Dear KML Family,
The purpose of this letter is to continue to communicate KML’s plan of action and encourage our entire KML family as we maneuver through this ever-changing coronavirus situation. There is a significant amount of information, but please read it all as we feel like it is important for you to be kept in the loop. More information will come out as the week progresses! Also, keep in mind that everything below is subject to change as circumstances change and develop.
To say it has been a roller coaster over the last few days is an understatement. On Friday of last week, I shared the following reminders for our student body. As many in our KML family are struggling to make sense of everything that is happening while making plans to continue on as normal as possible, here are a few reminders:
- Our God is our strength. Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (NIV)
- The problems of this world are nothing compared to the eternity God has prepared for us. 2 Corinthians 4:17 – For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
- We have each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV)
May God give each of us the strength to see everything that is going on for what it is – another speed bump (a rather large one) in this sinful world. Let us not let Satan use this situation to cause us to feel helpless, lost, or even resentful. Let us encourage one another through the disappointment especially in our faith and relationship with Jesus.
KML is striving to balance between maintaining the health and safety of our student body and staff and ensuring that the continuity of learning continues for our students. It is our goal to maintain expectations of learning in a way that can be fulfilled by our students through their work and our support. We will continue to fulfill our mission of educating, encouraging, and equipping our students for life and for eternity as we are empowered by our God and His Word!
The Challenge (Patience Needed)
Virtual learning will be new for us and our students. Expect that there will be hiccups and challenges along the way. Let us all continue to work together and communicate often and overcome the challenges that arrive as a Christian family. Our prayer is for God to grant each of us an extra measure of patience with each other so that we will work together effectively and encourage one another along the way.
Attendance Monday and Tuesday
We fully recognize that parents will make the best decisions for their children. If you, in good conscience, do not believe it best to send your child to school, we support your decision.
Continued Preventative Measures
KML continues to disinfect surfaces following CDC guidelines. We are also limiting visitor access to KML.
Virtual Daily Schedule
At this point, we plan to utilize a block schedule. This schedule means that we will have an “A Day” and a “B Day”. Periods 1-4 will “meet” on A days and periods 5-8 will meet on B days. We are intentionally keeping a regular daily schedule because our goal is to finish our school year to meet our expected number of hours as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Classes will each have an 86 minute block of time as communicated in the table below:
KML Virtual School Day Block Schedule
Schedule Through April 6
- Monday, March 16 – Normal Face to Face School
- Tuesday, March 17 – Normal Face to Face School
- Wednesday, March 18 – Professional Development and Planning (No School)
- Thursday, March 19 (A Day) – Online Instruction (Periods 1-4)
- Friday, March 20 (B Day) – Online Instruction (Periods 5-8)
- Monday, March 23 (A Day) – Online Instruction (Periods 1-4)
- Tuesday, March 24 (B Day) – Online Instruction (Periods 5-8)
- Wednesday, March 25 (A Day) – Online Instruction (Periods 1-4)
- Thursday, March 26 (B Day) – Online Instruction (Periods 5-8)
- Friday, March 27 – Spring Break Begins early – (No School)
- Spring Break Week – March 30 – April 3 (No School)
- Monday, April 6 – Face to Face Instruction Resumes (Anticipated)
We thought it was good to give you an idea of what virtual learning may look like. We will give more details later in the week.
Some classes will “meet” virtually through real-time video meetings. Others will assign work for students to do (reading, watching a video, doing an activity) and require the students to submit a response or complete an assessment to be turned in online. Virtual learning will rely heavily on students using their Chromebooks and the Internet. By Wednesday of this week, students will learn more about how this will work for their individual classes.
Technology Needs Assessment
During homeroom tomorrow, we will be seeking information from our students to understand if they have working Chromebooks managed by KML, internet access at home, and other details to make sure all of our students are set up for success.
Attendance on Virtual Days
Students will be marked for attendance on a daily basis. We will share instructions with them about how they will indicate that they are “present”. It is important to let our school office know if your student will not be participating on a given day due to illness/appointment, etc. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to report and excuse absences.
Already Occurring Online Courses – ALHSO and Dual Credit
If your student is already participating in an online course through one of our partners, those courses are currently continuing as normal. Those institutions will contact your student if anything changes.
Transportation – Riteway and Johnson
There will be no transportation via Riteway or Johnson Bus from the West Bend or Germantown school districts on Monday or Tuesday. This has officially been confirmed by Johnson Bus, but we were unable to reach Riteway. They typically follow the school districts, so anticipate there will be no bussing. Please let the office know if this will preclude your student from attending.
All co-curricular practices and events are canceled through Sunday, April 5.
Other Club Sports, Jr. Chargers, Meetings, etc.
Our activities department is in contact with all groups that utilize our facilities to give guidance on what can and cannot be done at KML.
Future KML Events
At this point, KML is looking at events one week to two weeks out on the calendar. As determinations are made, they will be communicated. The following events have been canceled:
- Sacred Concert – Tuesday, March 17
- Donkey Basketball – Saturday, March 21
- Family Music Fest – Friday, March 27
Learning Center Support
Our learning center staff is also in discussion about how to best support our students who need their support. More details will come out at a later time to those individuals to make sure we have a plan to best serve students who need a higher level of support.
Counseling (Christian Family Solutions)
We are working with Christian Family Solutions to ensure continuity of counseling for students who are involved in this support. We will share our plan later this week as it solidifies with individuals who are affected.
Do you have questions that have not been addressed? Please CLICK HERE to share any feedback or questions. We will make sure to address them in upcoming communication.
In Christ’s Service,
Principal Jamie Luehring