Kent School District August 2020
New in the Blue Back to School
The first day of school will look different this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we remain committed to successfully preparing all students for their futures. These tips for going back to school will help you learn more about what to expect and help your family prepare for remote learning success.

Please understand there are many moving pieces to these plans, and 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. Thank you for your attention to this important communication and continued partnership during this health crisis.
Add Important Dates to Your Calendar
  • Remote learning meal distribution begins: Wednesday, September 2
  • First day of school for grades 1-12: Thursday, September 3
  • No school on Labor Day: Monday, September 7
  • First day of school for kindergarten: Wednesday, September 9

Update Your Contact Information
Make sure your family's contact information, including telephone numbers and email addresses, is updated in Skyward Family Access so you can be reached with important updates and information.

Contact your school’s office or email if you have forgotten your username. Learn how to reset your password if you already know your username.
Plan For School Meals
Even though our school buildings will not be open, nutritious meals will be available to all students every Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at select schools and bus stops during remote learning. Learn more and find distribution sites and times on our website.

You can apply for free and reduced-price meals, check your student's meal account, and more on our website. Families need to re-apply for free and reduced-price meals each school year.
Prepare For Remote Learning Success
Instruction in 2020-21 will be different than the continuous learning students experienced at the end of last school year.

The KSD remote learning model is defined by teachers and students engaged in instruction through technology-based learning strategies, a Learning Management System, and a virtual meeting platform. Emails, phone conferences, video conferencing, independent learning, and supplemental learning applications may also be assigned to support remote learning.

Your student's school and teacher will send more information and details, including their assigned teacher and detailed schedule. Learn more about what to expect by reading through our reopening plan.

To help us produce our plan, we surveyed staff and families over the summer, hosted a Thoughtexchange, and hosted our internal and external stakeholders on the Back to School Task Force to collaboratively develop the plan. We have also been working closely with our local health department to inform our health and safety protocols.
Explore Our Hub for Family Learning & Resources
Prepare for remote learning through our new Family Tech Academy resource. With a focus on the technology and learning tools that enhance the online experience, including Canvas and Microsoft 365, this tool is a hub for family learning and resources in KSD.

Attend free live virtual trainings to learn how to use Microsoft Teams and other Office 365 applications. 
Know How To Get Laptop & Technology Support
To help ensure students can fully engage in remote or online learning, we will continue to provide laptops for all K-12 students. Free and low-cost home internet options and are also available for our families.

Students and families also have access to in-person technology support by appointment in alignment with safety and social distancing protocols.

Please continue to check your email for more information from you school about laptop distribution dates if you don't already have a KSD-issued device.
Collect School Supplies
Make sure you have the supplies your student needs to be successful during remote learning. Schools are sending home school supply lists and updated lists may also be available on your school's website.

Donated supplies are available thanks to the Communities in Schools of Kent Fill the Bus Supply Drive and the Kent Area PTSA. Please complete the form on our website to request supplies for your student.
Connect With Your Teacher & School
Check your email, phone, and mail for messages from your school or teacher. They may have also sent information about back to school events or office hours.

If you haven't received any communications from your student's school please reach out to their office manager.
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Prepare For The First Day
Set up a workspace where your student can focus on learning with limited distractions. Help your student prepare for success by practicing logging into their computer, organizing supplies, and troubleshooting any problems.

Even though we're not coming to school in person, it's important to start your routine and get a good night of rest for the big day!

Share what you're excited for using #KSDFirstDay on social media!
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