COVID Update from the Superintendent
May 14, 2021
Dear Parents and Community Members:
This has continued to be a difficult week for our community, with many more cases impacting our students, staff, and families. Our District Nurses, administrators, and Public Health have been working around the clock to respond to every case by quickly enacting our mitigation protocols and reaching out to those impacted to ensure the health and safety of our schools and community.
As a result of continued cases impacting nearly all KGBSD schools, all District risk levels will be maintained moving into next week.
District-wide Risk Level: Medium (all schools except Houghtaling)
School Risk Level (where different from District):
Houghtaling Elementary - High, with remote learning through at least Tuesday, May 18th. Plan to resume on-site school on Wednesday, May 19th pending risk analysis.
Activities Risk Level: High
Because of the continued increase in cases and the corresponding community closures, guidelines for group activities, and restricted use of public facilities, all extracurricular, outside user group, or out-of-school-facility sports or activities (i.e. field trips, beach days, etc.) will continue to be postponed through the beginning of next week.
Risk levels continue to be evaluated on a daily basis as new information comes available. Throughout the weekend and into Monday, we will review any additional cases to determine how these impact our ability to operate both instructional and extracurricular programming, and will make adjustments accordingly.
Please continue to make strides toward lowering our community risk level so Ketchikan's students can have as many opportunities as possible over the last few weeks of school.
I thank you all for your patience and dedication throughout this time. Don't forget the vaccination and testing clinic at Kayhi beginning tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm.
Katie Parrott, Acting Superintendent
Urgent Message Concerning COVID Risk Level
May 11, 2021
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members:
As you may already know, the Ketchikan EOC has issued an increase in community risk level to Level 4 Very High Risk. Our community risk level has continued to be impacted with many new positive COVID cases today, many of those impacting our schools. After working closely with our school administrators, district nurses, the EOC and Public Health, I have issued the below action plan.
In response to the change to Community Risk Level to Level 4 Very High Risk, I am directing the following:
The District will move to Medium Risk level effective immediately for all schools unless otherwise noted below. Students and staff with even mild symptoms will be required to stay home.
All extracurricular, outside user group, or out-of-school-facility sports or activities (i.e. field trips, beach days, etc.) will be postponed until further notice.
All secondary schools will have an asynchronous learning day on Friday, May 14th.
Schoenbar Middle School will be closed for 24-hours tomorrow Wednesday, May 12th to assist with contact tracing of newly identified positive cases, and will have asynchronous/remote learning days for the rest of the week. SMS will make a full transition to a 50% on-site model by Monday, May 17th.
Revilla Jr./Sr. High School will transition to a 50% model on Wednesday, May 12th.
Ketchikan High School will remain in 50% capacity model.
Houghtaling Elementary school will be changed to High Risk level effective immediately and closed for the rest of the week due to the number of positive cases, the need to quarantine staff, and to provide time for additional contact tracing. (Risk level to be reassessed later in the week.)
Point Higgins Elementary school, Fawn Mountain Elementary school, Ketchikan Charter School, and Tongass School of Arts & Sciences will remain open with strict cohorting, health screenings, hand washing, social distancing, and continuous masking.
Additional cases impacting any school may cause a change in school risk level and/or operations. This will be evaluated on a daily basis.
We have a very limited window of time to bring our community risk level down in order for our students to enjoy the end-of-the-year activities they so enjoy and look forward to each year. In order to stop the spread of COVID in our community, I strongly encourage all individuals to self-screen for any symptoms prior to reporting to work or school, adhere to strict social distancing and masking, test and quarantine if you have symptoms, and get vaccinated if you have not already.
In an effort to assist with mitigation efforts, the District will be ramping up our testing capabilities in the coming days. There will be a Pfizer vaccination and PCR testing clinic hosted at Kayhi on this coming Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm. Stay tuned for more information on this event.
And please complete this short survey to let us know your thoughts on vaccinating your children ages 12-15: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/c43557ed7a5140a18faef96ee77aaec2
As always, thank you for your efforts to keep our kids in school!
Katie Parrott, Acting Superintendent
KGBSD Travel Quarantine & Testing Protocols
Updated March 4, 2021
Individuals traveling out-of-state and/or in the State of Alaska must quarantine for a minimum of 5 days upon return and can return to work/school with a negative test conducted within 5-7 days of return. Individuals who return to work/school after travel should closely self-monitor for any symptoms (even mild ones) for 14 days after arrival. The District recommends testing prior to travel per State of Alaska Health Advisory 2.
Individuals traveling out-of-state and/or in the State of Alaska for less than 72 hours do not need to quarantine, but should obtain a COVID test upon return and should closely self-monitor for any symptoms (even mild ones) for 14 days after arrival.
Individuals who have tested positive and recovered from COVID within 90 days of traveling do not need to quarantine or test prior to returning to work/school, if both of the following conditions are met:
- The traveler provides proof of a previously positive result of a molecular-based COVID-19 test within 90 days of departure; and
- The traveler is currently asymptomatic
Individuals engaging in student activity travel must abide by the Student Activities Mitigation Plan for traveling teams while on activities travel and upon return from travel, and should closely self-monitor for any symptoms (even mild ones) for 14 days after arrival.
Individuals who have been fully-vaccinated* do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic, but should obtain a COVID test upon return and should closely self-monitor for any symptoms (even mild ones) for 14 days after arrival.
* Fully-vaccinated is defined as more than two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or more than two weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
Children under the age of 10 or students over the age of 10 with special needs that would make testing difficult can use the negative test results of a parent or guardian who traveled with them.
In keeping with the District’s COVID-19 mitigation plan, all staff and students are strongly encouraged to self-monitor and test should you experience any symptoms regardless of having recently traveled.
KGBSD 7-12 Summer School 2021 - Online Courses
Ketchikan School District will be offering Summer School Courses to Ketchikan School District students at no cost.
- May 18, 2021 - Enrollment opens
- June 14, 2021 - First day of courses
- June 18, 2021 (4pm) - Last day of enrollment. Last day to drop courses without grade penalty.
- July 25, 2021 - Online Summer term ends @ 4pm AK time.
7-12 Online Summer School Form
KGBSD Elementary K-6 Summer School 2021
This year’s summer school will be IN PERSON, housed at Fawn Mountain Elementary School. Summer school is open to ALL students in grades K-6 enrolled in KGBSD. Enrollment Form
Addressing academic skills gaps in the areas of language arts, reading, and math. We will have plenty of brain breaks with daily art and crafts, singing, and dancing. We will even sprinkle in a weekly field trip.
Dates and Times
Mon-Thurs, July 19th - Aug 13th from 8:00am - 12:30pm.
Bussing will be available to and from Fawn Mountain Elementary School. Parent drop off and pick up is at the front of the school.
Breakfast & lunch will be provided at no charge to all summer school students.
Attendance is very important to the continuity of this academic experience. If your child has an extended, planned absence, please notify the Summer School program coordinator, Nick Higson, as soon as possible.
Prefer to Enroll your Child in Virtual Summer School?
You should check the button indicating virtual school at the end of the application.
How to enroll
Please fill out an on-line Enrollment Form for each child. Be sure to check the box indicating which type of summer school you would prefer your child to attend.
You will receive a confirmation email of your child(ren)’s enrollment.
If you have any questions about this year’s Kinder - 6th grade summer school program, please contact Nick Higson firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 228-2202.
IS YOUR CHILD STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL?
ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS ONCE THEY BEGIN SCHOOL?
The Ketchikan School District is currently conducting a CHILD FIND for children ages 3-21 who may be eligible for special education services.
Special Education covers a wide range of disability categories under which students may qualify for additional services in the school setting. Categories include:
- Specific Learning Disability
- Developmentally Delayed
- Emotional Disturbed
- Other Health Impaired
- Hearing Impairment
- Deafness/Blind Deafness
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Speech/Language Impaired Autism
- Visual Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
KGBSD Special Education Information 2021
Please contact your building principal or classroom teacher for more information.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District is currently conducting a community-wide Child Find for children ages 3-21 who may be eligible for free special education services.
PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted starting on January, 25th 2021.
Please contact your preferred school for information regarding Child Find and/or Preschool Screening.
Screening will take place Feb 22 -March 5 2021
For additional information, please go to our Spring 2021 PreK Screening page.
Sign up for Text Alerts
Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District uses texting capabilities through SchoolMessenger, the same system that sends out the district’s automated phone calls and emails. This service is not intended to replace our existing means of communication- rather it will enhance them.
The district will only use the service to provide information that is timely and relevant.
In order to participate in the new service you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone. The process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete.
Simply text any one of the following words to the number 67587: subscribe, optin, yes
You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message:You are registered for SchoolMessenger notifications. Reply STOP to quit, HELP for help.
*NOTE: In addition to performing the opt-in process above you’ll want to ensure that the district has your wireless number(s) in our student information database. If you haven’t already provided that information to your school, do so.
Alaska Smart Start 2020
Get information about Alaska Smart Start 2020
The Department of Education and Early Development (DEED), in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), developed guidance to support planning and strategies for reopening schools. ‘Alaska Smart Start 2020’ framework for K-12 schools provides a tiered approach based on COVID-19 pandemic risk levels per community. School districts and communities will work together to develop clear, actionable steps that are necessary for teaching and learning to continue throughout the 2020-2021 school year. These health parameters provide a basis for plans that are specific, actionable, and broad enough to be adaptable.
Alaska Smart Start 2020 is built upon the guidance and recommendations of health officials and collaborative conversations with education stakeholders; it is aligned to the reopening guidelines that have been provided by our state and federal leaders; and it is designed to help districts prioritize the health and safety of students and teachers as they deliver instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.