Return to Headlines

Back to School Update

KSD administrators, teachers, staff, and members of the Back to School Task Force have been hard at work this summer to prepare for a variety of scenarios related to the 2020-21 school year. 

This decision has been made to open remotely due to a large number of COVID-19 cases in our region, in addition to family and staff feedback, and is in alignment with the guidance the district has received from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

We know there are some in our community who will disagree with this decision. Please know that we are acting out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of our students, families, staff, and community members. We hope that we can resume in-person teaching and learning in our school buildings for all students in the near future. 

Even though our school buildings will not be open when school begins, the district will provide meals to children for each school day. Additional meal distribution information, including the free and reduced lunch application for the 2020-21 school year, will be available soon.

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 technology support by appointment in alignment with safety and social distancing protocols.

Although we will be teaching and learning remotely in the short term, the district has a sound plan for welcoming back students and staff to our buildings once it is safe to do so. We have made our plan available to the public for reopening schools, which includes details for three learning scenarios: remote, hybrid, and traditional learning scenarios. This reopening plan must be adopted by the Kent School Board and submitted to OSPI and the Washington State Board of Education two weeks before the first day of school. 

Finally, please understand there are many moving pieces to these plans. We will need to adapt as the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, and as we continue to receive new guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and OSPI. We will be prepared to return to in-person instruction quickly if conditions allow us to do so.

It will take all of us, students, families, staff, and our community, working together to support a safe and successful 2020-2021 school year. We appreciate the support and partnership of our entire KSD community during this health crisis.