Bourbon School District To Shut Down Wednesday, Reopen April 6
Bourbon Superintendent Dr. Kyle Gibbs announced Monday that beginning Wednesday, March 18, the district will be closed and reopen Monday, April 6.
“All co-curricular practices, athletic events and other school activities are canceled as well,” Gibbs said in a letter to district families. “During this extended break the facilities will continue to be cleaned and disinfected in preparation for our return to school.”
The district will be on spring break March 23-27.
“Over the next two days, teachers are preparing materials that can be utilized at home to ensure that learning continues over this break from school,” Gibbs said. “Teachers will be preparing your child for at home learning by reviewing these materials and their expectations on Tuesday afternoon.”
High school students, Gibbs said, will continue to have access to their Chromebooks and high school teachers will push assignments out to them through the Google Classroom platform.
Dual college credit courses can be continued through independent study by students.
Gibbs encouraged parents to send their children to school on Tuesday to receive materials and directions for their classes.
Tuesday was expected to be a “fun day” for students to celebrate the upcoming spring season and alleviate fears children may have during an unsettling time.
“Our counselors and staff will be closely monitoring students to ensure that the anxiety of this situation is not having an adverse effect on them,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs said he recognizes the hardship closure causes on the community and in the coming days and weeks, they will work with local and state agencies to develop critical support services for students and their families.
Crawford County Library Director Elizabeth Outar announced that all three branches will close beginning Wednesday. A tentative reopen is set for Monday, April 6.
"The COVID-19 health crisis is altering daily routines and life for our communities, state, nation and world," Outar said in a statement. "Data supports the practice of early social distancing to help slow the spread of the virus. Flattening the Curve, as they have labeled it, is a huge step in making certain our healthcare systems are not overwhelmed by dramatic increase in serious cases."
Outar said it was not an easy decision to make.
"We appreciate the support of our staff, our patrons and our community during these extraordinary circumstances," she said.
Patrons are permitted to keep current library materials at home. No fines will be assessed.
Outar reminds patrons that the library's broad collection of digital resources like ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and databases are available 24/7.
"We encourage all patrons to take advantage of these options and directions for their use has been published on our social media and webpage," she said.