November Update

COVID-19 DashboardWe have updated the Dashboard format.  If you happen to get a permission error when you click the link, clear the cache on your browser.

We are asking parents to complete a survey as we prepare for the 2nd semester. 

School resumes after Winter Break on Tuesday, January 5th, and the 2nd semester begins on Monday, January 11th of 2021. 

We plan to start the 2nd semester on January 11th with the current hybrid and remote learning plan.  We will continue to monitor conditions that may facilitate a change to this plan. 

The link to FinalForms is kentschools-oh.finalforms.com

Please register your preference by Sunday, November 29th.

Thank you, and stay safe!

George Joseph
Superintendent

Update on Covid-19 in our schools
Our students and families have been so supportive of the many adjustments we have had to make during this challenging start to school.  Please know that our teachers, staff and administrators are committed to providing the best education for all students.  Visit our Covid-19 dashboard for the latest updates.

Because of Covid-19 restrictions and safety protocols, Kent families were offered two choices for their students—either two days of in-classroom learning and three days of remote learning or 100% remote learning.  Approximately 1,000 students across the district attend classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while another 1,000 attend on Wednesdays and Fridays.  About 1,000 students participate in remote learning five days per week.

Everyone in our school buildings wears face masks and practices social distancing.  Parents and caregivers are expected to perform daily symptom and temperature checks of each student prior to coming to school.  Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and restrooms is done throughout the school day.  District administrators continue to monitor Ohio’s health advisory system and are in contact with the Kent City Health Department.

As we head into cooler weather and flu season, we continue to worry about the spread of coronavirus in closed spaces.  Please consider the potential negative impact made to all our children’s education when families choose to attend parties and celebrations held without safety precautions.

After Winter Break, we are planning to continue our current Blended Cohort Model of two days of in-classroom learning and three days of remote learning. We will also continue to offer the 100% remote learning option. Parents will receive a survey in November to maintain or change in-classroom assignment vs.100% remote for their children depending on space available. Once again, we will also continue to monitor our health advisory system and will stay in contact with the Kent City Health Department for guidance.

District awarded $2.1 million literacy grant
            Kent Schools recently received a four-year, $2.1 million literacy grant from the Ohio Department of Education.  One of only two districts in the state awarded a K-12 grant, funding will positively impact all grade levels.  The purpose of the grant is to raise student literacy achievement by focusing on improving the reading and writing ability of all students.

Thank you for your support,

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools