2020-21 Back to School Information

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We continue to prepare for the reopening schools on August 31st. The 2020-21 school year will present challenges we have never faced in our community, state and nation. We appreciate your patience as we work daily to create and modify options meeting the needs of our students and families. We are putting into place health and safety protocols and utilizing all possible resources to provide the safest environment possible for our students.

Gov. Andy Beshear recently advised school districts that in-person instruction should not begin until September 28. In compliance with the Governor’s advice Harlan County Schools will begin all instruction in a virtual format on Monday, August 31st, 2020. Our district plans to return to our original 2-option plan including in-person instruction on Monday, Sept. 28, when the mandate is lifted. Families that desire in-person instruction should contact their schools on or after September 14 for further details. Students who originally selected the Virtual option will begin the school year virtually and will continue in that format after in-person instruction is allowed.

Virtual Instruction: Students will receive instruction through the Odysseyware–Edgeunity virtual platform supported by Harlan County teachers. Students can still communicate and receive support from their teachers as needed. Login information can be found on our virtual page and/or below:

Please refer to our Virtual School page for additional information regarding our virtual program.

From the beginning of this pandemic, it has been our intention as a district to offer options for families that include in-person and virtual attendance. We remain committed to our belief that in-person instruction is what is best for kids. District administration developed a plan we felt held everyone's best interest at its core and the Board of Education unanimously approved that plan.

We understand the frustration and inconvenience this decision causes the majority of families in our community. And we hope you all know how immensely disappointed we are to postpone in-person instruction. We remain committed to our belief that in-person instruction is what is best for kids, especially after being isolated for such a long period of time. We will continue to prepare to have students in the buildings as quickly as possible and will welcome them with the same enthusiasm no matter what date the calendar reads.

We appreciate your cooperation and understand the stress caused by the changes. I assure you we are committed to doing our best to serve our families and keep our children safe. Thank you for your support as we make these extremely difficult decisions in a changing educational landscape. We are so grateful for this community!


Brent Roark Superintendent

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