FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Two Positive COVID-19 Cases at Ketchikan High School
December 4, 2020
(Ketchikan, Alaska) – Ketchikan High School was recently notified of two additional positive COVID-19 cases within the Kayhi family. We are working closely with the Ketchikan EOC and Public Health to respond appropriately, and are taking all needed precautions to protect the health of our community, including assisting with identifying potential close contacts.
As a result, Ketchikan High School will continue on the current Medium risk operating plan with 50% of students attending in Group A and B for Monday December 7th and Tuesday December 8th of next week, respectively. This approach will give Public Health and the school administration time to evaluate the potential impact of the 6 new positive COVID-19 cases that were identified in connection to Kayhi this week, and take any additional mitigation strategies that are deemed appropriate. Ketchikan High School will plan to resume 100% on-site operations on Wednesday December 9th.
Additionally, we will take the following steps:
- Principal will notify Kayhi Staff, Students, and Parents.
- Ketchikan Pest Control will disinfect the school building over the weekend, as part of the district’s normal scheduled mitigation plan.
- Custodial workers will conduct a deep cleaning of the building.
- Updates to the public will go out as we receive updated information in collaboration with Public Health.
Though Kayhi will remain on the Medium risk 50% capacity schedule for the beginning of the week, Schoenbar Middle School and Revilla High School will return to 100% on-site operations under the District’s low risk Smart Start plan on Monday December 7th as planned.
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation while we prepare our school for re-opening. We strongly encourage the Ketchikan community to take all precautions seriously and to help us in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community.
Beth Lougee, Superintendent
Temporary Phone Number for the Superintendent
Due to office relocation, please use the following phone number for the Office of the Superintendent... 907-228-0415. Let the administrative assistance know you wish to speak to the Superintendent and she will forward the call.
COVID Medium Risk Level Plans for Each School
November 4, 2020
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
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
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.