December 2, 2020
Dear Kenston Families,
I am writing to you to share the District's plan to begin remote learning on Monday, December 7 through Tuesday, December 22. We plan to return to in-person instruction on Monday, January 4. Along with local health officials, we will continue to assess our ability to return to in-person learning and communicate any changes in return plans to families as information becomes available.  

For the rest of this week, your children will be bringing home belongings, textbooks, materials and reviewing procedures to prepare for the transition to the remote learning model.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have worked closely with the Geauga Public Health Department in making decisions in the best interest of the health and welfare of our students, families and staff. Included is a letter from Mr. Tom Quade, Geauga County Public Health Commissioner, supporting the decision to temporarily transition to remote learning by "design and not by default." 

The decision to move to remote learning has been made to maintain a high level of academic instruction that is Kenston's hallmark. Positive COVID-19 cases are being traced to exposures outside of school, and we have seen an increase in cases and quarantines with our students and staff. While we believe that the mitigation strategies implemented in our schools are working very well, we cannot control what is happening outside our school, and it is impacting what is happening at school. 

As these numbers continue to grow, building operations have become an issue. Unfortunately, substitute staffing levels are extremely low district-wide, and we can no longer be certain that we can effectively maintain in-person instruction. 

What does this mean for your child?
  • In-person learners: Instruction will be delivered remotely every day. Your child will resume in-person instruction as soon as we can re-open.  
  • Virtual learners: Your child will remain a virtual learner for the entire first semester (January 15).
The Remote Learning school day schedule will remain the same as during in-person learning and utilize four essential technology tools: 
  • Google Drive
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Meet
  • District-approved digital resources to support the curriculum. 

Instruction will be delivered both through asynchronous and synchronous methods and allow students to work collaboratively and independently. Technology tools already modeled through in-person instruction will continue to be used during remote learning. Teachers will design additional ways to monitor, support, and assess student learning.  
At this time, teachers providing intervention will contact families directly to discuss how instructional support will be provided in the remote learning model for students who receive Special Education services or additional support. 
Students will connect with their teachers and access our curriculum using their Chromebooks. 
All students:
  • will be expected to log in at the start of each school day.
  • will remain at home; the campus will be closed for students and families.
  • will have district-issued Chromebooks.
  • will follow their regular daily schedule that was established during in-person learning.
  • will participate in live sessions as scheduled and complete work assigned.
  • will follow classroom norms and expectations when technology is in use.
  • will benefit from a designated space at home to optimize learning.
Below you will find links to each of our schools providing additional details about what the school day will look like for your student.
The social and emotional well being of your children is always a top priority. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the guidance counselor(s) at your student's school:

TES - Eileen Kubas
440-543-9380 x5100

KIS - Corie Friedman
440-543-9722 x4100

KMS - Dawn Lose / Santina Lucarelli / 440-543-8241 x3110 / 440-543-8241 x3100

KHS - Katie Detwiler / Jessica Kardamis / Ray Kimpton x2130 (last names beginning P-Z) x2110 (last names beginning H-0) / 440-543-9821 x2120 (last names beginning A-G)
Please see the Kenston webpage for additional tips to support success in the classroom and assistance with Chromebook Repair. If you need further assistance, please access our Technology Support information, located on the District website.
The Nutrition Services Department will continue to offer free lunches to all students during Remote Learning. If a family wishes to participate in the lunch program, a sign-up process is available using this link to reserve free lunches. Meal items will be delivered once a week to one of the six pick-up locations in the community including the high school. The meals will cover the number of days each week students are learning remotely.

For additional assistance, please contact Nutrition Services at 440-543-3121.

As a district team, we will be working together to provide the best learning experience possible for every student and will continue to share information with you regularly. As you've witnessed by recent events, things change very quickly.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to determine the best ways to meet all of our students' and faculties' safety and academic needs.
As always, stay safe and be well.
Nancy R. Santilli
Kenston Local Schools |