Citizen, Scholar, Steward

Plans for Re-opening Campus in August

updated 7/10/20

Our plans for re-opening campus for the 2020–21 school year can be found below. We know that these plans will evolve as new information becomes available, and we will refine our plan accordingly. We will let you know about any new information through a weekly email update. This page will also be updated throughout the summer.

Maintaining a safe and healthy environment on campus will require all of us to work together. As always, we are guided by the words of our motto:

  • As Citizens, we take responsibility for protecting our own health as well as the health of others in our community.
  • As Scholars, we base our decisions and practices on the best information available from reputable sources such as the CDC, our state and local health departments, and the governor.
  • As Stewards, we commit to taking care of one another and our school environment so that our entire community can enjoy a safe and healthy learning experience on campus.

Divisional Plans

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  • Lower School

    • Our newly renovated classrooms will accommodate full classes, even with social distancing.
    • The Lower School is using a cohort model (the same group of students stays together all day), so students will spend their academic day with only those children in their homeroom.
    • We anticipate that all lower school faculty as well as students in grades 1–4 will wear masks while in interior spaces. (Junior kindergarten and kindergarten students will not be required to wear masks.)
    • Specials (art, music, etc.) teachers will come to homeroom classrooms to teach.
    • Students will go outdoors for recess as often as possible and in all weather conditions, provided they are safe, including rain. Students should have a variety of clothing at school for all types of weather, such as raincoats and boots.
    • All students will have an individual cubby or locker to keep their personal belongings separate from their classmates’ belongings.
    • Learning support services provided by KCD staff will be offered as usual.
    • Learning support services typically provided by non-KCD staff will be offered in person when possible or through virtual sessions. More information will be available later in the summer.
  • Middle School

    • The Middle School is not using a cohort model, in which the same group of students stays together all day. We found that this model placed too many restrictions on students’ academic choices and the variety of courses they could take.
    • Students will meet in person with their teacher for each class. When it is possible to do so safely, students and their teacher will be together in a classroom. When a particular classroom doesn’t allow all students to be together safely, that class may be held in a nontraditional space on campus.
    • We anticipate that middle school students and faculty will wear masks while in interior spaces.
    • Learning support services provided by KCD staff will be offered as usual.
    • Learning support services typically provided by non-KCD staff will be offered in person when possible or through virtual sessions. More information will be available later in the summer.
    • Upper School

      • The Upper School is not using a cohort model, in which the same group of students stays together all day. We found that this model placed too many restrictions on students’ academic choices and the variety of courses they could take.
      • Students will meet in person with their teacher for each class. When it is possible to do so safely, students and their teacher will be together in a classroom. When a particular classroom doesn’t allow all students to be together safely, that class may be held in a nontraditional space on campus.
      • We anticipate that upper school students and faculty will wear masks while in interior spaces.

    Keeping our community healthy with “Hands, Face, Space”

    When they return to campus, students will see signs with “Hands, Face, Space” messages posted all around school. Parents, please help us by using these words with your children and helping them become familiar with the habits described below. Your child, particularly young children, will absorb your attitude about safety and our “Hands, Face, Space” requirements. Your positive support and modeling of these practices at home will be a big help to us when school resumes in August.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    • What steps is KCD taking to promote health & safety?

      • Students who show any signs of illness may not attend school. Click here for the CDC’s page on COVID-19 symptoms.
      • We anticipate conducting onsite temperature checks for all faculty and students each day. 
      • Students who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 100.4 or higher at any time during the school day will be sent home. Our school nurse will contact a parent/guardian to arrange immediate pickup of the sick child. 
      • Students and faculty will be required to wash or sanitize their hands on entering the building, before and after eating lunch or snack, and at other frequent intervals throughout the day.
      • Shared spaces will be cleaned and sanitized/disinfected frequently throughout the day. Lower school classroom surfaces will be cleaned frequently, and middle and upper school classroom surfaces will be cleaned at the end of every class period.
      • Students will not be permitted to drink from water fountains. Each student should bring their own water bottle to school (labeled with the student's name) and may re-fill that bottle from water fountains during the day.
      • We are using the phrase “Hands, Face, Space” to remind students and faculty about the practices (outlined elsewhere on this page) that will keep them and others in our community safe. This simple phrase provides a consistent message about health and safety that can be used in age-appropriate ways in all three divisions.
      • Sanitizer stations will be available at all main entry points.
    • Will masks be required on campus?

      As of July 9, Governor Beshear has mandated the use of masks in all indoor public spaces as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible.When school begins, we anticipate that masks will still be required in interior spaces for all faculty and for students in first grade and up. 

      • Junior kindergarten and kindergarten students do not need to wear masks.
      • Students in first grade and up must provide their own mask that meets these CDC recommendations.
      • Masks must follow the same dress code guidelines as other pieces of clothing.
      • Masks should be washed according to these CDC recommendations.
      • Adults working alone in a confined area such as an office or classroom are not required to wear masks. 
      • Some exceptions may be granted for faculty or students with a health condition or learning plan that does not allow a mask to be worn. Exceptions will be granted after receiving documentation from a healthcare provider.
    • Will social distancing be required?

      Yes. Whenever possible, students and faculty must maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and others.
    • Will lunch be available?

      Yes. We are working with our food service provider to discover the safest ways for students to access lunch and snacks. More details will follow. Food delivery to classrooms is a strong likelihood.
    • Will parents be allowed in school buildings?

      In order to follow Kentucky’s Healthy at School guidelines, we are limiting the number of visitors to campus, including parents. Parents or guardians who need to enter a campus building must first call their division assistant to state the reason for their visit. All visitors must follow our safety protocols around masks, hand and respiratory hygiene, and social distancing.
    • How will carpool work?

      Morning and afternoon carpool will work as usual, except that

      • students will be asked to wear their masks when exiting cars and to wash or sanitize hands upon entering the building;
      • lower school students in Morning Room will be socially distanced;
      • students will wash or sanitize hands and be wearing masks as they exit the school for afternoon carpool.
    • Will after school care be available?

      • Pre-registration for Bearcat Den will be required by August 1. Pre-registration is necessary in order to ensure that we meet CDC guidelines for space, staff, and supplies.
      • Bearcat Den coordinator Judy Ambach emailed lower school families on July 7 with more information about the program.
      • Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 
      • Families will be financially responsible for any pre-registered days, even if their student does not attend. 
      • Current CDC restrictions prevent us from being able to accommodate last minute drop-ins of any kind.
      Middle school after school programs will also require advance registration in order to ensure appropriate space and staffing. More information about this will be available later in the summer.
        • Will KCD move to remote learning again?

          If we receive a directive from the Governor’s office or the local or state department of public health that remote learning is recommended or required, we will implement our Bearcat Remote Education (BRE) program. Because we are confident that we can continue to deliver a high-quality curriculum remotely through BRE, we will not offer a tuition reimbursement for any time spent in remote education.
        • How will athletics work?

          KCD is following the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s (KHSAA) guidelines for school-based athletics in Kentucky. Details about those guidelines can be found here.

        Important Dates

        Important dates for the start of school are listed below. Please see the other pages in this section for additional back to school information.

        • August 6, 6:00 pm: Lower School New Parent Orientation
        • August 10–11: Faculty In-service (no classes)
        • August 11, 6:30–8:30: US Back to School Night
        • August 12, 9:00-Noon: US New Student Orientation
        • August 12, Time TBA: MS New Student and Parent Orientation 
        • August 13: First day of school (half-day for JK & K)
        • August 14: half-day for JK & K

        For New Families

        New families: welcome to KCD! We are so glad that you are joining us this year.

        You can now access the MyKCD portal and the Magnus Health system through the account you created during the application process. Click the MyKCD link at the top of our website to log in. The login page has a link you can use to retrieve your password if necessary. If you need additional help with your account, please contact Jason Sedlaczek.
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        Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 85-acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.