Dear KCS Community,
We want to thank you for your patience and support as we worked on creating a school reopening plan to present you with for fall. It has been a journey for us to reach this point, a August 24, 2020 start date for students in distance learning/virtual learning mode. This decision was made with the safety of our entire school community in mind and with input from parents/guardians, board members, and school staff.
We have prepared a Return to School Plan Handbook that outlines planning and procedures we will be implementing for fall 2020 as our response to COVID-19. The handbook outlines how we will operate in distance learning, hybrid, and onsite modes for this school year. We have also developed a timeline that we will follow in determining how each quarter of the school year will be implemented.
The school website (www.khapoeducation.org) has an area titled "Reopening 2020-2021" that provides a copy of the handbook, highlights on the plan, important dates, and how we will notify parents/guardians of notices and updates. We plan on utilizing the school's website, Facebook page, Bright Arrow text messaging, and parent/guardian email addresses more than we have in previous school years as it allow a quicker notification time and presents less risk for staff and families. Please inform us if you have any changes to your mailing address, phone numbers, and emails so we can update.
Our school will have staff and teachers return on August 17, 2020 to provide support and services to KCS students to implement online instruction across the grades. Teachers will provide the class schedule for your student beginning August 18, 2020.
Chromebooks and student supplies distribution is scheduled for parents/guardians (who live in the Pueblo) on August 20th and August 21st, between the times of 12-4 pm. The student drop off area in the school parking lot will be set up for a safe pick up of items. We have school supplies for students arranged and welcome back to school gifts for them as well. Please wear masks and stay socially distanced while picking up items. For students who live outside the Pueblo, we will arrange an offsite area in Espanola for pick up and will notify you of location and time through a phone call by school staff.
As we return for another school year, please read the Return to School Plan Handbook and "Reopening 2020-2021" website as it provides expanded information on how we are reopening. Teamwork and safety at KCS is what we have been focused on and we will continue with that as we reopen the school. It is an unprecedented time and we have accomplished much through our team focus as a school. We know that it will take all of us to ensure a supportive return for students.
I can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 505-357-1045/505-927-0063 for any questions. Our main school number 505-753-4406 will also direct you to our front desk for school questions and to other staff for questions you have.
Elizabeth Bahe, M.Ed
Dear Kha'p'o Community School Parents and Families,
Last week, the school board approved to reopen Kha'p'o Community School (KCS) for students on August 24, 2020 virtually in a distance learning format. We will come forward with additional details later this week and next week on what this virtual model and scheduling will mean for KCS students, parents, and staff.
We plan on providing expanded details through the school's website for how the reopening will occur; scheduling for the students across the grades, Chromebook availability for each KCS student to use at home, supporting households in Google Classroom, and school support across different areas for students.
Thank you for your patience on this update as we have been working as an administrative team and board to plan for safe opening conditions in an ever changing environment due to COVID-19. We also appreciate the support and understanding extended by many of you as we undergo these changes to instruction and scheduling this school year. I can be emailed questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or receive calls at 505-927-0063.
Please stay safe,
Liz Bahe, Executive Director and the KCS Administrative Team
Sengi thamu KCS community,
I wanted to let you know that during our KCS Board meeting on July 15, 2020 the Board elected the following officers: President Alvin Warren; Vice President Christie Abeyta; Treasurer Andrew Quintana and Secretary Anya Dozier-Enos. We are committed to working with you all along with our Executive Director Liz, our staff and the Tribal Council to support the continued success and safe operations of our school. Please fill out the survey (https://forms.gle/w8Y61qpd4hjEPFYF6) as soon as you can to help inform our decisions about the next school year. Finally, we want to thank outgoing Board President Loretta Chavarria for her strong leadership and dedication to our school and community.
Alvin Warren, President
Cree Abeyta, Vice President
Anya Dozier-Enos, Secretary
Andrew Quintana, Treasurer
Brian Suazo, Tribal Council Representative
Loretta Chavarria, Board Member
Donald Suazo, Board Member
We were made aware last week KCS student households had not yet received their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits from the state's Human Services Department. The benefits are issued from the state's Human Services Department (HSD) and not a direct program of KCS, All benefits process through HSD for P-EBT and not through KCS.
Last week we inquired with the state's programs to find out why the benefits were not yet issued to KCS student households. We were informed that the benefits were going to come forward at that time. A new update this week, stated that benefits were not being issued as they did not have the listing of KCS enrolled students from the 2019-2020 school. As our BIE database is separate from the state's public education system it was not done automatically as with other schools.
Good News! - We worked with the state's departments to resolve this for KCS student households. We were informed today that the state has received KCS student data and they will process to issue P-EBT benefits. They anticipate benefits will process later in the month of July 2020 or early August 2020.
KCS will continue to prepare and deliver breakfast and lunch meals during the week. A donation from Shamrock also had food items delivered through the food program for kids today as well. We currently serve 227 students through the food program with over a 1000 meals a week for children in the Pueblo.