School Reopening planning Team

Smart Start Planning Team

Dear Hoonah Families and school stakeholders,

I want to take this time to share with you important information regarding school planning. As the community works to embrace our new normal in the ever changing COVID landscape, I want to assure you that the Hoonah City School District is working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year. First and foremost is the health and safety of every member of our school community.

To help develop a plan for reopening for the 20-21 school year, the district has assembled a strategic planning team to outline processes, protocols, and procedures, addressing situations that may arise due to the COVID virus. Under the guidance of the Department of Education, each district is tasked with the development of a district plan addressing learning, continuity of learning, and the capacity for learning. That plan must outline the plan at three stages: high rate of infection, medium rate of infection and low rate of infection.

Team Members:

Dr. Michael Akes (HS math), Renee Gray, Adam Gretsinger, Esther Heath-Mills, Ben Mettling, Amy Stevenson, Jeremiah Byers, and Ralph Watkins

Scope of work:

Develop a communication plan to keep all stakeholders updated on pertinent information

Develop health and safety protocols


            Dealing with students and staff who become ill

            Guidelines on masks, attendance, social distancing guidelines

Ensuring equity in the delivery of instruction

Addressing the student connectivity issue

Scenario planning

The team will be reaching out to various stakeholders for input as the plan develops. We recognize that there is a great deal of anxiety surrounding school and what it might look like in the coming months and years. Be assured that Hoonah City School District is committed to providing an excellent education for every student every day.  If you have questions, concerns, or comments regarding the Smart Start Reopening plan you can email the team at

We look forward to sharing this plan with you.


Smart Start Planning Team


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