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March 13 Letter About NTI Days

Dear Parents:

As you may know, the governor of Kentucky Thursday recommended that all schools in the commonwealth cease in-person instruction for 10 days to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Covington Schools will follow the governor’s recommendation. The district will close beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. As of now, students will return to school on Monday, March 30.   

During the closure, the district will provide required educational activities for our students through the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) program. More information on NTI is enclosed in this package. The district also will provide breakfast and lunch for our students. Please see the provided flyer for specific details.

Please note that all field trips and extracurricular activities, including sports competitions and practices, will be canceled during the time we are out of school. 

In addition, School Based Health Center services that are offered by our nurse practitioner and dentist will not be available at our schools during the closure. HealthPoint Family Care offers these same services at its clinic located at 1401 Madison Avenue. HealthPoint is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. for appointments or walk-ins, and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for walk-ins only. Call 859 655-6100 for more information. 

Please know that we will continue to keep you informed as we receive updates from our state and local officials on COVID-19.

As always, we thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,


Alvin L. Garrison,
Superintendent
 

 

Questions you may have about Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) 

What are NTI days? 

The Non-Traditional Instruction Program (NTI) is a program that encourages the continuation of academic instruction on days when school would otherwise be canceled. Covington has created plans to deliver instruction to every student in the district on NTI days, with the ultimate goal of continuing instruction. Students are required to complete and return the work. Besides continuing instruction on days when schools are closed. NTI Days mean that students will not have to make-up the missed days at the end of the school year.

How do I access assignments for my child?

  • District Website and School Websites
    • Follow the link on the district home page “NTI Student Assignments”
    • Link can be accessible under on the District Website under Quick Links, Parents, Students and Staff
    • Links will be labeled by grade level
  • The District Office, Instructional Support Center, Feeding Locations and Schools will have a list of assignments and extra materials.

How will I know what assignments to complete each day?

  • Assignments are posted Day 1, Day 2, etc.
  • You will receive an All Call each day telling you which NTI day your child needs to complete.

What happens if I do not have internet access to get the work?

  • Internet Hotspots will be located in Covington to access the internet- TBD 
  • Assignment list can be picked up at the following locations:
    • District Office
    • Instructional Support Center
    • Schools
  • Workbooks are also available at schools.

What if I do not have supplies for my child?

  • K-5: Paper, a book and pencil were sent home on Friday with students. 
  • If additional items, are needed  they can be picked up at District Office, Instructional Center and Schools 

What if I have difficulty accessing the work?

  • If internet access is difficult, schools have packets or workbooks for students that can be picked up at each school.  This will be the same material that can be found online. 
  • Internet hotspots are located throughout the city.  We are working on further communication for this topic. 
     

What if my child struggles completing an assignment?

  • All teachers will be available via email or phone to answer questions on assignments during school hours.
  • If emails or phone calls are received after hours, they will be returned the following day.
  • Students are encouraged to complete each assignment to the best of their ability

Where do I find my child’s teachers email address?

  • Located on district website, locate the Schools tab and find the appropriate school
  • On the left side of the page under Quick Links locate Staff Directory.

How will my child record their work?

  • Student work can be recorded on the packets of paper that were sent home.
  • Any notebook or paper that is accessible to families will work.
  • PDFs of these packets will be online and available at schools, district office

What do I do with the work my child completes?

  • Keep work in a safe place until school resumes.
  • Once school resumes, return work to the teacher. 
  • Teacher will check the work for completion.

What if we do not have books?

  • Books can be accessed at the Covington Library.
  • Ask a neighbor to borrow a book.
  • Contact the teacher via email to borrow a book. Watch for books coming home with kids on Friday before this closure begins

What if my child has difficulty reading the assignments?

  • Encourage students to use their best reading strategies at home as they do in school.
  • Family members, older siblings may offer assistance as needed.
  • Special Education teachers are also available to support via email and telephone

What if my child has difficulty writing the answers? 

  • Encourage students to use their best writing strategies at home as they do in school.
  • Family members, older siblings may offer assistance as needed.
  •  Special Education Teachers are also available to support via email or phone.

How will children's work be judged/scored by teachers? 

  • Students' work will be marked for participation.

What do I do if my child does not bring the work home?

  • NTI Assignment list can be located on the District Website under the following tabs:
    • Quick Links
    • Parents
    • Students 
    • Staff
  • You can also email the child’s homeroom teacher for further information.
  • Assignment lists and materials are available at the following locations:
    • District Office, Schools and Instructional Support Center

 





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