Friday, July 31, 2020
07/31/20 Mayor Pierce and Assembly President Cooper Express Condolences to Families
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
07/29/20 Borough Aims to Release Grant Awards Mid-August
Friday, July 24, 2020
07/24/20 K-Pen CARES Act Relief Fund Grant Application is CLOSED as of 5PM.
7/24/20 Kenai Peninsula Borough SITREP
07/24/20 TIP#437... Submit Your Application Today Before 5PM.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough allocated $15 Million from its CARES Act Relief Fund program to be distributed as grants to small businesses and nonprofits outside of the city boundaries of Homer, Kachemak City, Kenai, Seldovia, Seward, and Soldotna. Grants will be divided into five funding levels. Call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153 or visit https://cares.kpb.us. Application period closes 5:00PM July 24th.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
07/23/20 Seward Transfer Site Hosts Hazardous Waste Collection Day - Saturday July 25, 2020
Call Kenai Peninsula Solid Waste Department for more information 907-262-9667 or to see other dates and locations visit https://www.kpb.us/images/KPB/SWD/documents/Hazardous_Waste_Disposal.pdf
07/23/20 Time to Finish and Hit Submit - Borough's Application Period Ends July 24, 2020 at 5PM
Have the following documents scanned and ready to upload:
IRS W-9 (see link below)
AK Business License OR fish/guide permit
One of the following to prove your 2019 gross revenues:
Sales Tax Registration Number (TIP: this is the best way to verify your 2019 gross revenues if you collect sales taxes)
IRS Schedule C (for entities that don't collect sales tax)
Third-party, audited financial statements (for entities that don't collect sales tax or nonprofits)
IRS 990 (for nonprofits)
AK Corporate Entity Number and current biennial report (for nonprofits)
TIP: You can use your phone to scan and upload documents. For more tips and what's required to apply or to finish your application... visit https://cares.kpb.us
PS: You can download a W-9 from the IRS official site at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf.
7/23/20 Weekly KPBSD Update: 3 KPBSD School Choices, plus 7 Questions
Dear KPBSD students, families, and staff,
As planning continues to open 42 KPBSD schools, and the science and spread of COVID19 in Alaska continues to change, you likely have questions and concerns. One size does not fit everyone, and COVID19 is creating challenges we have never lived through. Together we will create solutions and help you choose the best option for learning this fall.
We understand education during a global pandemic requires adaption, a flexible mindset, and serious decisions. We promise to communicate and be proactive, even when we do not have all the answers. Toward that end to assist you, a dedicated phone number and email address that will reach district office to respond to your COVID19 and school choice questions is now available—look in the question section for the contacts. School principals and secretaries return to work the week of July 28, and school staff return later in August.
Included in your weekly update is a new flyer with the Three Flexible Solutions for School in the KPBSD, and responses to seven common questions. We know some of you will need devices or internet—the survey next week will help determine your needs so the district can assist.
July 23, 2020 KPBSD Weekly Update: Three Flexible Solutions for School in 2020-2021 during a Global Pandemic
Which K-12 learning option will be best for you? Download and read the flyer
· ONSITE at Your KPBSD School
Learning at your neighborhood school, charter school, or non-traditional KPBSD school
· 100% Remote with Your KPBSD School
Learning with your neighborhood school, charter school, or non-traditional KPBSD school
· HOMESCHOOL: Enrollment in KPBSD Connections Homeschool program
Learning is designed by families with a Connections Teacher Advisor and facilitated by parents
Q: Can I change once I decide?
Yes. If you need flexibility to change between options, KPBSD wants you to be successful and you can make a change
Q: Will face coverings be required when school begins in August?
Superintendent O’Brien and the district leadership planning team are currently reviewing the science and recommendations from CDC, DHSS, DEED, and public input about requiring face coverings to be worn in the school environment. An update to the SmartStart plan is forthcoming, and will be shared in the communication next week.
Q: Help Desk
We know many of you want to talk to your school principal, secretary, or teachers, prior to making a decision. Principals and secretaries begin returning to work on or after July 28, and teachers return in August. If you need help deciding what is best for you and your children, have questions, or simply need someone to hear your thoughts and concerns, the district office is open. For your specific COVID19 and school related questions, call 907-714-8864, email us at email@example.com, or visit covid19.kpbsd.org. For general questions, the main KPBSD office number is 907-714-8888
Q: When do I need to choose?
You will receive an online update form next week, and can complete it any time prior to the start of school. Through the form, you can also update student contact information, indicate what access you need for internet and learning devices, and indicate your choice for school beginning in August 2020
Q: When will schools close in high COVID19 risk level?
· Always open: The 100% Remote with Your KPBSD School, and the KPBSD Connections Homeschool, will be open during all risk levels
· Pivot needed: The ONSITE at Your KPBSD School will close to students during high COVID19 risk, and shift to 100% Remote Learning through the Virtual Classroom
Q: Can I receive school meals if schools close during High COVID19 risk?
Yes. We are planning to implement the “Get-it and Go” meals if schools need to close to students during high COVID19 risk
Q: How do you determine COVID19 Risk Levels on the Kenai Peninsula?
KPBSD implemented an operational plan to indicate low, medium, or high risk of COVID-19 community transmission in a geographical region or school based on 14 day averages and seven day trends. Decisions are based on state data, and local current information from the DHSS and public health. Beginning August 1, updates will be made daily, posted on the KPBSD website, and changes in risk level communicated to our families, staff, and publics. A visual map of the Kenai Peninsula risk level in our 42 schools is in development, and will be live online no later than August 1, 2020
· KPBSD Summer Sports and Activities webpage
To safely open schools, we must each take actions now, to slow or stop the spread of the COVID19 virus. When you wash your hands, watch your 6’ distance with others, and wear a mask in public places, you directly influence the safe opening of schools and learning for our children. Our actions add up, and we can and will get through this global pandemic.
Pegge Erkeneff, Director of Communications, Community, and Government Relations
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
148 N. Binkley Street
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
direct: 907.714.8847 main: 907.714.8888
www.KPBSD.org | Twitter @KPBSD | Facebook KPBSD
KPBSD will inspire all learners to pursue their dreams in a rigorous, relevant and responsive environment.
7/23/20 Information on Tuesday's Tsunami Warnings and Advisories
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
07/22/20 Hey K-Pen! Guess What Day It Is?...
The deadline is fast approaching. Friday - July 24, 2020 at 5:00PM.
Small Businesses in KPB unincorporated communities, commercial fisheries or big game guides on the K-Pen, nonprofits outside the boundaries of the six cities...
Apply today for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant program. More information or apply online at https://cares.kpb.us or call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153 before the application closes.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
07/21/20 A Draft Stays a Draft Until You Hit Submit...
|Apply at https://cares.kpb.us|
For those that have submitted an application, be sure to check your email. We may need more information. If so, the reviewer will give you access to the application so you may add the requested information.
Monday, July 20, 2020
07/20/20 Borough's Grant Program Allows You to Apply Even if You've Received Other COVID-19 Related Financial Assistance
Just remember to keep separate accounting and backup documentation for each grant that you receive... don't use the same bag of receipts for the different grants that you may receive.
Federal funds cannot be used to pay for the exact same cost or activity already paid for from another source of funding. This is sometimes referred to as duplication of benefits (DOB) or “double-dipping.” Entities using multiple funding sources should be aware of the different authorities and program requirements for each funding source, being careful to avoid DOB in instances where they are paying for similar costs or activities from multiple sources. If you're a small business or nonprofit located in an unincorporated community, visit https://cares.kpb.us to learn about the borough's grant program or to submit an application. You may also call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153.
Sunday, July 19, 2020
07/19/20 Do Your Addresses Match? Learn How to Properly Submit an Application Through The Borough's Grant Program
Join us live or catch the video at a later time to learn how to properly apply for the Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant. For program information and application visit https://cares.kpb.us.
Saturday, July 18, 2020
07/18/20 Grant Application Process Made Easy - Join Borough Staff This Sunday July 19, 2020
Learn how to apply for the Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant with Brenda Ahlberg, Community & Fiscal Projects Manager. Brenda and members of the team will walk you through the online application process and answer questions during the livestream. For program information and application visit https://cares.kpb.us. Let us help you get to through the review with ease. See you Sunday!
07/18/20 Kenai Peninsula Borough to Host Live Facebook Event Sunday - July 19, 2020
|Click HERE for event information.|
Join us on Facebook @KPBalerts Sunday July 19th at 4PM. Brenda Ahlberg, Community & Fiscal Projects Manager, will provide an overview of the KPB CARES Act Relief Fund with Q&A to follow. Comments will continue to be monitored and answered after the live event.
Learn how your small business or nonprofit can apply for a grant through the Borough's program at https://cares.kpb.us.
Friday, July 17, 2020
7/17/20 Kenai Peninsula Borough SITREP
Thursday, July 16, 2020
07/16/20 How To Estimate A Borough Award Using The Funding Matrix
Learn more or how to apply today at https://cares.kpb.us
Grants Will Be Divided into Five Levels:
- Up to $1,750 based on 2019 gross revenues of $20,000 to $50,000
- Up to $3,500 based on 2019 gross revenues of $50,001 to $100,000
- Up to $8,750 based on 2019 gross revenues of $100,001 to $250,000
- Up to $17,500 based on 2019 gross revenues of $250,001 to $500,000
- Up to $35,000 based on 2019 gross revenues of more than $500,000
Note: All grant awards are subject to availability of funds. If the demand for grants exceeds the Borough’s available funds, the Borough reserves the right to adjust the grant amounts to all recipients to stay within available funding.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
07/15/20 Borough CARES Act Relief Fund Grant Program Open to Eligible Commercial Fish, Big Game or Fishing Guides
Apply for the Borough's grant program at https://cares.kpb.us or call 907-714-2153 for more information.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
07/14/20 W-9 Form Required with The Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund Grant Application
Be sure to include a current IRS W-9 form with the application. The W-9 form also known as a "Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification" asks for basic tax identification number. A TIN can be also be a social security number or employer identification number.
TIP: Before signing the W-9, be sure the TIN matches the tax information listed on your application. Keep a copy of the W9 with your application documents. You can download a fillable W-9 from the IRS official site at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf. For more information on the Borough CARES Act Relief Fund grant program or to complete an application, visit https://cares.kpb.us.
Monday, July 13, 2020
07/13/20 Be Sure to Check Your Spam Account
Be sure to respond to the confirmation email. For some folks, this email may be found in your spam account.
Visit https://cares.kpb.us to start your application today. Application period closes 5:00 PM July 24, 2020.
Sunday, July 12, 2020
07/12/20 Borough's Online Application Opens 8:00AM Monday 07/13/20
The Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant application opens Monday July 13th at 8:00AM. The online application is easy and the questions straightforward because the Borough's priority is getting the funds to small businesses and nonprofits that qualify.
Visit https://cares.kpb.us or call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153 to learn more about eligibility and what's needed to apply.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
07/11/20 Is Your Business or Nonprofit Located Outside City Limits?
Friday, July 10, 2020
07/10/20 Community Open House Events Scheduled to Assist Applicants
Let us help you get to YES! on your application. Learn how your small business or nonprofit can apply for a KPB CARES Act Relief Fund grant. Borough staff have scheduled meetings throughout the K-Pen (see initial schedule below). Meetings for other areas of the K-Pen will be posted here also. Please help share this information in your local community.
Cooper Landing Open House
Monday, July 13, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
21849 Sterling Hwy, Cooper Landing, AK 99572
Hope Open House
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Hope Social Hall
18397 B St, Hope, AK 99605
Lowell Point Open House
Thursday, July 16, 2020
9:00AM - 11:00AM
Penny Hardy Community Center
13915 Lowell Point Rd, Seward, AK 99664
Bear Creek Open House
Thursday, July 16, 2020
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Bear Creek Fire Station
13105 Seward Hwy, Seward, AK 99664
Moose Pass Open House
Thursday, July 16, 2020
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Moose Pass Community Center ~ Mile 29.5 Seward Hwy.
COVID-19 MITIGATION WILL BE PRACTICED AT ALL LOCATIONS
• Masks and 6' personal distance is recommended
• Hand sanitizer will be provided
• Laptops will be sanitized in between each user
• Program will be an open house format
• No formal presentation to help with social distancing
• KPB staff will be available for questions and to assist with the application process
For more information visit https://cares.kpb.us or call the grants division at 907-714-2153
7/10/20 Kenai Peninsula Borough SITREP
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
07/08/20 Borough's Grant Program Opens Next Monday for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
KPBSD Board of Education action to approve revised first day of school for students, and KPBSD COVID19 Smart Start 2020 Plan
News Release: KPBSD Smart Start 2020
How will COVID19 risk levels Affect K-12 Education, and WHEN WILL the First day of school BE for students?
Soldotna, July 8, 2020—During their Monday, July 13, 2020 meeting at 6:00 PM, the KPBSD Board of Education will take action to approve the KPBSD COVID19 Smart Start 2020 plan, and change the first day of school for students to Monday, August 24, 2020.
Smart Start 2020
Preparations for the safe and prudent reopening of schools in August 2020 has been ongoing for two months. Twenty members of the KPBSD 2020 Smart Start Work Group designed the KPBSD plan to address how K-12 education and activities in our diverse schools will take place depending on low (green), medium (yellow), or high (red) risk COVID19 community transmission scenarios. The KPBSD plan will continue to be revised as medical information, science, and the pandemic situation evolves throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development requires all school districts to submit their plan by July 31, 2020. The recommended action for the Board of Education is to approve the KPBSD plan. After approval, on July 14, 2020, the plan will be available at the KPBSD Smart Start webpage. You can view the document now in BoardDocs.
Delay first day of school for students by four days
Changing the first day of school for students to August 24, 2020, will provide four additional critical in-service workdays for staff. COVID19 brings a significant number of extra health and safety measures, instructional options for parents and guardians, school routine shifts, schedules, and operational procedures. These four additional in-service and staff workdays will ensure a smooth and safe startup of schools during the COVID19 pandemic. The recommended action for the Board of Education is to change to first day of school for students from the original date of Tuesday August 18, to Monday August 24, 2020.
6:00 PM, Monday, July 13, 2020, Board of Education meeting
The Board of Education will hold a virtual and telephonic meeting in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, George A. Navarre Administration Building, in Soldotna. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and CDC recommendations, this meeting will not be physically open to the public. However, the meeting will remain public.
The public is invited to listen and participate by calling the following toll-free number on July 13 at 6:00 p.m.:
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #
· The meeting will be broadcast live on the district website. https://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/
· Anyone can submit comments that will be read during the meeting. Email them to Lisa Gabriel firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020
· To pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or for technical difficulties or questions, contact Lisa Gabriel at 907-714-8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
· Board of Education BoardDocs meeting schedule and documents
· July 13, 2020 Action Item: Approval of KPBSD Smart Start 2020 Plan
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
07/07/20 Grant Opportunity for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in the Kenai Peninsula Borough
The first project to be completed is Grants to Small Businesses and Nonprofits. Please click INFORMATION for a printable version of the Relief Fund program guide. The guide is an informative document that is being distributed to assist small businesses and nonprofits that would like to apply for a grant under the borough’s program. Thanks to many that assisted in the development of this final document.
The application period is coming soon and will be open for two weeks, starting 8:00AM July 13, 2020 and closing 5:00PM July 24, 2020. The grant program, jurisdictional mapping tool and the 21 projects are hosted at https://cares.kpb.us. This site will be updated as projects are completed or to see where these federal funds have been distributed throughout the borough. Only total dollar amounts distributed in the unincorporated areas will be indicated on the interactive map. No proprietary information will be published. NOTE: The online application will also be accessible on this page too.
You may also visit the borough legislative links to learn more about the 21 approved projects at:
Community & Fiscal Projects Manager / Information Officer