Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District

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  • Update from the Superintendent

    November 24, 2020

     Dear Parents and Students,

    As we start Thanksgiving Break on November 25, 2020, we are thankful for how our students, educators, and community continue to work together during these challenging times.  The first quarter and trimester of school have brought many celebrations, while having our students attend in person school as much as possible.  This time has also brought new opportunities for students and educators alike in offering school in different and unique ways.  It is our hope to continue to work together to keep our doors open and provide as much in-person school as possible, while maintaining measures that keep everyone safe and healthy.

    Back-to-School Date November 30, 2020 at SMART START “Medium-Risk” Level

    School will resume on November 30, 2020, at a “Medium-Risk” level for all ages due to the community risk level continuing at Level 3-High.  This means we will continue to operate under the current, Medium Risk schedules that are in place at each school.

    For students attending:

    • 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
    • Tribal Scholars

    These elementary schools, annex sites, Ketchikan Charter School K-8 , and Tribal Scholars can remain open five days a week because of the steps we have taken since the opening of school. 

    For students attending:

    • Schoenbar Middle School
    • Ketchikan High School

    We will continue in the Smart Start Medium Level blended learning model. Students are onsite two days per week and working asynchronously (online) three days a week from home or in the schools’ designated on-campus annex sites (Mon - Thurs).  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 attending:

    • Revilla High School
    • Revilla Middle School                                                                                                         

    We will continue in the Smart Start Medium Level. High School students attending half day 8:00 to 11:45 and 12:15 to 4:00 schedules, four days per week with Friday being asynchronous from home. Middle School students will attend from 8:00 to 2:30 four days per week with Friday at home working asynchronously. This plan allows for continued social distancing and cohorting. 

    Back-to-School at “Low-Risk” Level

    The Ketchikan EOC will be meeting November 30, 2020, to review the community risk level

    •  If the Ketchikan EOC determines that the community risk level is reduced to moderate or low, schools will move to “Smart Start Low-Risk” level and transition back to 100% capacity on December 7, 2020.  
    • If the Ketchikan EOC determines that the community risk level remains at Level 3, schools will continue to operate at Medium Risk.  
    • If the Ketchikan EOC determines that the community risk level increase to Level 4, an emergency school board meeting will be held to discuss Smart Start changes to Smart Start High Risk level.

    Again, please have a very Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy family time and we continue to look forward to seeing you after break.  If you have any questions please contact my office at 247-2136.


    Beth Lougee, Superintendent

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  • Important Letter from the Superintendent - COVID-19

    November 7, 2020

    Exclamation Point Dear Parents and Families, 

    The following information is an update about the positive COVID-19 cases reported today, November 7, 2020.  We want you to know there have been identified positive cases of COVID-19 related to the schools but each individual was identified as a close contact from a previous positive person and was quarantined immediately as directed by Public Health.  These individuals have been out of the school buildings all last week, if not longer.  The district continues to work closely with Ketchikan Public Health and Ketchikan EOC in all cases that involve our students and staff.  

    As a result of being out of school all last week due to quarantining, there are no new close contacts to these individuals and the schools will remain open on November 9, 2020, under their medium risk plans announced on November 4, 2020. We will continue to keep you updated should something change between now and Monday morning.

    In addition, we need our community’s help to protect against COVID-19. Please follow all safety and health guidelines, listen to our community leaders and continue working with the schools and district as we all work together in the best interest of our students and community.  

    If you have any questions, please contact my office at 247-2136.  I will be in my office from 8:30 to 4:00 on Sunday, November 8, 2020.

    Thank you,

    Beth Lougee, Superintendent

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  • COVID Medium Risk Level Plans for Each School

    November 4, 2020

    KGBSD Logo The Ketchikan EOC has raised our community's risk level to Level 3.  In response, our district schools have published their plans to move to Medium Risk Level.  Please click on the appropriate link below to view your school's plan.

Alaska Smart Start 2020

  • Get information about Alaska Smart Start 2020

    Alaska Dept of Education and Early Development Logo 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.

Sign up for Text Alerts

  • Sign up for Text Alerts

    Test Alerts 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, optin, yes

    You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message:You are registered for SchoolMessenger notifications. Reply STOP to quit, HELP for help.

    *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.