News from the District 3-26-2020

 

 

NEW! Remote Learning Resources For Parents
This webpage is your go-to resource as everyone transitions from interacting with students face-to-face in classrooms to Remote Learning. You will find a collection of general academic and support links on this page to help serve the academic needs of K-12 learners. Tip: Bookmark the Remote Learning Resources webpage

 

 

Guidelines for Offline Learning Materials

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We’ve heard concerns about student belongings and materials, when you can pick them up, how to pick them up, and who has touched items. Please call your school directly if you have questions or concerns.

KPBSD is implementing all state health alerts and mandates, and has a Symptom Free Schools Protocol in place. The limited staff who are still at work in schools practice social distancing, and the focus of custodians is to keep buildings sanitized and clean.

Kindly give a thank you – from a distance – to hard working KPBSD staff who are heeding the call to continue to educate all our youth as part of the Alaska Critical Workforce in these extraordinary times. The coronavirus is passed primarily by breathing in droplets when an infected person has coughed or sneezed, so continue to wash your hands frequently, be calm, practice social distancing, and stay home close to your immediate family.

Internet Access Offers for students and teachers
Local providers, including Alaska Communications, GCI, and SpitwSpots are offering Internet Access Resources for students and educator who need connectivity in this exceptional time of COVID-19.


“Get-It and Go” Free Meals for KPBSD Students
If you want to sign-up, or stop delivery, please call Student Nutrition Services at 714-8890.

 

Links

Learn more about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at coronavirus.alaska.gov

For non-clinical related questions please call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221, or contact your health provider

 

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Kind Regards,

Pegge Erkeneff, Director of Communications, Community, and Government Relations

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

148 N. Binkley Street

Soldotna, Alaska 99669

direct: 907.714.8847 main: 907.714.8888

www.KPBSD.org

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Message From Our Principal 3-25-2020

Seward Secondary Remote Instruction Schedule:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Period 1 10:00-11:00 Period 5 10:00-11:00 Period 1 10:00-11:00 Period 5 10:00-11:00
Period 2 11:00-12:00 Period 6 11:00-12:00 Period 2 11:00-12:00 Period 6 11:00-12:00
Period 3 1:00-2:00 Period 7 1:00-2:00 Period 3 1:00-2:00 Period 7 1:00-2:00
Period 4 2:00-3:00 Period 8 2:00-3:00 Period 4 2:00-3:00 Period 8 2:00-3:00

 

Teachers will be available from 8:00-10:00 Monday-Thursday and all day Friday to work 1-on-1 with students, organize small group work sessions, and/or be available to answer students’ questions if/when they reach out to their teachers.

It’s important to recognize that this schedule exists SPECIFICALLY so that teachers don’t double-book students for whole-group activities or live video conference lessons.  It’s also important to recognize that teachers will not ALWAYS schedule whole group or live video conference lessons during these times.  In fact, the bulk of students’ instruction will occur asynchronously—where they can log in, access instructional material (uploaded videos, assigned readings, on-line research), and complete assessment activities to demonstrate learning anytime and anywhere that they can find internet connectivity.  However, IF teachers organize a whole-group and/or live video conference lesson, THEN students are required to be present.  Finally, I recognize a number of you will have difficulty setting up workstations at home.  I believe that our personal phone calls and Needs Assessment Survey have identified those barriers and we will be working with individual families to either overcome those barriers or provide protocols for sharing hard copies of instructional and assessment materials.

I know there is much concern about students beginning their remote learning on Monday—particularly as many students won’t yet have the instructional and personal items out of their lockers.  Seward Secondary teachers will not schedule any live events until Wednesday, April 1st.

Concerning returned and newly checked out devices:  IF you are receiving a newly checked out device from the school, THEN it is imperative that students log in to our network BEFORE taking devices home.  In short, students’ profiles MUST be uploaded and updated on our network so that the device recognizes them when they log on to a network away from school.  Unfortunately, the Governor’s School Closure Directive, through May 1st, is still in effect.  This means that students MUST access our WiFi from your vehicles.  I know that our WiFi reaches our traffic pattern in several places—the best bet at the high school is the North and South doors.  You can get closest to the Middle School from the North parking lot.  Finally, if you receive a device with a dead battery, then you’ll need to charge it at home and then COME BACK to log your student on our network.

High School students who have previously been using their devices at school and at home will also need to do this as their devices need to be updated with instructional software they’ll need in the coming weeks.

-Trevan Walker

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KPBSD Communications 3-25-2020

2020-03-25 KPBSD Guidelines for Offline Learning Materials

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Message From Our Principal

Seward Secondary has long operated under the philosophy that it is our responsibility to adjust to meet the needs of the individual students we serve.  I could never have predicted how strenuous this philosophy would be challenged.  There are a couple things that you, our students, and I have going for us, however.

First, Seward Middle and Seward High’s staffs accepted this challenge without question.  They spent the last week distilling their 4th quarter curriculum to the most critical learning outcomes that students will require to progress academically for next year.  Next, they have been participating in an ambitious professional development plan, rolled out in short order, by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.  All instructional staff—teachers, aides, and administrators have access to over 50 micro-lessons that repeat regularly.  Teachers choose which skills they require most to deliver instruction remotely based on their content, technology skills, and most importantly, your child(ren)’s needs to meet those critical learning outcomes.  If they miss a lesson on the current rotation, then they can pick it up later.  They are immediately applying those skills by building content in Canvas so that they can go live with their students on Monday, March 30th.

Secondly, they have built the infrastructure they need to be able to work from home or school.  This will allow instructional staff to continue to deliver instruction regardless of the quickly changing nature of this pandemic and the health mandates we might receive from local, state, and federal governments.  This includes forwarding their school extensions to their personal cell or home numbers.  If you receive a call from a “Private” number, please answer.  It could be your child(ren)’s teacher calling from their personal phone number.

Third, we are collaborating on their instructional plans and timing so that they don’t overwhelm or double book your child(ren) for remote instruction.  We recognize that there is significant anxiety and we’re facing much that is unknown.  This understanding remains central to our delivery plans.

Finally, we formulated plans to ensure students have the technology needed be successful learning from home.  To that end, teachers will make a second round of calls this week.  In addition to checking in and providing updates, they will confirm technology and locker needs.  Custodial staff is ready to clean out each locker in each school.  Personal effects will go in to large garbage bags with a label baring each students’ name.  We will cross-reference each bag to our device/teacher packet list.  Packets and devices will be added as needed.  You can collect your students’ effects on Monday, March 30th on the following schedule:

  • Students whose last name starts with A-D from 9:00-10:00 AM
  • Students whose last name starts with E-L from 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Students whose last name starts with M-R from 11:00-12:00 PM
  • Students whose last name starts with S-Z from 1:00-2:00 PM

The pickup will occur at the top of Sea Lion Ave (Between Seward Mid and Seward High).  Custodial staff will wear PPE for the collection and distribution portion of this plan.

This critical work will provide for your child(ren)’s instructional needs—materials, content, and delivery—under the most unprecedented of circumstances.  I could not be more proud of the professionalism, grit, and determination of Seward Secondary’s efforts.

-Trevan Walker

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3-20-2020

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SHS News 3-20-2020

3-20-2020

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 NOTES

 

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.

 

Educational Resources

 

 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.

 

-Starr

 

 

 

Rebecca Starr

Attendance/Counselor Secretary and Library

Seward High School

907-224-9060

RStarr@KPBSD.org

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3-19-2020’s KPBSD Communicatons

 

KPBSD Update March 19, 2020

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Important Info For Students!

Education Flyer

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Click on the link above to see if you qualify for free internet as a student or an educator!

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