Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and KPBSD

[ updated: October 30th, 2020 ]

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Visit the KPBSD Communications blog for recent posts
October 28, 2020: Remote Learning extends for 35 KPBSD schools
See blog for several updates about school operations
October 11, 2020: McNeil Canyon Elementary shifts to 100% Remote Learning
October 9, 2020: info: Youth Hockey Tournament COVID-19 cluster and delay of KPBSD Hockey Season start
October 8, 2020: KPBSD Eastern Peninsula Schools shift to 100% Remote Learning
October 7, 2020: KPBSD Eastern Peninsula Schools may shift to 100% Remote Learning
September 29, 2020: KPBSD Symptom Free Protocol and COVID-19 Tests
September 25, 2020: Seward Elementary shifts to 100% Remote Learning on 9/28/20 and 9/29/20
September 17, 2020: FREE meals for KPBSD students through the end of 2020
September 9, 2020: Parents and Guardians: Prepare for a positive COVID-19 case in a school
August 26, 2020: Weekly update: Symptom Free School Protocols, risk levels, meals, photos
August 21, 2020: Five days of K-12 SEL class content for KPBSD teachers is live!
August 20, 2020: Get It and Go Meals for students with 100% Remote Learning
August 20, 2020 : COVID19 Risk Levels in KPBSD Dashboard
August 18, 2020: Central Peninsula schools will open with 100% Remote Learning August 24 – September 4, 2020
August 14, 2020: Weekly Update: School Start and End Time change, Student Forms, Face Coverings
August 11, 2020: KPBSD commitment to students and families served through the special education department
August 7, 2020: KPBSD launches online returning student information forms portal
August 4, 2020: Student Nutrition Services (SNS) new school year updates
July 30, 2020: KPBSD Weekly Update: a video, cloth face masks, a poll, a FAQ
July 23, 2020: KPBSD Weekly Update - Three choices for school, and seven common questions
July 19, 2020: COVID19 Risk Level in KPBSD
July 16, 2020: KPBSD Weekly Update - Highlights in the 2020 Smart Start Plan
July 13, 2020: Board of Education approves KPBSD 2020 SMart Start Plan for schools to reopen
July 8, 2020: KPBSD Board of Education to approve Smart Start 2020 Plan, and change first day of school for students to August 24, 2020
June 18, 2020: Smart Start Letter from Superintendent O'Brien to KPBSD
April 23, 2020: State of Alaska Guidelines for High School Graduation Ceremonies
March 23, 2020: Letter from Superintendent John O'Brien to KPBSD
March 17, 2020: Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones letter to KPBSD staff and families
March 12, 2020: Message from Superintendent John O'Brien
March 3, 2020: Message from Superintendent John O'Brien



Parents and Guardians

What is KPBSD doing?

As concerns about the coronavirus or COVID-19 grow, be assured that the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is communicating closely with the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and administration is working with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management to refine our pandemic preparedness plans. In the event of a suspected or confirmed case in the area, we will follow the state and CDC guidance to ensure we take every step possible to keep our students, staff, and community safe and slow the spread of COVID-19.

KPBSD School Nurses

Our nursing supervisor is in contact with school nurses and schools to provide the latest COVID-19 information, screening requirements, symptoms, and actions to take in the event there is a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus or COVID-19. In addition, supplies have been identified and inventoried that would be needed to effectively sanitize buildings if the time were to come that we do have a suspected or confirmed case.

The best thing everyone can do to slow the spread of any virus is to stay healthy, and practice normal precautions during flu season. This not only benefits you, but also the people around you, especially those who may be at higher risk (elderly neighbors, people with chronic illness, etc.) If your child has a fever of 100 or greater or is sick, that indicates it is time to stay home from school.

Everyone is asked to continue healthy behaviors like frequent handwashing with soap and water for 20 seconds (suds your hands the length of time it takes to sing happy birthday or a,b,c,d,e,f,g… to yourself), cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and use a household cleaner on flat surfaces that you touch often.

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2020 KPBSD Pandemic-Epidemic COOP COVID-19 Plan

This is a broad plan to address BP 6144.4 Pandemic-Epidemic Emergencies. It is not intended as an operations manual for each and every variation of an evolving pandemic-epidemic situation. KPBSD administrators and staff will continue to receive guidance and communications from the KPBSD Pandemic-Epidemic response team.

The COOP was emailed to KPBSD school administrators, leadership team, and school board on March 2, 2020, and includes the following sections: Planning and Coordination; Response; Infection Control; and Continuance of Operations-Education Delivery.

2020 KPBSD Pandemic-Epidemic COOP COVID-19 Plan

Travel Restrictions

Due to concern about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice:

  • All district and school sponsored travel for staff and students is cancelled.
  • Employee work related travel is canceled until further notice.
  • Active State Health Mandates must be followed, including #010-Interstate and International Travel; and #018-Intrastate Travel

District leadership will re-evaluate travel restrictions as evolving conditions warrant. The team anticipates that the travel restriction will likely be in place through April. Travel in May and beyond will be re-evaluated when we understand the spread of COVID-19 with more certainty.

Alaska 2-1-1

For Alaskans who live in areas where 2-1-1 cannot be accessed, please call 800-478-2221.

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