2020-21
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The 2020-21 school year has been full of surprises and changes. This page will share the most recent updates and changes, as we adjust to COVID-19 and the safety precautions we are making throughout our school community.


Message from the Superintendent: November 20, 2020

Dear Knights:

We proudly boast Kenowa Hills as the heart of our community, and this pandemic has provided evidence this is no doubt the case. Does this sentence sound familiar? If so, it’s because this is how I started my weekly email two weeks ago. Kenowa Hills truly is the heart of the community, and it is because of this that we need to change our instructional delivery plans to ensure the near term health and safety of our community.

As a reminder, there is no school for students November 23-27 as part of a planned break.

Beginning Monday, November 30th, our elementary schools and middle school (K-8) will be moving to a hybrid model for in-person instruction. This will continue through January 15, 2021. Our high school will continue with remote instruction through January 15, 2021.

  • K-8 students with a last name beginning with A-K will attend school on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • K-8 students with a last name beginning with L-Z will attend school on Tuesdays and Fridays. These students' first day back after Thanksgiving break will be Tuesday, December 1st.

The goal will be to keep students within the same family on one schedule. Additionally, please know your student’s teacher might contact you about the possibility of switching to balance class size. Instruction for students with disabilities will continue connected to their individual plans. Each building has a plan connected to the schedule/needs of that building. Administration and special education staff can be contacted for specific details.

Students will have short, focused asynchronous (i.e. on-demand) learning activities to complete in Canvas on the days they do not attend in-person. Wednesdays will include published times for students to remotely meet with teachers to answer questions and provide feedback.

Elementary students will bring their district-issued Chromebook or iPad home starting on their first day of in-person instruction following the Thanksgiving break. Please help your student remember to bring it back (with the battery charged) on the days they are at school for in-person instruction. Contact your student’s teacher or building principal if your family needs a wireless hotspot for Internet connectivity. We have a very limited supply of hotspots available, so only request one if you have no internet access at home.

We are exploring our capacity to offer childcare to K-6th grade students during the school day for families that need it on days in which their students are not scheduled to attend in-person. Our capacity to offer childcare will be limited based on available staff and the need to maintain all safety protocols and mitigation strategies, so please consider this opportunity after you have exhausted all other safe options. In any case, childcare will not be provided on Wednesdays as our schools will receive a deep cleaning and disinfection with the Clorox® Total 360® systems on these days. If we are able to offer childcare, it would begin on Monday, December 7th. The delayed start will give us the necessary planning time. Students attending childcare will be supervised by district staff who will provide support to students as they complete their work in Canvas. If you need childcare, please complete this survey by noon Monday, November 23rd to assist us with our planning. Location(s) will be determined and communicated once we are able to determine our capacity to offer childcare.

Our high school is moving back to a six (6) period per day schedule during their time of remote learning. Our hybrid schedule at the middle school will also be on a six (6) period per day schedule. Our middle and high school must be on the same schedule, and these changes will make best use of the in-person time for our middle school students. The specific schedule and other information pertinent to the middle and high school will be provided by the building principal.

Prepackaged meals will go home with students at the end of each day they are in-person. The meals will include breakfast and lunch for the following two (2) days.

Why the change? The county health department has recommended we move to a model that maximizes social distancing. The concern is some of our students and staff could be asymptomatic carriers of the virus, and we do not have the capacity or resources to regularly administer COVID tests to all students and staff. With the significant increase of COVID-19 in our community, the health department has placed an increased emphasis on social distancing. Ensuring that we meet these social distancing guidelines will allow us to limit the impact of asymptomatic students and staff on others that could spread the virus to family and community members.

Social distancing is the only mitigation strategy we have been unable to accomplish when all in-person students attend on a daily basis. Moving to this hybrid schedule will maximize social distancing and significantly reduce the number of individuals needing to quarantine as a result of being a close contact to somebody who tests positive for COVID-19. The hybrid model also allows our K-8 students to attend in-person, albeit fewer days. We believe attending in-person is important to students' academic and social well-being, even if for only a couple days per week.

Although a hybrid schedule means elementary and middle school students will be in school less time, students will be in class(es) with significantly fewer students. Smaller class sizes also create conditions for more personalized instruction. Furthermore, the work students complete on the days in which they are not in-person should be at their learning level. As such, your time and efforts should be limited to ensuring they have a place and dedicated time to complete their work in Canvas.

As you process the changes and how this impacts your family, please know we have fought hard to maintain in-person instruction to this point, and we are not going to give up. We simply need to modify our strategy to ensure we are doing everything possible to mitigate virus transmission.

I am proud of the fact we are one of only two districts in the county that finished the first trimester being in-person everyday without any of our schools having to temporarily close or move to remote instruction (exception being all high schools having to move to remote instruction). This accomplishment is a reflection of the commitment and dedication of the staff and families to do everything in their power to combat the virus. I remain optimistic we will be able to return to daily in-person instruction at all of our K-12 locations as of Tuesday, January 19, 2021. There is no school on Monday, January 18, 2021 as this is a scheduled professional development day for staff. I will continue to provide regular updates and will notify you of any changes.

In the meantime, you can continue to help us by:

  1. Completing the daily screener (even on school days in which your student does not attend). Doing so will help the nurses better understand your student’s needs, especially when s/he is not in-person. The screener will now include one more question that will provide direction as to whether your student should come to school. The new question will be: “Is the student/staff member awaiting a pending COVID-19 test result?”
  2. Reinforcing with your student the importance of wearing a face covering while on the bus and during the school day.
  3. Checking in with your student to make sure s/he is doing okay.
  4. Keeping us informed about your student’s physical and mental wellbeing.

As has become customary in my weekly email, I also wanted to share with you the current number of positive cases and the number of individuals in our district needing to quarantine. We currently have 23 positive cases (14 students, 9 staff) requiring home isolation and 195 individuals (177 students, 18 staff) who are home under quarantine. New positive cases are posted on our COVID Dashboard daily, along with the number of corresponding close contacts who must quarantine.

Please take time to rest next week. I know everybody is in need of some time for self-care and simply pausing from the intense pace we have sustained for far too long. When we return from Thanksgiving break, I assure you that we will continue to give you our best.

Kenowa Hills is the heart of our community, and we have a responsibility to the community. It’s in the best interest of our community that we make this change. Thank you for your continued support. Additional details regarding any changes associated with the hybrid schedule will be provided by your student’s building principal and teacher(s) in the upcoming days.

#uKNIGHTedWEstand. #KnightPrideWeLive.

Gerald Hopkins
Superintendent


Meals
The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

Click here to access Food Service and Menu Information

Screening for Face-to-Face Students
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school every day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30am on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30am. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

Face Coverings

Thank you for helping your students get accustomed to wearing a mask and supporting us with this very important safety requirement. Although we are providing cloth masks, students can wear any cloth mask (except bandanas) as long as it is appropriate for the school setting and is not a distraction to teaching and learning. As a reminder, all cloth masks should be hand washed or laundered after each use.

School Nurses

Feel free to call the school nurse if you have any questions about symptoms your student is experiencing. We are extremely grateful to have school nurses available to care for students who have minor medical needs. The nurses will also be able to administer a COVID test with written parent consent. Contact information is below and you can click here for more information and school nurse bios:

Alpine Elementary
alpinenurses@khps.org
784-0884x5454
Rachael Boafu (Primary)
Jessica Spitters (Alternate)

Central Elementary
centralnurses@khps.org
453-6351x6342
Alex Corbett (M/F)
Kathy Demeester (Tu/W/Th)
Jordan Meagher (Alternate)

Zinser Elementary
zinsernurses@khps.org
453-2461x4207
Courtney Ellens (Primary)
Makayla Myszka (Alternate)

Middle School
msnurses@khps.org
784-3225x7306
Shelby Gotaas (M)
Jesseca Schrader (Tu/W)
Lauren Dekruyter (Th/F)

High School
hsnurses@khps.org
784-2400x8231
Quinn McGill (Primary)
Trevor Baird (Alternate)

Meals

The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

KHOLA Weekly Meal Boxes
Click here to access the Weekly Order Form for the Meal Kits. Orders are due by 12:00 PM on Friday, the week before the scheduled meal pickup time. Meal Kit pick up will be Wednesday’s from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the High School.

As a reminder:

  • Meal kits contain 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches
  • Meals kits are provided at NO COST
  • You are able to order additional boxes for children ages 0-18 in your family that are not enrolled in KHOLA.
  • Kenowa students enrolled in Face-to-Face learning are not eligible for Meal Kits
  • The menu for the week is listed on the Order Form. Menu items are subject to change based on availability, but we will do everything we can to provide what is listed each week.

We are still offering daily meal pick up through Tuesday, September 29th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the high school.


Updated Daily Schedules for Face-to-Face Learners

The daily schedule has been adjusted to allow for teachers to accompany their students during breakfast and lunch.

Elementary daily schedule:

8:30 a.m. Students arrive
8:35 a.m. School begins
3:02 p.m. School ends

Secondary (Middle and High School) daily schedule:

7:40 a.m. Students arrive
7:45 a.m. School begins
2:17 p.m. School ends

Important Dates: Click here to access the full 2020-21 Calendar

Thanksgiving Break: November 25-27
Winter Break
: December 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021
School resumes
: January 4
Spring Break
: April 2-9


2020-21 Bus Routes


2020-21 Back to School Plans

Click here to access full details on our Fall 2020 Back to School Plan

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