2020-21
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The 2020-21 school year has been full of surprises and changes. This page will share the most recent updates and changes, as we adjust to COVID-19 and the safety precautions we are making throughout our school community.


Message from the Superintendent: February 19, 2021

Dear Knights:

Drumroll please. We have not had a positive COVID case for the 10th consecutive day! You read it correctly. We currently have zero (0) positive cases and 16 individuals (15 students, 1 staff) who are home under quarantine. Up until this week, we have had at least one (1) positive case every week since the third week of school.

The school nurses have completed 166 COVID tests in the last four (4) weeks with only three (3) being positive results. This includes 53 rapid antigen tests that have been administered to our high school wrestlers with all of these results being negative to date.

The transition of 90 K-8 students from our virtual program to in-person learning is another positive sign that our community is making progress in addressing the challenges associated with COVID-19. These students were excited, prepared, and ready to learn thanks to the extraordinary teachers in our virtual program. The students and teachers in our in-person classrooms were eager to have them join their learning communities.

I cannot thank you enough for your partnership. We would not be where we are today if we had not worked together. Your support and cooperation has been instrumental in our ability to still be in-person after more than 100 days of school.

Parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. Please do not wait until then if your student is struggling in any way. Contact your student’s teacher(s) if you observe any negative change in your student’s feelings about school. Each KHPS learning community (school) is ready with a dedicated team to support your student’s academic and mental health needs. These teams are also an incredible resource if your family needs support.

As I watched the landing of the Mars rover Perseverance yesterday in awe, the symbolism of this historic event, combined with the vehicle name and our current reality, was not lost on me. We are truly persevering in the most challenging of situations.

We can and should be encouraged by the trends, but I share all of the great news with some trepidation. The current situation is certainly worth celebrating, especially given all that we have sacrificed together, but I keep envisioning the many athletes who have celebrated too early and were humbled by their actions. We have not beaten COVID, yet. We will defeat it, though. Let’s keep the drumroll going.

#uKNIGHTedWEstand

Gerald Hopkins
Superintendent

Meals
The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

Click here to access Food Service and Menu Information

Screening for Face-to-Face Students
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school every day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30am on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30am. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

Face Coverings

Thank you for helping your students get accustomed to wearing a mask and supporting us with this very important safety requirement. Although we are providing cloth masks, students can wear any cloth mask (except bandanas) as long as it is appropriate for the school setting and is not a distraction to teaching and learning. As a reminder, all cloth masks should be hand washed or laundered after each use.

School Nurses

Feel free to call the school nurse if you have any questions about symptoms your student is experiencing. We are extremely grateful to have school nurses available to care for students who have minor medical needs. The nurses will also be able to administer a COVID test with written parent consent. Contact information is below and you can click here for more information and school nurse bios:

Alpine Elementary
alpinenurses@khps.org
784-0884x5454
Rachael Boafu (Primary)
Jessica Spitters (Alternate)

Central Elementary
centralnurses@khps.org
453-6351x6342
Alex Corbett (M/F)
Kathy Demeester (Tu/W/Th)
Jordan Meagher (Alternate)

Zinser Elementary
zinsernurses@khps.org
453-2461x4207
Courtney Ellens (Primary)
Makayla Myszka (Alternate)

Middle School
msnurses@khps.org
784-3225x7306
Shelby Gotaas (M)
Jesseca Schrader (Tu/W)
Lauren Dekruyter (Th/F)

High School
hsnurses@khps.org
784-2400x8231
Quinn McGill (Primary)
Trevor Baird (Alternate)

Meals

The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

KHOLA Weekly Meal Boxes
Click here to access the Weekly Order Form for the Meal Kits. Orders are due by 12:00 PM on Friday, the week before the scheduled meal pickup time. Meal Kit pick up will be Wednesday’s from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the High School.

As a reminder:

  • Meal kits contain 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches
  • Meals kits are provided at NO COST
  • You are able to order additional boxes for children ages 0-18 in your family that are not enrolled in KHOLA.
  • Kenowa students enrolled in Face-to-Face learning are not eligible for Meal Kits
  • The menu for the week is listed on the Order Form. Menu items are subject to change based on availability, but we will do everything we can to provide what is listed each week.

We are still offering daily meal pick up through Tuesday, September 29th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the high school.

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