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Dear Families

I hope that you are all safe and healthy. Let me start by saying thank you to all of those families  that worked hard to support their students in continuing to engage their minds and energies during this challenging time. What a momentous time we are living in!  So many changes happening in our little corner of paradise and in the world. As we all face and find ways to deal with federal and state mandates, travel restrictions, lack of a cruise ship season, school closure, and a host of other challenges, it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel; but, there is light. 

I know that there has been concern and anxiety over what is happening with school. Questions have gone unanswered, adding to the anxiety. This letter is intended to answer some of those questions. 

As you know, distance learning for the Hoonah City School District is in full motion.  While it is our responsibility to continue to educate our children, we also want to be compassionate and take into consideration the variety of difficulties that our families and employees are enduring during this time. 

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If after reading it you have further questions don’t hesitate to call, write, or email your teacher or myself for clarification. 

When is the official last day of school?

The official last day of school is May 14th. Teachers will stop assigning student work on Friday May 8th.

What is the process for retrieving my child’s belongings from their class or locker?

Locker cleanout for secondary students has already begun. Student belongings were bagged and made available for pick-up at the same location as the food pick-up. Elementary teachers are gathering student belongings and the support team will be delivering them to families in the coming days. If you need something sooner, please contact the school office to make an arrangement to pick them up.

When and how do I return the Chromebook that was provided to me by the district?

To support student learning, HSCD provided loaner Chromebooks for students. If you received a Chromebook those will be collected on May 11th. Please have the device and power cord available for pick-up. Devices can be placed on the porch in the backpack they were delivered in. (Please wait until you are contacted before placing the device outside.) As per the agreement, Chromebooks not returned or damaged will have to be replaced. 

How do I know that my elementary student is still on track and where he or she is supposed to be?

It’s important to remember that the entire nation is in the same situation, not just Hoonah.  Please do not let this be a source of stress for your family.   Teachers understand that there will be learning gaps and will be beginning the next school year with this in mind.  

Will my child have to repeat their current grade or repeat a class?

Grades K-8 students will be promoted to the next grade. There is no expectation of repeating their current grade level

High School students that have a failing grade for a course at the end of the second semester will have to make those credits up during the 2020-21 school year.

How will my child’s grade be calculated?

Grades will not be issued; this does not impact a child’s school record. (As a reminder, the essential grade level standards were covered by the teacher within the first, second, and third quarters of the school year.)

The Semester Report Card grade will be assigned based on the teacher’s last ability to assess the student’s progress on the grade level standards. However, the Second Semester Report Card grade issued will be the better of either the already assigned Third Quarter grade or an improved grade based on the content mastery demonstrated by the student through completion of the learning opportunities provided.

The Final Year Grade will be calculated as usually determined by averaging the First and Second Semester grades.

Does my child need to return the packet work provided for them by their teacher?

(Elementary Students K-5)  It was the intent of the teachers to provide packet work and digital learning opportunities to support student learning during this time of school closure. There is no expectation of this work being returned by students. Parents can request feedback on student work by contacting and submitting the work to teachers at a method of their choosing.

(Secondary students)  It was the intent of the teachers to provide packet work and digital learning opportunities to support student learning during this time of school closure. Teachers provided students with expectations for the work they are being assigned. Please see teacher guidelines for work return policy.

Will my child have to attend summer school?

At this time summer school has not been scheduled but is a possibility. It would be provided to select students either for credit recovery or support. Once a decision on summer school has been made parents and students will be notified.

Will HSCD have a graduation ceremony?

Hoonah City Schools is preparing a graduation ceremony to be held May 30th at the Hoonah City Airport. Logistics and specifics are still being worked on. Follow us on 

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