Murray Independent, Tradition Pride Excellence, Returning to School 2020-21

MISD families and stakeholders:

Murray Independent Schools will begin offering In Person Instruction for students and families who have selected in person learning.  Online Learning will continue for students and families who have selected that option.  School personnel will be contacting families in the next few days to confirm instructional choices.  All students will continue Online Learning until students return in person.

In Person Instruction, for those that choose, will be 5 days per week for students in K-8.  Students at Murray High School will attend 4 days per week, Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday in person with Wednesday being an Online Learning day to allow teachers to provide instruction and work with Online Learning students.

Using a phased approach, students choosing In Person Instruction will return to their respective schools on the following dates:

  • Thursday September 10th students Kindergarten through 5th grade will return.  (Kindergarten families, Murray Elementary will contact you with specific instructions for the first days of school.)
  • Monday September 14th students in grades 6 through 9 will return.
  • Tuesday September 15th students in grades 10 through 12 will return.
  • Wednesday September 16th preschool students attending Murray Preschool/Head Start will return.

Students and families who select Online Learning will continue to participate in that mode of instruction.  If families have questions please contact your child’s school.

Traditional In Person Instruction

When students are able to return to classrooms, students choosing Traditional In Person Instruction will return to Murray Independent classrooms on a regular schedule.  Health and safety procedures will be enhanced to meet Kentucky's Healthy at School Guidelines.

  • Masks must be worn by students, K-12, and staff when 6 feet of social distancing can not be maintained.
  • Temperatures will be checked daily upon arrival to school.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, common spaces, and classrooms will take place.
  • Increased emphasis on hand sanitization/hand washing throughout the day for students and staff.
Online Instruction

For families and students that choose Online Learning and during needed closures, Murray Independent will utilize Online Learning for our students.  During this time students will continue to receive instruction from Murray Independent teachers in their respective classes.  When students are able to return to school in person, families will still be able to choose Online Learning for their child or children for the 20-21 school year.  Regardless of which method is utilized, Murray Independent will strive to provide a continuum of education for all of our students.  

  • Expected Daily Work Time/Work Load for Students
    • Students should expect to spend, on average, 3-4 hours per day actively participating in instruction and work.  This time includes time spent watching instructional videos, participating in live classes, completing assignments, and taking assessments
    • Outside of the 3-4 hours, students may spend time working on projects, reading, or doing offline instructional activities
    • Students who have Section 504 Plans, Individualized Education Plans, English Learner Plans, or Gifted and Talented Plans will receive education and related services, as well as have access to accommodations and modifications per their individualized plan.  However, there could be circumstances that could change how these services and accommodations take place.
    • Schools and grade levels will collaborate to consider the best way to keep workload to 3-4 hours for all students.  Examples include rotating subjects every other day or only meeting with certain periods each day
    • Schools and grade levels will collaborate to keep “live” events to a minimum each day considering that many families have students in multiple grade levels and/or schools.
  • Grading and Participation
    • MISD will return to normal grading expectations and procedures for the 20-21 school year
    • Participation in Online Learning for students enrolled in Murray Independent is required and will be documented weekly by teachers through Infinite Campus

We have created several tutorial videos for parents and students to demonstrate common tools used during Online Learning.  You can access the tutorial videos here.

Meal Pickup Options

When Murray Independent is utilizing Online Learning for students, families will continue to have the option to pick up Breakfast and Lunch at our schools.  Pickup will be once a day from 11:00AM-12:30PM and families may pick up lunch and breakfast for the following day.  Contact Food Service Director April Adams if you have any questions about food pickup options -, (270) 753-5700.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved an extension of the Federal Summer Food Program which allows MISD to provide meals for ALL children and youth age 18 and younger at no cost.  Families will no longer have to provide student lunch account information, show identification, or register to pick up meals. 

  • Meal Prices - Meals are currently provided at no cost for all children age 18 and younger.
  • Menus - Menus can be viewed online here:
  • Free & Reduced Lunch Application - Applications for free and reduced lunch for the 2020-2021 school year are available online or paper copies are available at the school.  Please be sure to complete an application for the 20-21 school year!
  • Questions - If you have any questions,  please contact April Adams at (270)753-5700 or
Devices & Internet Access


  • Students needing a device to complete Online Learning will be provided a Chromebook from their child's school
  • Devices may be picked up at each schools back to school events/visits

Internet Access

  • Please let us know if your family needs Internet access by calling Morgan Carman, FRYSC (270)753-9592 or JaneAnn Turner, The DEN YSC (270)753-6565

Paper Copies & Packets

  • Students without reliable Internet access will be provided paper copies and/or downloadable instructional materials to be able to best meet your family's needs

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