June Update

June 2020

Dear parents and community members,

As this very unusual school year draws to a close, thank you to our parents for all you have done for your children to help them make the transition to online learning.  It has definitely been challenging for all of us, but I am proud of the way everyone has handled the situation.

Please know that every day we are monitoring guidelines from the CDC, ODH, ODE, the Governor’s office and local health departments.  We take those recommendations very seriously, as we make our plans for reopening school this fall.  Check back to this website for more specific details as decisions are made.  Thank you again, and I hope all of you can enjoy your summer break while continuing to follow the Governor’s guidelines to stay safe.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020
Graduation for our 270 seniors took place on Saturday, May 30, along Roosevelt Drive.  You can watch the graduation video, which also includes musical performances and traditional speeches, here.  Each senior received a yard sign donated by Advanced Display of Kent.  A big thank you to our parents, Senior Class officers, Roosevelt administrators and staff and especially Dr. John Roebke and Corey Fowler for their help with the ceremony and video.

All-day kindergarten is offered at no cost to Kent families. Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2020, should register their students as soon as possible to ensure that their child has space in their home elementary school.  Go to  www.kentschools.net/kindergarten  for more details.

Rough Rider Reads returns this summer with free books
Now in its second year, Rough Rider Reads returns this summer.  Every student in kindergarten through twelfth grade will receive a free book.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, students with last names beginning with A to M are asked to come between 5 and 6 p.m. and those with last names beginning with N to Z between 6 and 7 p.m.  Volunteers wearing masks and gloves will distribute the books to children, who must stay in their cars until their turn.  No food or activities are planned for this year.

  • June 16, 5 – 7 p.m., Longcoy Elementary
  • June 30, 5 – 7 p.m., Davey Elementary
  • July 14, 5 – 7 p.m., Al Lease Park
  • July 28, 5 – 7 p.m., Holden Elementary
  • August 11, 5 – 7 p.m., Walls Elementary

Information on free summer meals
Summer meals will be provided free from June 1 to August 7.

LoveLight Summer Meal Program – CLICK HERE
Villages at Franklin Crossing
Athena Drive Apartments
Summit Gardens Apartments
Heritage Knolls

Community Action Council of Portage County Summer Meal Program – CLICK HERE
Kent Recreation Center
Lake Brady United Methodist Church – until August 14

Thank you again for your support of the Kent City Schools,

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools