KPBSD expands the onsite-at-school learning option during High COVID-19 Risk

Soldotna, January 5, 2021—KPBSD Pre-K through 6th grades can attend school onsite, every school day beginning Monday, January 11, 2021, during High COVID-19 Risk. Grades 7-12 will attend onsite two days a week, with a split A/B schedule—schools will be in contact with families to announce the plan they design. When COVID-19 risk levels drop into medium risk*, Grades 7-12 will switch to onsite learning five days a week. The 100% Remote Learning option will continue to be available.
 

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

These changes begin Monday, January 11, 2021, a week earlier than initially thought. Thank you to everyone for actions to reduce community COVID-19 transmission.

Please Read:

  • Shift in 2021: Instead of broad regional decisions to extinguish the onsite learning option, the KPBSD district level team will work with individual schools when a positive COVID-19 case occurs in a school requiring student or staff quarantine, or results in staffing shortages. Thus, you may experience only a classroom or specific school shift to the 100% Remote Learning option
  • To keep onsite learning happening and schools open, it is key that everyone follow the plans for health and safety. Thank you for sticking to the KPBSD Symptom Free School protocol
  • Bus transportation is provided on a normal schedule, everyone must wear a face covering, and seating plans will be put in place
  • Monday, January 18, 2021, is a school holiday for most schools, and the January early release date is cancelled

*How will I know when my school switches to Medium COVID-19 Risk operations (Yellow)?

The KPBSD team continues to monitor COVID-19 spread, health care capacity, and ability to staff and operate schools safely. You will receive an alert when a region will shift to medium risk operations—when this happens, all grades (PreK-12) have the option to attend school onsite, every day. Parents and families will receive a message from the district through School Messenger, and schools will also contact their families when this change would be in effect. Monitor your school risk level on the COVID-19 dashboard.

Sports?

Middle and high school sport seasons will open with high-risk mitigation plans and ASAA protocols in place. Fidelity to these measures will ideally allow an entire season to be played without interruption or cancellation.

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 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
  • Staff and students: make sure to follow the KPBSD Symptom Free Schools protocol

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Free School Breakfast and Lunch for Students Enrolled in KPBSD Onsite or 100% Remote

Soldotna, September 17, 2020—The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is thrilled to assist families, and provide FREE meals to all students through December 31, 2020, or until USDA funds are depleted. This benefit is for students who attend school onsite or via 100% remote learning with their KPBSD school. Plus, it is retroactive to the beginning of the school year in August, so any purchased meals between August 24 and September 18, 2020, will be refunded to student accounts.

What do you need to do to receive free meals?
Nothing. Meals are free at KPSBD schools that provide breakfast and-or lunch.

Important action:
Everyone can help federal funding to the school district when they complete an online application for Free and Reduced Meals by October 1, even if they won’t use the benefit. This data determines significant federal benefits to KPBSD, and qualifies communities for federal funds.

Online Application: Parents or guardians must reapply each year for free or reduced meal benefits
Parents are encouraged to continue filling out 2020-2021 meal applications so they will not be dropped from the meal program on October 6, 2020, and will have benefits when the free meal program is discontinued. This year, all applications will be accepted online through the new state portal at http://mealapp.kpbsd.org. If someone does not have access to the internet, each school will have a few paper applications in the school office.

Get It and Go Meals will be provided to families who choose 100% Remote Learning with their KPBSD School, and available for pickup once a week at the school. Preorder meals by 12:00 each Friday for the following week pickup on Wednesday. Call 907-714-8890. If a KPBSD school shifts to high COVID19 risk and becomes 100% Remote, all students will also be able to receive Get It and Go Meals.

Homeschool students are not eligible for Get It and Go Meals, or the free meal program.

Soggy Kids

We are most definitely in our rainy wet season! Kids will be going outside for recess to enjoy the season change and to get fresh air. Please make sure your child comes to school prepared with rain boots, rain jacket, and an extra set of clothes in case the puddle splashing gets a little crazy!

Meal pickup for Remote Schools and Schools in Red

Remote Students:

Pickup day and time: Wednesday’s 10:00-10:30

Pickup Location: Curbside in front of school (no bus) Seward school will pickup Top of Sea Lion Dr. on the Seward Mdl. side.

Order meals before 12:00 noon Friday before week of pickup. (Cutoff time no orders after this)

People may order up to a maximum of 5 lunches and 5 breakfast (No breakfast at K-Beach, Kaleidoscope, or Kenai Alt)

Meals will be charged to students account based on their meal determination. (Free/Reduced/Paid).

Meals only for students enrolled in a brick and mortar school (no Connections, no family members)

Charging will only be allowed if parent has opted In to charge and the maximum is 2 days of meals.  Charges must be paid back before subsequent meals will be given.

Preorder form must be filled out weekly.

Parents must notify the pickup kitchen is they are canceling the order for the week.

Schools in Red

Same preorder form to be used for schools in Red.

Daily Pickup at Schools in Red between 12:00-1: 00 Curbside (No Bus)

Order meals before 12:00 noon Friday before week of pickup. (Cutoff time no orders after this).

People may order up to a maximum of 5 lunches and 5 breakfast (No breakfast at K-Beach, Kaleidoscope, or Kenai Alt) but will be a daily pickup unless requested by parent on first day of pickup.

Meals are Free to enrolled students in the Red location brick and mortar school (no Connections, no family members)

Preorder form must be filled out weekly.

Parents must notify the pickup kitchen is they are canceling the order for the day or week.

http://mealapp.kpbsd.org/preorder will take you to the meal pre-order form use this link for any publications