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Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson


In this update:

  • Working on recommendation to return secondary students to full-time in person this school year
  • Expanding spectators with new state guidelines
  • City seeks feedback on playground
  • COVID data dashboards

Working on recommendation to return secondary students to full time in person this school year

Last week, I shared that we were exploring how to bring back secondary students to full-time in person learning. Committees are working on plans with an eye to returning full-time in person at the start of the fourth quarter. We'll make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees at its February meeting.

I appreciate the desire for students and their families for secondary students to return. We want students back full time in person for learning, too.

Here are a couple factors that influence why this change can't happen immediately.

Redoing schedules takes time and special consideration in regards to credits

A secondary student's day is different. In elementary grades, students have their classroom teacher who they spend most of the day with in a room that can be divided into pods to support physical distancing.

Secondary students have several teachers, and they move more among different groups of students. Under the hybrid model, schools have been creative in setting schedules that support two days in school and the three to two days of in person learning and have done this within a compressed schedule. Redoing all that work to schedule students into a typical daily schedule will take a lot of time by staff to do it right, and we need to do this right so students' credits won't be negatively impacted.

In addition, physical distancing will still need to be considered.

Vaccines takes time

The availability of the COVID vaccine to school staff far earlier than expected makes a full time return for secondary students "doable" but ...

The immunization process takes about a month and half -- 6 weeks or so -- per person. Here's what this looks like for an individual on our staff:

  • First dose - Saturday, Jan. 16
  • Second dose - Thursday, Feb. 11
  • "Full immunization" - Two weeks later or Thursday, Feb. 25

This schedule assumes the second dose of the vaccine is available.

Not all our staff are vaccinated on the same schedule so their dates will vary.

Our hope is most of our staff will get the first dose during this time and the second doses will be available so that our staff can return from spring break "fully immunized."

Expanding spectators at events following new state guidelines

Just in! We will be able to increase the number of home fans at our games.

Gov. Brad Little announced earlier this week that the decline in COVID positive cases statewide means that restrictions around our sports and activities can be loosened.

Today our Southern idaho Conference agreed to expand the number of home spectators from two to four per participant. We also will have some capacity in Kuna facilities to allow a small group of students to cheer their teams on.

Masks and physical distancing are still required.

SIC is working to add spectators from visiting teams for district and state championships.

Since spring sports are outdoors, we expect far more spectators to be allowed.

City seeks feedback on playground

Parks and playground are important part of our family-friendly community. The City of Kuna seeks feedback on the Bernie Fisher Park playground. The short survey closes on Jan. 29. Here's the link: http://kunacity.id.gov/FormCenter/Parks-Recreation-12/Bernie-Fisher-Park-Playground-Update-Sur-129?fbclid=IwAR1VW1Zl2PXT1RNd6DvSRwThRJt7nXypGrAldToD5I5puuCtvx3UEob8Stg

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Superintendent Wendy Johnson

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