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Clay County Public Schools

CCPS School Re-Opening Plan for 2021-2022 School Year

Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Opening Day: Monday, August 2, 2021

First Student Attendance Day: Thursday, August 5, 2021


Parents and Guardians, I know many of you are anxious about plans to return to school. School will open August 5, 2021. It is our plan to open school as close to normal as possible. It is our goal for students to return to and remain in an in-person instruction setting this year. Below is the framework that will guide our school reopening plan. This information is in accordance with local, state and Kentucky Department of Education health guidelines.


 - Instruction will be in-person. Classroom instruction will be delivered using evidence-based practices and programs serving student’s best academic interest.

- Full-time virtual instruction will not be available to students, unless a medical excuse is presented; at that time, the student may be assigned to Homebound instruction.

- Daily school operations along with extra-curricular and co-curricular programming will be implemented in student’s best interest.



 - Symptom screenings will be performed by parents/ guardians at home before students enter the bus.

 - Students and staff are required to wear a mask while riding a school bus. Distancing of 3 feet is recommended if possible without interfering with bus routing. (Students on buses when applicable will sit with siblings/family groups).

-Provisions will be made for students who board the bus without a mask or do not have the resources to obtain one.

-A driver does not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus.

 School Building

- Students and staff are not required to wear a mask, but it is highly recommended.

 - Staff and students will continually monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

 - Staff and students will report to the nurse immediately if feeling symptomatic.

 - All high-touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly throughout the day.

- Recommended that staff and students will sanitize or wash their hands frequently.

- Hand sanitizer will be available in all common areas, hallways, and classrooms.

 - Classrooms and common areas will be ventilated with additional outdoor air when possible, using windows and doors.

 - Non-essential visitors will not be permitted on campuses.



- Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Lunch and breakfast will be prepared and served by lunchroom staff. We will eat lunch as usual, they can face each other. Students will be spaced out to the extent possible or practicable.

 - If a school chooses not to use a cafeteria, students will eat in their classrooms.

 - Staff will disinfect all eating areas after students are finished eating.

- School water fountains are open and available for use



- School playground equipment is open and available for use

-Social distancing will be practiced to the extent practicable



 - Restrooms will be disinfected regularly.

 - Restrooms will be monitored to avoid overcrowding.


Healthy at School Practices

-Parents are asked to screen their child for COVID-19 symptoms prior to attending school each day. Students with a temperature of 100.4 or higher should remain home and parents/guardians should contact their child's school. Students should be symptom-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school.

-Students will be encouraged to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Handwashing stations and hand sanitizer will be available throughout school facilities. 

-The district will continue to encourage good hygiene practices such as hand washing, sanitizing, and covering coughs and sneezes. 

-School nurse services are available at all Clay County schools



COVID-19 Vaccine

-Students are NOT REQUIRED to be vaccinated to attend school

-Students age 12 and older and their families are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine

-Staff are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine


Positive COVID-19 Cases/Quarantine/Contact Tracing

-Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should follow the quarantine directions of the local health department or healthcare provider.

-We will work with Clay County Health Department to facilitate case investigation and contact tracing.

-Fully vaccinated students and staff do not need to quarantine unless they have tested positive.


Our goal is to maintain a traditional in-person instructional model. Please understand if we receive government mandates then our plans will change. Our school administration and teachers are working diligently to meet the needs of our students. I ask for your patience as we continue to prepare for the opening of school.




Title IX



Renee Smith, Coordinator

Clay County Board of Education
128 Richmond Rd.
Manchester, KY 40962

(606) 598-2168


Equal Employment Opportunity


Equal Educational Opportunity


Title IX Sexual Harassment/Discrimination


Title IX Grievance Procedures


Title IX Training Materials

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Community Resources

The community is an integral part of the education of a child.  We ascribe to the philosophy that it truly "takes a village to raise a child".  Having strong community partnerships is essential to our school district's success, and we too want to be a good partner with our local partners in order to move our entire county forward.

Click Below to Access Each Resource:
Manchester Memorial Hospital

Clay County Public Library

EKU Manchester Campus

Government Resources

Kentucky Legislature

Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education 

Kentucky Center for School Safety 

Federal Census Bureau



Preschool Application 2021-2022

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KCEOC Head Start & Clay County Preschool Applications

2021/2022 School Year for 3 and 4 Year Olds

For All Head Start and Clay Preschool Locations

Children who are 3 or 4 including children with special needs by August 1, 2021 are eligible for Head Start

Children who are 4 by August 1, 2021 or are 3 with a disability are eligible for Preschool



Applications are available on our CCPS website and at CCBOE, each Elementary School, Paces Creek Head Start and Island Creek Head Start.  All applications must have proof of income in order to be complete.

Completed applications can be dropped off at Clay County Board of Education, Paces Creek or Island Creek Head Start Centers, or any elementary school.

Application Deadline is May 31, 2021


Within the first 30 days of school the following information is needed:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunization Certificate
  • Eye Exam
  • Dental Exam
  • Social Security Card (optional)


We encourage all children to apply for KCEOC Head Start/Clay County Preschool, including children that are homeless and children with disabilities

Program determination is based on income eligibility. Homeless Children are given priority. Transportation services will be provided when possible.

For more information please call: CCBOE 598-2168, Island Creek H.S. 598-3659, Paces Creek H.S. 598-6096


Seamless Summer Option of National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program

Clay County Board of Education will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option of National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  As part of this program, all Clay County Public Schools will offer healthy meals every school day at NO COST to all enrolled students.   Clay County Elementary Schools will also offer meals to all children age 18 and younger (including children not enrolled) for school year 2021/2022.  Students and all community children age 18 and younger will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a household application.

Children 18 and younger not enrolled or not attending school in-person can pick meals up at any of the following locations when school is in session, Monday – Friday 10:15-10:30:

Big Creek Elementary, Burning Springs Elementary, Goose Rock Elementary, Hacker Elementary, Manchester Elementary, Oneida Elementary and Paces Creek Elementary

For more information, you may call Melinda Nicholson at 606-598-2168 or e-mail at .


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

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A strong family / school partnership is critically important to the success of the students of the Clay County Public Schools.  The staff of our school district are committed to making sure that we do all that we can do to help your students graduate from Clay County High School on time, be ready to go on to some type of postsecondary education, the workforce, or the military, and be college and career ready. 

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