KDE federal programs staff are working to provide timely information and resources to families and educators during the COVID-19 crisis. The resources and FAQs on this page will be monitored and updated to reflect the most current information available.
The U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Resources for Schools and School Personnel web page provides resources and guidance for educators.
Guidance for Providing Equitable Services Under the CARES Act Released
To help provide clarity around the provision of equitable services for programs under the CARES Act, the Kentucky Department of Education has published the COVID-19 Equitable Services Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Please contact David Millanti with additional questions.
Frequently Asked Questions from Kentucky
Question: How can school districts receiving Title I funding meet parent and family engagement activities in the event meetings with parents and the community cannot be held?
Answer: Typically, required annual Title I meetings are held close to the beginning of the school year in August or September. The timeline for other Title I parent and family engagement activities, planning meetings, etc. are at the discretion of districts and schools. In light of COVID-19, districts and school should consider using surveys, virtual meetings, or other electronic means to meet engagement requirements and goals.
Question: Can we screen English Learners (EL students) during NTI days given the same criterion above?
Answer: Currently the WIDA online screener and K W-APT cannot be administered remotely. The WIDA screeners can be administered to students who are attending in-person schooling or to students who are enrolled in virtual learning whose parents wish to arrange a time for the screener to be administered face-to-face. The district should work with the families of identified students to determine when a WIDA screener or K W-APT can be administered. If a screener cannot be administered within the federal timeline (30 calendar days if enrolled at the beginning of school or 14 calendar days if enrolled after the beginning of school), then districts should use the temporary placement procedures outlined in the COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: English Learner Guidance at Reopening.
Question: What should a public school district do if, due to closure, it is unable to provide equitable services to private schools?
Answer: KDE recommends that the district have a conversation with each private school it serves about the situation. During this discussion, the district should explain that services will not be provided during the closure period and discuss the carryover provision allowed in extenuating situations.
Additionally, the district and private school(s) should craft a plan to spend funds through the rest of the school year, during the summer, and potentially in the next school year. Although there is no need to update the equitable services packet, the district should document the meeting and its outcomes. Keep in mind that funds for the current year have to be spent on private school services in addition to funds reserved in the next school year.