#KSD Ready & Resilient

Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson


In this update:

  • School Board continues push for impact fees; *Spoiler alert: Our property tax rate will drop, again
  • Recap of September & October calendar changes
  • In case you missed it: School meals are free for all ages 1-18

  • Food pantry opens for 2020-21 shifts to Fridays

  • Help raise funds for the Kuna Education Foundation through Amazon Smiles

  • Do not send your student to school if someone in your household is COVID positive

  • COVID Cases Update

School Board continues push for impact fees; *Spoiler alert: Our property tax rate will drop, again

Our Kuna Board of Trustees is working to change Idaho law to allow school district to receive impact fees to help offset the cost of growth. In the short video below, School Board Vice Chairman Joy Thomas gives a quick update on this effort.

Next week, I'll have an update on our school district tax rate including what our Board did this summer to save nearly $1.7 million. *Spoiler alert: Your property tax rate will drop, again.
9.18.2020 Impact Fees Update
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September & October calendar changes

Last week, I shared that our September and October calendars are changing as we begin to bring students back full time. Calendars look different for K-2, 3-5, middle school and high school. The calendars are included below.

Here's a recap of the changes:

  • Sept. 30 is a no school day for K-8 & Gold Schedule high school students.
  • Sept. 30 is a school day for Blue Schedule high school students.
  • Starting Oct. 5 K-2 grade students will attend school in person every day with Friday as an early release collaboration day.
  • Oct. 9 is a Gold Day for high schools only.
  • Oct. 13 is a school day not a teacher inservice day.
  • Oct. 14 for high schools only is an in person testing day. High school students not testing will have an E day.
  • Oct. 16 is a Blue Day for high schools only
  • Parent Teacher Conferences and Student Led Conferences are cancelled.
  • Starting Oct. 19 - 3-5 grade students will attend school every day with Friday as an early release collaboration day.
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In case you missed it: School meals are free for all

Thanks to an extension of the federal summer food program, meals are currently free to children ages 1-18. This includes students receiving meals at school and for their remote at home days.

Payments for meals made after the program started on Sept. 1 will be refunded. This program is expected to last through December.

Our meals-to-go service for remote learning days kicked off today with families picking up about 3,300 breakfast/lunch combos for next week's remote learning days! Each Monday, we email the order form.

Shout out to our nutrition services team for their efforts to provide meals-to-go for remote learning days and then their work to prepare all those meals!

Food pantry opens for 2020-21 shifts to Fridays

Kuna School District Food Pantry @ Ross 2020-21
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Help raise funds for Kuna Education Foundation at no cost to you through Amazon Smiles

Kuna Education Foundation (KEF) is a nonprofit with a mission to promote and advance education in in our district with grants to teachers and students.

KEF is now part of the AmazonSmile program which provides donations to charitable organization chosen by Amazon users -- please choose them! Below is more information from AmazonSmile:

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.

How do I select Kuna Education Association to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile will result in a donation. AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to your chosen charity or about the program.

I currently have another organization chosen for AmazonSmile, can I change it to Kuna Education Foundation?

Yes, you can change your charity any time. To change your charity on your web browser, simply select "Change your Charity" in "Your Account." You can also visit AmazonSmile under settings on your Amazon Shopping app and select "Change your Charity." You can search for Kuna Education Foundation and then select it.

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?

Please see complete AmazonSmile program details.
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Do not send your student to school if someone in your household is COVID positive

When you or anyone in your household tests positives for COVID, your children -- even if they are not sick -- must stay home for at least 14 days or as directed by the local health department.

If your child or one of our staff members become ill, please consult the KSD decision guide (shown above and downloadable below) to determine what steps to take. When in doubt, please err on the side of caution. Get tested. Stay home when sick. Stay home until you are symptom-free for 24 hours without medication.

COVID-19 update

Thanks again to all of you for your persistence in following safety measures of wearing face coverings, physical distancing and hand washing and sanitizing, we have no confirmed or probable cases this week. Out of an abundance of caution, we have sent a few people home this week to get tested. The poor air quality may be to blame for their symptoms but we want to be certain. We are so grateful to our school nurses and health and safety aides for all of their help and support!

As we plan for our K-5 students to return to school for in person learning five days a week, Central District Health recommends when more students are in a building, we need to divide our students into smaller groups to minimize exposure.

  • We’ll group classes into “pods” or “families” of four or five children

  • We’ll space these groups 6 feet or more apart when in the classroom

We will have more information about this with examples in next week's update.

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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