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Yearbooks are Here! Get your 2019-2020 Yearbook!

posted Sep 1, 2020, 10:47 AM by Samantha Yocam

Yearbooks are available in the office for $30. "It's a Roaring Good Time!" is the theme and the staff and sponsor worked hard to preserve the memories of last year.

Thank you to First National Bank in La Junta

posted Sep 1, 2020, 10:33 AM by Samantha Yocam

The students would like to thank First National Bank in La Junta for the awesome new green water bottles. They are already being put to use!  We appreciate the bank thinking of our students!

Regular Board Meeting - Tuesday, October 20th at 6 p.m.

posted Aug 6, 2020, 7:58 AM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated Sep 24, 2020, 7:39 AM ]

 The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Conference room. The Agenda will be posted next week at least 24 hours before the meeting here and in the School Board Announcements.

School Supplies Provided by Generous Donors

posted Jul 29, 2020, 2:07 PM by Dayna Davis   [ updated Jul 29, 2020, 2:11 PM by Samantha Yocam ]

Kim School District has received generous donations of school supplies from First National Bank in Trinidad, other anonymous donors, and Covid Relief Funds.  In light of this generosity, elementary students' school supplies will be provided this school year, with the exception of backpacks, p.e. shoes, and water bottles.  Please supply these items for your student.  Thank you!

Hand Sanitizer Warning from FDA

posted Jul 23, 2020, 8:02 AM by Samantha Yocam

FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers With Methanol

 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recent urgent warning to consumers and health care providers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol (i.e., methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. As per the FDA news update hyperlinked below, “Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

 

FDA updated the original list of more than 24 hand sanitizer products to avoid, now listing 75 such products to avoid on this FDA webpage; those products can be viewed either by clicking on the “Methanol Contaminated Products List” button at the top of the webpage or by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and then by clicking on any or all eight pages listing the 75 hand sanitizer products.

 

As with the original list of hand sanitizer products to avoid, all 75 products are potentially toxic when absorbed through the skin.  Please see the FDA news update on hand sanitizers with methanol and the current list of hand sanitizer products to avoid for more detailed information. It is urgent that this information be sent to child care providers, parents, those who work in state child care licensing offices, child care professional development agency personnel, and others who can disseminate this information. In addition, everyone should check the linked FDA webpage on a regular basis to stay fully informed regarding this important health issue.

 

Consumers who have been exposed to a hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for the potential toxic effects of methanol poisoning, which can include nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, permanent blindness, and seizures. Although people of all ages are at risk for methanol poisoning, “young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk.”

 

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Office of Child Care

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mary E. Switzer Building, Fourth Floor, MS 4425

330 C Street, S.W.

Washington, DC  20201

General office number: (202) 690-6782

Fax: (202) 690-5600

General email: occ@acf.hhs.gov

Website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ

Updated - Limited opening of the Kim School Gym and "Return to Participate" CHSAA Plan

posted Jun 3, 2020, 8:24 AM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated Jul 9, 2020, 2:54 PM ]

At this time the Las Animas County Health Department (LACHD) has notified us as of 6/2/20 at 5:14 p.m. that we can have the gym open for use with 1 staff member (coach or employee of district) and 4 student athletes.   Each session should be scheduled and there must be 15 minutes for cleaning between sessions. Participants must enter through the North Commons entrance and sign in to the gym and exit through the South Commons entrance and sign out. There is no entering through the outside entrance to the gym. Masks are available for use if you don't have one and hand sanitizing stations are available in the weight room, at both the entrance and exit and at one other station in the gym area. Good news our "Return to Participation" was approved on Thursday, June 4th by the Las Animas County Health Department 💥on June 26th we were notified that we could now have 10 student athletes + 1 coach in the gym area💥. The weight room is still at 4 + 1. The documents are attached below. Make sure you read it and are willing/able to adhere to the plan before coming to the gym. Currently the building is still closed for public use.
Samantha Yocam

Safer at Home Order from Las Animas County Health Department

posted Apr 7, 2020, 11:01 AM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated May 10, 2020, 3:13 PM ]

The Las Animas/Huefano County's Safer at Home order is below. The Safer at Home Brochure sent to residents of LasAnimas and Huefano Counties is also below. A map of the hot-spot counties that are referenced in the order (as COVID Easter Mailer - Pg4) is Pg4 of the Easter Mailer.

Kim School Facilities Closed for Public Use

posted Mar 16, 2020, 11:07 AM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated Jun 12, 2020, 10:25 AM ]

As of Monday, March 16th at noon,  the Kim School Facilities are closed for public use until further notice. We are following the guidance of the Las Animas County Health Department and Colorado Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control.
Sorry for the inconvenience. The playground is closed for any use.

State and Local Assessment Information for 2020-2021 Updated with the change in PSAT and SAT make-up days in bold

posted Aug 5, 2016, 12:09 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 15, 2020, 9:37 AM by Samantha Yocam ]

Kim School continues to be dedicated to making this process as time-efficient and painless as possible.  In an effort to help students, parents, and community members become better informed, we have included the links below to information published by CDE.  Our hope is to produce informed stakeholders while preparing our students to perform to the best of their capabilities.  The preliminary testing schedule for Fall of 2020 is posted in the school calendar of this website. 

NWEA:  District level tests that all students will take at the beginning and end of the year.  They are computer-based and standardized nationally. Content assessed includes; Math, Science, English, and Language Arts.  With Kindergarten and first grades testing in math and reading. Second-grade tests in math, reading and language and third through 11th grades test in math, reading, language, and science. NWEA fall testing will begin on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, and continue until completed. Spring testing will be completed during the first two weeks of May 2021.

CMAS:  The state-level assessment that occurs in April.  These tests cover English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies (on a three-year rotating basis).  The majority of Kim's Educator Effectiveness--how well we are doing in the principle job of educating our children--is predicated upon these results.  All 3rd-8th Graders take these exams over a two week period. Science will be administered to all 5th, 8th, and 11th Graders, Social Studies alternates with our 4th and 7th Graders and will begin including 11th graders in the 2021 testing cycle.

PSAT: Due to COVID-19 the Spring 2020 testing was cancelled. The PSAT10 will be given to the juniors on October 14, 2020. The make-up will be October 29, 2020 if needed. In the spring the PSAT9 and PSAT will be given to this years' freshmen and sophomores.

SAT:  Due to COVID-19 the Spring 2020 testing was cancelled. The SAT will be given to this years' seniors on September 23, 2020 with the make-up on October 27, 2020 if needed. In the spring this years' juniors will be given the SAT.

ASVAB: May be given this year, but has not been scheduled as of yet. Is optional and given to 10th-12th graders.

Many other classroom assessments may present themselves over the course of the school year.  Kim works to limit the number and frequency of these events in order to provide a maximum focus on education exposure.

Student Immunization Requirements

posted Apr 26, 2016, 8:47 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 10, 2019, 1:59 PM by Samantha Yocam ]

Beginning July 1, 2016, the Colorado Board of Health has mandated new immunization laws for all students attending public education centers for those students 12 months to 18 years of age.  House Bill 14-1288 has essentially given the State Board of Health the authority to require parents of said children to maintain immunization shot updates on several public health issues, including many diseases that have long been managed through the immunization process.  Kim School will require these records to be updated to meet the language of this law, and to that effect, we are posting files containing information to help the parents of our children to comply with this law.  The files below link to the announcement of the ruling, justification of the process going forward, and instructions for how parents can be exempted from this ruling. The third file contains copies of the forms used to notify and record student immunization for students to attend public school--including Kim RE-88. 
Additionally, for those parents wishing to file a religious, medical, or non-medical exemption for your children, the second file below contains links on how to access the Colorado State Government office that provides these forms. 
In Summary:  ALL students wishing to attend Kim School for the 2019-2020 school year need to have their children's immunization records updated and filled out, OR, they need to file the appropriate exemption form stating why this was not done in accordance with the new law. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in this matter.
To learn more about vaccinations within public education, please read the following information and feel free to log onto CDE's website:

Colorado law requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed child cares to be vaccinated against certain diseases unless a medical or non-medical exemption is filed.  For more information about vaccine requirements, resources and exemptions, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s School Immunization page.


Just a reminder that all vaccine exemptions expire on June 30th, 2019 so those parents will have to fill out the online form again after that date!

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