#KSD Ready & Resilient

Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson

10.2.2020

In this update:
  • Gearing up for the youngest students to return full time!
  • Share with us how the hybrid is working for you
  • October calendar
  • Preschool developmental screening Oct. 30
  • Thank you KSD Clean Team
  • Adapting our COVID positive notifications
  • COVID Cases Update

Gearing up for the youngest students to return full time!

Kuna families


We appreciate the time this week for most of our teachers to participate in professional development activities and for our families to enjoy this short "fall break."


October begins the pivot in our "proceed cautiously @ school" effort to bring back students in our schools every day in phases which means the calendars look different at every grade band and in some cases by school.


Here are the highlights:


Starting Monday -


  • K-2 students at Crimson Point, Reed, and Silver Trail will come every day with Fridays as the 2 hour early release day for teacher collaboration.
  • All students at our K-3 schools: Hubbard and Indian Creek will come every day with Fridays as the 2 hour early release day for teacher collaboration.


If all goes well, starting Oct. 19 -


  • 3-5 students at Crimson Point, Reed, Ross and Silver Trail will come every day with Fridays as the 2 hour early release day for teacher collaboration.


What about secondary grades 6-12?


We are not looking to start secondary grades until after the end of the first quarter Oct. 30.


This means October will be an consistent Blue/Gold schedule for our middle schools.


High school will look different in October with the required SAT and PSAT tests in the middle of the month. Please consult the calendars for details.

Share with us how the hybrid schedule is working for you

We'd like to hear from you about how the hybrid model is working for your family. Please take a moment and complete this short survey to help us identify what's working well and what we can improve. Here's the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSDHybrid
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With school not in session Friday, I didn't want to skip National Custodian Day. The Pandemic means extra work by all of us to help reduce the spread of the virus.


A big part of our #KSDReady&Resilent effort is our dedicated "clean teams" in every school and at the district.


Our custodial team members are amazing! This year, they've ensured that every space is cleaned and ensure that our classrooms are stocked with masks, hand sanitizer, paper towels and more. They are also helping teacher others -- teachers, students, & staff -- how to clean desks, devices & more.


Thank you!

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Adapting our COVID positive notification process

Kuna has been in a leader in reporting out information about COVID cases in our schools. Each week, I'm sharing with you the data about positive cases in our schools.


We also have been sending out two notification letters (emails) -- based on templates from the health department when positive COVID cases are identified in a school.


The first letter is one to those who have been identified as possible close contacts of the COVID positive individual. This letter notifies them that they may be getting called by the health department.


The other letter is a nearly identical letter sent to the entire school omitting the "you may be a close contact" language. This letter is intended as an FYI notification.


Two letters means some families are getting two letters. We're worried that there will be "letter" fatigue and families might miss a "possible close contact notification" -- thinking it was another FYI.


Moving forward, we will continue to send a letter to possible close contacts. We will use this newsletter for the FYI notification of cases in our schools.


Thank you for your patience as we adapt to ensure the best way to communicate with you during this time.

COVID-19 update

This week, we are reporting one confirmed case of COVID-19.
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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