#KSD Ready & Resilient

Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson

2.19.2021

In this update:


  • Continuing the conversation regarding grades 6-12
  • 2021-22 School Year Calendar
  • Just a week left to request to vote by mail!
  • Learn more about how your school taxes are calculated with our business manager Elmira Feather
  • New signs showcase CTE programs
  • Face covering requirement still in place
  • COVID data dashboards

Continuing the conversation & planning to return secondary students to full time in person learning

Kuna families


We appreciate your patience with last week's quick shift to make Friday an e-day. We asked for this change as a precaution not knowing if it would be needed -- it was needed. We had 117 absences and just 20 substitutes were available to fill in.


As predicted, several of those absent were staff (including myself) who experienced short-term symptoms caused by the second --- and final -- dose of the COVID vaccine.


Secondary schedules


I'd like to thank all the parents who've reached out to share their thoughts on the next steps toward returning our secondary students to full time in person learning.


Many of you expressed surprise and disappointment at the decision to stay the course with the hybrid schedule this year. You shared concerns that the hybrid hasn't worked well for your child, and you're concerned about their academic progress and their well being.


Others shared their relief that secondary schedules wouldn't change and that your child is doing well in the hybrid. It's working well for your family.


On Monday, the Board will hold a special meeting and we'll talk about how to address parent concerns with the hybrid and continue to plan for the return of our secondary students to full time in person learning.


You can watching the meeting live from the link on the board agenda which can be found here.


I'll continue to keep you updated on our progress.

2021-22 KSD School Calendar

March 9 Supplemental Levy Election

Understanding Your Kuna School District Taxes

Learn more about how your school taxes are calculated with our business manager Elmira Feather

We were excited to welcome Elmira Feather to our are team, nearly year ago. She had previously worked for the Idaho State Department of Education, where she was expert in the complex federal programs. She's created a video to help explain how our school taxes work. As you listen you might wonder about her accent.


She was born in Kyrgyzstan (also known as the Kyrgyz Republic). She immigrated to the United States in 2005 and became a proud citizen in 2009. She enjoys traveling back to Kyrgyzstan with her husband and her two children anytime she has a chance. When someone asks: what does Kyrgystan's nature look like, she says: "It looks just like Idaho: you start with green valleys surrounded by mountains with only a few hours away from a crystal clear Payette Lake, which look exactly like Issyk-Kyl lake in Kyrgyzstan, and this is one of the reasons I picked Idaho".


She's been a great addition to our team.

New signs showcase CTE programs

Thanks to CBH Homes, Swan Falls High School's hallways features new artwork illustrating the different Career Technical Education programs at the school. We're looking forward to the day when our parents can came and see these in person! In the meantime, we snapped some photos for you.

Face covering requirement still in place

This morning Central District Health voted unanimously to remove the health order requiring a face covering for Ada County. Rather than a mandate, it is now an advisory.


Our KSD COVID-19 operational plan still includes the requirement of face coverings (over nose and mouth) while in red or yellow. Because of the challenges with following the CDH physical distancing advice at all times within our schools, the face covering requirement will remain in place until we move to the "green" category of community spread.

Staff & Teacher COVID Data Dashboard

Information about staff and teacher absences in our school related to COVID

Student COVID Data Dashboard

Information about student absences in our school related to COVID.

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