Letter from the KYPTA President


Dear PTA/PTSA Leaders,
As you all know, Kentucky has confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (or Covid-19 for short).
Recently the question was put to Kentucky PTA, if local and district PTA/PTSAs should be asked to cancel all upcoming events.

This is something we are asking each PTA/PTSA to use their best judgement, along with the counsel of their school’s principals and school district. The majority of the school districts have already made statements and policies regarding gathering and events, please adhere to those.

If a school district and/or your principal does not see a problem with the event continuing, we are asking that the PTA/PTSAs to gently remind families to not attend if they have been feeling ill, as well as to give reminders (and help facilitate) handwashing measures.

If for any reason, your school district has decided to cancel school for any length of time to try to stop the spread of Covid-19, we are requesting that the PTA/PTSA does not hold an event during that time as well, as it would be counterproductive.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Reach out to your school’s leadership team and see how the PTA/PTSAs can support their schools during this time.
What that looks like in one school may be different than what is needed in another.


One of Kentucky’s superintendents included the following sentence in a letter to parents, and it speaks volumes. “Perhaps most important, you can have conversations with your family about the connectedness of our world and the understanding that COVID-19 is not associated with race, ethnicity or nationality.” Nationwide there has been a large increase of fear, bullying and violence towards some members of our communities because of this virus. As the PTA, we are able reach our families and also encourage those conversations, to help them find the facts.


Helpful links and great sites to share:


CDC Website- Covid-19

KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services - Covid-19

We want to be informed and proactive, but we want to make sure that we are not unintentionally inciting fear and panic.

As always Kentucky PTA is happy to help support each of you in any way we can. Please feel free to contact us at 502-226-6607 or kentuckypta@bellsouth.net if you have any questions.


Sincerely,

Heather Wampler

Kentucky PTA President