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Jarod Mills

Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) value your input and want to hear about your experience as a parent or guardian of a child with an Individual Education Program (IEP). The information you offer will give the KDE and Kentucky School for the Deaf valuable data on how to improve parent and family engagement.

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) value your input and want to hear about your experience as a parent or guardian of a child with an Individual Education Program (IEP). The information you offer will give the KDE and Kentucky School for the Deaf valuable data on how to improve parent and family engagement.

To collect your input, we ask that you complete a brief survey about how the school supported parent or guardian engagement to improve services and results for your child during the current school year. Specifically, we want to hear about how your child’s school involves you in the special education process.  The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, and Amish. All responses are anonymous and cannot be traced back to you or your child.

 The online survey can be completed in three ways:

1.      Go to www.kypso.org/parent and select “Click here to access the 2024 Parent Survey.”

2.      Scan the code below into your smartphone or mobile device. Some smartphones will open the survey link automatically when you open your camera, others may need a QR code scanner app. If you do not have access to a computer or smartphone, you may contact your child’s school to request a printed copy and a confidential envelope.

3.      If using a printed copy, the sealed envelope can be returned to your child’s special education case manager, and they will ensure it is sent to the appropriate location. You may also mail the completed survey to the address below:

Human Development Institute

c/o Tony LoBianco

126 Mineral Industries Building

Lexington, KY 40506

 

Only one parent or guardian per student should complete this survey. However, if you have more than one child with an IEP, please complete the survey for each of your children.

Survey results will be carefully studied by the KDE and the Human Development Institute (HDI) at the University of Kentucky (UK) and reported to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The results will help us further understand what supports parents and districts may need to ensure meaningful parent and family engagement in special education.

The deadline for completing this important survey is June 30, 2024. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Sarah McCurry/ sarah.mccurry@ksd.kyschools.us 859-936-6713

Thank you for your help.

Shelley Badgett

Shelley Badgett

Director of Special Education for State Schools

Jarod Mills

Graphic reading: From the Desk of the Commissioner: An Update from Robin Fields Kinney

Friday, Jan. 12, 2024

Dear Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) Students, Families and Staff:

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits as we begin a new year. I wanted to share with you some new information about our continuing search for a new principal, as transparency and open communication are paramount to us in this process. 

We will be reposting the position for the KSD principal on Tuesday, Jan. 16. This posting will be open for 25 days. We have modified the minimum requirements for the position, which now include that the candidate must have: 

  • A Kentucky principal certification or pending certification from the Education Professional Standards Board based on recent completion of preparation requirements, out-of-state preparation, or alternative routes to certification pursuant to KRS 161.027 and 161.028 at the time of application.
  • Demonstrated successful leadership in working with students, staff, parents and the general public.
  • Three or more years of experience in curriculum and instruction development and implementation, with direct experience assisting teachers and administrators in curriculum implementation required.
  • Professional Certificate for Teaching Exceptional Children-Hearing Impaired, Grades Primary through 12, or the out-of-state equivalent.
  • Experience in Deaf education.
  • A Sign Language Proficiency Interview rating of Advanced or higher.

We also will be looking soon for people to help serve on the interview committee.

Please be assured that we will continue to keep you updated and provide regular updates to the KSD Advisory Board as the search progresses. 

We remain dedicated to finding the best possible principal for the Kentucky School for the Deaf. 

Regards,

Signature of Robin Kinney

Robin Fields Kinney Interim Commissioner of Education Kentucky Department of Education

Big News
Jarod Mills
 

Dear KSD Families,

  Greetings from Kentucky School for the Deaf!  As the Principal of KSD, and on the behalf of the KSD Community, I would like to announce that we will host the 2023 East Regional Academic Bowl on March 9-12, 2023. It is always a great honor to be able to host tournaments and competitions at KSD, providing opportunities for our students to develop sportsmanship, fellowship, and life-long friendships.

  As one of KSD’s values, we are always seeking out ways to give our students opportunities to become leaders and life-long learners. The Gallaudet University Academic Bowl competition is one example of a program that has provided our students with a wealth of knowledge, and experiences, and allows them to develop life-long friends and long-lasting memories. We have participated in the Academic Bowl and are honored by this opportunity to host the East regional competition.

  We are excited to host the East Regional Academic Bowl competition as we continue the celebration of our 200th Anniversary. Your presence and support during the competition will be greatly appreciated.

 

     Best regards,

 

     Toyah Robey

     Principal