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January Update

Dear Parents,

Kent City Schools will return to the Cohort A/B two day, in-person blended model after winter break.  That means the Tuesday/Thursday cohort A will return to school on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, and the Wednesday/Friday cohort B returns to school on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.  As we have emphasized again and again, it is of the highest dual priorities that our children have meaningful in-person learning and that they remain safe and healthy.

We have been able to successfully achieve a safe school environment all year with our blended learning model, and everyone has benefited from the stability of the schedule and from our school safety protocols.  Moving forward, we will continue to maintain safe, in-person instruction for 2021 in the blended model regardless of our county’s health risk advisory designation.  Our schools have been proven to be the safest locations for students and staff.

The possibility continues that due to external circumstances beyond our control (such as a staffing shortage) a building or buildings may need to temporarily shift to remote learning.  Please know that we have a contingency plan if needed.

We wish you a happy and healthy Holiday Season and look forward to seeing our students in January 2021.

Sincerely,

George Joseph
Superintendent


To our parents and community members,

Update on Covid-19 in our schools
Our teachers and staff continue to work hard every day to educate all students and support our families, but the rise in cases of coronavirus has us worried.  I urge all of you to consider the potential negative impact to all our children’s education when people choose to gather without safety precautions.

Please note that we have updated our Covid-19 dashboard to add the information requested by families.  On the dashboard, you can see the number of positive Covid-19 cases for staff and students for each building, per week and per month.  District administrators continue to monitor Ohio’s health advisory system and are in contact with the Kent City Health Department.

Welcome new Parent Mentor
Welcome to Patty Restaine, who is the new Parent Mentor for the Kent Schools.  Supported by a federal grant, Parent Mentors offer support and guidance to parents and families of students enrolled in Special Education programs. Contact Patty: (330)676-7661  OR email:  parentmentor@kentschools.net

Design development phase underway
As part of the “No New Tax” Bond Issue improvements now underway, team members from ThenDesign Architecture and Shook Construction are refining the design and pricing for the many projects planned across the district.  This phase will be completed by the end of December and construction drawings will be finished for bidding in Spring of 2021.

Kent students will have a number of opportunities to observe and ask questions about the building process.  Recently, students in the Forestry and Landscape Management program watched the geotechnical soil boring process conducted at the site of the new Roosevelt gymnasium.  Soil samples were collected at various depths and then sent to a lab for recommendations of foundation systems.

Thank you for your support.  Have a safe holiday season.

George Joseph
Kent City Schools Superintendent

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.