Coronavirus Update

Please be advised that according to KPBSD’s Resident Coronavirus Cases on the Kenai Peninsula, Seward remains in the red with 13 cases within the last 14 days.

 

A reminder that for Seward:

 

Red is .5111 cases per day, or 7 over 14 days.

Yellow is .511 to .2565 per day, or 6-5 over 14 days.

Green is .2555 per day, or 4 over 14 days.

 

Here’s the thing…if there are no new resident cases between now and Friday, August 7, 2020 then Seward will move to 5 cases over the last 14 days and solidly in the Yellow.  If there are no new resident cases between now and Saturday, August 8, 2020, then Seward will move to 3 cases in the last 14 days and solidly in the Green.

 

To me, this is clear evidence of the effectiveness of the City of Seward’s Emergency Mandates and the community’s willingness to do their part to limit community infection rates.  This is worthy of celebration on so many levels, but especially for Seward students because:

  • Coaches will be able to conduct in-person training of our fall athletes with District approved Mitigation Plans in place.
  • Seward Schools’ Mitigation Plans for opening to students on August 24th will be much less restrictive than if we’re in the Yellow and certainly than if we’re in the Red.

 

On behalf of the students of Seward Secondary, thank you for doing your part, and please stay vigilant—wear those masks, keep up the social distancing, and wash your hands.

 

WAY TO GO SEWARD!

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Communication About Upcoming School Year

Letter from Mr. Walker

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Help Prevent the Spread of COVID19

All KPBSD staff, and students in third grade and above, will be required to wear cloth face coverings whenever 6’ physical distancing is not possible.
Cloth face coverings will be required in KPBSD schools in all COVID19 risk levels (low, medium, high) for all staff, and students in third grade and older, whenever a 6’ physical distancing is not possible. If a cloth or clear face covering is medically inappropriate or cannot be worn, a face shield that extends at least to the chin and around the sides of the face will be allowed. Students in grades Pre-K through second grade will not be required to wear a face covering, yet do still need to have a cloth face covering in their school supplies. They will be directed when and if they need to wear them. Handwashing and physical distancing will emphasized in all grades.

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KPBSD 7-30-20 Update: video message, a poll, mask update, FAQs

Dear KPBSD students, families, and staff,

 

Greetings! This week Superintendent O’Brien has a video message* for you about the new cloth face covering decision in KPBSD schools, a request that you take a brief poll about what you think your school choice would be, and current COVID19 risk levels. Today the district leadership team and all 42 school principals and assistant principals met for several hours to plan for the new school year!

 

Quick School Choice Poll
Schools need your help: parents and guardians – kindly take a less than one-minute poll asking, if you had to choose today, Which K-12 learning option would be best for your child?
Responses will assist principals and school instructional leaders during the Leadership Academy next week with plans for the opening of school on August 24, 2020. This is not your definitive answer—you will receive a separate required “Returning School Information Update” response form next week. Your quick poll response is needed by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

 

 

 

 

All KPBSD staff, and students in third grade and above, will be required to wear cloth face coverings whenever 6’ physical distancing is not possible.

Cloth face coverings will be required in KPBSD schools in all COVID19 risk levels (low, medium, high) for all staff, and students in third grade and older, whenever a 6’ physical distancing is not possible. If a cloth or clear face covering is medically inappropriate or cannot be worn, a face shield that extends at least to the chin and around the sides of the face will be allowed. Students in grades Pre-K through second grade will not be required to wear a face covering, yet do still need to have a cloth face covering in their school supplies. They will be directed when and if they need to wear them. Handwashing and physical distancing will emphasized in all grades.

 

 

 

2020-07-30-KPBSD-Frequently-Asked-Questions-FAQs

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SHS Class of 2020 Graduation

To view the SHS Class of 2020 graduation special video production, please visit SHStoday.org.

 

Class of 2020 Special Graduation Video

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It takes a village…

…Indeed…

 

Please allow me to apologize in advance as I know I will forget some of you who deserve significant individual recognition.

 

I have been quite open about my recognition of the Class of 2020’s broken Senior Year and my desire to find lots of ways to show them the love that they deserve.  The village responded…with vigor.

 

Thank you:

 

  • Senior parents for procuring funds and purchasing banners—for each individual senior and a photo backdrop that will serve Seward High graduates for years.  Special thanks to Maya Moriarty and Binget Nilsson for taking leadership roles in that process.
  • John Foutz, Jason Ebberson, and the entire City Electrical Crew for hanging those banners up and down 4th Avenue for a very public celebration of each graduate.
  • John Shank, Sarah Spanos, Sherie Fryxell, and Stephan Nilsson for creating a very classy photo backdrop for our individual family graduation celebrations.  Also to Kameron Kowalski and Katrina Blair for their assist.
  • Christy Jordan, Rebecca Starr, Jennifer Swander, and Lucas Brockman for organizing, communicating, collecting, creating, reviewing-revising-reviewing-revising-reviewing-revising, and publishing a very professional Virtual Awards Ceremony that is worthy of the students it honors, the community who invested in their future, and the staff who celebrated their accomplishments.
  • Sarah Spanos for filming every single individual graduation ceremony and Jim Pfeiffenberger for editing them together so that they have a permanent record of this historical and profound moment in their lives.
  • Al Plan, Christy Jordan, Rebecca Starr, Kameron Kowalski, and Katrina Blair for their assist through each private family graduation celebration.
  • Shelly Walker for creating, reviewing-revising-reviewing-revising-reviewing-revising, and publishing a very professional Virtual Graduation Ceremony.  Special thanks to our Valedictorian and Co-Salutatorians, Priscilla Stoltz for her heartfelt introduction of Mr. Hemstock, of course Mr. Hemstock, Madi Moore and Sophie Dow for their hard work on the Senior Slide Show, and Stephanie “Two-Pi” Cronin for writing the Senior Rap and Jennifer “SwanDog” Swander for editing and publishing it.
  • Dan Nelson, Emergency Operations Manager, for not only allowing me to hack the Emergency Broadcast System, but also for helping me do it.  That was epic!
  • Seward Fire, Bear Creek Fire, Seward Police, and Metco for lending your people and equipment to raise such a cacophony as to make the glaciers around us crumble.
  • Seward Public Radio for broadcasting a special playlist during the parade and beyond.
  • The entire community for coming out and celebrating these kids along the parade route.  Every one of their faces held a smile at a time where they’ve had little to smile about.  That was a direct result of the love they felt from the village that helped raise them.

 

I could not be more proud of the entire community’s response to my call for love for these kids.

 

On behalf of Seward High School and the Class of 2020, Thank you…

 

Best, Trevan Walker

 

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SHS 2020 Graduation Video

https://shstoday.org/5733/showcase/class-of-2020-graduation-ceremony/
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Check out our SHS 2020 Scholarships & Award Video 2020

2020 Scholarships and Awards

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Graduation 2020 Appointment Set-Up!

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GRADUATION 2020

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094daeaf28abfc1-graduation

Here is the link for Sign-Up Genius for Graduation 2020!

 

As you know, the Seward High School Class of 2020 has had to endure significant hardship.  My heart breaks for their broken senior year.  Take normal senioritis, add smoke, a possible strike, and a pandemic that effectively cut them off from all of the trappings of their senior spring—sports, prom, graduation, picnic, and most importantly, each other, and you recognize where they are emotionally.

 

The thought of a graduation that doesn’t pack the gym and include a roar from the community as each name is called makes them hurt even more.  Many just simply want the year to be over so that they can move on with their lives.  We have organized micro-ceremonies where we’ll be able to celebrate their accomplishments with small family gatherings in our theater.  Unfortunately, we can’t bring them all together in the same room one last time.

 

We can, however, come together as a community to celebrate Seward High’s Class of 2020.  There will be a parade at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 19th.  The parade will start at Seward High School, and drive south on Resurrection Blvd. to the Seward Highway.  It will then proceed south on the Seward Highway to Railway Avenue where the parade will turn left.  It will then proceed North on 4th Avenue all the way to Port Ave. to the Seward Highway and all the way to Sea Lion Drive.  The parade will turn west on Sea Lion Drive and end at the top of the hill at Seward High.

 

The entire community is invited to participate as long as immediate family groups maintain social distancing protocols in their own vehicles and along the parade route.  The potential for this community to come together for an occasion like this is one of the reasons we choose to live here.  I’m hoping to raise such a cacophony, in celebration of these kids and their accomplishments, as to make the glaciers calve in Aialik Bay.

 

Please share this message through ALL of your communication circles.

 

On behalf of Seward High’s Class of 2020, thanks for all of the love that you can muster and that they deserve.

 

Best, Trevan

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