Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson
In this update:
- Proud of our community
- Video: Answering questions about our data dashboards
- Mask use shifts from optional to recommended at all schools except Reed; Reed masks are optional
- What does the implementation of Crisis Standards of Care mean when a student athlete is hurt?
- Please talk with your students about vandalism & TikTok challenge
- Happy Constitution Day!
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Proud of our community
I shared afterward that we learned a lesson about ensuring our patrons who wanted to address the board understood the rules of the process and could do so in a respectful way.
Part of our support for patrons was to shift the meeting to the KPAC, a much more comfortable place for the 90 or so in attendance than the small conference room at the district office. We greeted visitors and outlined the expectations of those who wanted to speak -- and included a "last call" at the sign up deadline.
Those who addressed the board were respectful and civil to each other even though they disagreed.
These types of meetings don't make the "news." We appreciated that the discourse better reflected our community's values.
Mask use shifts from optional to recommended at all schools except Reed; Reed masks are optional
On Tuesday, the Board finalized our mask use policy for the district.
Our policy differs from others in the valley as we are relying data about the spread of COVID in the City of Kuna and within each of our schools. We will make a decision for each school building.
Decisions about where mask use is optional (green), recommended (yellow), or required (red) are made based on two-weeks of data. We will make the decision every other Friday and it applies for the following two weeks.
All of our schools are "yellow" except Reed which remains green.
Yellow means masks recommended for the next two weeks for those schools.
What does the implementation of Crisis Standards of Care mean when a student athlete is hurt?
This week, the Southern Idaho Conference (SIC) superintendents met with a representative of St. Luke’s to discuss what the crisis standards of care means for sports and student athletes who may be injured participating in competitions.
At this time, under the crisis standards of care, there are no recommendations to end athletic activities. Based on information provided about the current level of medical services, student athletes who are injured would expect to receive emergency medical treatment at area hospitals but should expect delays in medical attention as hospitals are overwhelmed.
In a statement to the media, SIC members also ask that patrons not attend sporting events if they are ill or waiting on COVID test results.
In addition, SIC members fully support the restrictions and requirements that their fellow SIC members ask of visitors and visiting teams, which could include face coverings, crowd limits, and not allowing visitors to events.
Please talk with your students about vandalism & TikTok challenge
You may have seen news reports about students encouraged in a social media TikTok challenge to vandalize school bathrooms, property and steal classroom items.
This is happening in our schools, too. We shared a video of vandalism to Hubbard elementary school and our secondary schools report damage to restrooms and other areas.
Our maintenance staff is working hard to replace the damaged items.
Please help us prevent this destructive behavior to preserve the maintenance, safety, and pride of our schools.
Happy Constitution Day!
Today is Constitution Day! This day commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17. Following our state standards approved by the Idaho Legislature, our students learn about the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents and their role in our the shaping of our nations. Check out this video to find out a little more! And, you can learn more about the Constitution here.
This dashboard shows the current mask use policy in each of our schools. It also includes the data used to make the decision.
This tool provides real time data Monday through Friday about staff COVID cases in our schools.
This tool provides real time data Monday through Friday about student COVID cases in our schools.
#KSD Reimagine is a weekly newsletter sent from Superintendent Wendy Johnson to families and community members at 5:30 p.m. Friday's throughout the school year.