3 School Newsletter
Cooper Landing, Hope, and Moose Pass Schools
October 5, 2020
A Note from Our Nurse
Living in a Pandemic Every Day
The school district policy of symptom-free protocol has been a tough one for everyone. The School Nurses have historically kept kids at school with a runny nose, headache, stomachache, sore throat, cough, etc.
I have been the school nurse for eleven years now and my practice has dramatically changed due to Covid-19. I am sending kids home with one or more of those symptoms. Staff have been affected by this as well because they have to go home too if they have one or more symptoms that can be Covid-19 related. I spend 99-100% of my time dealing with Covid-19. It reminds me of the movie Ground Hog Day with Bill Murray. When is the end game?
I stole this from a recent article that I read written by a musher and this is what he said:
“Planning for forever is essentially impossible, which can actually be freeing: It brings you back into the present. How long will this pandemic last? Right now, that’s irrelevant; what matters is eating a nourishing meal, telling someone you love them, walking your dog, getting enough sleep. What matters is that, to the degree you can, you make your own life sustainable every day.”
What sustains me? My family, my bubble of friends, hiking with my dogs, and reaffirming that Covid-19 does not define me.
Just in From the CDC per Nurse Yoly
COVID-19 Can Sometimes be Spread by Airborne Transmission
1. Some infections can be spread by exposure to virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after that person has left the space.
This kind of spread is referred to as airborne transmission and is an important way that infections like tuberculosis, measles, and chicken pox are spread.
There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away. These transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation. Sometimes the infected person was breathing heavily, for example while singing or exercising.
- Under these circumstances, scientists believe that the amount of infectious smaller droplet and particles produced by the people with COVID-19 became concentrated enough to spread the virus to other people. The people who were infected were in the same space during the same time or shortly after the person with COVID-19 had left.
Available data indicate that it is much more common for the virus that causes COVID-19 to spread through close contact with a person who has COVID-19 than through airborne transmission. 
2. Respiratory droplets can also land on surfaces and objects. It is possible that a person could get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.
Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be a common way that COVID-19 spreads.
All Three Schools Need Substitutes
COOPER LANDING SCHOOL
End of Quarter
Friday, October 16, is the end of the quarter. There is no school that day.
On Wednesday, October 28, we invite all the kiddos to dress up in costume for the day. Please have them arrive at school with their costumes on. We will have some fun activities throughout the day, but due to COVID-19, there will be no Halloween Parade this year.
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30. There will be no school on these days. Mr. Gossard will be reaching out to parents next month to schedule a time to discuss your child(ren)'s progress. All conferences will be held by remotely.
Cooper Landing School Website
Our new website is up and running! If you'd like to take a look, please follow this link: https://kpbsd.org/schools/cooper-landing/
Friday, October 16th is an in-service day, so there will be no school. It is also the end of the quarter.
Parent teacher conferences are coming up at the end of the month, October 29th and 30th. All conferences will be remote this year.
One important piece of news is that Molly, our Treasurer has resigned. We are accepting nominations for a new treasurer. Fear not, she has agreed to come to the next one or two meetings to help train the new treasurer before passing the torch. Please email nomination to Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are due by Friday, October 16th. Voting will occur at the following PTO meeting, Tuesday October 22nd. We will have a virtual attendance option at this meeting for those that do not feel comfortable participating in person.
We could use a few good subs! If you're interested in subbing for any of the positions at our school (teacher, custodian, aide, secretary), please submit an application! You can find the information here: https://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=21717
We would so appreciate your help covering if we have employees out sick, or in need of personal leave. Thank you!
There are still quite a few parents who have not filled out a Volunteer Application. You will need to do this before you're able to participate in any school related activities, field trips or events. You can find the application online here: https://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/employment.aspx?id=19556. Once you fill out the paperwork, email Molly your confirmation message at email@example.com.
If you have questions about school risk levels, you can find the KPBSD Dashboard here: https://covid19.kpbsd.org/dashboard
Moose Pass School Families
Moose Pass School October Dates to Know
October 16 - End of Quarter: No school for students
October 28 - Halloween Celebration: Students may wear costumes to school
October 29 - No School: Student-Led Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 30 - No School: Student-Led Parent/Teacher Conferences
Click Doc. at bottom of page to learn more about Conferences
Everything that you need to know about how KPBSD is responding to Covid-19 in your community's school