May Family & Community Letter (5/6/21)

May 6, 2021

Dear CCSD Families and Community Members:

May marks the last full month of school and CCSD is planning a multitude of student celebrations recognizing the unique talents and achievements of our students.  During the April 28, 2021 CCSD Board meeting, the Board adopted language for the district’s Smart Start to School Guidelines, namely,  “Large group gatherings are permitted such as assemblies or student school activities.  Per CDC Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools Through Phased Prevention Updated March 19, 2021, 3-feet of social distancing is required between all students and cloth face coverings are required.  All students are to be temperature screened prior to the event either at the start of the school day if the event is scheduled during the regular school day or before the event begins depending if the event is scheduled during after school hours.” This specific change to our Smart Start to School Guidelines will allow CCSD to host end of year music and choir concerts, in-person high school scholarship celebrations, and in-person graduation ceremony recognizing all of the district’s graduates on the island.  The district will need to ensure that all of these events follow closely the guidelines noted above with some additional mitigation strategies for each event.  However, we look forward to providing in-person opportunities to celebrate our students’ achievements and talents.  More information about the events noted above as well as other end-of-year student activities will be emailed to parents through our schools’ daily bulletins. 

Additionally, the Alaska Legislature is still working through the nuances of developing a statewide budget for FY 22.  The Craig Middle School ADA and Security Improvement Project is still ranked #2 on the Department of Education and Early Development’s Major Maintenance Priority List and this list has been provided to the Alaska Legislature for their deliberations as they develop the state’s FY 22 budget.  If the project is ultimately funded, the funds would become available on July 1, 2021 and CCSD would then move forward with 100% design development and estimations. If the project is not funded, the district will prioritize this project and resubmit this grant application to the Department of Education and Early Development by the September 1, 2021 deadline.

Finally, I’m sure many of you have seen some of our PACE Facebook and YouTube advertisements.  CCSD has developed a Facebook and YouTube social media advertising campaign targeting Southeast Alaska, Anchorage, and the Mat-Su Borough.  Our goal is to increase our homeschool/correspondence service model so that more families within the state can take advantage of the curricula options and scheduling flexibility PACE provides families to ensure the strongest student learning plan possible.  Another goal is that PACE becomes the #1 option for families within Alaska who are considering a homeschool/correspondence option for their child(ren).   Locally, the district is looking to partner more closely with our POW island homeschool families.  CCSD will continue providing dual enrollment opportunities for students attending our Craig PACE Learning Center.  Craig PACE Learning Center students will have the opportunity of taking some of their classes through our “brick and mortar” schools (CHS, CMS, and CES).  Upshot, CCSD wants to support our PACE families and guarantee that they have as many local choices as possible to develop the best Student Learning Plan (SLP) that will meet the needs and interests of their child(ren).   

In closing, CCSD thanks all of our community members for the support and guidance you have provided the district.  The best decisions are made at the local level and CCSD values our stakeholder’s engagement with our work to continually improve the educational opportunities we provide our students on POW and statewide through our homeschool/correspondence program, PACE.  If you would like to discuss any of the items noted in this letter or any district initiative in greater detail, please don’t hesitate to call me at 826-3274 ext. 4003 or email me at the address below.  

Sincerely,

Chris Reitan, CCSD Superintendent 

Email:  creitan@craigschools.com 

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