Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 4:08 PM
Subject: NEWS FROM SHS 3-19-2020
Dear students and families,
By now most of you know that we have one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Seward. This email is to address what that means for you and your student/s and any questions you might have.
First and foremost I would like to express that we recognize that this is a time of stress and the unknown for many of us, and we would like you all to know that SHS staff are working together to be as supportive and as accurately informative to you all as we can be. Please feel comfortable reaching out with any questions, big or small, that you might have. If we don’t have the answer then we will work towards finding out.
Staff are being updated with new information rapidly and it is my job to ensure that you get that communication as soon as possible. That being said, as of right now, Thursday March 19, 2020, our three schools in Seward will be closed to everyone, this includes staff until further notice. The meal delivery service in Seward is also suspended on until further notice. When we are updated with information we will share it with you as soon as possible. However, because none of the staff will be in the office, when you call the school you will be sent to voicemail. Please know that these voicemails go directly to my email, which I will consistently check from home.
I will be available and working from home during my regular hours as of now, (7:30-3:30) and will keep you updated if that changes at all. My email address and phone number will be included at the bottom of this email. Today and tomorrow I will be working towards updating our personal SHS blog with helpful links about learning at home, ways to access online libraries, and most importantly I will be posting updates from staff and the district on the blog to keep everyone informed.
The most common question I have been getting is, “How will students be able to get their belongings from the school?” The simple answer right now, is that they won’t currently be able to access their belongings.
Mr. Walker is working on a plan to provide pick-up and drop-off services for our students—instructional materials, equipment, instruments, etc. However, this plan will take at least until March 30th to implement, as our first priority is always the safety of our students. Students are officially still on Spring Break. Please know that we are actively working on this and we will make sure that students get their belongings and the things that they need once school is in session.
Another common question- “Can my student/s work on their online classes if they have access to them at home?” Students are still on Spring Break. That means no work due, no grades due. This being said, students who are behind in their online classes may use the time to catch up on previous assignments. The online curriculum moving forward will change to reflect the longer break; if students work ahead on assignments that they perceive will be due, these assignments and due dates could change by March 30th. With that being said, we always encourage students to learn every day! How you want to implement that in your household over the break time is up to you. For those looking for educational resources, I will update the blog with educational links and will probably send emails with these links as well.
Lastly, many students and parents have been asking about scholarships. Our counselor Christy Jordan and I have been working on getting the scholarships digitally sorted and will be sending them out through email in the near future so please keep your eye peeled for those!
Here is a note from Mrs. Jordan-
During this major interruption to our normal routines and schedules it’s normal to experience a wide range of feelings-- I know my emotions have been all over the map. Talking and writing about your worries, fears, and hopes can be helpful.
I am available for both students and families to reach out to during the duration of this disruption. You can email me at email@example.com or call at 224-9070. (Even if I am not in the office my voicemail is forwarded to my email account so I can return calls.)
As we continue to figure out digital learning and communication I will be in touch with more ways we can stay connected. Please remember, above all else, to be kind to each other and yourself during these stressful times.
And of course, remember to wash your hands J
With respect and gratitude,
Seward HS/MS Counselor
Po Box 1049
Seward Alaska 99664
A quote from KPBSD this morning- “The best thing each of us can do right now is practice social distancing. We have a choice—we can each rise to the challenge to learn new things, be resilient, kind to ourselves, and others. Social distancing works to slow the spread of COVID-19. Your actions matter in your social circles, grocery store, and workplace. Everywhere you interact with others will make a difference in these days.”
Thank you all for doing your part. I have faith in this community and that we have each other to get through the following days. Be kind, we are all in this together. Thank you for your time, please reach out with any comments or questions.
Link to KPBSD website concerning COVID-19 - https://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/students_parents.aspx?id=41540
Link to SHS High School Blog (being updated currently)- https://sewardhighschool.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/
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