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District Offices open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-T-W-Th during this COVID-19 crisis

posted Mar 31, 2020, 1:26 PM by Samantha Yocam

There will be someone in the office to answer phones and assist teachers and students from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday until further notice.

Las Animas and Huefano County Health Department Orders regarding COVID-19- Amended

posted Mar 30, 2020, 9:51 AM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated ]

Attached is the letter that I was asked to share with the public by Kim Gonalez, the executive director of the health department for both counties. She is having superintendents join on a conference call with information on every weekday at 10 a.m.

***Stay at Home Order doesn't change our ***Home-based learning educational plan for Kim Re-88 Beginning Monday, March 30th, 2020

posted Mar 25, 2020, 10:30 AM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated Mar 25, 2020, 6:03 PM ]

Hello all!
Attached is a letter outlining our plan for home-based education with students that will begin on Monday, March 30th, 2020 following our extended Spring Break.
Stay safe and well!
Mrs. Yocam

Update ****Kim School District Buildings Closed Until Through April 30th, 2020 by Governor's Amended Executive Order***

posted Mar 17, 2020, 6:42 PM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated ]

Kim School District R-88 is following the Governor's Executive Order and closing through April 30th, 2020. School will resume on May 4th, 2020 if allowed. 

Please check the website often for updates.
We now know that we will have to show good faith in continuing educational opportunities and file a waiver with the Colorado Department of Education. . 

Here is a quote from another superintendent that seems appropriate, "In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little." - Dr. Daniel Hile of Smith-Green Community Schools.

We will revisit and update as needed.

Sincerely,
Kim R-88 School Board
and Superintendent, Samantha Yocam

Please follow the Las Animas County Health Department's Orders in the Wellness and Nutrition section of the Website.
Thank you!

State of Colorado Presses Pause on State Assessments

posted Mar 17, 2020, 9:32 AM by Samantha Yocam

Colorado Department of Education News Release
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March 17, 2020
For more information, contact:
CDE Communications Division, 303-866-4247

News Release 

CDE announces pause on 2019-20 state assessments, accountability

State working on possible solution for PSAT, SAT

DENVER – The administration of end-of-the-year assessments, including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), will be paused for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to extensive school closures throughout Colorado to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes announced today. 

“With the extraordinary actions we are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s clear that we need to press pause on our CMAS tests this year,” Commissioner Anthes said. “Students and educators need to feel a sense of stability and normalcy before state tests can be administered and produce valid results. This also means we plan to pause our school and district state accountability system as it relates to state assessments for a year.” 

CDE is working with The College Board to generate possible solutions for the administration of the PSAT and SAT tests, which offer unique roles in Colorado’s system in terms of scholarships and college entrance. Additional information will come from CDE as it becomes available.

CDE intends to engage with the U.S. Department of Education to address implications, including those related to federal accountability, and will complete waiver documentation as necessary, Anthes said.

"I’m a big fan of accountability and transparency in public education, but we will simply have to forgo incredibly useful data on student achievement for a year to help contain the virus,” said Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. “Right now, students, families, and educators need to be focused on doing everything they can to keep families safe and stable. It is clear that COVID-19 will put extraordinary stress on our education system for the coming weeks and months. In order to ensure our schools and educators are able to spend as much time as possible on online instruction in a difficult situation, I support the decision to pause assessments and school accountability for this year only.”

Making the decision to pause testing now allows schools and districts to concentrate on determining ways to deliver continued instruction to the extent they are able during this unprecedented disruption in education, Anthes said.

The department will continue working with schools and districts that are already identified for improvement to help support instruction, including options for instruction during and after school closures. 

CDE has compiled resources about Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) for schools and districts on its website, http://www.cde.state.co.us/safeschools.

Kim School Facilities Closed for Public Use

posted Mar 16, 2020, 11:07 AM by Samantha Yocam

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.

!!!Update!!!! Spring Sports postponed by CHSAA until April 30, 2020

posted Mar 14, 2020, 2:30 PM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated ]

There can be no practice or events for any spring sports until April 30, 2020.

Corona Virus COVID-19 Information

posted Mar 12, 2020, 7:06 AM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 2:45 PM ]

Kim School District is taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of any illnesses. A letter that is being given out at parent/teacher conferences or mailed with report cards is below in the files. The maintenance/custodial staff is wiping down surfaces daily and using extra precautions in bathroom facilities. If a classroom has had absences due to illness of students or staff, we have used disinfecting foggers to help with the disinfecting of surfaces. Attached is the guidance for when to keep your children home from school and symptoms and ways to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading. Here is a link to a google site with guidance for Spring Break and Travel: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQ-wy5IwGRUTMqEogSBMSi3TJ38L_ZtfFAHW9XeOwlI0n-1D-Ld43x1h9Ma1kshEtvWcYV1ZKHbbDw9/pub?urp=gmail_link  

Teachers Needed! We're Hiring! Assistant Cook needed too!

posted Apr 18, 2019, 10:46 AM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated Feb 20, 2020, 7:03 AM ]

Teachers needed for:
Elementary K-1 Teacher for 2020-2021 school year (preference for Special Education endorsement).
Secondary English/Languages Arts (6-12) for the 2020-2021 school year. 
Vocational Agriculture Teacher (7-12 grades) for the 2020-2021 school year.
Classified staff: Assistant Cook (part-time) for rest of year and 2020-2021 school year.
See the position requirements below.
See employment opportunities at the left.
Salary schedules are in the Financial Transparency tab at the left.

Regular Board Meeting Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6 p.m.

posted Sep 15, 2018, 12:31 PM by Samantha Yocam   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 12:20 PM ]

See the agenda here on Monday before the regular meeting. The regular meeting starts at 6:00 p.m.

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