Novel Coronavirus FAQs

Updated June 9, 2020

Academics

How will you support my child's learning?

Our schools are delivering new content in multiple ways so ALL students can access learning. This may include printed learning materials, phone calls, email, technology-based instruction, or a combination. If your child needs a printed packet of materials, please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal.

Teachers will seek to provide consistency and structure by having a weekly plan and schedule. Our priority will be on essential learning in each content area. We have established these initial guidelines for maximum student commitment each day:

  • Pre-K : 30 minutes*
  •   Grades K-1: 45 minutes*
  •  Grades 2-3: 60 minutes*
  • Grades 4-5: 90 minutes*
  • Grades 6-8: 20 minutes per teacher (up to 2.5 hours daily)
  • Grades 9-12: 30 minutes per teacher (up to 3 hours daily)

*Elementary music and PE are not included in these maximum times. We are encouraging daily physical activity and will also provide opportunities for meaningful activities in the arts. 

We realize that home-based learning is not the same as in-person teaching. We know there will be some hurdles. Many siblings are sharing devices, reliable internet service is not always available, and some parents are working while their children are trying to complete assignments or activities. Some students have multiple roles at home. We will give our students plenty of grace during this time. This is new for all of us, and it will require some patience as we adapt.

We are also offering at-home learning resources for families to use with their children if you would like additional enrichment.

How will you offer Special Education services?

We are committed to ensuring that students who receive special education services have equitable access to educational opportunities. If your child receives special education services, you can expect your child’s special education teacher(s) and related service providers to reach out to you. We will also be in touch about re-evaluation and IEP meetings. Learn more about our special education services.

How will this impact grades and placement?

Our goal is for all students to continue their academic progress, but the work they do in the upcoming weeks will be measured differently.

Grades K-8

We will provide feedback on learning progress to all students, although there will be no report cards in June for students in grades K-8.

Students in grades K-8 will move with their peers up to the next grade level for the upcoming school year.

Grades 9-12 

The state has changed its guidance for 9-12 (and credit-bearing middle school courses) and eliminated the pass/incomplete option.

With this change in policy, we have updated our grading guidelines:

  • Teachers will assign a grade of "A" or an "I" (incomplete) for second semester report cards.
  • No student will receive a "pass," "fail" or "no credit" grade for any course (with the exception of students receiving special education services).
  • Attendance will not be a factor when determining student grades.
  • Every class taken during the closure will be given a statewide designator on the high school transcript to denote the unique environment in which the course was taken.

Student grades will be grounded in compassion, equity and common sense.We expect very few students to receive an incomplete. These students will be given opportunities to complete the course and earn the credit during the upcoming school year.

When is the last day of school? (UPDATED)

As the result of our school closure related to COVID-19, our last day of school will be Friday, June 19.

How will this affect the Class of 2020? (UPDATED)

We know how special this year is to the Class of 2020. We also know it isn’t turning out like they expected—and we wish it was! Although our state currently remains under the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, we still want to celebrate our seniors’ accomplishments and rites of passage.

We are now in Phase 1 of the state’s “Safe Start” plan. State guidance indicates that large gatherings may be out of the question for some time. So instead of traditional ceremonies, we are looking at other ways to honor and recognize our seniors.

Virtual Senior Awards Night

  • CK High School – June 2
  • Klahowya Secondary School – June 3
  • Olympic High School – May 26

These events will be held virtually and will include recognition of senior scholarships, department awards, Distinguished Scholars, and more. As the date draws closer, your school will communicate directions for how to access its event.

Virtual Graduation Ceremony

  • Barker Creek Community School – June 10, 7:00 p.m.
  • CK High School – June 11, 7:00 p.m.
  • Klahowya Secondary School – June 12, 7:00 p.m.
  • Olympic High School – June 13, 1:00 p.m.

We will conduct our traditional commencement ceremonies in a virtual setting. This will include speeches from valedictorians and salutatorians and the graduate roll call. We are asking all families of seniors to submit photos of your graduate in cap, gown and tassel for this roll call. Our goal is 100% participation! If you have questions about submitting this photo, please contact your school's principal.

Possible Drive-Through Event

(If Kitsap County moves to Phase 2)

  • Barker Creek Community School – June 10, Time/Details TBD
  • CK High School – June 11, Time/Details TBD
  • Klahowya Secondary School – June 12, Time/Details TBD
  • Olympic High School – June 13, Time/Details TBD

We are planning for the possibility of drive-through events for the Class of 2020 and their immediate family members. These events will require that Kitsap County moves to Phase 2 of the state’s “Safe Start” plan and that drive-through events are authorized. We envision these events as a celebration of each class and an opportunity to safely visit campus one more time. The events will also include picking up senior awards, diplomas, and other items, with seniors remaining in their vehicles at all times.

Click here to view the state's guidance on graduation ceremonies.

Technology

How do students get technology help?

You can find links to help you troubleshoot common problems on our At Home resources page. You'll also find a link to request a repair when troubleshooting doesn't work. 

You can find a "Resources" link at the top of all school sites, or go straight to CKschools.org/AtHome.

How do I get internet service?

We understand that some of our families do not have access to high-speed internet. Unfortunately, our supply of “hotspots” is limited. If you are thinking about signing up for home internet service, our internet service provider information might help.

How do students return Chromebooks?

We are planning some events for June where you will be able to return materials and pick up anything your student may have left at school. At this time, we anticipate a curbside drop-off and pickup format, and we will be following all safety and health guidelines. We will only be collecting Chromebooks from seniors and non-returning students.

Facilities

Are playgrounds open?

As a school district, we have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to doing our part to flatten the curve and comply with the recommendations of public health authorities. Therefore, we our school playgrounds are closed.

Are fields and other outdoor facilities open? (UPDATED)

Tennis courts are now open!

Fields and other outdoor facilities, however, are temporarily closed. 

Our state's phased reopening plan provides a path forward for our community. Within our state, groups are developing specific plans to re-open our schools and sporting fields.

Locally we are working with Kitsap County as many of our campuses have facilities adjacent to our county’s park system.

We plan to reopen our outdoor facilities using a phased approach.

Family Support

How do I talk to my kids about COVID-19?

Our counselors are ready to connect you with other resources if needed.

You may also find some help from The Centers for Disease Control, which has created guidance to help adults talk with children about COVID-19. Visit their web page for full guidance on COVID-19 conversations. We've shared a few principles below.

For more specific guidance, check out this pdf of tips from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. They offer advice — by age group — for helping children cope.

Guidelines from the CDC

Remain calm and reassuring.

Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.

Make yourself available to listen and to talk.

Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.

Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.

Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.

Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.

Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.

Provide information that is honest and accurate.

  • Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
  • Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.

Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

  • Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
  • Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Get children into a handwashing habit.
    • Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.

Are you providing meals?

Yes. We offer free meals through June 19 to all children age 18 and under. We will also provide free meals to students up to age 21 who receive education services. Each meal will include breakfast for the next day.

Please visit CKschools.org/Meals for more details on pickup locations and times.

Do you provide childcare?

Childcare is provided  through Champions and Y-Kids. We are practicing social distancing across our buildings. If you need care, please contact one of these providers directly. As ordered by the governor, childcare is free for parents who are first responders or health care workers.

Here is contact information for childcare providers:

How will you communicate information to families?

The Community Relations Office takes the lead on communications using a variety of channels including emails, district and school websites, and social media. If you do not already receive our district emails, sign up now. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

If you have not been receiving emails from your school or from the district's ENewsCKSD account, please email us at info@ckschools.org.