COVID-19 Smart Start Medium Level Plan
October 30, 2020
Dear Ketchikan Parents,
As partners in this pandemic, thank you for your continued support with our school’s health and safety protocols. Our staff’s hard work has made it possible for us to continue with the district’s mission: together, we foster an educational culture of academic excellence, meaningful connections, and nurturing environments to maximize every student’s unique potential. As a community, together, we continue to be Ketchikan Strong!
We want you to know that our goal is to continue educating while keeping your child’s and our staff’s health and safety a priority. We are constantly monitoring the current situation in the community, including the number of positive COVID cases and community risk levels. As Superintendent, I participate in the EOC Policy Group and receive regular updates from the Unified Commanders on the current situation in Ketchikan and how it may relate to or impact School District Operations. This information is then used to adjust current Smart Start risk levels in order to protect students and staff.
Over the past week we have carefully reviewed the operating setup at each of our schools and engaged in conversation with School Administration, Ketchikan EOC Unified Command, and the medical support team with regards to measures that will be taken at either “Medium” or “High” risk under the Smart Start Plan, as a result we have made some modifications to our plans.
With this in mind we wanted to share with you what may happen should the community move to Level 3 - High Risk and we move to the Smart Start Medium Risk Level:
For students that attend:
Houghtaling Elementary School
Fawn Mountain Elementary School/Annex
Point Higgins Elementary School
Tongass School of Arts and Sciences/Annex
Ketchikan Charter School/Annex K-8th Grade
Revilla Middle School
These elementary schools including annex sites, Ketchikan Charter School K-8th, Revilla Middle School and Tribal Scholars can remain open five days a week because of the steps we have taken since the opening of school.
For students that attend:
Schoenbar Middle School
We will have to move to the Smart Start Medium Level of a blended learning model where students are onsite 2 days per week and working asynchronously (online) three days a week from home or in the schools designated on-campus annex site. This 50% plan allows us to further reduce class sizes, increase social distancing, and more tightly cohort our students, while still ensuring quality learning experiences for every student.
For students that attend:
Revilla High School
We will have to move to the Smart Start Medium Level of a blended learning model where students are attending half days onsite and half day at home completing asynchronous work Monday through Thursday and on Friday all students at home completing asynchronous work.
If there should be a level 3 community alert, the school board shall convene in an emergency meeting and make the final determination. We will continue to maintain all safety measures and monitor the community level outbreaks and adjust when needed. As previously stated, our goal is to continue educating while keeping your child’s and our staff’s health and safety a priority. We will continue to keep you apprised of any further changes.
Thank you for your continued support.
Principal Livingston, Ketchikan Charter School
Principal Cron, Houghtaling Elementary School
Principal McLaren, Point Higgins Elementary School
Principal Higson, Fawn Mountain Elementary School
Principal Huff, Tongass School of Arts and Science
Principal House, Ketchikan High School
Principal Boehlert, Schoenbar Middle School
Principal Lindemann, Revilla Jr./Sr. High School
COVID-19 Moderate Level
Dear Parents and Families,
The Ketchikan COVID 19 Community Risk Level has moved to a MODERATE LEVEL. Due to our advanced Smart Start Planning, KGBSD will continue to operate at 100% capacity with annex sites and safety measures in place. There are currently no positive cases in our school community; however, we want you to know that your health and safety is our top priority.
We are partnering closely with Ketchikan EOC, local public health officials, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health, and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Department. They will continue to provide support and direction for managing COVID-19 related scenarios that impact our school community.
If a significant event occurs in our school or district, you will receive information via school messenger, emails and texts.
We need your continued help and support to protect our schools and community against COVID-19. Here are some ways to protect your family and your school:
- Continued the awesome support and modeling of wearing a face mask at school.
- Keep children who are sick at home. Don’t send them to school.
- Teach your children to frequently wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
- Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
- Teach your children to stay at least six feet away from people, and avoid large groups outside of school where social distancing is difficult.
- People who are sick should stay home from work or school and isolate until they are better. As much as you can, isolate sick family members from others in your household.
- If your student has traveled out of state recently, please know that returning travelers may not attend in-person school until 14 days have passed or until they or their guardian have received two negative COVID-19 tests. For details, see State of Alaska Health Mandate 10.
We appreciate all your efforts to help us keep school open for all students. Let’s keep COVID under control in Ketchikan! If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school principal or my office at 247-2109.
Oct 7, 2020
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Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District uses texting capabilities through SchoolMessenger, the same system that sends out the district’s automated phone calls and emails. This service is not intended to replace our existing means of communication- rather it will enhance them.
The district will only use the service to provide information that is timely and relevant.
In order to participate in the new service you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone. The process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete.
Simply text any one of the following words to the number 67587: subscribe, option, yes
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*NOTE: In addition to performing the opt-in process above you’ll want to ensure that the district has your wireless number(s) in our student information database. If you haven’t already provided that information to your school, do so.
The Department of Education and Early Development (DEED), in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), developed guidance to support planning and strategies for reopening schools. ‘Alaska Smart Start 2020’ framework for K-12 schools provides a tiered approach based on COVID-19 pandemic risk levels per community. School districts and communities will work together to develop clear, actionable steps that are necessary for teaching and learning to continue throughout the 2020-2021 school year. These health parameters provide a basis for plans that are specific, actionable, and broad enough to be adaptable.
Alaska Smart Start 2020 is built upon the guidance and recommendations of health officials and collaborative conversations with education stakeholders; it is aligned to the reopening guidelines that have been provided by our state and federal leaders; and it is designed to help districts prioritize the health and safety of students and teachers as they deliver instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.