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March 18, 2021: Tentative Agreement

Since COVID-19 first impacted our schools on March 2, 2020, we have held student and staff safety at the center of our decisions. Today, March 18, 2021, the Kent School District (KSD) and Kent Education Association (KEA) have reached a tentative agreement for all kindergarten to sixth-grade students in alignment with the governor's emergency proclamation to provide an option to return to in-person learning in our school buildings safely. 

The tentative agreement must be approved by KEA membership. Also, the Kent School Board will review the tentative agreement in an exempt session tonight, March 18. However, no action is required of the Board for approval. Details of the schedule will be shared tomorrow, March 19, to allow KEA to first share this news with their members.  

On Friday, March 19, kindergarten to sixth-grade families will log in to Skyward Family Access to select an in-person learning model or a 100% remote learning model for the remainder of this school year.  

K-6 families, please ensure that your email address and phone number are updated in Skyward Family Access and check your email or text messages starting tomorrow for the important message with instructions on how to choose hybrid or remote learning for the remainder of the school year. We will need families to respond by midnight on Thursday, March 25.  

Bargaining continues as labor partners work to come to an agreement to bring PreK, middle and high school students back to classrooms on April 19. Once an agreement is reached, PreK and 7-12 grade families will also receive the enrollment form through Skyward Family Access to choose hybrid or remote learning for the remainder of the school year.