March Update

March 15, 2020

Dear Kent City Schools Families and Staff Members,

As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will be heeding the advice of Governor Mike DeWine to limit large gatherings, use social (physical) distancing of people in our buildings.  As we attempt to be part of the solution to slow the spread of the virus with a goal of flattening the curve, we want to limit the number of outside people interacting with our students and staff members.

Students will not report to school tomorrow March 16, 2020. School will be closed through Friday April 3rd as mandated by Governor DeWine. All school practices have been canceled as of today. 

Tomorrow, March 16th is considered an In-service day for all staff and they should report as scheduled. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this short notice has created for our families. We will provide details tomorrow afternoon as to how Learning packets and Birdie Bags will be available for parent pick-up on Tuesday, March 17th.  Our clinics will be open at each school starting at 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for parents to pick-up medications on Monday March 16th along with breakfast sacks being available for pick-up between 10:00 and 1:00 in cafeterias.

Out of an abundance of caution, we feel this is the best decision to do everything we can to keep our students and everyone in our community healthy.

As the situation changes, we will continue to provide ongoing communication.

Sincerely,

George J. Joseph
Superintendent
Kent City Schools


March 12, 2020

Dear Parents, staff and school community:

As of today, March 12th Ohio has a fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Three are in Cuyahoga County, one in Stark County, and now one in Trumbull County. This is a rapidly evolving situation which we are continuously monitoring.

Governor Mike DeWine has ordered ALL Ohio schools to close – Effective beginning Tuesday (3/17/20) – with an anticipated return to school on Monday, April 6.

For the safety of students, families, and the community, we are scheduling an early release tomorrow Friday, March 13th with Roosevelt and Stanton dismissing at 12:15 PM and elementary schools dismissing at 1:00 PM. Teachers will create student Learning Packets after early release dismissal for students to take home on Monday, March 16th after school. Monday will be a full day of school for all students and staff, so please plan to send your students on Monday to receive their Learning Packets for the next several weeks. For more information on specific dates and expectations, consult the district website at www.kentschools.net.

March 13- Early Release with RHS /SMS at 12:15 PM and Elementary Schools at 1:00 PM.

March 16- Full Day for Students and Staff (students take Learning Packets home at dismissal)

March 17-20 (Work on Learning Packets from Home)

March 23-27 Spring Break (Vacation)

March 30- April 3 (Work on Learning Packets from Home)

April 6 – Anticipated Return to School

Our plan is to keep students and staff safe and do our part to reduce the spread of coronavirus in our community and beyond. As the situation evolves, we will provide you with updates.

Once again, thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent


March 2020
Dear parents and community members:

Important information about COVID19, the coronavirus

ODH advises that persons follow the usual recommendations for reducing their risk of infection for other illnesses, such as influenza.  These recommendations include:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and to avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

The Ohio Department of Health recommends the following two websites for the most up-to-date information available on COVID19. The Kent City Schools will continue to monitor these websites and all available organizations for updates. The Ohio Department of Health at https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus/2019-nCoV and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html.

What you need to know about the “No New Tax” Bond Issue  on the March 17, 2020 ballot:

Q:  What are some of the improvements and upgrades planned with the “No New Tax” Bond Issue?

A: 

Adding secure VESTIBULE ENTRIES, electronic ACCESS CONTROLS and outside LED LIGHTING at all schools.

Redesigning TRAFFIC PATTERNS and PARKING at Roosevelt.

Installing AIR CONDITIONING in all elementary and high school classrooms. (Stanton Middle School is already air conditioned.)

Replacing CAFETERIA/GYM FLOORS and making other improvements at elementary schools.

Installing an all-sports TURF FIELD and FIELDHOUSE and upgrading the STADIUM with new lighting and a sound system.

Expanding GYMNASIUM facilities at Roosevelt and upgrading the NATATORIUM.

Replacing Roosevelt’s AUDITORIUM SEATS and adding aisles for accessibility.

For a comprehensive list, visit kentschools.net/bondissue

Q:  What is Issue #6, the “No New Tax” Bond Issue?
A:  Because bonds issued over 20 years ago to construct Stanton Middle School and make renovations to Roosevelt High School and Davey Elementary are maturing, Kent Schools is taking advantage of this timing. New bonds, which would NOT raise taxes, will finance the cost of renovations to maintain the community’s investment in the Kent schools

Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools