Back to School Information
Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer break and are ready to get started in an eventful and unique fall opening!
As you most likely are aware, on September 3 first through sixth grades will start the 2020-21 school year. Our Kindergarteners will begin on September 9. We will start the year with remote learning to best protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and families.
Our teachers have been working unbelievably hard over the course of the entire summer to provide the best possible virtual learning experience they can offer! I am very proud and impressed with all their efforts. This has sure been a learning experience for all of us.
More specifics will be coming in the very near future about a distribution plan of instructional materials and resources for all students.
Communication between home and school is more critical now than ever before, especially as we continue to learn more about COVID-19 guidance continues to change. I will provide information to families and staff via:
- Recorded messages
- Our school website
- School newsletters
Please ensure your information is updated in Skyward. If you need help updating this information, you can email our data processor, Debbie Welch at Deborah.Welch@kent.k12.wa.us or CustomerSupportCenter@kent.k12.wa.us and they will assist you.
Remote School Hours
Our official start and stop times and daily schedules will be sent to you soon! Your child’s teacher will be making an initial “Hi” contact sometime in the next week or so.
We have posted our supply lists for remote learning on our website. Students may receive additional supply information to support remote learning from their teachers the first week of school. Feel free to reach out to the school is supply list support is needed.
Even though our building will not be open, the district will provide meals to children for each school day. Meals will be distributed weekly to students on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at designated locations. Meal packages will include five breakfasts and five lunches.
To help ensure students can fully engage in remote or online learning, the Kent School District will continue to provide laptops for all K-12 students. WiFi hotspots are also available for some students, so they have the tools needed to learn from a distance.
During the school year, students and families will have access to in-person support for technology, by appointment in alignment with safety and social distancing protocols. Learn more about laptop support and find answers to frequently asked technology questions on the KSD website.
Looking Forward to Another Great Year
Our ability to reopen schools safely is directly related to what is happening in our community. Until then, thank you for social distancing, minimizing interactions with others outside your home, washing your hands frequently, and wearing a face covering. Please keep in mind that the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve with each passing day. Find the latest updates and information on the KSD website.
This school year will be a new journey for all of us. Please know that our team remains committed to the health and safety and academic success of all students and staff as we move forward together. I look forward to another great year with our students!