Dear students and guardians,
Happy Friday! I hope you all have been able to find some time today to get out and enjoy this sunshine while also practicing social distancing and staying healthy.
As of this afternoon we are being told that staff will be allowed back into the Seward schools Monday morning. All Seward schools remain closed to the public; only staff is allowed in the buildings at this time. SHS staff is working hard to make sure that students will have access to their belongings and everything they need to start school work again when the time comes for school to be back in session. As far as we know, we are still preparing that to be March 30th. We are also preparing for the possibility of all classes to be moved online.
Our main concern right now is reaching out and touching bases with you and your families about what you need from us, whether that be help figuring out internet connectivity problems or just a personal check-in from a specific teacher or our counselor, Christy Jordan. We are all here for you.
For those who were affected by the need to temporarily halt the district’s food-to-go program locally please see the Seward Schools Notes in this email about other local meal programs currently in place in Seward.
KPBSD staff are doing phenomenal planning and learning this week for all our students! The updates next week will share more information for parents and students.
Meanwhile, it is important for students and families to remain calm – we are working closely with the Department of Education and Early Development and will provide many more answers to questions about school next week, including how education will happen when the extended spring break ends and school begins March 30, What about assessments?, and more. Remember, students are on an extended spring break now, and these days will not be added to the end of the school year.
Wash your hands, practice social distancing, and do the little things now to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and KPBSD
SEWARD SCHOOLS NOTES
Seniors and senior parents: An email was just sent out about scholarship opportunities and if you did not get that email and want that information, please reach out to me.
While we are incredibly saddened by the fact that we were not able to provide meals at the end of this week at SHS we must remember that the health of our students should always be put first. KPBSD is hoping to restart meals this next week and we will keep everyone up to date about that.
Local Efforts to Provide Food to Seward Children
Seward Public Radio. To complement efforts in the community to ensure the children in the Seward area are fed, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula will be preparing lunch bags for youth who need them starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. To prepare an adequate number of meals they ask that you contact TYC Staff at 422-0304.
Organizers are not asking for the names of the children or the family- only that there is a need and how many children have the need.
To stick with social distancing guidelines there will be a pickup table between the hours of 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the City of Seward Teen & Youth Center on the alley (east) side of the building.
This special program is operating weekdays while Seward area schools and Boys and Girls Club are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Audible Stories A new resource from Audible available to anyone during the closure. It’s a collection of free audiobooks for K-12 students – no registration or log-in required! Go to stories.audible.com and just click on the book you want to listen to. It is a limited collection, but take a few minutes to browse it if you get the chance and see what’s there!
Virtual Tour The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.
Teaching Remotely for Grades K – 12 | Free Resources and Strategies Scholastic is currently offering free resources online for parents, teachers and students. Check it out.
THE GOOD NEWS
165 meals were sent out today to seniors in our community today at the senior center!
And as of this morning Alaska had NO NEW POSITIVE CASES. Until it is officially announced otherwise, everything you hear is just a rumor. Let’s remember to remain calm, and be kind to each other during this time period.
On a final note, if students are looking for an educational and therapeutic activity during this time of uncertainty it was suggested to me today that journaling is a great outlet. As your part-time librarian I not only encourage you to read as much as possible during this time but to also write. Create. We are living through history right now, put your own stamp on that. Take some time for yourself, do some yoga, some stretching, deep breathing, and be kind to yourself as well as others!
As always, please feel free to reach out.
Attendance/Counselor Secretary and Library
Seward High School