Category Archives: District News

July Update

Dear Kent City School parents and families,

This is a stressful time for all of us and the news about the coronavirus changes daily.   I know that our Kent parents and families are very interested in the plans for school reopening in August.

Let me share the information I have at this point.

First, our number one concern is the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff.  We received some information from Governor DeWine late last week, and we are incorporating this into our plans.

These are the issues we are dealing with…

  • Because students must be separated by six feet as often as possibleour buses can transport only a very limited number of students—half or fewer of the usual riders.
  • We also must reconfigure our classrooms to allow six feet from each student’s desk.  Our classrooms can only hold half of the usual students, so this is the reason that only half of our students can attend in-person classes each day.  

Therefore, we are considering a blended, two-day, in-classroom rotation option #1.  Half of the students will report to school two full days per week while the other half of the students participate in at-home learning. All students will be provided with remote learning materials.  Each Monday is used for student follow up to ensure engagement, videoconferencing and interventions, so students in this rotation schedule will work independently at home on Mondays.

There is another option #2 for families of students who choose to NOT send their students to school.  Students will be provided with remote learning materials, which will support virtual learning entirely and independently.  These students do NOT report to school.

We are creating another option #3 for identified students with Special Educational circumstances who will report to school five days per week. These students will receive intervention support in class, working with teachers in small groups while maintaining social distance.

We will be contacting eligible families to ask them to register for bus transportation in the next few weeks.

I understand that this is a lot of information to process.  We do not have all the answers to your questions at this time.  I will be in touch as soon as we incorporate the new guidelines received last week from Governor DeWine.  Thank you for your understanding.

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools


July 2020

Dear parents and community members,

Update on reopening of school in August
As promised, it’s the end of June, and I wanted to communicate the latest information about the reopening of school this fall.  We are taking a proactive approach to ensure that our students and families continue to experience high quality instruction tailored to their needs and comfort levels.  Our number one concern is the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff.

The news about the coronavirus changes daily and, as you know, recent increases in the number of reported cases is very upsetting.  Every day, we continue to monitor guidelines from the CDC, ODH, ODE, the Governor’s office and local health departments.  We expect to hear specific information from the Governor’s office later this week and anticipate making a more formal announcement about our plans at that time.

In the meantime, our administrative team has been working on a variety of options and plans in anticipation of offering different student instructional options next year.

I will be in touch as soon as we receive State guidelines and understand those expectations.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Sincerely,

George Joseph
Superintendent of the Kent City Schools

Class of 2020 scholarship winners
Students in the Class of 2020 received a number of generous scholarships from community members and groups.  For a complete list, check out this website:
https://sites.google.com/kentschools.net/scholarship/home

Register now for Kindergarten 2020-2021
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 neighborhood elementary school.  Visit www.kentschools.net/kindergarten  for more details.

Rough Rider Reads returns this summer with free books
Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade who participate in Rough Rider Reads 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.  Walkers must maintain a social distance.  No food or activities are planned for this year.

  • 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 by LoveLight and Community Action Council of Portage County.  See more information at the Food Services link.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

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.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR 2020-21
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

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