Updates (as of 11/2)
District administration is reviewing the Smart Start plan, and intends to make changes that will allow students (some or all, yet to be determined) to attend school in person, even during high-risk community spread scenarios like the one we find ourselves in now. Please contact your KPEA/KPESA building representatives, members of the association executive board, and the president of your association with your thoughts and concerns. Also, don't forget to make your voice heard using the info on our advocacy page.
Current Risk Level Status
What You Can Do
As members and as the community, it is critical that we reach out to make sure that officials make decisions that allow us to educate effectively and safely. Below are some things you can do to help this along.
- Write a letter to the state Education Commissioner. Ask DEED to hold KPBSD harmless for changing enrollment numbers. The KPBSD Board of Education already sent a resolution to DEED to this effect, but we need to support it. Fluctuating enrollment has the potential to dramatically impact community school budgets as students leave to alternative online options in the face of coronavirus, and in the face of uncertainty.
- Contact the KPBSD Board of Education and express your concerns about opening. You can email the entire board at email@example.com. See our summary of opening concerns and notes here at kpea-kpesa.org for talking points.
- Contact the administrator of your community school. If you have questions about what schooling will look like this year, contact your local principal. Many decisions about the day to day workings of school have been left to administrators to figure out. That's where you will find most of the answers you need.
- Support each other. We are coming from a wide variety of backgrounds (in terms of experience, family, politics, and medical history). Remember to respect each other's concerns and voices as we try to educate safely on the Kenai.