Unalaska schools are under normal operations today.
Enrollment: As of Friday, September 9, the school registrar has reported 386 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12. During this same period of time last school year, the District’s enrollment stood at 370 students. This enrollment increase is encouraging news, especially if this trend continues through the State’s official count period of October 3 – 28. The official count for the previous four years was: FY13-414.5; FY14-407.25; FY15-395.6; FY16-374.6.
Base Student Allocation (BSA): The District was recently notified that the Governor’s veto of the $50 increase to the BSA in the FY17 State Budget was revoked due to insufficient technical language in the State funding bill. For UCSD, this means an estimated $25,000 in reinstated funding. While this is somewhat good news for the time being, future cuts to public education funding are likely due to the State’s fiscal crisis.
School Nurse Services: The District was delighted to have school nurse Wendy Hladick back to UCSD recently for one week. Mrs. Hladick worked in both schools doing health screenings for newly enrolled students (including all kindergarten students) and updated our students’ immunization and health records to ensure compliance with State requirements. Wendy also worked with staff to ensure that students with unique health issues have a plan in place in case of an emergency.
First Aid and CPR Training: All classified staff who routinely work with students will be offered a 4-hour First Aid and CPR training on September 30 and October 7. This training is being facilitated by the Unalaska Department of Public Safety Fire Division. Teachers received the same training during their in-service in August. The District wishes to public thank and acknowledge UPS for providing this training.Professional Development: Professional development for teachers, administrators and staff members continues during the school year in a variety of ways. In addition to the 3-day teacher in-service prior to the first day of school, teachers have one hour set aside each Friday (2:30 – 3:30 PM) to meet in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) which are facilitated by the building principals. These PLC meetings are devoted to topics that support curriculum and instruction. Approximately once per month, the District facilitates an hour-long training for teachers on topics of importance, including State mandated trainings on suicide awareness and prevention, blood borne pathogens, sexual abuse awareness and prevention, mandatory reporting, dating violence awareness and prevention, and alcohol or drug related disabilities. Teachers also receive a benefit through the negotiated agreement that provides an opportunity to attend a professional conference, workshop or class. Once during the 2-year contract, the District will reimburse a teacher for up to $2,500 in air fare, lodging and conference fees for this benefit.