Category Archives: District News

November Update

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

October Update

COVID-19 Dashboard

October 2020

I can’t say it often enough.  Our students and families have been so supportive as we began this very unusual school year.  We appreciate and acknowledge all you are doing at home to help your students succeed in this challenging environment.  Our teachers, staff and administrators are committed to reinventing, adapting and changing their work, while keeping education of all students as the top priority.   Thank you again for all you do.

George Joseph
Kent City Schools Superintendent

News and updates

Picture of tent number 1 at Roosevelt stadium Picture of tent number 2 at Roosevelt Stadium.

  • Two large tents have been leased and erected at the stadium to serve as outdoor locker rooms for Roosevelt home football games on October 2, 9 and 16.
  • In response to the increased use of the Internet by our teachers and students during the pandemic, we recently upgraded fiber lines and increased bandwidth at our buildings.
  • Congratulations to Benjamin Mudrak, who was recently named a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Ben is an early graduate of Roosevelt High School.
  • Free Covid-19 testing will be available on Friday, October 9, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 10, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Summit County Public Health building at 1867 West Market in Akron. Insurance will be billed, if applicable.  There is no cost to those who are uninsured.

Planning for building improvements moving ahead
Thanks to the support of Kent voters who approved a $25 million “No New Tax” Bond Issue in the spring, plans are progressing on a number of projects and upgrades in the district.  Teachers, administrators, coaches and others met recently with representatives from ThenDesign Architecture and Shook Construction Co. to review preliminary plans for a new gymnasium and fieldhouse at Roosevelt, as well as upgrades to the Richard Roberts Auditorium.

Layouts of the proposed 14,000-square-foot gym, which includes a new entryway, ticket booth, concession stand, locker rooms, restrooms, multi-purpose room and other amenities, were reviewed.  The field house, located near the Roosevelt football stadium, will have a ticket booth, concession stand, restrooms, locker rooms and an athletic training room.

Preliminary plans for changes to the 50-year-old Richard Roberts Auditorium include adding two aisleways on the main floor level featuring runway lights on the floors and new LED lighting throughout.  Seats will be replaced with square back seats with wooden armrests and red upholstery, new carpeting and include additional handicapped accessible seats in front and back of the auditorium.

September Update

Dear parents and guardians,

Welcome back!

It is with great anticipation and excitement that I welcome all of our students and families back to school.  Whether your child will be attending in person or remotely, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to teach your children.  Our staff has worked long hours to prepare for our students return to school this year.

We look forward to seeing kids in our buildings and providing online opportunities for learning and instruction!  We are certainly living in an unprecedented time, and none of us could have imagined the challenges we have already navigated.  More challenges lie ahead, but as always, we believe that together we will be successful in our journey.

News and updates

  • Our new district nurse is Stephanie Young, who is helping coordinate our health protocols.
  • Large canopy tents have been leased from a local company and erected at every building. These tents will be used until Thanksgiving break for band and choir, as well as for outdoor classes.
  • Thanks to our partnership with Kent Displays—the same people who make Boogie Boards—the district purchased 4,000 face shields. Each student attending school will receive one, which they can wear if they choose along with their required face mask.
  • Desks were purchased to replace classroom tables to allow for social distancing.

Please know that we will continue to share additional information over the next several weeks and for the foreseeable future.  We want to clearly communicate all that we are doing to keep our schools open, productive and safe.  On behalf of our staff at the Kent City Schools, I would like to thank you for supporting us and entrusting the education of your child to us.

Looking forward to a safe start,

George Joseph
Kent City Schools Superintendent