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October 26, 2020 Update

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

When students are in school for in-person instruction, the attached guidlines will be used to determine whether a student who is not feeling well can stay in school. Please review this carefully. Last week's new Klamath County COVID infection numbers were again low enough (13) to qualify to be the second consequitive week of acceptable numbers for bringing K-3 to school for in-person instruction. If county numbers are again below 21 this week, we will be able to start K-3 on Wednesday, November 4. I will let parents and staff know on Monday, November 2, whether this is possible. Last week's numbers were above 7; therefore last week did not qualify to be the first of there consequitive weeks of qualifying case numbers for grades 4-12. The earliest these grades could be back in school is Wednesday, November 18. 

Sincerely yours,

Paul Hillyer, KFCS Superintendent


Nightmare Invitation

 

Check out the KU Advanced Media' Commercial!

Event: Nightmare on Monclaire Street
Day/Date: Friday, October 30th
Location: 1300 MonClaire Street, new front of KU parking lot.
Time: Begins at 5:30 to approximately 8pm (maybe longer depending on the crowd)
Information: This is a drive-thru horror show where those who attend stay in their. There will be zombies, clowns (from the movie It), a kid section, assorted famous movie scarry characters, and a car photo-op 
Sponsored by: The event is sponsored by KU's Advanced Media Design Class
segment (on green screen) where photos will be available online at no cost. The event is free but we are asking for donations ($5 a carload). All proceeds go towards the Class of 2021 Celebration. We are also handing out candy which is pre-packaged.

 


October 20, 2020

Dear Guardians,

Last week's Klamath County's new COVID case numbers were good news and bad news. First the good news: We met the required limit to start the three-week countdown that will allow grades K-3 to have in-person instruction. That means if the new COVID case numbers stay below 21 in Klamath County again for this week and for next week, students in K-3 could be in school the week of November 2. We would start the K-3 students on Wednesday, November 4, and let parents know either on Monday, November 2, or Tuesday, November 3, as to whether or not we can have in-person K-3 instruction starting on Wednesday, November 4.

The bad news is the Klamath County new case numbers last week were still too high to begin the three-week count down for having grades 4-12 back in school school. Now the earliest date for that to happen is the week of November 9. Again we would let parents know as early as possible that week if it will be possible to start in-person instruction on Thursday, November 12.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Paul Hillyer, KFCS Superintendent


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Additional Note:

If you are confused about what it takes to have students be able to be in school for regular in-person learning, here is an explanation:

To start grades K-3 in person we must have 21 or fewer new cases per week for 3 consecutive weeks in Klamath County. We also must have a 5% or less positivity rate on COVID tests in the county for those weeks to qualify. For grades 4-12 to start in person we must have 7 or fewer new cases per week for three consecutive weeks along with a 5% or less positivity rate in the county and the state for those weeks. 

The Klamath County schools have some K-3 in person learning happening two days per week per student since they chose to do this from the start of the school year. It is easier to keep students in school once they are there than it is to qualify to get them in school if they are not currently doing in-person classes. Some of their rural and remote schools have been given an exception from the state to have in-person learning though our county metrics are not favorable.  

We do have some students coming in now for some limited in-person learning for special purposes. This does not replace, however, their comprehensive distance learning instruction.

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Update on in-person start dates

Dear Guardians and Staff,

Due to higher than allowed COVID new case numbers in Klamath County last week, we must delay in-person learning in our schools at least three more weeks. This means the earliest we could bring students back to half-day in-person learning is the week of October 26. Should we have three weeks of lower new COVID infections, we plan to have students return to school on Wednesday, October 28. Homes would be contacted late Monday, 10/26, or early Tuesday, 10/27, as to the status of being able to begin in-person learning on Wednesday, 10/28. Thank you for your patience.

Paul Hillyer, KFCS Superintendent

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Oregon Department of Education Operational Blueprint for
School Reentry 2020-21

Under ODE’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance, each school has been directed to submit a plan to the district in order to provide on-site and/or hybrid instruction. Districts must submit each school’s plan to the local school board and make the plans available to the public. This form is to be used to document a district’s, school’s or program’s plan to ensure students can return for the 2020-21 school year, in some form, in accordance with Executive Order 20-25(10). Schools must use the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance document as they complete their Operational Blueprint for Reentry. ODE recommends plan development be inclusive of, but not limited to school-based administrators, teachers and school staff, health and nursing staff, association leadership, nutrition services, transportation services, tribal consultation, parents and others for purposes of providing expertise, developing broad understanding of the health protocols and carrying out plan implementation.

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Distance learning unleashes creativity

To reach students during the at-home learning necessitated by closures to due COVID-19, teachers and staff got creative! Read about virtual violin lessons here. Read about a virtual school tour here. Read about take-home math games here.

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Kayla McPherson

 

Music teacher Kayla McPherson invites everyone to join her in a round of applause (from your doorstep), Mondays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m., beginning Monday 4/6! Hear her plan on this video clip and check out her new Facebook page Klamath Kidz for Music!

 

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March is Music in Our Schools Month

The city schools celebrate the value of music year-round, especially in March -- recognized as "Music in Our Schools Month." Read more about it!

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MISSION, VISION and AIMS

MISSION: 100% Graduation is Our Expectation

VISION: Dedicated to helping all students do their best work and become their best selves

AIMS: Student, Collaborative, and Operational Excellence

AIM 1 - All Students Do Their Best Work

Goal #1: Shared Leadership—By June 2019, a majority of students, staff and parents will have opportunities to exercise leadership in each school as measured by teachers documenting at least three ways students exercised leadership during the school year in their classrooms; and principals documenting at least six total ways that students, staff and parents exercised leadership in their schools.

  • Students will be given leadership roles in the classrooms, building and district.
  • Students will give input on activities and events.
  • Staff will be given leadership roles based on strengths and interests within buildings and across the district.
  • Administrators will seek input when developing goals.
  • Representative community members will be given building leadership roles.
  • Representative community members will provide input when developing goals and initiatives.

Goal #2: Student Empowerment—On the end of the school year surveys, a majority of teachers, parents and students will indicate students have done their best work.

  • Student goal-setting will occur K-12.
  • Teachers will seek student input on the learning process and use this input to adjust instructional strategies.
  • Principals will use student feedback to improve all aspects of the school.
  • At the end of each quarter, as part of the goal-setting monitoring, each student will assess their work and effort and share this assessment with parents and guardians on report card.

Goal #3: Effective Multi-Tiered Instruction—By June 2019, all KFCS schools will earn a proficient score on a five-point scale as determined by building Professional Learning Communities using multiple data sources to evaluate the schools’ tiered supports.

  • Tier I—Effective core instruction including WICOR strategies and K-12 AVID implementation improvement by meeting AVID certification standards.
  • Tier II/III—Response to interventions
  • Tier I-III
    • Differentiation for all achievement levels
    • Scaffolding
    • Effective use of data
    • Evidence-based curriculum
    • Fidelity to core instruction
    • Fidelity to intervention programs

AIM 2 - All Students Become Their Best Selves

Goal #1: Teach Explicit Behavior Skills—End of the year behavioral referral data will show a decrease in the percent of students receiving office referrals compared to the end of prior year.

  • Staff across the district will be trained in the Champs Behavioral Model
  • Trained teachers will use the Anita Archer Explicit Instruction Technique
  • Schools will continue to use PBIS and to regularly review behavior data
  • See strategy 4 under Aim 1, Goal 2

Goal #2: Service Learning: By June 2020, 100% of KFCS homeroom classes will participate in at least one service-learning project.

  • All students will participate in Give Back Day
  • District sub-committees will put together a service learning plan for 2019-2020 implementation by students

Goal #3: Respectful Caring Relationships—Student and staff spring surveys will show an improvement in the percentage who indicate they have caring relationships compared to the percentage in the prior survey.

  • All sites will implement plans to increase the percentage of faithful attenders compared to the prior year
  • KU staff will work with 9th graders to improve the percentage who, at the end-of-the-year, are on track to graduate compared to the percentage the prior year
  • Students and staff will work together to successfully decrease the number of students with failures on their report cards compared to the prior year
  • Staff and students will promote greater attendance at extracurricular events
  • Schools will regularly celebrate successes with students, staff, parents and community

Goal #4: Healthy Lifestyles—Students and staff will develop healthier lifestyles as measured by maintaining or improving their scores on the Blue Zones school certification rubric.

  • As contained in the Blue Zones certification booklet

AIM 3 - Operational Excellence

Goal #1: Improve Operational Effectiveness and Efficiencies—By July 2019, all district departments will identify their key four to ten processes and flow chart these processes.

  • Each department will meet to discuss and identify their key processes.
  • The processes most critical to department success will be determined and flow charted.
  • Flow charts will be sent to their supervisor for approval before submitting to the superintendent.

Goal #2: Improve Customer Satisfaction—By May 2019, a customer service survey will be sent to all staff and the results will be used to create PDSA plans for the next school year.

  • Each department will create a short customer service survey.
  • In spring, the surveys will be administered to appropriate staff members.
  • During summer of 2019, survey results will be reviewed by all departments and the results will be used to create PDSA plans of improvement.
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