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Re-entry Plan For Boone County Schools and FAQ (Updated 8/7) student at desk

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented our community with many complex challenges, including how we will safely educate our 21,000 students. The priority of safely and effectively educating our students must be balanced with the safety of our 3,600 employees and also the financial impact of the pandemic on jobs and our families.

While we cannot eliminate risks altogether, we believe that by following the state and federal guidance listed above we can together significantly reduce the risk of potentially spreading COVID-19 on our campuses. Doing so, however, will require a shared commitment by each of us to take care of ourselves, our families, and everyone in our schools.

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Click Here for the Returning To School Options
For Boone County Schools

Update From Our Superintendent logo

As we continue to work on our school re-entry plan for the 2020-2021 school year, here is an update from Superintendent Matthew Turner.

Matt Turner message


Click here for Safety Expectations set forth by the state of Kentucky as we continue towards the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.  These safety expectations were written with input from the Education Continuation Task Force as well as the Governor’s Office, Department for Public Health, Kentucky Department of Education, the Cabinet of Education and Workforce Development and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Throughout this process, stakeholders from all areas of education have been engaged to provide input and expertise.

Introductory Message To Staff Matt Turner

I am very excited and honored to serve as your next superintendent.  Please click on the image below for my introductory message to you.


Matt Turner video


Obviously, the re-opening of our schools in August has been the focus of almost all our work this summer.  Our district team and our principals are working hard and meeting regularly to plan and prepare for our re-opening.  Very soon I will send you more information and also ask your thoughts and views on how we can best serve the needs of our students in a way that is safe for both students and staff.  The best conduits of information will be your principals or supervisors and the SBDM councils at your schools – be sure to stay in touch with them and also keep them informed of your ideas, thoughts, and concerns.



Matt Turner

District Athletic Guidelines practice

The Boone County School District is looking at resuming High School athletic activities beginning July 1st.  Nothing is more important than the safety of our students and staff.  We believe that we are taking the steps necessary to ensure a safe return to practices.  We have developed specific guidelines for athletics as well as sports-specific guidelines based on state health department and KHSAA guidelines.  These guidelines apply to fall sports only.  We are proceeding cautiously and will possibly permit other sports to begin summer activities later. Potentially adding more sports or changes to these restrictions may occur after July 12th when the KHSAA releases new guidelines.


  • A parental permission form must be signed for students to participate.  
  • All activities will be outdoors with a maximum of 50 students that are divided into groups of 10 or less (weight rooms, gymnasiums, and other interior facilities will not be available at this time).
  • Coaches must wear a mask/face-covering in the presence of students at all times.  Students may wear a mask/face-covering but it is not required with proper social distancing.
  • Contact is not permitted between students nor is the use of equipment.
  • The body temperature check of each student is required before participating.
  • Protocols are being developed if a student does not meet the criteria to participate or has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Coaches will track player groups for contact tracing purposes.


District School Re-entry Plan Preparation - June 2020 books
In preparation for school re-entry in August, the District is collecting crucial information that will best inform our decision-making and planning. Our ultimate goal is to select the best strategies and instruction models that will keep students safe and provide optimal learning experiences. Our planning is informed by what we learned – both positives and negatives – from the spring emergency Non Traditional Instruction. We are committed to improving upon that experience for the benefit of all Boone County students. This will not be easy. There are barriers and unknowns to overcome. But, with your assistance, we will succeed. ALL Parents, students in grades 6-12, and teachers will be receiving a survey in the next few days inviting you to share your ideas and opinions regarding school re-entry. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. We will continue to keep you informed about our progress. Thank you for your patience and collaboration.
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 Public Notice Boone County Board of Education


Students, their families and employees/ potential employees of the Boone County School District are hereby notified that the Boone County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex, disability or genetic information in employment programs, vocational programs, or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups, set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. The lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission and participation in programs and activities including career and technical education programs.

Any person having inquires concerning Boone County Schools’ nondiscrimination policies may contact:

Kathleen G. Reutman, Executive Director

Boone County Schools Student Services Division

8330 US 42, Florence, Ky 41042



dr randy poeIn the past week, it seems our world has begun to fracture and come apart at the seams. Pain, fear and inequity have been laid bare in the face of violence, devastation and death. The Boone County School district is committed to acknowledging that we don't have all the answers to the world's injustices, but we can at least listen. We can be understanding.  We will do our part to be respectful, inclusive, empowering, and celebrate life no matter who you are, where you come from or what your life experiences have been.  We want to be your place of refuge.  A place you can come to and know that you matter, this is your home and we care about you as a member of this family.


What can you do to make a difference? Listen and then speak. Especially to people who may have a different life experience than you. At work and at home, ask your neighbor, friend and co-worker how they are doing. You might be the only one to do so and your listening ear can lift the feeling of isolation. Don't fear offending someone. Everyone wants to be heard and cared for. Communication is the most basic form of caring and kindness. If we talk to one another we can't help but come together and overcome the obstacles we face. You can be one person who starts the process today. Your simple question and genuine interest may be the relief someone you know needs right now.



Randy J. Poe, Ed.D.


Matt Turner Named New Superintendent For Boone County Schools logo

Ryle High School Principal Matt Turner has been appointed to serve as the next Superintendent of the Boone County School District.

Mr. Turner has served in education for 29 years.  The last 14 as Principal at Ryle High, Northern Kentucky’s largest high school with a student population of 2000. Before that he served as Assistant Principal at Ryle, assistant principal at Lloyd Memorial High in Erlanger, KY, and assistant principal at Williamstown High School.  He has held multiple other positions in education throughout his career that include teaching and coaching.  “Matt is known as a gifted leader and administrator throughout Kentucky, says school board president Matt McIntire. We are excited to announce Mr. Turner as our next Superintendent of Boone County Schools and to partner with him on behalf of our students. Matt’s ability to lead teams centered on a shared vision will be vital as we build on the foundation of Achieving Excellence Together in our schools." 

Mr. Turner’s background in education leadership includes Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program for Educators and the National Institute of School Leadership. Having worked in rural, urban and suburban settings to include small towns and larger metropolitan areas perfectly suits him to lead Kentucky’s third largest district of 21,000 students.

The search for a new Superintendent began 4 months ago with a Superintendent Search Screening Committee which included elected teachers, administrators and community members working alongside the Boone County School Board.

Bus Route Finder bus


Our School Bus Route locator is now working!!!

You can always find this link on the district webpage under Quick Links.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can call our Transportation Department at 859-384-5340 and they will answer your questions in the order they are received. We appreciate your patience with this matter.

*** All preschool and kindergarten bus riders will be contacted directly by the drivers. ***