Laurel County families,
The 2019-2020 school year has officially ended for our students. In the last couple of weeks students completed and submitted their Home Correspondence Instruction (HCI) assignments. Schools celebrated their students with creative activities including Drive-Thru Award Parades and video presentations. At the district level we have celebrated our graduating seniors with our two high schools. The 2020 graduating class earned over $5.5 million in scholarships! We have celebrated our graduates through parades, a radio broadcast celebration, billboard signage, yard signs, and are currently finishing production of virtual graduation ceremonies. The virtual graduation ceremonies for NLHS and SLHS will be available to view on the Laurel County Schools District website at a later date to be announced.
We are so proud of our students and appreciative of their families during this unprecedented time of transition from in-person classes to online instruction and HCI paper packets. Families you have done a phenomenal job!
As we move into summer break, we wanted to share some information that may be beneficial to your family.
P-EBT Electronic Benefit Transfer
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is a financial resource for families with students who lost access to free or reduced-price meals due to COVID-19. P-EBT provides households with an EBT card with funds to spend on food at home for students. Click here to view a P-EBT FAQ. Additional information will be posted on the Laurel County Schools District website.
Laurel County Public Schools and the United Way of Laurel County are providing free meals this summer. Sixteen meal sites are located throughout Laurel County. Any child under the age of 18 is eligible to receive a free meal.
Check the Laurel County Schools District website for the times and locations for meal pickup. We are appreciative of the partnership with United Way of Laurel County in continuing to provide nutritious meals to our students while school is dismissed for summer break.
2020-2021 School Year
We know at this time there is a tremendous amount of information circulating through social media and on the news on what schools will look like when classes resume in the fall. The Kentucky Department of Education and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is beginning to release some guidance. We are expecting additional detailed guidance in the next few weeks. Our district will continue to work in collaboration with the Laurel County Health Department in planning the 2020-2021 school year. Our priority remains keeping our students and staff safe and healthy while providing our students with a quality education.
We wish our families a wonderful summer break. Please check the Laurel County Schools District website for regular updates. We are looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year!
Dr. Doug Bennett