learning starting Wednesday.

  Keeping your school-age children safe during suicide prevention month

This month is suicide prevention months, and mental health will remain a top priority for health professionals as children return to the virtual classroom.

  JCPS looks to rename mascots and schools that ‘marginalize students of color’

Jefferson County Public Schools announced it could consider renaming some of its mascots and schools, several of which are named for Confederate soldiers and slave owners, as a part of its racial equity plan.

  Free school opens for low-income families

Parents across WAVE Country are trying to figure out how to balance our new normal and take care of their children. One woman has created a free school for families struggling financially.

Bullitt County Public Schools return to in-person classes

Bullitt County Public Schools is expected to return to in-person classes beginning in late September.

JCPS students gather school supplies for donations to surrounding communities

A group of local high school students donated several hundred school supplies Monday to other students in need.

Teachers find ways to keep students engaged through virtual classes

If teachers don’t have students right in front of them, how can they ensure that their students keep focused to make the most out of their school days?

  Back To Learning: A homeschooling guide for parents of 3rd-5th graders

Back to learning looks and feels a lot different this year.

Person tests positive for COVID-19 at Hardin County elementary school

The superintendent said students and staff who were around the person have been notified.

  Bellarmine tech expert weighs in on JCPS live instruction issues

An information technology expert at Bellarmine University said he believes responsibility falls on individuals to be smart about their own security.

Madisonville doctor opens classroom inside dentist office

Dr. Spencer said the idea for the classroom started more than a month ago to help her staff plan for the fall.

  GCCS parents find unique ways to protect students at school

It’s the question every school in the U.S. is asking this year: How do we get students back into the classroom safely?

  JCPS Career Technical Education students get help with hands-on learning during NTI

Pandemic-era learning has caused problems for students, parents, and teachers across the country. In Kentucky, an organization is aiming to help those students who need a little extra hands-on instruction.

  JCPS superintendent addresses disruptions in virtual classrooms

Less than a week into remote learning for the new school year, JCPS is having to change out its meeting platform for live classes.

  JCPS transitioning to new live online learning platform next week following disruptions

The district is currently using Google Meets for online live instruction but is now looking at other options, according to JCPS spokeswoman Renee Murphy.

  Doctor: Parents should cut unnecessary screen time during virtual learning

Too much time in front of a screen can lead to obesity, headaches, and eye strain.

  Golf coach frustrated with JCPS middle school sports decision

As JCPS high school sports are continuing this fall, seasons for middle schoolers have been postponed.

Beshear offers way to expand internet to low-income students

The initiative will limit monthly costs for low-income homes with K-12 students to have internet access.

  Louisville non-profit offers NTI support by launching community learning hub

With instruction online for the start of the year, the return of classes did mean their kids left the house.

  JCPS students, parents, teachers begin school year with virtual first day

Roughly 100,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are starting the year off with a slightly tweaked version of how they ended off last year.

Byck Elementary celebrates first day of school with drive-by parade

On an unusual first day back for JCPS students, one elementary school welcomed students by hosting a drive-by student parade.

New Albany Floyd County Schools move to virtual classes on Wednesdays

A tweet from the district said the change will start on Sept. 16 and end Oct. 16.

  UofL professor explains ‘big economic issue’ in Louisville

State-mandated COVID-restrictions and property damage have caused some local businesses to rethink reopening.

  JCPS parents, teachers making last-minute preps ahead of new school year

The district will begin another round of non-traditional instruction on Tuesday.

  Hardin, Oldham County schools return to in-person instruction

It's back to learning for two more school districts. Hardin County and Oldham County School students are hitting the books once again.