• Activate Voice Calling on Remind

    Posted by Sarah Ferrency on 3/31/2020 4:00:00 PM

    On Monday, all families should have received an email or text messaging with an invitation to create a Remind account, and merge it with any pre-existing accounts. Doing so will ensure families are connected to all of their children's teachers, both during this closure and moving forward. If you did not receive this email or text and would like to be added, please contact your school principal or secretary. You can call the main school phone line or email them. You may also need to check your spam email folder.

    SSD is asking all families to create an account from the link in the email/text, and enable voice calling in Settings. Many teachers and staff working from home would like to be able to call families to stay connected and provide support. Calling from Remind allows staff to keep their home phone numbers private, and provides additional tools for teachers to track the contacts they make.

    You can find guides for enabling voice calling in a web browser here, or on the phone app here.

     

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  • Remind

    Posted by Sarah Ferrency on 3/27/2020 1:45:00 PM

    Sitka School District is excited to share that we are rolling out Remind district-wide! If you're not already familiar with Remind, it's a classroom communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with your child's learning. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device—even a simple text message from your phone!

    As part of this rollout, official accounts will be created for all the educators, parents, and students at all schools. On Monday, March 30, you'll receive an email and/or text message from Remind. All you need to do is follow the steps in the message to finish setting up your account.

    Once you activate your account, please change your account settings to allow you to make and receive voice calls. Teachers and staff working at home will use Remind to call you as needed. Remind keeps your phone numbers private from each other!

    Here is a video demo to see how Remind works: https://youtu.be/W3_UQAC9hro

    If you already have a Remind account, they will automatically merge if you used the same contact information (phone, email) you gave the school. If not, you will be able to merge them by contacting customer service.

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  • PTA provides resources

    Posted by Sarah Ferrency on 3/25/2020 11:30:00 AM

    The National PTA has curated a set of resources for families and teachers, addressing social emotional needs, remote learning, and maintaining healthy habits during school closures. Find it here: https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/coronavirus-information

     

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  • Meal program schedule update

    Posted by Sarah Ferrency on 3/24/2020 3:30:00 PM

    Breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup from 8:30-12:00 daily at SHS through Thursday March 26.

    On Friday, March 27, four days' worth of meals will be provided.

    The next meal pickup will be Tuesday, March 31. Three days' worth of meals will be provided.

    After this week, meals will be provided twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday, three or four days' worth of meals at a time.

    Meals may be picked up at SHS from 8:30-12:00 or limited delivery is available by emailing lunch@sitkaschools.org or calling 747-8622.

    Meals are FREE to all SSD students, Wooch.een/Head Start students, and any youth under the age of 19 in the same household. All families with an economic need are encouraged to participate.

    Call 747-8622 or email lunch@sitkaschools.org with questions.

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  • Spring Activities Canceled

    Posted by Sarah Ferrency on 3/24/2020 2:45:00 PM

    The Alaska School Activities Association is announcing 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.

    This decision is based on the following:

    On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Alaska Chief Medical Officer and the Office of the Governor issued Health Mandate 8.1 which states “Public and private schools are closed to students through May 1, 2020. Students will receive instruction through distance delivery methods. All after school activities will be suspended during this time.

    For safety reasons, ASAA bylaws require students to have completed 10 practices prior to participating in contest.

    The guidance of State Health Officials and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

     

    https://asaa.org/

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  • Coping with COVID-19

    Posted by Sarah Ferrency on 3/24/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Students and families may be experiencing stress during the COVID-9 emergency. Click here for a parent/caregiver guide to coping with COVID-19, with tips for supporting children of all ages. Available in English and Spanish, published by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

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  • Code for Free Internet with GCI

    Posted by Sarah Ferrency on 3/24/2020 12:00:00 PM

    In order to qualify for free internet with no deposit or credit check, you need a code from the school. It can be found on page 2 of the flyer you received from school. If you can't find it, contact your school principal or your teacher.

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  • BREAKING Schools closed for students through May 1

    Posted by Sarah Ferrency on 3/20/2020

    Governor Dunleavy announced in tonight's press briefing that all schools statewide will remain closed to students until May 1, 2020, or further notice. Schools are preparing to deliver remote instruction starting March 30.

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  • Free or Upgraded Internet for Families & Teachers

    Posted by Sarah Ferrency on 3/20/2020

    If you have any difficulty signing up, please contact your school for help.  

    Until May 31, 2020, GCI is offering the following options to Alaskans:

    For Households that Currently have GCI Internet Service Statewide

    Alaskan households that currently have GCI Internet plans can receive a free upgrade to the next level plan for no additional cost through May 31, 2020. Customers can call GCI or visit MyGCI to upgrade. The purpose of this upgrade is to support customers who may be working from home, have household members in school, and provide greater connection for those who are social distancing in the coming days and weeks.  

    For Households Without GCI Internet Service

    Because it is critical for Alaskans to have access to information in the coming weeks and months, GCI has a special offer for households that don’t already have GCI internet service. GCI is offering entry-level cable modem internet plans for free, where available, until May 31, 2020.

     For K-12 Students and Educators

    GCI is working directly with the Department of Education and Early Development and the Alaska Council of School Administrators to help get Internet connectivity to K-12 students and educators who may not currently have access. GCI is offering the entry-level plan with Wi-Fi equipment to students and teachers for free until May 31, 2020 and are waiving credit checks and deposits for service and equipment.

     Cellular Wireless Service for Low-Income Families

    GCI also offers Lifeline services for eligible customers who meet the federal qualifications. Lifeline is a federal program that provides wireless service for handheld devices for $1 per month. More information can be found athttps://www.gci.com/mobile/lifeline.

     

    Alaska Communications (ACS) – Free internet for students and teachers who are not connected already through the end of the school year. Visit www.alaskacommunications.com/homeoffer to sign up.

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  • PSA: SSD Meal Distribution Plan

    Posted by Sarah Ferrency on 3/20/2020

    The Sitka School District will offer FREE grab-and-go breakfast and lunch daily during the school closure, starting Monday, March 23. Students may pick up their meals at Sitka High School from 8:00am-12:00pm. All families with an economic need are encouraged to participate.

    All SSD students, and any additional youth under the age of 19 in the same household, can get meals. This includes children too young to be enrolled in school or who are enrolled in private school or another district, as long as an SSD student lives in the same household.

    Meals will be served drive-up style. More sites may be added as needed, and limited delivery will be available to households who are under quarantine or who lack transportation.

    Families can sign up for meals by completing a short survey online (https://tinyurl.com/SSDCovidNeeds) or by calling the District Office at 747-8622 from 8:00 to 4:00. Please note previous PSAs included the wrong number. If you left a message before, please call again. Those who indicate an inability to pick meals up will be contacted Monday regarding delivery.

    The survey also asks for information about access to technology and school supplies, in case there is an extended closure.

    SSD extends sincerest appreciation to the staff of NANA Management Services and Prewitt’s Bus Company for their efforts in making this program possible at such short notice.  

    For questions regarding the meal program, please email: lunch@sitkaschools.org

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