Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan will ask the Hardin County Board of Education to move the start of the 2020-2021 school year to Monday, August 24, 2020 at its next regularly scheduled meeting on July 16. The original start date, approved by the Board prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was by Thursday, August 6, 2020.
“Those extra 18 days will be extremely beneficial,” Morgan said. “It is important that we give our staff as much time as possible to prepare to offer traditional classroom instruction and non-traditional instruction through virtual learning in our Hardin County Learning Academy. It also allows more time for our state officials to give us more direction in regard to COVID-19.”
HCS officials are working on a calendar for staff and that will be shared at a later date.
The August 24 start date will not eliminate fall break, winter break or spring break from the calendar. The last day of school on the proposed calendar will be May 21, 2021.
Should the Board approve a calendar with an August 24 start date for K-12 students, the first day of school for preschool students would be Tuesday, September 1 and the last day for preschool students would be May 13, 2021.
“The guidance given to us by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Public Health tells us to be prepared for several scenarios this school year,” Morgan added. “COVID-19 has changed a lot. However, it has not changed our priorities of giving students a safe learning environment and the best education possible. We will continue to help HCS students succeed in every way imaginable. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we move forward together.”