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News Release: 12/23/2020

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND WE WILL HAVE EVENTS COMING SOON!
 
***PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR ALL EVENTS GUIDELINES WILL BE FOLLOWED TO ALLOW GATHERINGS, MASKS TO BE WORN WHEN UNABLE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE, TEMPERATURE CHECKS WHEN ENTERING FACILITIES AND CONTACT LOG MAY BE KEPT AT HOSTS DISCRETION. ***
 
SHELBY COUNTY UPDATES
 
Dear Shelby County Families, 
 
I hope you and your children are getting some much-deserved rest and relaxation during the holiday season. It has been a year full of twists and turns and we want everyone to take time to enjoy their families. While I wish you the happiest of holidays, I also want to share our spring semester reopening plan with you as early as possible so that you can plan appropriately for your family. 
After receiving the Governor’s Executive Order and the KDE guidance late on Friday, December 18th, Shelby County Public Schools leadership studied the documents and developed plans based on those documents, the practices we have in place, and statistics and numbers from the past semester. After discussions with board members, principals, and our Reopening Task Force last week, the team came to the conclusion that SCPS already has many of the recommendations and mandates in place, most since July of 2020. One of the pieces that we need to implement is the call for a “more aggressive hybrid” model in order to reduce the number of students in a school building. In this plan, SCPS leadership focused on the following goals. We will: 
  1. Take care of our students and staff. 
  2. Do what is best for our students. 
  3. Limit the number of changes over the course of the pandemic. 
  4. Reduce quarantines that interrupt instruction. 
 
Below, I have outlined the plan for you. If you have questions, please feel free to email principals for an explanation. We feel this plan will meet the goals above and will be more aggressive in our approach to mitigating the spread of this virus while being able to teach our students in-person.
 
  • NTI will continue for all students through January 15th, 2021. 
 
  1. This will allow two weeks to elapse after holiday travel and gatherings as well as ample planning time to prepare for the SCPS@School students to return to the building per the provisions set forth in the Governor’s Executive Order. (i.e. more space for students, less capacity in the building.)
  2. NTI will take place from 8:00 -- 4:00 as usual.
 
 
  • Beginning January 19th, 2021, SCPS Elementary Schools will operate on the following schedule: 
 
  1. Elementary Schools: SCPS@School students will attend Monday through Thursday with Targeted Services/Virtual Learning on Fridays.
  2. SCPS@Home Students will continue instruction as usual.
  3. SCPS@School Elementary Students will report each day, Mon-Thur.
  4. Fridays will be targeted services for students as determined by teachers and administration.
  5. School Administrators across the district will work to ensure that families in the same household attend school on the same days.
  6. Younger students will receive the increased consistency of face-to-face instruction.
  7. School hours will be 7:35 am - 2:27 pm. 
 
 
  • Beginning January 19, 2021, SCPS Middle and High Schools will operate on the following schedule: 
 
  1. SCPS@Home Students will continue instruction as usual. 
  2. SCPS@School Students will be divided into Group A and Group B. 
  3. Group A students will attend in-person instruction on Mondays and Tuesdays with virtual instruction on Wednesdays and Thursdays with Targeted Services and Virtual Learning on Fridays.
  4. Group B students will attend in-person instruction on Wednesday and Thursday with virtual instruction on Mondays and Tuesdays and Targeted Services and Virtual Learning on Fridays. 
  5. School administrators across the district are working to ensure that families in the same household attend school on the same days. You will be notified about this in January. Please see the attached calendar for more information. 
  6. The AABB schedule explained above aligns with the JCTC schedule for the 400+ students who attend JCTC classes. 
  7. The AABB schedule will address the higher incidence of quarantining at middle and high school with fewer students in the building each day; thus, it is a “more aggressive hybrid model” as defined by the executive order.  
  8. East and West Middle School hours are 8:40 am - 3:35 pm. 
  9. MCMS Middle School is 8:30 am - 3:25 pm. 
  10. High School hours are 8:30 am - 3:22 pm. 
 
 
  • Below is a breakdown of the spring semester plan by dates: 
 
  1. January 4th - 15th - All students return to Non-Traditional Instruction
  2. January 18th - Martin Luther King Holiday/No School
  3. January 19th - 22nd - All elementary students return to SCPS@Home and SCPS@School (similar to our fall semester schedule). Middle and high school students will move to the AABB for the remainder of this week. (See attached calendar.)
  4. January 25th - We will continue with the plans as described above until we are able to have all students in the buildings or we have to return to NTI due to quarantine or per the Governor’s order. 
 
Again, we thank you for your patience and continued support of your students as we maneuver through a difficult year. We look forward to seeing our students again back in the buildings. Please utilize the calendars below for reference. If you have any questions or concerns about the implementation of this model, please email your principals. Have a wonderful holiday break. 
 
Dr. Sally Sugg
Superintendent of Shelby County Public Schools
Current Case Information
 
Henry - 653 Cases Total (90 active)
Shelby - 2780 Cases Total (170 active)
Spencer - 938 Cases Total (104 active)
Trimble - 355 Cases Total (71 active)
 
 
TOTAL CASES RECOVERED: 4237
 
 
Governor Update
DECEMBER 23rd, 2020
 
 
 
Case Details
247,344 total cases
47,402 probable
199,942 confirmed
3,057 new cases
1.076 probable
1,981 confirmed
2440 total deaths
152 probable deaths
2288 confirmed
10 duplication
3,287,909 have been tested
35,118 at least recovered cases
8.48% positive rate
1631 hospitalized
419 in ICU
223 on ventilators
 
 
On Dec. 14, Kentucky’s public health restrictions and recommendations will include:
  • All public and private middle and high schools will continue remote instruction until Jan. 4, 2021. Elementary schools can return to in-person learning once their county is out of the red zone.
  • Restaurants and bars can reopen at 50% capacity. Masks are required except when actively drinking or eating. Service must stop at 11 p.m.; establishments must close no later than 12 a.m.
  • Indoor social gatherings are recommended to have no more than eight people from a maximum of two households. There is no recommended limit on the number of people from the same household. There is no limit on outdoor social gatherings.
  • Gyms, fitness centers, pools and other indoor recreation facilities can operate at 50% capacity. Masks must be worn while exercising.
  • Venues, event spaces and theaters can reopen at 50% capacity.
  • Professional services can operate with up to 50% of employees working in-person; however, all employees who are able to work from home must do so.
 
 
Kentucky Schools
  1. Adjustments of red/orange county recommendations.
  2. Every school must provide a meaningful virtual option that cannot negatively impact virtual students’ GPA, class rank or any other educational opportunity or recognition.
  3. Schools must accommodate all educators and employees who fall into a high-risk category with a virtual option.
  4. Healthy at School guidelines will be mandatory starting on Jan. 4, 2021.
  5. KDPH recommends returning to in-person learning no sooner than Jan. 11, 2021.
  6. Continue daily reporting.
 
 
Executive Order given 12.18.20 with school guidance
  • All public and private schools
  • Red Zone counties are recommended to delay in person until after January 11
  • If open to in person, must offer a meaningful virtual option
  • If employees refuse to take vaccine, they must work in person as usual
  • If employees have documented reason to need to work virtual, they may and take vaccine then return to in person 7 days after second dose
 
 
 
Top counties with positive cases and new cases
  • Jefferson 468
  • Warren 136
  • Madison 127
  • Fayette 125
  • Kenton 113
  • Christian 105
 
 
VACCINE UPDATE

  • Moderna vaccine coming to Kentucky
  • Long term care facilities began receiving vaccine Monday
  • Residences and workers receiving vaccine
  • Some of the first facilities to receive vaccine
  • Signature Healthcare of Summerfield
  • Signature Healthcare at Jefferson Manor
  • Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Hodgenville
  • Episcopal Church Home in Louisville
  • Reported that 66% of deaths in Kentucky came from long term care facilities
 
84,275 vaccine doses sent to Kentucky
8,839 administered
75,436 available
 
 
 
 
 
 
Check out our website for all the details on businesses opens and signage to use in your business
 
 
 
 
Welcome to the Shelby County
Chamber of Commerce
 
 
 
 
 
 
BUSINESS HELP
 
Good afternoon, 
 
Hope y’all are doing well. Please find attached the summaries of COVID Relief provisions relating to assistance to small businesses and nonprofits. Will share the text when it is available. 
 
I’d like to highlight that the COVID Relief bill provides $325 billion additional assistance to the hardest-hit small businesses, nonprofits, and venues. Specifically, this includes:
  • Funding for a second round of PPP forgivable loans small businesses and nonprofits experiencing significant revenue losses.
  • Improvements to the PPP program:
o  Expands PPP allowable and forgivable expenses to include supplier costs on existing contracts and purchase orders, including the cost for perishable goods at any time, costs relating to worker protective equipment and adaptive costs, and technology operations expenditures
o  Provides needed assurances to PPP lenders that no enforcement action could be taken against a lender who originated the loan in good faith, complied with all regulations, and relied in good faith on a borrower’s certification and documentation.
o  Simplifies the forgiveness application process for smaller loans up to $150,000 while increasing SBA’s ability to audit and review forgiven loans.
o  Expands PPP eligibility for certain 501(c)(6) nonprofits and Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) with 300 or fewer employees that do not receive more than 15 percent of their revenue from lobbying
o  Expands PPP eligibility to local newspapers and T.V., and radio stations previously made ineligible by their affiliation with other stations
o  Eliminates the requirement that EIDL advances be subtracted from PPP forgiveness.
  • Funding for grants to shuttered venues
o  Establishes a $15 billion grant program to support shuttered live venues, theaters, museums, and zoos that have experienced significant revenue losses
  • Providing emergency enhancements to other SBA lending programs.
 
In addition, the bill includes a provision clarifies that deductions are allowed for otherwise deductible expenses paid with the proceeds of a PPP loan that is forgiven, and that the tax basis and other attributes of the borrower’s assets will not be reduced as a result of the loan forgiveness
 
Finally, the bill extends the relief from Troubled Debt Restructuring (TDR) for one more year. 
 
 
 
 
 
PUBLIC ANNOUCNEMENTS
Big Blue Goals 2021 Do you want to make a change in 2021? Join FCS Extension for Big Blue Goals! Click the link, http://ukfcs.net/BBGstart to challenge yourself to improve your daily life. Get ready to work alongside others to boost your health and lifestyle choices. The challenge kicks off Jan. 4, and all participants are eligible for prizes by participating and completing goals! You can participate through your smart phone, the website or by keeping a paper “Challenge Grid”. The “Challenge Grid” and related instructions can be picked up at your Shelby County Extension Office beginning Monday, January 4. More instructions can also be found on the attached document.
Some of the Big Blue Goals that you can choose to track are –
  1. Physical Activity. Engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. Record minutes per day.
  2. Fruits and Vegetables. Eat 4-6 servings of fruits and/or vegetables daily. Record the total number of servings eaten.
  3. Meals at Home. Prepare 2 meals at home each day. Record the number of meals prepared at home.
  4. Intentional Spending. Plan spending to reduce impulse purchases. Record each day you stick to your spending plan.
  5. Relationships. Improve knowledge about relationships, parenting, and caregiving. Read the Extension article provided daily.
  6. Living Well. Improve knowledge about ways to increase health and well-being. Read the Extension article provided daily.
 
The sign up link can also be found on our Facebook Sites -- Shelby County Cooperative Extension and Shelby County Extension Homemakers
 
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JARBOE'S PLUMBING, HEATING AND COOLING MAKING $40,000 WORTH OF DONATIONS AS PART OF “CHRISTMAS ON US” INITIATIVE
 
 
(December 22, 2020) –  Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating and Coolinga leading provider of heating, cooling and plumbing services, is donating more than $40,000 worth of gift cards, HVAC systems and water heaters to families and The Salvation Army as part of its “Christmas On Us” initiative. The company, which operates Williams Comfort Air and Mr. Plumber in Indiana, Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling and Plumbing in Ohio, and Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Kentucky, is providing $500 in gift cards for five families in each of the three states it serves, and one free water heater and HVAC system for one family in each of the three states it serves, as well. The HVAC systems are being provided for veterans who were nominated by their own community members. Water heater recipients were also nominated by their community. Additionally, Williams Comfort Air is making a $2,500 donation to The Salvation Army.
 
“We are proud to have a long-standing tradition of giving back during the holidays and throughout the year, but this year it feels even more important,” said Jacob Huck, president of Williams Comfort Air. “As a result of COVID-19 and its resulting economic impact, we know people are struggling. It’s an honor to step in and allow the holidays to be a little more joyous for families in need.”
 
Williams Comfort Air and its brands gave back $60,000 in donations to charitable organizations during their “Summer of Giving” initiative this year. For the holiday season initiative, company leaders say they feel compelled to focus on families.
 
“Heating, cooling and plumbing services are essential, and we’ve managed to stay busy over the last year,” said Matt Tyner, Williams Comfort Air director of marketing. “To be in a position where we can greatly impact families, especially at a time when so many are struggling, is humbling. With a resolve to do good within the communities we serve, we look forward to continuing our philanthropic efforts throughout 2021.”
 
For more information about Williams Comfort Air, visit https://williamscomfortair.com/.
 
LEGAL ALERTS
12/17/2020
 
EEOC Gives Vital Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 Vaccinations
 
On Dec. 16, 2020, the United Stated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released much-anticipated guidance regarding employers’ ability to enact mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. 
 
The new guidance addresses many questions regarding the interaction between mandatory vaccination policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963 (Title VII), and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (Act). However, employers should be cognizant that states and localities may have their own anti-discrimination or privacy laws, which may provide additional protections to employees.
 
 
 
 
Can Employers Mandate Employees to Take a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Three pharmaceutical companies, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfeizer, have announced COVID-19 vaccines, which the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has announced could be available as early as late December 2020.[1] Governor Mike DeWine announced some Ohio health care professionals could receive the COVID vaccine as early as Dec. 15, 2020.[2] If and when these vaccines become available, can private employers require employees to take the vaccine?
 
 
 
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