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Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson

August 13, 2020

In this update:

  • First days of school changed to Aug. 31 & Sept. 1
  • 2020-21 School bell schedules set
  • How to request to switch Gold/Blue schedules
  • When to expect class schedules; teacher assignments
  • Bus Routes approved; Bus stop info on the district website next week
  • Sports schedules in flux for middle, high school fall sports; Only "virtual" spectators allowed
  • Aug. 19 deadline for K-5 online only enrollment
  • Boys & Girls Club moves from Ross to 4th Street Gym
  • Preschool spots open
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First days of school changed to Aug. 31 & Sept. 1

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the Board of Trustees approved a change in the first-day-of-school for students. Here are the start dates:

  • Blue Schedule students will start Monday, Aug. 31
  • Gold Schedule students will start Tuesday, Sept. 1

I'm grateful the Board approved this change which provides our teachers and staff time to meet with medical professionals and train on the virus prevention protocols for when students are back in our buildings.

We've included the "first month" schedule above. What about the rest of the year?

We're taking it a month at a time. We will review health conditions with the Board of Trustees on the second Tuesday of each month and decide whether to continue in our Blue/Gold hybrid schedule or return to daily instruction. A reminder if community health conditions get more severe -- or a widespread outbreak occurs in a school -- short-term closures could happen.

I am, however, very encouraged by improvements in our community. Thanks to all for wearing face coverings, washing hands, social distancing, and taking precautions. Please keep it up so children can return to school every day!

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2020-21 School bell schedules set

Here are the 2020-21 school bell schedules for the in person learning days at school Monday through Thursday:

  • Kuna High School: 7:45 a.m. / 2:35 p.m.
  • **Swan Falls High School: 7:45 a.m. / 2:30 p.m. **
  • Initial Point High School: 8:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
  • Kuna Middle School: 7:45 a.m. - 2:21 p.m.
  • Fremont Middle School: 7:45 a.m. / 2:26 p.m.
  • Elementary schools: 8:50 a.m. / 3:35 p.m.

**Opening in October.

Wednesday is not an early release day on the Blue/Gold hybrid schedule. Early release for teachers to collaborate will be on the Friday "E-Day."

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How to request to switch Gold/Blue schedules

When parents log into their Tyler Parent Portal, they will see which whether their student has been assigned "Blue" or "Gold" schedule. The assigned schedule may not work for your family's needs.

We will work with families to make the Blue/Gold switches as needed to:

  • Keep siblings in same household on same schedule
  • Accommodate K-5 child care needs
  • Accommodate K-5 parent/guardian work schedule
  • Accommodate access to medical care, counseling, other supports for students with special needs

Parents should email principals to request a switch.

If class sizes become unbalanced, we will seek volunteers to switch schedules so we can support physical distancing.

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Board approves 2020-21 Bus Routes; Expect bus stop information on the district website next week

Information for the 2020-21 school year bus routes & stops will be posted on the district website the week of Aug. 17-21 : http://www.kunaschools.org/index.php/transportation You will be able to look up bus numbers in the Tyler SIS Parent Portal. Parents, please note:

  • If possible and it is safe to do so, please have your child walk or ride a bike to school to reduce the number of rider on a bus and support physical distancing
  • Riders are required to wear face coverings on the bus
  • Expect delays caused by extensive construction in our community

When to expect student class schedules; teacher assignments

Student secondary class schedules and elementary teacher assignments are delayed because of the switch to our Gold/Blue Schedule and shifting staffing to support our online only option for families.

School will have these done and available for parents and students in the Tyler SIS Online Parent Portal by:

  • High school (9-12): Monday, Aug. 17 & on day of registration. More information is available here.
  • Middle school (6-8) Wednesday, Aug. 26
  • Elementary school (K-5) Friday, Aug. 21
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Aug. 19 Deadline for K-5 online only enrollment

We provided some flexibility in the deadline to enroll in our online only option for elementary. Now, we need families to commit so we make sure we have enough teachers.

The deadline to commit to the program is Wednesday, Aug. 19. After that day, students will be placed on a waiting list. We will make any need adjustments after our 5th day of enrollment, Sept. 4.

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Boys & Girls Club moves from Ross to 4th Street Gym

The Kuna Boys and Girls Club will move from Ross Elementary School to offer programs from our 4th Street Gym site. They are adapting their program to accommodate our hybrid schedule and will be open from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day to serve children in first through sixth grades . Registration will be opening soon. find out more here: https://www.adaclubs.org/our-clubs/kuna/
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Sports schedules in flux for middle, high school fall sports; Only "virtual" spectators allowed

The COVID pandemic is impacting our sports and activities programs as our districts throughout Idaho are making decisions about whether to practice and compete.

Our goal is to work with our health department to implement prevention measures to reduce the spread of the virus among players and spectators. We also want our teams to have an opportunity to compete knowing competitions will look very different than the past.

Only "virtual" spectators will be allowed at competitions in Kuna School District facilities, fields

Current limits on public and social gatherings to help reduce the spread of the virus means that our facilities will not be open to in-person spectators. We are working on opportunities to allow for “virtual spectators” using free or low cost live streaming services.Our sports programs will be sharing information on how to access these services.

Middle School Update

Tryouts for our fall middle school sports programs -- football, volleyball, and cross country will start Monday.

As we surveyed other districts in our Intervalley League, nearly half are canceling competitions or deciding to compete with schools within their district -- leaving few out-of-district competitors for our teams.

Rather than cancel middle school sports, we decided that our Fremont and Kuna middle school student athletes will compete against each other.

The $40 fee will be waived for middle school students.

While this is not the type of season we hoped for, it will provide our students the opportunity for skill development and experience as they prepare for future seasons.

High School Update

High school student athletes will begin team practices Monday.

The schedules for competitions, however, are in flux.

Kuna High will host Lewiston High School for JV and Varsity football games Aug. 28. Again, with no spectators.

The rest of the schedule is still fluid as our 5A competitors are considering whether they will compete or cancel games.

Our volleyball, cross country, and soccer schedules also are unknown given the status of school districts and where they are in their reopening plans.

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Superintendent Wendy Johnson

I am a superintendent of an amazing school district in Kuna, Idaho. I love serving children, teachers and families and having an impact on the future. #ksdready&resilient #ksdempower #futureready