Letter to KIBSD Staff & Families
May 14, 2021
Dear KIBSD Family,
I would like to begin by thanking you all for your patience and support throughout a very challenging year. Our families, teachers and staff have all done their very best to provide as much continuity as possible for our students. As we head into the summer season, KIBSD is hopeful about the upcoming school year, but it is too early to make critical decisions regarding changes to our mitigation strategies. Consistent with our operations during this school year, we will remain vigilant and committed to making informed decisions that have the best interest of our staff and students at heart.
KIBSD and our community continue to be in a constant state of planning and adjusting. This summer we will be reviewing all of our recommendations related to COVID-19, including, but not limited to, building sanitization, mask protocols, social distancing, travel and quarantine, and COVID-19 testing. We are committed to following the guidelines released by the CDC, Alaska Department of Health and the KIBSD Medical Advisory Committee in order to provide the safest return to classrooms as possible.
This week, State public health officials announced that Alaskans aged 12-15 would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer. Currently, health officials are stating that once vaccination rates reach the 80-90% level, communities can consider a ‘return to normal’ approach. Attached to this letter is a memo from Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, addressed to both parents and students regarding COVID-19 vaccination. We understand that the decision to vaccinate is a personal and family choice.
The District will continue to update you as we make adjustments for the 2021-2022 school year. We are already excited to welcome students back to the buildings. Wishing you a safe and joy-filled summer.