Frequently Asked Questions
regarding school closure and remote learning during the COVID-19 Emergency
1.How long is the school closure?
As of March 20, the State has closed all public and private schools through May 1, 2020 or until further notice. The State also required schools to offer remote learning to students during the closure. State health mandates can be viewed here: https://gov.alaska.gov/home/covid19-healthmandates/
2. How can my family get school meals?
School breakfast and lunch are being served twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Three or four days' worth of meals will provided on each distribution day. Meals may be picked up from 8:30-12:00 at Sitka High School. Service is drive-thru style. If you are unable to pick up, sign up for delivery by calling 747-8622 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families with economic need are encouraged to participate, and meals are FREE to all. Families are encouraged to complete the needs survey at www.tinyurl.com/SSDCovidNeeds so we can get an accurate count of how many meals to prepare; however, you can come get meals even if you have not signed up in advance.
All SSD students, all Wooch.een/Head Start students, and any other youth under 19 who live in the household, even if they are too young for school or are enrolled in another district. All meals are free during the closure.
3. How can I contact my school during the closure?
E-mail is the best method for now. The SSD e-mail list can be accessed by clicking on "Contact" on the red bar at the top of every web page. Starting Monday, March 30, the main school phone lines will be forwarded to school staff to answer. Teachers may be contacted via email. A district-wide messaging system called Remind will be rolled out the week of March 30 as well.
4. What will my child be expected to do for school work?
All families will be contacted the week of March 30 to start remote learning. Remote learning will vary between schools and among different age groups, but it generally will be a mix of synchronous (all together at once) online and asynchronous (not at the same time) activities.
5. What if I don't have a computer or Internet?
Both ACS and GCI are offering free Internet to any family who doesn't already have it, through May 31. GCI is also offering a free upgrade to current subscribers for the same time period. If you need GCI to waive the equipment deposit and credit check, contact your school principal for a code. Sign up directly with the providers.
Students may check out laptops or iPads (lower grades only) from schools during the closure. Contact your principal for details.
6.Will we have to make up days lost during the closure?
Students and staff will NOT be required to make up days for the COVID-19 closure, as long as the schools provide remote learning opportunities. If schools did not provide remote learning, then they would be required to make up days.
7. Will there be PEAKS testing in 2020?
The state of Alaska has applied for and received a waiver from PEAKS 2020. All accountability measures will use 2019 testing results.
8. What about sports and other activities? Are they canceled too?
On March 23, the Alaska School Activities Association announced cancellation of all 2020 spring events, championships, regular season contest and practices. This decision applies to the following: All-State Art, Esports (Spring Season), Solo & Ensemble, Track & Field, Soccer, Baseball and Softball.