Parent FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • What are the demographics of your district?

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    Shelby County Public Schools serves the students of Shelby County, Kentucky. Shelbyville, our county seat and the "Saddlebred Capital of the World," is approximately 32 miles east of Louisville.  Colonel Harland Sanders (founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken) spent the last twenty years of his life here in Shelby. Martha Layne Collins (first female governor of Kentucky) moved to Shelbyville as a sixth grader; Martha Layne Collins High School was named in her honor.  For more information on Shelby County, visit its official tourism website.

    Our district has nearly 7,000 students and well over 400 certified educators.  The district consists of thirteen schools: one preschool, six elementary, two middle, and four high schools.  These high schools include our Area Technology Center and Big Picture Learning Academy, currently the only Big Picture program in Kentucky.  Dr. James Neihof has been the district's superintendent since 2008.

    For school addresses, phone numbers and links to their direct school websites, see the school directory.

    Recently, we have gained regional acclaim for our 1:1 technology integration as well as our academic innovative programs.

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  • How do I know which school my child will attend?

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    Click here to determine which school your child would attend, based on your address.

    For a directory of our district schools (addresses, phone numbers, and links to their individual websites), click here.

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  • What are the "in school hours" for students? What are your central office hours?

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    Elementary:  7:40 am to 2:25 pm

    Middle:  8:40 am to 3:30 pm

    High: 8:30 am to 3:20 pm

    A student arriving at or after the beginning times above will be considered tardy. 

    School office hours may vary during summer or breaks when school is not in session.

     

    Central office hours (at 1155 West Main Street, Shelbyville, Kentucky) are 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

     

    All times are Eastern.   

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  • I would like to visit Shelby County! Who do I contact?

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    If you are a parent of a prospective student, we welcome the opportunity to be your child's hub of learning! Please contact your school's front office to make visiting arrangements.

    If you are a district or school who would like to send staff to Shelby, we welcome the opportunity to become your learning partners.  Please contact John Leeper with your estimated number of visitors and the potential focus for your visit.

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  • How do I register my student?

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    You can get information on the requirements for registration by contacting your child's school.  For the district school directory (which contains addresses and phone numbers), click here.

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  • How do I find out the bus route for my child?

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    You can use the Infofinder tool by clicking here.

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  • How can I see the lunch menus?

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    The menus for all schools are planned ahead and updated on our district website twice during the school year. 

    For more information about our district's Food Services, click here.

    For a direct link to the lunch menu, click here.

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  • I'd like to pay a fee online (e-funds). How do I do that?

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    Click here for online payment information.

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  • How will I know when school is closed, delayed, or a "SnoGo Day"?

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    SCPS will contact local media as early as a determination can be appropriately made.

    In addition, we will tweet the decision as well as post it on our website.  Announcements will also be made via our district app.

    Please know that any decision is always made with the primary focus of safety for our students and staff.

    For more information on SnoGo Days, click here.

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  • What is a "SnoGo Day"?

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    The purpose of "SnoGo" is to embrace an "anytime, anywhere" learning opportunity to continue instruction even when a student is not in a school building.  With no instructional time gaps, learning is sustained and continued; in the end, learning is improved. As a byproduct of this uninterrupted learning in a "business as usual" manner, we have an opportunity to meet the educational criteria for the state in such a way that the day does not have to be made up later in the school year.

    When there is an inclement weather event or other unforeseen circumstances that would potentially affect the ability of students to do their learning at their school buildings, we may decide to have a SnoGo instructional day.  An announcement of a SnoGo day will be handled via the same way that other announcements are made (such as closings and delays).

    Teachers and staff plan ahead for the instruction that will occur on a SnoGo Day, and will clearly communicate to students their schoolwork requirements.  During the SnoGo Day, it is considered a normal "work day" for teachers and admin; they are available to help facilitate the student learning, virtually and possibly in person at their schools.  This includes answering questions and giving feedback on student work. If a student does not complete work, he or she is held accountable in the same way as if they missed school, and must make up the work in a timely manner.

    Please know that SnoGo does not automatically occur every day school is closed.  If SnoGo is not specifically mentioned in an announcement, a closing is simply a day that school is not in session.

    For more information, see our SnoGo FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page

    Our first SnoGo Days occurred on January 5 and 6, 2017.  For more information on how it went (including links to local media stories), read this blog entry.

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  • Where can I find public information on the academic performance of the district/specific school?

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    You can look up our academic performance by using Kentucky Department of Education's online School Report Card.

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  • I hear you are a "1:1 district." What does that mean? Do I need to buy a laptop for my child?

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    As part of our district vision of twenty-first century learning, SCPS provides each student access to an Internet capable device; this means we have a ratio of one device for every student (one to one, or "1:1").  This is usually an iPad in kindergarten, a Chromebook for most grade levels, and a laptop for some high school students taking dual credit college classes.  For most older students, this also means the opportunity to take the device home, although for our youngest students, the device usually remains in the classroom.  There is an annual usage fee as part of your school expenses for the district device.

    You are NOT required to purchase your own personal device.  However, a student may potentially use their own device in addition to their district device, assuming that the student is a responsible user of their technology.  Since rules for personal device usage may vary from building to building and classroom to classroom, please contact your student's teacher(s) or principal for more information.

    If a student wants to use their own device instead of the district device, our building techs will make a determination if the personal device meets our instructional needs.  The general guidelines are: the device needs a keyboard, must have a reasonably performing processor and hard drive, and (for grades 1-12) have the ability to install a fully functioning Chrome browser in order to access their Shelby G Suite Drive and extensions/apps.  (Therefore, most newer Windows and Mac laptops would qualify, while most smartphones and tablets such as a Windows Surface would not.)

    For a timeline of our 1:1 implementation, click here.

    For more information on necessary forms to sign, our Responsible Use Policy, etc., please click here

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  • How is my child protected on the Internet? Do you teach students digital citizenship?

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    Protection from and proper usage of the Internet is provided by SCPS in two important ways.

    We have a filtering computer/network program in place to block as much inappropriate content as possible. 

    We also have a K-12 digital citizenship curriculum that strives to teach each student a minimum of five digital citizenship lessons each school year -- one lesson for each of our focus strands: Digital Footprint, Cyberbullying, Copyright and the Law, Relationships and Communication, and Information Literacy.  For more information about our digital citizenship program, you can contact your school's librarian or Adam Watson, the district's Digital Learning Coordinator.

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  • How can I volunteer to help?

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    We would love to have you as a volunteer!  Please check this page for information.

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  • Tengo un niño cuya lengua materna es el español. ¿A dónde voy en busca de ayuda?

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    Puede visitar nuestra página de ELL aquí.

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