Kent School District December 2020
Safety First
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 continued partnership during this health crisis.

Please continue to check our website for updates and information about the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on our schools.
Checking On Your Child’s Mental Wellness
During virtual learning many students are experiencing increased loneliness, sadness, anxiety, and stress. Large emotions are a natural part of life, but it is also important to know when to seek help for your child. Read more on our website.
Signs Your Child May Need Additional Support
  • Changes in behavior
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Regularly talks, writes, or researches about death
  • More on our website

What You Can Do
  • Manage your own stress (stressful emotions are contagious)
  • Talk with them, acknowledge their feelings
  • Get them help. If your child refuses help, let them know you are worried about them and will need to get help for them.
  • More on our website

Where To Go For Help
If your child is suffering, it is important to communicate with their school's counselor. View our counseling and guidance staff directory.
Virtual Parent Connection Meetings

Join KSD and Kent Youth and Family Services for free virtual parent connection meetings to learn more about different topics, discover fun activities to do at home, and share ideas with other families.

  • December 17: Supporting Student Stress
  • January 14: Navigating Difficult Conversations About Drugs & Alcohol
Helpful Resources
When the Weather Outside is Frightful: Inclement Weather Safety Tips

Read tips and resources to help keep you and your family safe during the winter season and an update on learning continuing during inclement weather days this year on our website.
No Free School Meals During Winter Break
Free meals will not be distributed on December 23 or December 30 while KSD is closed for winter break. Free meal distribution will resume on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
Visit the Kent Community Foundation's website for a map of available food resources in our district and King County.

Community Resources Available: Free Meals, Clothing, Gifts
From counseling and mental health to food banks and crisis services, check the Community Resources section of our website for helpful information about local services available to help support our students and families.
COVID-19 Updates & Information
We continue to monitor COVID activity data published by Public Health - Seattle & King County, you can view the latest data on our website which is updated regularly.

If you choose to celebrate with friends or family (outside your household) in person, you are increasing the risk of COVID-19 infection. Help to lessen the risk by keeping the group small, gathering outside if possible, and wear masks. Make sure you have room for guests to spread out and avoid sharing food and beverages.

Learn more and read the safer gatherings checklist on the Washington State Coronavirus Response website.
New Mobile App Helps Track Possible COVID-19 Exposures
Washington Exposure Notifications is a new tool that works through smartphones, without sharing any personal information, to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. It is completely private, and doesn’t know or track who you are or where you go.