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    Any media requests for Harrison County Schools should be directed through Donald Richie, Public Information Officer, or Harrison County Schools' Superintendent Dr. Harry Burchett. They can be reached at the Harrison County Board of Education office at (859) 234-7110.

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    Harrison County Schools will be utilizing Non-Traditional Instruction days from now through April 10, 2020. NTI packets will be distributed on the district website at www.harrison.kyschools.us or printed out and distributed. Also on the website is an informational sheet on who to contact for various issues during the shutdown. It is located on the left side of the home page under the link, COVID-19 District NTI Information.

  • School Closings/Delays:

    Continuing its COVID-19 response and working under the guidance of Gov. Andy Beshear, Harrison County Schools will operate on a Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) schedule through April 17, 2020.  All extra-curricular and scheduled events have been cancelled through this date. Please see the news article at www.harrison.kyschools.us for complete information.

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    Harrison County Schools plan to offer meal service during the week of Spring Break, April 6th through the 10th. Monday and Tuesday will operate as they have been since the closure began with Breakfast, Lunch, and Supper. We will provide Breakfast and Lunch for Wednesday through Friday upon request, and those will be delivered with Lunch on Tuesday. To request breakfast and lunch for April 8th - April 10th, please call 859-234-7113 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Supper service will not be offered Wednesday through Friday.

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Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Find time to read with your kids to build literacy skills. There are many ways to make reading a part of each day — even when you don't have time to sit down with a book.

Find the Reading Moments

Car/bus/train trips, errands, and waits in checkout lines and the doctor's office are all opportunities for reading. Keep books or magazines in your car, diaper bag, or backpack to pull out whenever you're going to be in one place for a while. Even if you can't finish a book, read a few pages or discuss some of the pictures.

Encourage older kids to bring favorite books and magazines wherever you go. While it's tempting to provide electronic games and e-readers, be sure to alternate electronic media with lots of opportunities to read print books.

Other reading moments to take advantage of during the day:

  • in the morning, before breakfast or getting dressed
  • after dinner, when kids are relaxed
  • bath time (with plastic, waterproof books)
  • bedtime

Reading Opportunities Outside the Home

Reading opportunities are everywhere you go. While riding in the car/bus/train, for example, encourage your kids to spot words and letters (on billboards, store signs, etc.), turning it into a game ("Who'll be the first to find a letter B?").

While shopping, ask your preschooler to "read" pictures on boxes and tell you about them. Point out the difference between the words and the pictures on the boxes. Encourage older kids to tell you what's on the shopping list.

Turn Daily Routines into Reading Moments

Even daily tasks like cooking can provide reading moments. You can read recipes aloud to younger kids, and older kids can assist you as you cook by telling you how much flour to measure. Give your child a catalog to read while you sort through the mail.

Even when you're trying to get things done, you can encourage reading. While cleaning, for instance, you might ask your child to read a favorite book to you while you work. Younger kids can talk to you about the pictures in their favorite books.

Reading with Family and Friends

Ask relatives and friends to send your child letters, e-mail, or text messages, and read them together. Help your child create letters or messages to send back to relatives and family friends. Encourage older siblings to read with their younger siblings. These activities help kids see the purpose of reading and of print.

Provide Quiet Time for Reading

Make sure kids get some time to spend quietly with books, even if it means cutting back on other activities, like watching TV or playing video games.

Most important, be a reader yourself. Kids who see their parents reading are likely to copy them and become readers too!

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Harrison County Schools to utilize Non-Traditional Instruction through April 17
Continuing its COVID-19 response and working under the guidance of Gov. Andy Beshear, Harrison County Schools will operate on a Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) schedule through April 17, 2020. All ...
NTI packets available in one location
Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) packets are available for all grades at the links below. Below the links is pickup and/or delivery information for each individual school.
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Harrison County Meal Service Emergency Food Service

Even though Harrison Co. Schools are closed this week, Harrison Co. Board of Education would like to offer meals to our students. Meals will be free of charge to all students 19 and under. Meals will be packaged in brown bags by certified nutrition staff to ensure food safety.

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