COVID-19 Superintendent Update

Superintendent COVID-19 Update

Hoonah City School Superintendent COVID-19 Update 

Dear Hoonah City School District Family, 

This letter is to update you on the changing situation regarding COVID-19 and plans the District is putting in place to help slow the spread of this virus in our community and maintain student learning as this situation develops. 

This morning a meeting with the Commissioner of Education and the majority of superintendents in the State was held to discuss our states response to COVID-19. Yesterday Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Kenai all extend their spring breaks by an additional week. Other districts are rolling out similar decisions today.

Today I held a meeting of our HCSD leadership team to discuss our district’s response to this fast-changing situation.  HCSD will be closed beginning March 13th -30th. All teachers, certified and classified, should report to work on March 16, 2020. Spring Break is still scheduled for the week of March 23rd. No students should report to school during this time of school closure. Staff will, under the guidance of the superintendent and will begin working on what the educational setting will look like moving forward. 

We know that locally and state-wide, persons may inadvertently be exposed to COVID-19. By deciding to close schools for this period, we are hoping to limit the level of potential spread of the virus and also create a time of distancing for our communities. This planning impacts us all in different ways. This ranges from organizing appropriate precautions, to keeping ourselves connected while not increasing our exposure risks, and how to keep ourselves personally healthy. We are not facing these challenges alone. These challenges are the same being faced by other families in our state and country. 

I know that this decision may be questioned by some as unnecessary and over reactive. I respect that our thoughts may differ on this and many points and hope we can all understand the challenging position we are all in to help slow this virus and allow our health system to support our friends and family that will need intensive support in the times to come. 

We will continue to monitor the situation in the State and our communities and provide updated information on school operations as necessary. 

In closing, please remember that the most important action we can all continue to take is to practice active personal hygiene. This includes washing our hands, covering our coughs, and taking other measures to limit person-to-person spread. 


Ralph M. Watkins





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