School offices open on August 17th!
Today, a message was posted on the DNUSD webpage and Facebook page regarding the Del Norte Virtual Learning Program flyer. On behalf of the District, I would like to personally apologize for any misunderstanding regarding this post.
I would like to clarify the following:
1. The District is not planning on only offering online learning for the 2020-2021 school year. At this point, we are expecting to be able to return with at least 50% of our students in attendance on campus at any given time. In a previous survey, 65% of our families indicated that they would prefer that school be offered fully in person, as we have always done, while an additional 25% indicated that they would prefer a blended learning model. Our intent is to try to offer programs that meet the needs of each child, in person to the fullest extent possible.
2. That same survey indicated that approximately 10% of our families expressed an interest in participating only in online or distance learning. In order to move forward with determining whether this option is viable, it is necessary that we get an accurate count of students, by grade level and school of residence, as quickly as possible. This “application” was designed as a way to get this information for planning purposes only.
3. I have been meeting with the leadership of the Del Norte Teachers’ Association and the local California School Employees Association on a steering committee to discuss issues and options in reopening for 2020-2021. We have discussed the desire and survey results for an online program, but no discussion has been held regarding this “application” or a final configuration of an online program.
4. We are in the process of completing a survey for all district staff and families to gather additional information regarding the three reopening options that the steering committee, site principals, and other consulting groups have discussed: an in-person AM/PM model with 50% of students in attendance at either session, a two day per week in-person model with 50% of students in attendance 2 days each week with distance learning occurring during days when they are not receiving in-person instruction, and the distance learning-only model.
5. Given the confusion caused by the post and the need to more accurately reflect the intent of the form, we will be revising the current document and reposting it so that it better meets its intended purpose. To avoid continuing confusion, we will “expire” the post, so that only the corrected version is available. The updated document will be available in Spanish, as well.
I would, again, like to apologize for any confusion that these posts may have caused. In an attempt to gather information quickly, we did not communicate clearly or adequately. We have just over 40 days in which to rethink 100 years of educational structure and respond to the most significant health crisis in recent history, prior to the start of the school year. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we move through this process.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 464-0200.
Reminder: There will be no meal service on Friday, 5/22/20 or Monday, 5/25/20.
These were previously scheduled no-school days and as such all classified food service staff and transportation staff will be enjoying a well earned four day weekend.
Meal service will resume on Tuesday, 5/26/2020. Please contact Nutrition Services at 464-0246.
Warmest greetings Margaret Keating School community,
Welcome to our 2019/2020 school year! It is impossible to begin this letter without remembering the beginning of last school year. Specifically the feelings of excitement, nervousness, and commitment I began with. Returning, I am happy to report more excitement and commitment with much fewer nerves, and renewed determination. It has only been an honor to serve the Klamath community, and I look forward to another year being your school’s principal. I also want to take this opportunity to offer deep appreciation for the time and attention given to your child's academic success, and hope each year our community’s focus and commitment to academics deepens.
We are continuing with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports or PBIS at Margaret Keating School this year. PBIS and Margaret Keating promote students and staff to work on the traits of safety, respect and responsibility. It is our hope that every individual connected to MKS implements these traits throughout the school year, and beyond. There are PBIS posters throughout the hall as reminders to our students and a PBIS board outside the office. Be sure to check them out when you visit. Be safe, be respectful and be responsible.
For parents and students to stay informed about all things MKS we will be beginning the school year much like last year. Our wonderful secretary Nancy Bessette will continue to send needed school updates and bulletins home, as well as use our other new communication features. If you need any school information feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her here at school: 707.464.0340.
The daily start time at Margaret Keating will continue to begin at 8:15 AM and conclude at 2:30 PM. The school is still serving breakfast at 7:25 am until 8:10 am. Our first day of school is Monday, August 26th and will be a full day for students. Please contact Ms. Nancy if you have any questions about the bus schedule, or stop by the office.
If you have any questions for me or need to make an appointment to see me please contact our office at (707) 464-0340 or email me at email@example.com.
As a reminder when reporting student absences, please contact the office as soon as possible as an absence occurs. You may telephone, email, or write a note. On behalf of the Margaret Keating School staff, welcome to the 2019/2020 school year! We are excited about all of the positive offerings this year will hold for your students!