Influenza Toolkit

Students should have received the Stay At Home Influenza Toolkit (PDF). This booklet contains prevention techniques, caregiving suggestions, staying healthy techniques, etc.

What should you do if your child gets sick?

The Portage County Health Department recommends that your child stays home until they are well again.  Seek immediate medical treatment if the symptoms become very severe.  Most people have a fever with the flu.  The fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol, before returning to normal activities.

Friend of Kent Schools


Recently, Ron Burbick was presented a Friend of the Kent City Schools award by the Kent Board of Education. In addition to his longtime support of the Kent schools and community, Burbick helped underwrite the cost to send all fifth graders in the Kent City Schools to the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, part of the Art Bus Fundraiser.


Kent Board of Education recently honored Rosalee Hodge for her longtime volunteer work with Kent Instrumental Music Boosters, which supports the music department. She has served as president of the group for four years and as treasurer and recording secretary. In addition, Hodge has coordinated numerous fundraisers, made arrangements for band camp, planned out-of-state band trips and designed a keepsake senior program each year. Presenting Hodge with her award, from left, Board of Education President Brian Boykin and Roosevelt band director Andrew Sundman.

H1N1 Update

Dear Parents or Guardians,

The health of your child is very important to you and to all of us in Kent Schools. By now you have heard and read about the potential impact of the H1N1 virus.

The Portage County Health Department has organized a plan to vaccinate all Portage County school students. Vaccination clinics will be set-up in the schools for a two-step inoculation process that is four weeks apart; the first inoculation is scheduled for November. Parent permission slips will be an important part of this process.

Even though more information is forthcoming, please review the tips H1N1 Fact Sheet  and Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Tips from Portage County Health District. As soon as the details are released about this free opportunity for Kent students, you will be contacted. Finally, be aware that your own family’s plans for receiving seasonal flu shots from your doctor do not need to be changed because the H1N1 vaccination may be administered regardless of when your child receives a seasonal flu shot.


Dr. Joe Giancola