Sup’s corner

by Nancy Larsen
| June 25, 2020 2:09 PM

The final day of school in the Kellogg School District has come and gone and now our thoughts have turned to summer activities and returning to school in the fall. Both are looking different from the past with everyone hoping for something that resembles normal. Following state guidelines, we’ve established a plan for our students to participate in activities during the summer break. We have many dedicated coaches who want to keep students active, so they’re doing a great job of making sure student well-being is a priority. Everyone in the district has received the message that whatever we do this summer, it can’t compromise our return to school in fall. So, precautions are in place.

As is customary in the KSD, kids start school after Labor Day which falls on Tuesday, September 8th, this year. With opening day only two months away, there isn’t much time to get everything in place for their return. So, I’m setting up a summer committee comprised of teachers, leadership, parents, community members, trustees, and a representative from Panhandle Health. I’ve also sent out a survey to parents to gather data about experiences from the school year just finished with additional thoughts about the upcoming year. So far, about 1/5 of parents have completed the survey. We’ll use this information to incorporate into our plans for fall. The survey link for this survey is located on our district webpage at kelloggschools.org and is available in paper form at the District Office. The survey will remain open until July 6th.

With data from the surveys and updated information from the State Board of Education and Governor Little, we’ll meet in late July to design entry into the school year. There are many scenarios and we’ll debate the one that seems to best fit our location. Then, we’ll get that information out to the community in early August so parents and students can prepare.

Of course, we all know things won’t be back to normal, but we’ll do the very best we can. Our staff is dedicated and we want this year to be one where learning is paramount. Until then, please enjoy summer and time with your families.