Tongass School of Arts and Sciences

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    Positive COVID-19 Case reported at TSAS Fairview

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    TSAS Fairview Closure for 24 hours - NO SCHOOL Wednesday December 16th

    December 15, 2020


    Dear Tongass School Staff and Families,

     Today, we were notified that a member of the Tongass School family tested positive for COVID-19. This individual self-isolated after experiencing mild symptoms, immediately sought testing, and notified us upon receiving results. Contact tracing is now taking place by Public Health. Although the person was not in the school facility this week, we are closing the Fairview/Assembly of God annex facility for 24 hours on Wednesday December 16th to allow for contact tracing and to implement our additional sanitation measures tonight. We expect to resume on-site operations on Thursday, December 17th.


    We are working closely with Ketchikan Public Health and Ketchikan EOC to respond to this news and protect the health of our community by taking the following steps:

    • Tongass School’s Fairview Annex at the First Assembly of God location will be closed for 24 hours. Tongass School’s main facility will remain open. Annex staff and students will be notified when it is all clear to return to school.

    • The school and any affected areas will be cleaned and sanitized before staff or students return.

    • All students and staff who have been in close contact with the person who tested positive will be contacted by Public Health. The affected class or classes may be asked to quarantine by the school in order to provide time for Public Health to complete contact tracing. Any student or staff who is considered a contact will need to comply with the guidance provided by Public Health. 

    • If you are not contacted by Public Health or the School District indicating a need to quarantine, your child is free to return to school.

    • According to the Alaska Smart Start 2020 guidance, whether or not a school building or classroom needs to close for a 14-day quarantine will depend on how many students and staff are affected. In this case, we do not expect the need for a prolonged school closure.

    • The school community will be contacted through School Messenger if any further actions are needed.  


    COVID Safety

    • We continue to encourage all parents to take their students' temperatures and monitor students closely for any signs of potential illness.

    • Students should remain at home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, including: fever (defined as temperature over 100.3F), new or persistent cough, new trouble breathing or shortness of breath, chills, night sweats, sore throat, body aches, muscle aches, joint pain, headache, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, confusion, and/or stomach issues (diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain).

    • Check this website for information about local testing sites.  

    The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by wearing a face mask, physical distancing, and practicing good health hygiene. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid contact with people who have signs of illness. Isolate and seek testing should you experience any symptoms. 


    We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes out, while meeting the requirements to protect everyone’s right to privacy.


    More information can be found on these websites:

    If you have further questions, please call the school district main line: 907-225-2118 or email me at:



    Scott Huff, Principal

    Tongass School of Arts and Sciences | | 410 Schoenbar Road
    Ketchikan, AK 99901 | Phone: (907) 225-5720 | EMAIL:

  • *We are currently re-building the Tongass School of Arts and Sciences website.  While this site is under construction you can get the most up-to-date information at the current Tongass School of Arts and Sciences website.

    TSAS Logo The Tongass School of Arts and Sciences is a free public charter school approved by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District Board of Education. We are a National Blue Ribbon school, open to all PreK-6 students in the district, and we don’t charge tuition! With the district’s open enrollment policy, you can send your child to Tongass School no matter where you live in Ketchikan. There is bus service for those who live north, south, and in town.

    Our award-winning program provides unique educational learning opportunities including a weekly swim session and weekly enrichment classes where students learn to cook, complete science experiments, or speak a new language. We offer full-day classroom-based programs as well as individual courses for families who prefer to enroll in our partner homeschool program but want to take PE, music, swimming, or enrichment classes on campus. We also offer a Preschool program for 3 and 4 year old children who qualify.

    Check out our Highly Effective Teaching program, Philosophy and Mission Statement, and Classroom pages to learn more about what our students are doing. If you like what you see or have questions, give us a call at +1 (907) 225-5720. Our offices are located at 410 Schoenbar Road, Suite 202.

    *For Summer & Out of Town Enrollment options, call Tongass School to have a packet emailed to you.


    KBGSD COVID Return to School Options. If questions, call our office at 907-255-5720.




    TSAS 2020-21 School-Year Calendar can also be found by clicking here or clicking on Parent Info above and scrolling down to Calendar. Lots of helpful info!!!

    APC Meeting December 7, 2020 4-5 PM.

    TSAS APC Regular Meetings
    The regular TSAS APC meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of the month at 4pm (unless the Monday is a holiday and then the meeting will be held on the Tuesday after the holiday). Currently, all meetings are still being held via Zoom. To get a link to the meeting, please contact Tina Peckham at by 3pm on the day of the meeting to request an invitation.

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