Bullitt County Public Schools

COVID-19 Guidance and Information

As a result of the Board's decision at the February 18, 2022 special-called board meeting, as of February 23, 2022 masks will remain optional, based on personal and family choice, in all BCPS facilities. We highly encourage everyone to follow the community level COVID-19 guidance that is updated weekly with new CDC data.

BCPS is constantly monitoring local COVID-19 data through area health experts and the Bullitt County Health Department. We will continue to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants as the new school year begins. You can access up-to-date BCPS COVID-19 data at the link below. In the event community conditions warrant reconsideration of our operating procedures, BCPS is committed to notifying our entire school community in a timely manner.

In the spirit of full transparency, there is a wealth of information below. Should your child test positive for COVID-19 (home tests are now accepted), please complete the BCPS Student Protocol Form so that our district nursing staff can assist you with timelines and next steps. If you are a BCPS staff member and have tested positive for COVID-19 (home tests are now accepted), please complete the BCPS Staff Protocol Form.

BCPS General COVID Protocols

Click on each topic below to learn more about BCPS' protocols.

Masking, Hygiene, and Etiquette

  • Good hand hygiene will be encouraged throughout the school day. This includes frequent hand washing and the availability of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.

  • Respiratory etiquette, such as covering coughs and sneezes, will also be encouraged throughout the school day.

Cleaning & Sanitizing

  • Bipolar Ionization air filtration systems have been installed in all of our buildings. Bipolar ionization is a proven air purification technology that greatly diminishes the spread of airborne pathogens by ionizing the virus as it travels through the building’s HVAC equipment, rendering the virus inert. The bipolar ionization systems will not only help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 but will also help reduce other common pathogens that may spread via airborne transmission.

  • Aggressive and comprehensive cleaning protocols will be in place within our buildings and also buses with the use of hospital grade, one-step cleaner, bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal disinfectant proven effective against norovirus and bloodborne pathogens. BCPS uses electrostatic sprayers to help deliver the disinfectant to all areas, especially those that could be missed by routine cleaning.

Students Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

If a child develops symptoms while attending school, a mask will be provided and the student will be brought to the office while waiting for pick up. We ask that students and staff be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school or work or have an alternate diagnosis.

Regardless of vaccination status, anyone experiencing a fever or any signs/symptoms of COVID-19 should:

      • Stay home

      • Isolate from others

      • Get tested as soon as possible

Vaccinations

  • According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • While BCPS highly encourages all eligible individuals to get vaccinated, it is not required for students or staff to be vaccinated to attend school or work in our district.

General COVID-19 FAQs

What guidance is BCPS using to guide its health protocols and decisions?

BCPS is following the most up-to-date guidance from the Kentucky Department of Health as well as recommendations from its Medical Advisory Team of local health care professionals to determine any health-related protocols.

What do the current rates look like for students and staff?

You can visit our BCPS COVID-19 Data Dashboard at any time to see the most up-to-date information regarding positive cases. Families will soon be able to track classroom/class period level data using our online dashboard. Should there be three or more positive cases in a classroom/class period within a 5-day window, impacted students and families will receive direct communication.

Is the District requiring vaccinations or testing for COVID-19?

No. Any vaccination or testing procedures are entirely optional and the choice of the individual/family.

Individuals wishing to test can use one of the following options:

      • Visit this website to find other testing locations in your area (Please note, costs may be associated.)

      • Sign up here to receive COVID-19 test kits through the Post Office

      • Contact your local healthcare provider

What if my child has symptoms of COVID?

If a child develops symptoms while attending school, a mask will be provided and the student will be brought to the office while waiting for pick up. We ask that all students and staff be symptom free for 24 hours after symptoms resolve before returning to school or have an alternate diagnosis.

Regardless of vaccination status, anyone experiencing a fever or any signs/symptoms of COVID-19 should:

      • Stay home

      • Isolate from others

      • Get tested as soon as possible

What if my child tests positive for COVID?

Any BCPS Student or Staff Members testing positive for COVID-19 should complete the reporting protocol forms below:

Any BCPS Student or Staff Member testing positive for COVID-19 should submit a copy of their test results on the following forms:

Please note: All guidance regarding isolations counts the day that the individual either begins symptoms or receives a positive test (if you have no symptoms) as “Day 0.” To calculate the isolation period, “Day 1” is the day after the day of the test.

Does my child have to take a COVID test?

No. Any testing procedures are entirely optional and the choice of the individual/family.

Individuals wishing to test can use one of the following options:

      • Visit this website to find other testing locations in your area (Please note, costs may be associated.)

      • Sign up here to receive COVID-19 test kits through the Post Office

      • Contact your local healthcare provider

What if my child is a close contact at school or at home?

Any BCPS Student/Staff that was exposed to someone with COVID-19 should monitor for any changes in health, stay home if showing any symptoms of COVID and test on day 5 following the exposure. If they receive a positive COVID-19 test, at that time, a COVID-19 protocol would need to be filled out.