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May Update

THANK YOU KENT banner in front of Board of Education building

May 2020

Dear parents and community members:

Thank you Kent voters for your support of the “No New Tax” Bond Issue
Thank you to the Kent community for your overwhelming support of the Kent City Schools by voting to support the “No New Tax” Bond Issue in April’s primary election.  Remember that your approval of the Bond Issue will NOT raise your taxes, but it will make a huge difference in making needed improvements and upgrades to our six school buildings.

Our Board of Education plans to move quickly to contract with a design/architecture firm and to interview construction management-at-risk firms.  Depending on the current situation with COVID-19, we hope to get started on some of the projects as soon as possible.  More information will posted on this webpage.

Information on distance learning for students
Our schools will be closed until the end of the school year as directed by Governor Mike DeWine.  All students have Google Account credentials to login with a Chromebook or another computer. Their student number @kentschools.net and unique password will allow them to access Google Classroom and a variety of other learning resources.  Please visit ​www.kentschools.net/chromebook for more Information and resources.

All school playgrounds are closed
All schools, school playgrounds and outside facilities are closed.

FREE meals available for all students in our community
Kent City Schools is providing free breakfasts and lunches for all students during this mandated school closure.  Meals can be picked up at five different sites in Kent each weekday.  Each student receives a free lunch to take home, as well as a free breakfast for the next day.  No registration is needed, and parents can pick up meals for their children.  The Ben Curtis Family Foundation is providing Birdie Bags each FRIDAY!

Click here for details on distribution sites and times on our Food Services page.

COVID CareLine available to all

The COVID CareLine is a new, toll-free number and emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  Behavioral health professionals will staff the CareLine from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. They will offer confidential support in times of personal crisis when individuals may be struggling to cope with current challenges in their lives.  After 8 p.m., calls roll over to a national hotline.  Call 1-800-720-9616 to connect.  If you would like to find mental health resources in your county go to:  continuum.oberlinkconsulting.com or
u.osu.edu/cphp/ohio-mental-health-resources-guides.

A final note from Superintendent George Joseph
The support of our Kent community has been outstanding during this difficult and challenging time for all of us.  Please know that we appreciate your support.  The best way to protect yourself and others is by staying at home.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

April Update

April 2020

Dear parents and community members:

Our school closure has been extended  until the end of the school year, as directed by Governor Mike DeWine. Here is an update on other news about our response to the COVID-19 shutdown.

Distribution of Chromebooks for distance learning planned for April 2, 3 and 6
Recently, Kent families were asked in a survey if their students needed to borrow a Chromebook for distance learning while schools are closed.  The families who responded will be notified by their child’s principal of a specific time to pick up a Chromebook and power cords on either Thursday, April 2, Friday, April 3, or Monday, April 6.  Parents will drive up to an outside station at their child’s school building at the following appointed times but will not leave their vehicles.
Note:  Chromebooks will be distributed ONLY to the families who have contacted the District.

Davey Elementary School
Thursday – Pick up: 1:00-2:30 p.m. – alphabet A-L and 2:30-4:00 p.m. – alphabet M-Z
Friday – Pick up: Makeup 9:00-10:30 a.m. alphabet A-Z

Holden Elementary School
Thursday – Pick up: 1:00-2:30 p.m. – alphabet A-L and 2:30-4:00 p.m. – alphabet M-Z
Friday – Pick up: Makeup 9:00-10:30 a.m. alphabet A-Z

Longcoy Elementary School
Thursday – Pick up: 9:00-10:30 a.m. – alphabet A-L and 10:30 a.m.-noon – alphabet M-Z Friday – Pick up: Makeup 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. alphabet A-Z

Walls Elementary School
Thursday – Pick up: 9:00-10:30 a.m.- alphabet A-L and 10:30 a.m.-noon – alphabet M-Z
Friday – Pick up: Makeup 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. alphabet A-Z

Stanton Middle School
Thursday – Pick up: 10:00 a.m.-noon – alphabet A-M and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.–alphabet N-Z
Friday – Pick up: Makeup 10:00 a.m.-noon alphabet A-Z

Roosevelt High School
Friday – Pick-up: 10:00 a.m.-noon – alphabet A-M and 1:00-3:00 p.m. alphabet N-Z
Monday – Pick up: Makeup 10:00-noon alphabet A-Z

Parents must submit and sign a FinalForms document on each child in order to borrow a Chromebook at https://kentschools-oh.finalforms.com.

If you are unable to access FinalForms, please contact the Chromebook Hotline (330) 676-7673.

Those parents who cannot pick up a Chromebook can call their child’s school to make other arrangements.  The surface of each Chromebook has been deep cleaned with a disinfectant solution created and donated by AlphaMicron, a Kent company.

Thanks to AlphaMicron for sanitizer spray
AlphaMicron, a Kent company which is a global leader in liquid crystal photonics, recently produced hand sanitizer spray in its chemistry labs and donated it to the Kent Schools.  According to CEO Bahman Taheri, the company continues to operate during the shutdown because it is a military contractor.  “During this time, we are also using our facility to also try to help our local community,” he explains.  AlphaMicron has been a longtime supporter of the Kent Schools, and company leaders have been involved in Manufacturing Day worksite visits for Stanton Middle School students.

Need internet at home for distance learning?
If you need Internet at home, both Spectrum and AT&T are offering free Internet for the next several months.

Call 1-855-243-8892 for two free months of Internet and WiFi from Spectrum or call 1-855-220-5211 to get two free months of Internet from AT&T, for qualifying households.

Spectrum – https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-educational-internet-offer

AT&T –
https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/#!/

Information on distance learning for students
All students have Google Account credentials to login with a Chromebook or another computer. Their student number @kentschools.net and unique password will allow them to access Google Classroom and a variety of other learning resources.

Please visit ​www.kentschools.net/chromebook for more Information and resources.
 
All school playgrounds are closed
All school playgrounds and outside facilities are closed as of Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
 
Kent Schools donates extra masks to first responders
Kent Schools donated approximately 100 N95 respirator masks to the Kent Health Department for use by Kent first responders, including the police and fire department.

These masks were gathered from health clinics located in every school, as well as others from Career-Technical Education programs at Roosevelt High School.  The Kent Health Department made the request.

FREE meals available for all children in our community
Kent City Schools is providing free breakfasts and lunches for all children during this mandated school closure.  Meals can be picked up at five different sites in Kent each weekday.  Each child receives a free lunch to take home, as well as a free breakfast for the next day.  No registration is needed, and parents can pick up meals for their children.  The Ben Curtis Family Foundation is providing Birdie Bags each FRIDAY!

Click here for details on distribution sites and times.

How to vote in Ohio’s all-mail primary election
Ohio’s primary, which included the Kent Schools “No New Tax” Bond Issue on the ballot, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Recently, Ohio legislators approved an all-mail vote in the rescheduled primary election.  (Ballots from those residents who voted early or who submitted absentee ballots will be counted.)

Registered voters who did not vote early must now vote by mail.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked by April 27.
Voting is a two-step process:
First, request an absentee ballot application and return it by mail

  • Request an absentee ballot application by noon on April 25th. You will NOT be mailed a ballot unless you request one.
  • Call the Portage County Board of Elections at 330-297-3511, and they will send you an application to request an absentee ballot. You must fill this out and then mail it to the Portage County Board of Elections.  Then you will receive a ballot by mail.
  • Or visit VoteOhio.gov. You can fill out a request for a ballot online, print it off and then mail it to the Portage County Board of Elections.
  • There are instructions to follow if you don’t have a printer on VoteOhio.gov.

 
Second, fill out your ballot and return it by mail or use the secure drop-box

  • Absentee ballots must be postmarked by April 27.
  • Address of Portage County Board of Elections: Administration Building, Room 101, 449 South Meridian Street, Ravenna, OH  44266

Final note from Superintendent George Joseph
These are incredibly challenging times for our parents, students and community members—and for all of us in the Kent City Schools. We will get through this difficult time by working together!  Please know that we appreciate all you are doing to help us.  The outreach and support of the Kent community has been outstanding.  Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools.  The best way to protect yourself and others is by staying-at-home.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

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