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KCS'S COVID-19 UPDATES

We Are Firebirds

 

 

April 1, 2020
GRAB-AND-GO MEAL DISTRIBUTIONS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS

Grab-and-go meals can be picked up on Mondays and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at five of the district's school buildings. Meals will be available for ANY child 18-years-old and younger, as well as our Transition Services students.

To assist the Food and Nutrition Services Department in planning for the grab-and-go meals, please complete this simple form -- http://bit.ly/2UiTnLi

PLEASE DO NOT FILL OUT THE FORM AGAIN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY FILLED IT OUT.

If you do not know your child's School ID Number, or your child does not have an ID Number, please put "Number not Known" in this field on the form.

The Kettering Backpack Program will distribute food items for the weekend on Thursdays at each of the Grab-and-Go distribution sites.

 

GRAB-AND-GO MEAL DISTRIBUTION SITES:

Fairmont High School -- Door 26 (Athletic office entrance at back parking lot)

Kettering Middle School -- Cafeteria driveway at the North parking lot

Greenmont Elementary -- Corner of Briedweng and Wren Circle

John F. Kennedy Elementary -- Back lot of school/cafeteria at drop-off/pick-up line

Southdale Elementary -- Loading dock at west side of school building

 

March 31, 2020
GOV. MIKE DEWINE EXTENDS SCHOOL CLOSURES TO MAY 1

During his news conference on Monday afternoon, Gov. Mike DeWine announced the extension of mandated school closures across Ohio until May 1. This news did not surprise us, as Gov. DeWine had previously indicated during his daily reports that the trajectory of the Coronavirus could necessitate keeping schools closed longer than the initial April 3rd date.

Our teachers are hard at work and will continue developing effective E-Learning lessons and maintaining regular contact with their students and parents throughout the school closures. Our students in kindergarten and 1st grade will move to all-online learning next week. Our K-1 teachers will be in touch with their parents/guardians with more details on the move to E-Learning for our K-1 students.

As always, we are happy to answer any of your questions. Please email all questions and concerns to KCSCOVID19Response@ketteringschools.org.

 

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March 29, 2020
E-LEARNING BEGINS FOR ALL STUDENTS, PRE-K-12, ON MONDAY, MARCH 30

We are eagerly anticipating the start of our E-Learning with our students tomorrow, March 30. Each kindergarten and 1st-grade student should have received a packet to start their work this week. Students in grades 2-12 should have received an email or invitation for their Google Classroom. If a student /parent/guardian has not yet received these items, please email your building or unit principal.

We are all anxious to begin this new challenge, and we know everything will not be perfect this week. We are committed to learning and growing right along with our students and parents. Please see this document, which gives tips and resources for students, parents and teachers as we go down this road together.  

#WeAreFirebieds

#FirebirdsTogether

 

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March 27, 2020
ALL SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS ARE CLOSED

In the interest of safety, ALL Kettering City School District school playgrounds are closed and will remain closed until we are given the OK by Gov. DeWine that students may return to school. This move is in conjunction with the Kettering Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts Department's closure of all playground equipment in city parks.

We thank our parents and guardians in advance for helping us keep children safe by not allowing them to use the playgrounds at our schools and in our parks. 
 

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March 26, 2020
TECHNOLOGY HELP-DESK CALL-LINE ESTABLISHED

We are here for you! In an effort to assist our students and parents/guardians as we move to E-Learning on Monday, March 30, we have established a Technology Help Desk Call-Line that will be covered by KCS staff Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m to 7:30 p.m. 

The Help Desk Call-Line number is (937) 499-2626.

Please use this call-line for technology related questions only and continue to use our dedicated email address of KCSCOVID19Response@ketteringschools.org for all other inquiries regarding the district's response to the COVID-19 crisis.

We also encourage our students/parents/guardians to communicate with your teachers via Google Classrooms or other methods that they have set up with you to support you/your child's E-Learning.

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March 25, 2020
CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION TO TAKE PLACE MARCH 26 & 27

Chromebooks will be distributed at each of our eight elementary schools tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5 to 7 p.m.

Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots will be distributed at each of our eight elementary schools on Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m.-noon and from 5 to 7 p.m.

Parents/guardians should pull up to the normal drop off/pick up location at their child’s school and remain in their car. Parents/guardians will be asked to provide the name(s) of the student(s) getting a Chromebook or hotspot. The requested equipment will then be given through the car window.

Parents/guardians are required to complete the online request form prior to pick up. 

YOU MUST REQUEST A CHROMEBOOK IN ADVANCE so that we can make sure we have enough devices for everyone. To request a Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot, please go to  https://tinyurl.com/KCSChromebooks to complete the online form. 

If anyone in your household has a fever or symptoms of the virus, we ask that you please email our dedicated email address at KCSCOVID19Response@ketteringschools.org to request an alternate way of getting your Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot. 

 

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March 24, 2020
GRAB-AND-GO DISTRIBUTION PLAN FOR REST OF WEEK

We will be distributing breakfast and lunch meals for the rest of the week tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25. This means you will be picking up meals for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for your child(ren) when you go to your pick-up location tomorrow. 

Please consider bringing a box or shopping bag with you when you pick up your meals; this will make the distribution of multiple meals go more smoothly!

Please continue to submit any questions you may have to our email address -- KCSCOVID19Response@ketteringschools.org

Thank you!!

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March 23, 2020
REMINDER -- 'GRAB-and-GO' MEALS BEGIN TODAY

The Food and Nutrition Services has a plan in place to provide breakfast and lunch meals to Kettering children during the extended school closure.

Beginning today, Monday, March 23, 2020, grab-and-go meals can be picked up daily between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at five of the district's school buildings. Meals will be available for ANY Kettering child 18-years-old and younger, as well as our Transition Services students.

To assist the Food and Nutrition Services Department in planning for the grab-and-go meals, please complete this simple form -- http://bit.ly/2UiTnLi

If you do not know your child's School ID Number, or your child does not have an ID Number, please put "Number not Known" in this field on the form.

Please click here to access the breakfast and lunch Grab-and Go Menus.

 

GRAB-AND-GO MEAL DISTRIBUTION SITES:

Fairmont High School -- Door 26 (Athletic office entrance at back parking lot)

Kettering Middle School -- Cafeteria driveway at the North parking lot

Greenmont Elementary -- Corner of Briedweng and Wren Circle

John F. Kennedy Elementary -- Back lot of school/cafeteria at drop-off/pick-up line

Southdale Elementary -- Loading dock at west side of school building

 

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March 22, 2020
CHROMEBOOKS TO BE DISTRIBUTED AT DISTRICT'S EIGHT ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS

The Kettering City Schools will be providing Chromebooks to any student in grades K-5 to support their online learning.  Students who have a family home computer will be able to access and complete the online learning from their home computer.

Internet access is required to participate in the online learning that will begin for Kettering Schools students, on Monday, March 30.

If you do not have internet access at home, Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.  We encourage families who don’t have WiFi at home to take advantage of this offer.

For students who do not have internet at home, who are unable to utilize the Spectrum offer, and are unable to access the internet through any other means, the Kettering City Schools will have a limited number of WiFi hotspots and/or other options for families.

Chromebooks will be distributed at each of our eight elementary schools on Thursday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5 to 7 p.m.

Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots will be distributed at each of our eight elementary schools on Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m.-noon and from 5 to 7 p.m.

Parents/guardians should pull up to the normal drop off/pick up location at their child’s school and remain in their car. Parents/guardians will be asked to provide the name(s) of the student(s) getting a Chromebook or hotspot. The requested equipment will then be given through the car window.

Parents/guardians are required to complete the online request form prior to pick up. 

To request a Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot, please go to  https://tinyurl.com/KCSChromebooks to complete the online form. 

If anyone in your household has a fever or symptoms of the virus, we ask that you please email our dedicated email address at KCSCOVID19Response@ketteringschools.org to request an alternate way of getting your Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot. 

 

* Please note, we will continue to follow the Governor’s recommendations. As this is a changing situation from day to day, this plan may have to change to comply with directives from the state.

 

We will continue to post any updated information to our website and social media pages. If you have any questions, please submit them to KCSCOVID19Response@ketteringschools.org. We will do everything we can to respond to all questions in 24 hours or less.

 

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March 22, 2020

KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

Kindergarten Screenings for the 2020-2021 school year were set to begin on Monday, March 23, and run through April 8.

Due to the mandated school closures, all Kindergarten Screenings have been postponed.

Parents of incoming kindergartners will be notified when a new schedule has been put into place.

Thank you!

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March 20, 2020
CHANGE IN PLANS FOR STUDENT MEDICATION PICK-UP

Parents/guardians who need to pick up their child(ren)'s prescription medications from school are asked to email their school nurse who will work with them to set up a date and time to pick up the medications at a central location.

This change is being made in an effort to adhere to Gov. Mike DeWine's and Ohio Department of Health Medical Director Dr. Amy Acton's recommendations to step up social distancing efforts in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

If you have questions regarding the pick up of your child(ren)'s prescription medications, please email your school nurse or feel free to submit your question to the district's dedicated email address at: KCSCOVID19Response@ketteringschools.org.

 

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March 19, 2020
STUDENT MEDICATION PICK-UP DETAILS

THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN UPDATED, AS OF FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 --Parents/guardians may stop by their child's school on Monday, March 23, from 10 a.m to noon to pick up any prescription medications that may have been left at the building prior to the governor's closure of all K-12 schools on March 12.

Our school nurses will be in each school's MAIN OFFICE to distribute the prescription medications. Parents/guardians will need to enter each building from the MAIN ENTRANCE.** This will be the only door that will be unlocked on Monday.

Parents/guardians may send a representative to pick up their child's medications, if needed. Please note that all representatives must present a written and signed note from the parent/guardian in order to pick up the medications.

 

** For Fairmont High School, this will be the main door into the school lobby that is located off the Shroyer Road parking lot

For Kettering Middle School, this will be the door to the right of the Auditorium, facing Glengarry Drive

 

WORK PERMITS

Students in need of Work Permits may stop by the MAIN OFFICE at Fairmont High School on Monday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon to get their permits. Please enter the high school's main door, located off of the Shroyer Road parking lot to access the main office.

 

Thanks, everyone! #Working together...we've got this!

 

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March 17, 2020

GRAB-AND-GO MEALS FOR KETTERING KIDS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE:

A big THANK YOU to Food and Nutrition Services supervisor Stacie Pabst and her staff who have a plan in place to provide breakfast and lunch meals to Kettering children during the extended school closure.

Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, grab-and-go meals can be picked up daily between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at five of the district's school buildings. Meals will be available for ANY Kettering child 18-years-old and younger, as well as our Transition Services students.

To assist the Food and Nutrition Services Department in planning for the grab-and-go meals, please complete this simple form -- http://bit.ly/2UiTnLi

If you do not know your child's School ID Number, or your child does not have an ID Number, please put "Number not Known" in this field on the form.

Please click here to access the breakfast and lunch Grab-and Go Menus.

 

GRAB-AND-GO MEAL DISTRIBUTION SITES:

Fairmont High School -- Door 26 (Athletic office entrance at back parking lot)

Kettering Middle School -- Cafeteria driveway at the North parking lot

Greenmont Elementary -- Corner of Briedweng and Wren Circle

John F. Kennedy Elementary -- Back lot of school/cafeteria at drop-off/pick-up line

Southdale Elementary -- Loading dock at west side of school building

 

Thanks, everyone! #Working together...we've got this!

 

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March 15, 2020

E-LEARNING UPDATE

On March 12, our Governor ordered all school buildings in Ohio closed until April 3. On Friday, we received further guidance from the Governor’s office stating school districts should work to create alternative learning opportunities for students. 

Our teachers and staff have been working diligently to create online Google classrooms or learning kits (for our youngest students) for continued learning. This is further evidence of what we already knew: We have a great team of teachers and staff who truly care about our kids!

Next week, we will be on our scheduled Spring Break. 

After Spring Break, we will follow our Governor’s orders to shut down our school buildings, with students at home during this "extended Spring Break." During the week of March 23 through March 27, teachers and staff will be working from home to develop online learning options for students.  

All Kettering City Schools’ students will start E-Learning on March 30, and teachers and students will be working from home and engaged in E-learning from March 30 through April 3. There are still a number of unknowns surrounding teaching and learning beyond April 6, and we will be preparing for the possibility of continued closures and large numbers of students out of our classrooms and needing online learning opportunities.

We know there will be a number of questions as we work through all of this, including things like: “How will elementary kids get their Chromebooks from school?” and “How are students who typically eat breakfast and/or lunch at school going to get food?"  We will communicate  ourplans surrounding these types of issues as soon as they are complete. Thankfully, we have Spring Break next week to work on coming up with the best solutions to make sure we are meeting the needs of all of our students. 

While we know that some parents/guardians may want their students to use home computers to complete their E-Learning, the Kettering City School District is working on a plan to provide Chromebooks to students in grades K-5 who may not have a device at home or whose parents may want them to use their school-provided Chromebook. We are also looking at options for providing WiFi Internet access to students in grades K-12 who may not have it at home. 

We have been notified that Spectrum is offering a 60-day internet program to households with K-12 and/or college students at home. To explore this WiFi option, please visit:  http://bit.ly/2UaM9ZI

To request a Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot to borrow, please go to https://tinyurl.com/KCSChromebooks to complete the online form.  

We will be providing more information regarding when and where distribution of Chromebooks will take place as soon as these logistics have been finalized. 

There are still many details to work out, and as we have seen, this is a fluid situation. This plan may need to change based on new information from the state. We will continue to monitor this situation and communicate with our students, staff and parents as changes occur. Please make sure you are checking our website, email, Facebook and/or Twitter regularly for updates.  

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these challenging times to keep our kids, staff and community healthy and safe!

Respectfully,

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

Daniel Von Handorf
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

 





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