3-School Newsletter

Cooper Landing, Hope, and Moose Pass Schools

December 14, 2020

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District News

In case you missed the news release last week, or media articles, the Board of Education took action on Monday, December 7, 2020, to bring PreK-6th grades back to school onsite every day, and middle and high school twice a week, beginning January 19, 2021, as a step to bring all students back if High COVID-19 Risk levels continue. Students who have already been attending during high risk can continue to do so until winter break begins, and when school begins January 4, 2021. Below is the news release, your school will have more information for you, and KPBSD webpages will be updated throughout this week.

Read Online: December 9, 2020 News Release

Board of Education approves bringing more students back to onsite learning in high COVID-19 Risk

Soldotna, December 9, 2020—The option to attend school onsite, at-school during high COVID-19 risk levels for students in Pre-K through 6th grade, and middle and high school ages is expanding in 2021, after the Board of Education approved the SmartStart Plan updates at their December 7, 2020, school board meeting. The 100% Remote Learning option will continue to be available.

These changes begin no later than Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (Monday is a school holiday). Estimates indicate the peak of COVID-19 transmission in the KPB is expected to happen in early to mid-January. Based on this information and the timeline needed to retrofit school HVAC systems*, the January 19 date was selected.

Attending school onsite-at-school during high-risk (red):

  • Pre-K through Grade 6: every day, Monday through Friday. This includes 6th grade at all KPBSD schools
  • Grades 7-12: attend two times a week onsite, with a split schedule
  • School teams may identify additional at-risk or vulnerable students throughout the semester to attend additional time onsite
  • Schools will communicate their plans with students and families. Your patience is appreciated as these schedules are created and shared
  • Previously identified vulnerable students may continue to attend five days a week

enhanced Safety plans

To keep schools safe and the COVID-19 transmission level low in school, these actions must be followed with fidelity at all times:

  • Staff and all ages of students wear a mask at all times
  • Mitigation plans at school sites must be faithfully and fully implemented
  • Pods or cohorts will be in consistent groups
  • 6’ physical distancing needs to occur whenever possible. Physical distance will keep staff and students healthy in school, minimize in-school exposure or transmission, and reduce the number of people who need to quarantine when a positive COVID-19 case occurs
  • *Most school facilities are receiving upgrades to their HVAC air handling systems. KPBSD is currently installing O2 Prime in schools that have large central air handling units (that share air with other rooms in the building). Some areas and older schools do not have central air handling units supplying air to different rooms, and these facilities are being addressed differently as KPBSD continues to implement options for O2 Prime in unit ventilators and small furnaces
  • Enhanced sanitation with electrostatic sanitizer: spraying Electrolytically Generated Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) is currently occurring at all schools. Custodians can sanitize a classroom in about three minutes and complete approximately three classrooms per tank of HOCL. KPBSD is producing its own HOCL at the district warehouse

Winter break for most KPBSD schools is December 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021, with school starting again January 4, 2021. The updates to operations in High COVID-19 risk will not likely begin until Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Superintendent John O’Brien said, “This is a big step in the right direction with continuing movement towards the goal of getting all kids back at school onsite, full-time. These are trying and uncertain times but together we will get through this pandemic. I am hopeful that with a vaccination on the way, continued adherence to our mitigation plans, and a conscious effort on the part of our community to practice safe pandemic behaviors, we will get this virus under control. I appreciate our Board of Education, district leadership, and the KPBSD staff for their commitment to educate our children while at the same time navigating their own personal response to the pandemic.”

Links

Helpful new flyer: What to Do if You’ve Been Exposed to COVID-19: put your quarantine plan into action

Whether your student is in the classroom or learning online, this is a great resource for extra help! Click the link below to learn more!

Click Here for Live Homework Help

State Library Electronic Doorway Offers Live Homework Help Mon-Fri 8am-2am, Sat & Sun Noon-2am

Sources of Strength

Did you know that the District has a great resource to help you and your family cope with the tough situations that come up every day due to the Covid-19 Pandemic?

Click on the link bellow and check it out!

COOPER LANDING SCHOOL

Shift to Yellow Status

Out of an abundance of caution, Cooper Landing School has been moved to yellow status (medium risk). This means that all students and staff must wear a face covering at all times except for PE and recess. We have provided each student with a face shield. They can either wear the face shield or their cloth masks. Thanks to all who have been diligent in sending cloth masks and please continue to do so.


The yellow level also means no home-baked goods may be brought to school for birthday celebrations. They must be store-bought.

PAC Meeting

There will be a PAC meeting on Thursday, December 17th at 5:30 PM via Zoom. Today I sent out the minutes from the meeting of October 19. If you plan on attending Thursday's meeting, please review the minutes in advance. Also, please send any agenda items to dtucker@kpbsd.org. Thank you!

Christmas Play

We will be sending out a Zoom link on Friday for our virtual Christmas Play! Please be sure to check your email!

Planetory Exploration and Denail Park Dinosaurs

The students thoroughly enjoyed last week's programs hosted by the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and Denali Distance Learning. We appreciate that they were presented at no cost to the school this year.

Cooper Landing School Mugs

We missed hosting the Holiday Market for the community this year, but we have Cooper Landing School ceramic mugs available, and they make wonderful gifts. Stop by the school this week, between 9am and 3pm to pick up. Call ahead to arrange to meet someone outside (595-1244). $10 each.
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Cooper Landing School Website

Please visit our website at https://kpbsd.org/schools/cooper-landing/. There is a lot of useful information including links to the Cooper Landing Gem, minutes of PAC meetings, etc.

Important Dates

December 17: PAC Meeting, 5:30 PM

December 18: No School (In-service Day) & End of Quarter/Semester

December 21 - January 3: Winter Break

Hope School

December 14 - Special PTO meeting, 3pm

December 18 - Winter Break begins, no school/end of quarter

December 26-31 - Window for ordering school lunch

January 4 - School opens for 3rd quarter



With the shift to "Yellow" status, there are some changes happening with the Hope School. We will do our best to keep you updated via email and newsletters, and appreciate your patience as we go through this learning process together. If you have questions about the new guidelines, please check out the Smart Start document here:

https://education.alaska.gov/news/COVID-19/Alaska%20Smart%20Start%202020%20Framework%20Guidance%20--%20Revised%20August%2027,%202020.pdf


A few key points:

1. Students and staff must wear masks at all times. The only exceptions are lunch, PE and recess.

2. No visitors will be allowed at any time for any reason (this includes parents at lunch or recess time). You may still come pick up your child as we have been doing all year.

3. All meetings from this point forward will take place virtually.

4. Strict 6 foot social distancing must take place whenever possible.


School Lunch Order Form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ot7EdCqbD0Oa80hzQ1qrlyxwHXtEP9JNvt4nmYctNbhUNTlNNjBRQUJWQTVENTJWMFBKR1NWQUg4Vi4u

Moose Pass School December Dates to Know

December 17: Virtual Christmas Play Performance

December 18: No School In-service Day/End of Semester

December 21-January 3: Winter Break

Moose Pass School Fundraiser

The students of Moose Pass School, with the help of our wonderful volunteer Art Teacher (Laura Johnson), have designed a t-shirt. Click on the button bellow to check out our fundraiser page. There are many options: T-shirts, hoodies, and more! Do your Christmas shopping and support extra curricular programs at Moose Pass School! Also feel free to share the fundraiser page on Facebook or other social media sites.
KPBSD Covid-19 Hub

Everything that you need to know about how KPBSD is responding to Covid-19 in your community's school