Lexington Family News and Updates – October 2020


Fayette County Public Schools releases guidelines for fall sporting events

Fayette County Public Schools seeks to educate the whole child, which includes a commitment to both academic and athletic excellence. As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, all decisions made by FCPS have been in accordance with guidance and best practices outlined by federal, state and local officials including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kentucky Governor’s Office, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky Department of Education and Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

FCPS Guidelines include:

  • Limited admittance for 4-5 previously identified members of each athlete’s immediate family.
  • Provisions allowing cheerleaders and bands to participate; cheer and band families will follow the same limited admission as athletes’ families.
  • Temperature and health screening requirements for all persons entering the competition venue.
  • Assigned seating for family units at least 6 feet apart from other families.
  • Mask requirements for all spectators during the entire competition. The only exception will be for those with a medical exemption documented by a medical doctor on official letterhead from the office issuing the exemption. Those who refuse to wear a mask for any other reason will not be allowed entry or will be asked to leave the event.School discretion about whether to o er limited concession stand sales.
  • Entrance and exit expectations and prohibition of congregating in groups before, during or after events.

The district is in the process of finalizing its “Fayette County Public Schools Return to Competition Guidelines,” which includes detailed information for students, staff and families. Each athletic director or coach will be responsible for reviewing these expectations with their teams and families. Other documents outlining safety requirements include the district’s “Return to Play Guidelines” and the “KHSAA Healthy at Sports: Stage 3 Performance Return To Competition: Considerations For Fall Sports”documents.


2021 National Merit semifinalists include 35 seniors from FCPS

Fayette County Public Schools boasts 35 semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students are among some 16,000 outstanding high school seniors who will compete for over $30 million in awards next spring.


Fayette County’s Healthiest School

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has saluted SCAPA at Bluegrass for promoting quality nutrition, regular physical activity, and strong wellness policies.


KMEA District 7 salutes FCPS educators

Three educators in Fayette County Public Schools received awards during the 2020 fall meeting of District 7 members of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, including Lori Bowen. Bowen, a district-level director who oversees band and orchestra programs in FCPS, was recognized as Outstanding Administrator of the Year.


Henry Clay Students excel in virtual Model UN conference

Seven Henry Clay students, representing seven countries, was the only group from the United States attending the Cambridge University International Model United Nations high school conference, a virtual event that drew more than 300 participants from around the world via Zoom. Delegates spent the day debating in committees and attended optional workshops on careers in the U.N., international law and resolution writing, and applying to university.


KY Girl Scouts Hold ‘Drive-In’ Award Ceremony

Girl Scouts of Kentucky honored nearly 100 esteemed young Kentucky women at their ‘drive-in’ Bronze & Silver Highest Award ceremony. Friends and family joined the Girl Scouts, cheering them on from inside their decorated vehicles. The highest awards program represents the girls’ dedication to making a difference for people in areas such as social services, healthcare and education, requiring rigorous projects that positively impact the community.


Junior Achievement hosts JA Inspire Virtual

The inaugural JA Inspire Virtual is a two-day event scheduled for November 18 and November 19, but students and teachers will have access to the career fair for an additional three months.

Up to 20,000 middle and high school students from 8th-12th grade throughout Kentucky can participate in the event for free. Students will explore what industries interest them, what specific jobs are like, and what education is required to do them successfully. The virtual event includes webinars on a variety of topics in the “auditorium” and visits with representatives from businesses across the commonwealth in the “exhibit hall”.


Jayne Hancock Scholarship announced

The ‘Jayne Hancock Memorial Scholarship’ will benefit a female student athlete attending a Kentucky college or university. The scholarship was created in honor of Hancock, who served as CEO of Wrigley Media Group. The Women Leading Kentucky Scholarship Program was dear to Jayne’s heart, as the awards go to the next generation of women leaders. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a donation be made for the ‘Jayne Hancock Memorial Scholarship.



As of press, Mayor Gorton had not announced plans to cancel trick-or-treating in Lexington for Halloween this year. City officials say they are looking at ways for children to enjoy trick-or-treating while keeping children safe.


This article also appears on page 12 of the October 2020 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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