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“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them,” -- Maya Angelou.



Kuna families

 

On this “last day of school” for our students, I want to thank you for your support this year and especially this crazy last quarter. 

 

Our community's deep-rooted commitment to our schools and students was clear from the moment we unexpectedly closed and started emergency distance learning services.  

 

There are many things we’ll remember from this strange time, but the most cherished will be your support -- providing hundreds of hand-made masks to keep our bus and nutrition staff safe, outpourings of appreciation for our teachers, adopting and recognizing our graduates, car parades to recognize students and staff, and more. 

 

This summer, we will be busy planning for a school year that will be different because of the virus and our need to keep everyone healthy. 

 

It also will be different than this spring, because we’ll have time to prepare and learn from the last 8 weeks. Our theme looking ahead is Ready & Resilient. Here are some answers to some questions I’m hearing:

 

What are teachers doing next week? 

 

Teachers are finalizing grades and reports, but most of the time will be spent on building skills to teach and work in an online environment. We will build on the foundation and lessons learned this spring to be ready for whatever next year throws at us! You are welcome to review each school’s schedule to see what our teachers will be doing. We appreciate the opportunity to get a head start on next year.

 

What about next year?

 

Thank you to all who took our survey about what worked this spring and what didn’t work. We also asked what you are thinking for next year should keeping our community safe mean changing the structure of how education is provided. You can review a summary of the results here. 

 

Your feedback shows a strong desire that if needed we offer a “blended” model that ensures students and teachers connect in safe group sizes and environments leveraging online resources. We asked parents who were interested in sharing more feedback with us to sign up to be considered for a “town hall” discussion. We’re planning a virtual town hall for mid June and will be following up with further directions on how you can attend for those who indicated their interest in the survey.

 

Fall 2020 Registration

 

If you haven’t already, please update your registration. Your information is essential to our planning and will help us finalize our class lists and course and class options for the 2020-21 school year.  

 

You should have received an email with information and instructions. In case you didn’t receive the email, you can access the e-form from the Tyler SIS parent portal located at http://sis.kunaschools.org/IDKN/parent

 

Did I hear sports are starting up this summer?

 

Schools in the Southern Idaho Conference (SIC), which include, Kuna, agreed to phase in activities for our student athletes following the Idaho Rebounds stages and Centers for Disease Control guidance. Starting in early June under safety restrictions, students will be able to begin individual conditioning in our gyms and weight rooms. As community health improves, activities can expand. In the SIC, we’ve agreed to limit travel and keep our kids in the Treasure Valley. 

 

Will grab and go meals continue?

 

Yes. We were notified this week by the State  that our nutrition department can provide grab and go meals through Aug. 7. These will be offered at the same locations and times weekdays except holidays. I am grateful for our dedicated staff who are committed to making sure our students have access to meals when school is closed. 

 

Will you keep us informed?

 

Throughout this rapidly changing time these last two months, we’ve strived for a weekly update to families from the district. Teachers and schools have been communicating frequently, too. With summer, we plan to update you as needed during June and July with more frequent communication resuming in August. 

 

While this school year will be defined by the virus and its impact on our schools and world, let’s not forget the amazing successes of our students and celebrate our graduates. If you didn’t get a chance to watch them Wednesday and Thursday here are the links to Initial Point and Kuna High virtual graduation videos. This spring doesn't alter their success, and we are excited to see them enter their bright future. 

 

Enjoy your summer and please stay safe and healthy. We look forward to serving students again in August.

 

Wendy Johnson 

Superintendent 

Haven't taken the survey? 

Parents please take our survey to help us learn from your experience this year and help us plan for next year.  

In English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFBKTLJ

En Español: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/62D7TQ6

 

 

 Past closure updates from Superintendent Johnson to patrons and employees.  

January/February 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019