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October 15, 2021 KSD Updates

Here are a few important updates for Friday, October 15. Thank you for continuing to read school and district emails, reviewing mail sent home with your student, and checking your school website for the most up-to-date news and information.

KSD Seeks Community Input on Renewal Levy Proposed for February 2022

Each and every student in our district benefits every day from the resources provided by our voters. Unfortunately, there is a gap between what the state funds and the education Kent School District provides to students. Local levy funds make up the difference. There is still time to provide input by the end of day Monday, October 18.

Elementary Conferences Oct. 18-22

Elementary conferences are October 18-22. Conferences will be happening virtually this year due to COVID-19. Please get in touch with your student's teacher for more information about scheduling your student's conference. Also, check out these tips for a successful elementary conference.

Join Us for Fall Community Conversations

This fall, we invite KSD students, families, staff, and the community to join our school board members and district leaders to engage in a meaningful two-way conversation. Three main topics will be shared at each meeting Boundary Changes in 2022-23, the EPO Replacement Levy, and the Board's Superintendent Search. Read more and mark your calendars!

COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates

Please review the most recent changes from the Washington State Department of Health and check symptoms to know when students can come to school and when they need to stay home. Monday, we sent an update about these changes.

A student or staff member experiencing these symptoms should be isolated at home AND get tested for COVID-19. They can return to school after providing a negative COVID-19 test and if they've had no fever within the past 24 hours (without medication) AND symptoms have significantly improved (at this time, we do not accept negative at-home COVID-19 tests):

  • Fever (>100.4°F) or chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough (new, changed, or worsening)

We appreciate your continued efforts to keep COVID-19 infections out of schools and prevent COVID from spreading to others.

Our DARTS team has been working with four new district contact tracers, and we anticipate the new COVID-19 dashboard being available by October 22 on our website.

KSD Staff Vaccination Verification Update

We are pleased to announce that over 93% of Team KSD is fully vaccinated. With less than 33 KSD employees who still need compliance documentation, we are in a great place to meet the October 18, 2021 proclamation compliance deadline. We have approved over 290 exemptions and communicated the expected accommodations of those exemptions:

  1. Continue to maintain social distancing with students and staff
  2. Continue to wear the appropriate PPE (Masks, face shields, etc.) according to CDC guidance
  3. Submit a NEGATIVE Covid test WEEKLY, beginning the week of October 18 and each week after that or until the state makes any changes to the vaccination mandate.

VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) Vaccination Verification

We welcome parents/guardians, families, and community members to volunteer in our schools in person for the 2021-2022 school year. All students, families, staff, volunteers, and visitors must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Per the directive announced by Governor Jay Inslee in Proclamation 21-14, Kent School District legally requires all school district volunteers to get a COVID-19 vaccination and to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. There is no exemption process at this time for volunteers; please get in touch with your principal for remote opportunities to volunteer. Learn more about applying for or renewing your volunteer status in KSD for this school year.

 

Thank you for doing your part to support students, schools, and staff and helping us keep schools open and slow the spread of the virus. It will continue to take all of us, students, families, staff, and our community, working together to support a safe and successful school year.