September 11, 2020
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Upcoming Events
September 15, 2020 — Kings Board of Education Virtual Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
October 16, 2020 NO SCHOOL.
October 19, 2020 NO SCHOOL - STAFF IN-SERVICE DAY.


More event information can be found at: http://kingslocal.tandemcal.com/index.php
Kings COVID-19 Data Reporting Requirement
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Governor DeWine issued a new general health order that provides mandatory requirements for school operations and reporting of COVID-19 data for both parents and school officials.

Below is a snapshot for Kings for this week. This document will be updated weekly and can be found on the Coronavirus page on the Kings website.

Parents or guardians of students, and school staff, are strongly encouraged to provide notice of a positive case diagnosis within 24 hours. Parents should call their student's school building and speak to the building nurse. The Kings School District employs a designated COVID-19 Contact Tracer to monitor quarantines and positive test results. This tracking system will be monitored daily for updated reporting on COVID-19 cases. 

Parents are also encouraged to notify the District of testing due to suspected cases of COVID-19, regardless of the result. Efficient contact tracing involves both notification and timing of close contacts with the child or adult who may be considered a suspected case. If your child is tested, please keep them home from school until you receive results.

Please continue to perform a daily health assessment on your student before coming to school. You can utilize this Decision Tree to help decide if you should send your child to school.

We appreciate all of the patience and care shown by our Knight Nation while we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on safety protocols and our back to school plan please visit our Reopening Plan website resource page.
KHS National Merit Semi-Finalists
Five Kings High School Seniors named National Merit Semifinalists!

The Kings Local School District is proud to announce that five Kings High School Seniors have been chosen as Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 16,000 high school seniors in total have been announced as semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Amrithraj Akula, Alex Justus, William Ritchie, Connor Sims, and Morgan Smith who are among the highest-scoring entrants in the state of Ohio!

In the Spring of 2021, these Semifinalists will be notified whether they have advanced to the Finalist level.The students in the 66th annual contest will compete for 7,600 scholarships, worth around $30 million.


Pictured: Back: William Ritchie, Connor Sims, Alex Justus
Front: Amrith Akula, Morgan Smith
Kings Will Provide School Meals for FREE
In case you missed it, ALL Kings students will be provided FREE lunch and breakfast through recent legislation by the United States Department of Agriculture.

This program allows Kings Food Service to feed all children at no cost to the District!

Social & Emotional Update
Kings Social Emotional Coordinator, Kim Sellers has an important update for parents regarding suicide.

It has come to our attention that a disturbing video showing a suicide in progress is being circulated across social media platforms, primarily TikTok. If possible, please limit your children’s access to social media until companies can remove the video from their platforms.

The video features a middle-aged white man with a beard and glasses sitting at a desk. If you see this, turn off or pause the video IMMEDIATELY. The suicide video can be hidden in the middle of an unrelated video, so it is possible that your child may unwittingly be exposed while exploring the site. It is our recommendation that parents do not bring the video to students’ attention, as it may encourage them to seek it out. Instead, limit or monitor social media access if possible. 
 
If you suspect your child has seen the video or is experiencing the after-effects of exposure to a traumatic event, please contact a mental health specialist for follow-up care. You can contact your child's school counselor or myself to be connected to one of our school based therapists. A full listing of contract care providers is available at the Mental Health Recovery Board Serving Warren & Clinton Counties’ website at www.mhrbwcc.org.
 
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me for any support you may need. You can email me at ksellers@kingslocal.net or call me at 513.398.8050, ext. 10056.
Looking for Listeners
Warren County Connect, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and the Violence Free Coalition are looking for middle school and high school students and parents to register for listening sessions on social media, vaping, and dating abuse. Your participation will use your insight to inform their work.

Click here for more information.
Join Our Team!
Hey Parents!

Have you heard there is a substitute teacher shortage in Ohio and most surrounding states?

Would you consider being a substitute teacher in the Kings Local School District? Candidates seeking substitute teaching certification in the state of Ohio must meet have a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university
 
If you have a bachelor's degree and would like to join our team please click here.
Kings Homecoming Parade
We are saddened to announce the cancellation of this year's Homecoming Parade. It has been a very difficult decision but due to COVID-19, this year's parade is canceled. We hope to be back next year!
Don't Miss the Next Community Art Night!
Join us for the next Community Art Night!

The Kings Art Program is dedicated to spreading kindness through art for adults and children of all ages.

The first activity of the year is to create a lollipop flower pot. During this free art night, supply bags will be sent home with any student in the Kings School District containing enough supplies for the entire family to have the opportunity to paint a flower pot and create lollipop flowers.

For more information click here.
Kings/Hoxworth Blood Drive
Kings Board of Education
The next BOE meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information on public participation.
For more information on the Kings Board of Education click here.
The Board of Education meets meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month for a Work Session at 5:30 p.m. and the 3rd Tuesday of every month for a Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
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Our social media conversation is growing and we don't want you to miss out!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep in the loop!
VIRTUAL BACKPACK


Check out our VIRTUAL BACKPACK for more information on our newly added activities.
Kings Athletic News

Check out Kings Athletics website! You can find out schedule information, upcoming events, news about teams, and even get directions to away venues. 
25th Annual Homecoming 5K (VIRTUAL)
Join us for the Kings Homecoming Virtual 5k! Support Kings Cross Country by participating in this year's virtual race! Run or walk on your own, with friends or with family, and submit your time.

The race window is open from Saturday, September 25 to Sunday, October 4. We look forward to celebrating those personal bests. Take photos of yourself running the event and share by uploading to the event site. T-shirts and awards will continue to be a part of participation. Feel free to share this information with friends and family. Cost to register is $20.

Register here and also find suggested routes. Registration closes September 26.

If you have questions, please contact our race director, Kyle Jepson at kjepson@kingslocal.net or 513-398-8050, ext. 12055.

Thanks for supporting the Kings Cross Country program!
Kings Youth Basketball Registration
We are rapidly approaching the deadline to have your kiddos register for the KBA 20-21 Youth Basketball season. If your child is a boy or girl in grades 2-6, and they want to play basketball this year, please click on the link below and get them registered ASAP.


 It's our hope we can safely conduct a Winter Basketball season similar to years past. We are actively working with CPYBL and the Kings Athletic Dept to better understand what requirements we need to meet in order to play ball and keep everyone safe.

The final deadline to register is Friday, September 18!
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Contact Dawn Gould - Community Relations Coordinator at
dgould@kingslocal.net or phone: 513-459-2925.

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