Ketchikan Charter School moves start dates over virus

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - An employee at Ketchikan Charter School has tested positive for COVID-19 and principal Kayla Livingston sent a letter to parents on Tuesday.

    Ketchikan Charter School and Tongass School of Arts & Sciences will reopen on September 2, 2020. The school building was closed for 24 hours to allow for disinfecting and deep cleaning of the facility.

    Public health has contacted and advised close contacts of the positive case to quarantine for 14 days.

    Livingston said she wants to "reassure you all that we have been working closely with Public Health last night and today for direction as we move forward."

    "At this time the building has been disinfected by Alaska Pest Control and the custodial staff performed a deep cleaning of the building," Livingston wrote. "The majority of our staff will return to work tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 2020."

    According to Livingston, KCS staff and district staff have been working to prepare a plan for what is next for for the school.

    "After discussions with the district Superintendent, Mrs. [Beth] Lougee, and Public Health officials we have decided to move the KCS start date later next week," Livingston wrote. "You will be hearing from your child’s teacher in the next few days with the needed details about your child’s start date."

    KCS's new start dates are as follows:

    GRADES K-5
    Class Pod A Thursday, September 10, 2020
    Class Pod B Friday, September 11, 2020

    GRADES 6-8 ANNEX (Holy Name)
    All classes September 10, 2020

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