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Reopening Information

  • In his address on July 8, 2020 Governor Cuomo gave some important dates pertaining to the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year. 

    On Monday, July 13, 2020 guidance and recommendations from the New York State Education Department will be finalized and released to districts across the state.

    School district reopening plans must be completed and submitted to the state no later than July 31, 2020. Committees within the district will meet to determine the best plans moving forward to ensure the health and safety of our students, families and teachers.

    Governor Cuomo and the state commission will announce all decisions on what the reopening of schools will look like by August 7, 2020.

    KCSD will make every attempt to consider all families and lifestyles as we make these complex decisions.

A Message About Reopening

  • The Kingston City School District is aware that there is unease over what the 2020-21 school year will look like for our students.  We understand that concern and are working hard to come up with plans to make September the best experience it can be for our students, parents and teachers.

    To date, there has been little guidance from the state regarding the reopening of schools next year.  The Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department have created a school-reopening task force made up of educators from across New York State. Suggestions and recommendations from this committee will be used to come up with guidelines for making schools as safe, and yet as normal, as they can be.

    KCSD is currently putting together scenarios that include full-time in-person school, a continuation of distance learning, and a combination of the two.  Once we have direction from the state and this task force, we will know which of these plans best fits within the regulations.

    The social-emotional and physical health of our students is at the forefront of our minds as we devise our plans.

    We will keep you updated as guidance comes to us from New York State and the Department of Health.

Teaching & Learning Update 5/6/20

  • An update from the Teaching & Learning Department:

    The KCSD Teaching & Learning Department has been working to ensure that our students continue to learn outside of the school building atmosphere.  The goal is to make distance learning equitable as we move through the last quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

    There are some announcements from the department that we are sharing with you today:

    Due to the shift in dates of spring break and the change to the end date of the 3rd Quarter by one week, progress reports for the 4th Quarter will also be pushed back by one week to May 18th.   Interim Reports will be posted to the Parent Portal on May 22 and sent home by mail the following week.

    There will be no Honor Rolls posted for the 3rd Quarter.  Our primary goal and attention have been to assist and support students during this challenging time.  Providing feedback to our students must remain the most important factor.  Teachers have been encouraged and expected to be flexible with instruction and learning activities to provide feedback based on expectations without the traditional grading and timelines.

    Changes have been made to the Accelerated and Honors Program criteria for the 2020-21 school year.  With the cancellation of district and NY State Regents assessments and the implementation of distance learning for this school year, amendments had to be made for September 2020 enrollment.  Please see the new Accelerated and Honors Criteria HERE 

Update 5/1/20

  • Dear KCSD Families and Community,

    In his press briefing today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is enacting an executive order to close all schools in New York State for the remainder of the school year.

    We understand that this raises many questions, but it is the best course of action to respect the safety and health of our students, teachers, staff and community.  A school closure such as this has not occurred in our lifetime. We will continue to prioritize making connections with students while advancing learning through home education.  We recognize that when students return, there will be a need for us to evaluate their progress and give additional support academically and/or socially.  Supporting all students is at the forefront of our minds as we plan for a return to school in September.

    There are plans in the works for acknowledging our Seniors and celebrating the Class of 2020. 

    The governor said that information on summer school will be available at the end of May.  August Regents Exams have also been cancelled.

    Please remember that students who attend any KCSD school are welcome to stop by our food distribution locations for breakfast and lunch items. You may walk or use our drive-through curb side service.  If you cannot make it to a pick-up site, please call 845-943-3938 or 888-316-0879.

    For now, students should continue working on Distance Learning.  Keep checking Email and Teams daily and reaching out to teachers and staff with questions. Make sure to read the Fourth Quarter Grading Plan that was sent out and is available on our website.

    Stay safe, be well and keep learning.

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

Update 4/16/20

  • Dear KCSD Families and Community,

    I hope you are all well and doing your best to adapt to home instruction and social distancing. 

    This afternoon, Governor Cuomo made an announcement at his daily press conference that he is extending the “New York on Pause” regulations until May 15, 2020.   This means that all New York State Schools and non-essential businesses are to remain closed until that date.

    While we understand that distance learning is not an ideal situation, the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff remains the priority. 

    Teachers will continue to give assignments through Teams, Clever and all other sites they have been able to learn so quickly and use to help educate our children.  Students should continue to check their email, Teams, and other teacher specific sites daily for their assignments. 

    KCSD would like to thank all of you (parents, teachers, students, staff) for doing your best each and every day as we face all of these challenges together.  We will continue to communicate any changes or updates with you.  Remember that our teachers, staff and administration are available to you should questions arise. 

    Stay strong, stay safe and be well,

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

Update 4/14/20

  • We have expanded our breakfast and lunch distribution with three additional locations for our students. Please take note of the locations and times below. Walk-up and drive-through curb side service is available.

    Mondays – Fridays at the following sites and times:

    10:00am – 10:45am:
    J. Watson Bailey Middle School
    John F. Kennedy Elementary School
    George Washington Elementary School

    11:15am – 12:00pm:
    Meagher Administrative Building
    Sawkill Manufactured Trailer Park (Sawkill Rd.)
    Corner of Downs St. & Bruyn Ave. in Kingston

    12:30pm – 1:15pm:
    Robert Graves Elementary School
    M. C. Miller Middle School
    Stuyvesant Charter Apartments

    *If you cannot make it to a food pick-up distribution location, please call the KCSD Food Hotline: 845-943-3938

Update 4/6/2020

  • Dear KCSD Families and Community,

    I hope you are all doing well and adapting to distance learning.  There are two announcements from the state that I wanted to share with you at this time.

    In his press conference today, Governor Cuomo made the announcement that all New York State schools will remain closed until at least Wednesday, April 29, 2020.  This comes as an extension of his “New York on Pause” order. 

    At a teleconference meeting of the Regents Board, Chancellor Betty Rosa stated that Regents Exams will be canceled for this year.  The official announcement will be made tomorrow, April 7. More details will be communicated as we receive guidance from the NYS Education Department.

    Students should continue to use the Distance Learning Plan with instruction from their teachers.  Students need to sign in and check their KCSD Email and Microsoft Teams daily.  Teachers and staff are communicating and giving assignments through at least one of these two sources every day.  If you have any questions on work given, reach out to the teacher through email or Teams chat. 

    KCSD will provide updates as they happen.  Until then, stay safe and healthy, practice social distancing and remember to wash your hands.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

KCSD Food Service Update 4/1/20

  • KCSD Food Distribution Sites have expanded. To better serve our extended community, we will be offering the breakfast & lunch Go-Bags at the following locations and times.

    Starting Monday, April 6:

    JWB Middle School - 11am-12pm
    JFK Elementary School - 11am-12pm
    GW Elementary School - 11am-12pm
    Sawkill Manufactured Home Park (Sawkill Rd.) 12:30pm-1:30pm
    Stuyvesant Charter Apts. 12:30pm-1:30pm
    Corner of Downs St. & Bruyn Ave. 12:30pm-1:30pm

KCSD Update 3/31/20

  • Dear KCSD Families,

    I hope you are all doing well and adjusting to instruction at home.  As you know, on Thursday, April 2, 2020 we will enter Phase 2 of our Continuity of Instruction Distance Learning Plan.  You will see some changes to the schoolwork your students are being given.  Students will begin to receive communications and new instruction from their teacher(s) through Microsoft TEAMS and utilizing the technology we have in place even more in the coming days.  Teachers will communicate, instruct and give assignments through the website, Microsoft TEAMS and their KCSD email and possibly telephone/cell phone.

    Due to the change to our master school calendar and our shift to online learning, changes have been made to the 3rd Quarter reporting dates.  Quarter 3 will now be extended and end on Monday, April 13, 2020.  Report cards will be mailed home and available on Parent Portal on Friday, April 24.  If you have not yet signed up for Parent Portal, I encourage you to do so now as it will give you access to your student’s grades and report card information.  Parent Portal can be accessed through our website under the “For Parents” menu and on the KCSD App.

    The KCSD Website (www.kingstoncityschools.org) contains a great deal of information that will be helpful to students and family members as you continue home education. 

    Under the “Students” tab you will find Instructional information broken down by grade levels and courses.  Each grade level has suggested time frames and activities that are age appropriate as well as links and resources that can help guide you.  Under this tab you will also see a “Clever” link that students have used in school.  The Clever Homepage gives access to Microsoft TEAMs, Office 365 (including email), Newsela, IXL, Castle Learning and more.  Please take a moment to make sure your student knows how to access Clever and how to log in.  If you are in need of technical support at any time, please call 845-943-3020 and choose Option 1. 

    Under the “For Parents” tab we have added helpful resources and links for Social and Emotional Wellness.  We all need to remember to take care of ourselves in this uncertain time.  Please take a moment to look through our Social & Emotional (SEL) page and take time to take care of yourself.  Additionally, starting on April 1, we will be adding a post to our website that includes a daily quote of wellness and will be linked to the website of our district partner, Teaching Empathy Institute, which is putting together accessible web-based SEL materials to use as a family at home.  Please visit and use these resources.  KCSD misses having all of our students and staff in our buildings, but it is important that we all do our part and remain “physically distant, but socially connected” during this time away from school.

    Teachers, staff and administration remain ready and willing to answer any questions you may have.  They have all been working hard to make this as smooth of a transition as it can be.  This is still new to everyone and we are all learning as we go.  You are encouraged to reach out for any help it takes to support your student’s success. 

    Stay safe and stay healthy,

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

KCSD Update 3/27/20

  • Dear KCSD Families and Community,

    I hope you are all doing well and adjusting to at-home learning.  I would like to stress how hard our teachers and staff are working to make this transition as easy as possible, and I thank you all for cooperating with us through this trying time.

    Governor Cuomo announced today in his press conference that all schools in New York State will remain closed until Wednesday, April 15, 2020.  During this time of extended closure, he will reassess the data and make another announcement if the best course of action is for schools to remain closed beyond that date.

    This will bring us to the “Continuity of Instruction or Distance Learning Plan” or Phase 2 of home education starting on Wednesday, April 2nd.  Our teachers are currently participating in group trainings to learn more about TEAMS and how it can help them give students the instruction they need to succeed. For now, continue to get to know all of the resources available to you: TEAMS, Clever, Student Email (Outlook), and the KCSD Website.  If you haven’t yet done so, please make sure you see the “Students” tab on the website which has helpful resources and assignments that will set you and your student on the right path.

    On Monday, March 30th, Elementary Schools will be handing out paper packets for students to work on at home.  Please stay tuned for a message from your child’s principal as to the exact times for pick-up, if you have not received one already.  These packets are also available on our website.

    Training for students to effectively use TEAMS and other online resources will be coming soon.  Training videos and other instructions will be on the KCSD website and used to help students and their parents navigate online instruction.

    As much as we would all like to get back to school and have a sense of normalcy, we need to remember that staying home is best for everyone right now.  We will do the best we can with the resources we have available to us.  We remain committed to our students’ education through this difficult time.  Please do not hesitate to reach out by email to a teacher or staff member if you need any kind of assistance.  We are all in this together and our students are our number one priority.

    Stay safe and be well.

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

Home Instruction Update 3/24/20

  • Dear KCSD Families,

    On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 we will start our first phase of online instruction and learning.  For this beginning phase, our goal is to familiarize your student with the sites, resources and instructional materials that will be available to them, as well as review some of the material that has already been taught and learned.  This first phase will be mainly an independent and self-directed phase.

    Most students have already used sources such as Clever and Microsoft TEAMS in school and using them at home will be similar.  On the district website, you will find many helpful resources that will guide you and your student on the journey of online learning.  On the District Homepage find the “Students” tab and then select the appropriate grade level or subject areas.  Here we have placed links to resources, at-home worksheets and, in some cases, class specific work, all of which can be done from home.

    This phase of learning will be in place through April 1st.  By that date, we will know if we will be returning to school or beginning Phase 2 of home education which will utilize the technology we have in place even more and students will be taught and given assignments through the website, Microsoft TEAMS and their KCSD email.

    Some of your students’ teachers have already given out assignments that could be due in the next few days, so please make sure your students sign into their email, Clever and/or TEAMS to ensure they are receiving all of their assignments to date.

    Making sure learning can continue through this unprecedented closure is very important to us and as a district we will do everything we can to ensure our students get the education they need and deserve.  Our teachers, principals and staff are ready to do whatever it takes to help students succeed.

    Remember, this is new to all of us and everything may not fall into place right away.  If you need help, teachers are available by email and can assist you.  We are all in this together and will get through it as a community.

    Stay safe and stay healthy.

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

KCSD Student Instruction Update 3/21/20

  • Dear KCSD Families,
    The Kingston City School District has been working on developing an education plan for student home instruction that will be implemented in two phases during this mandatory school closure.

    Phase 1 – beginning on March 25th.

    Students will focus on practicing skills they have already learned by accessing district approved software, such as Microsoft TEAMS and Clever, and/or practice packets that will be distributed at a designated time and place. This detailed information is being finalized and will be shared in the next few days. Students taking a Regents exam in June, will be using a software program called Castle Learning and other identified Regents review sites.

    Phase 2 –

    This phase will be introduced and implemented if school closures go beyond the current reopen date of April 2nd. This phase will entail students receiving new instruction from their teacher(s) through Microsoft TEAMS and in pencil and paper packets. The district is currently preparing for this phase in the event we are closed for an extended period. More information will be released on this plan as we receive more details.

    Our students’ safety and education is most important to us through this time of uncertainty.  We hope to have all of your questions answered as these plans continue to develop.

    Thank you for continuing to be patient and adaptable through this challenging time.

    Stay strong and stay healthy,
    Dr. Paul J. Padalino
    Superintendent of Schools

Child Care Info 3/20/20

  • KCSD has received the following information from Ulster County to share with our families:

    Project Resilience will be partnering with Family of Woodstock to identify open day care slots in Ulster County and match them with Health Care professionals who are in need of emergency child care.

    Currently there are openings for School Age Child Care programs operated by the YMCA in Marbletown, Ellenville, & Kingston. Please contact the YMCA’s Cailin Rooney to sign up: 845-338-3810 ext. 110. This can fulfill the need to care for the school age children of first responders and health care workers.

    There is limited child care vacancies in the 0-5 year old programs. Day Care Centers and In Home Family Day Care will offer priority child care slots to those children 0-5 years and/or school age children of first responders and health care workers. Parents needing care contact the Child Care Resource and Referral offices at 845-331-7080 available Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.

    People who work in other high need fields such as grocery stores, trucking etc. may call and ask to be added to a waitlist which will be used once all health care workers have been served.

KCSD Update 3/16/20

  • Dear KCSD Families and Community,

    I know there are a lot of questions throughout the community about the state mandated school closures.  These are unprecedented times and we will continue to provide you with updates as information becomes available.

    Student Nutrition Update:

    Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, KCSD will provide our families with free to-go breakfast and lunches Monday-Friday from 11am-1pm.  We will be distributing these meals at John F. Kennedy Elementary School and J. Watson Bailey Middle School.  Students who attend any KCSD school are welcome to stop by either of these two locations for breakfast and lunch items.  You may walk or use our drive-through curb side service.

    180-day Mandate & Spring Break:

    Sunday, March 15, 2020 - Governor Cuomo issued an executive order waiving the 180-day attendance requirement for schools that close due to COVID-19. Conditions of the waiver require that schools must first consult with their local department of health as well as use all of their available snow days and vacation days.

    Monday, March 16, 2020 – Governor Cuomo called for closure of all New York State schools for a period of 2 weeks, beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

    KCSD currently has one (1) snow/emergency day and six (6) vacation days that were scheduled for spring break in April. These seven (7) days must be applied before we are eligible for the state exemption.

    Monday, March 16, 2020 - Will act as our final unused snow day. 

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – Spring Break officially begins

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – Official last day of Spring Break

    Student Instruction:

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – Student instruction at home will begin and will be provided for as long as necessary.  In order to retain the skills they have already learned, students will use the KCSD approved software programs such as Microsoft Teams, Clever, IXL, and more.

    If you are in need of a Chromebook and would like the opportunity to sign one out from KCSD please take the survey available on our website homepage (and linked HERE).  KCSD will make technology available to students in need according to the following priority:

    • Graduating Seniors
    • Students enrolled in Regents Courses
    • Students in Grades 3-8
    • Students in Grades Pre-K-2

    Paper and pencil packets will be made available for students in K-4.  Continue to check the KCSD Website (kingstoncityschools.org) for more information on the availability of technology and work packets.

    We will continue to use our text & email notification system for up-to-date announcements and will keep our website updated with the latest information.  Please continue to check the website as things are changing rapidly.

    All KCSD school buildings and facilities will be closed during the mandated closure.  There are no extra-curricular activities during any mandated closure.

    District employees should follow any contractual language regarding Spring Break.

    Please be patient and know that we are focused on providing solutions as best we can during these challenging times.  I would like to thank you all again for your adaptability while we work through our protocols.

    Stay safe and healthy.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

KCSD Update 3/15/20

  • 3/15/20 Afternoon Update:

    This afternoon the Kingston City School District received word from the Ulster County Department of Health that the students at Robert Graves Elementary and J.W Bailey Middle Schools related to the positive COVID-19 patient have tested negative for the virus.

    While this news is relieving, all precautions should continue as we are still learning about this novel virus and its spread. 

    We will continue to keep you informed as new developments occur.

     

    3/15/20 AM Update:

    Dear KCSD Families and Community,

    We are continuing to wade through the constantly evolving situation of COVID-19.  On Friday, County Executive Ryan closed all schools for a period of two weeks.  We would like to reiterate that all KCSD buildings will be closed tomorrow, March 16, 2020.  No faculty, staff or administration should report to any school buildings as we need to use this time to further clean and disinfect all areas of the school without disruption.  

    As a reminder, paychecks will be distributed at the Meagher Administration Building on Monday from 10am-12pm.  

    District Administrators are currently working on plans to aid in student instruction and nutrition.  We understand the impact of this closure and will share all plans once they are finalized.  We will continue to update you through our text & email system as well as post all communications to our website.

    I would like to thank our entire community for your adaptability through this challenging time. 

    Stay safe and healthy.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

KCSD Update 3/13/20

  • Afternoon update on March 13, 2020:

    Dear KCSD Families and Community,

    We are currently facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community. The Ulster County Department of Health has been in regular contact with us providing important guidance on decisions to help ensure the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community. 

    As per the Ulster County Executive’s address this afternoon, the Kingston City School District will be closed for 14 days beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020, as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of COVID-19. All school activities and community use of buildings and grounds are canceled and will resume on Monday, March 30, 2020. 

    We know that closing our schools will impact families and we recognize that working families depend on the consistency and predictability of the supports and services our schools offer including special education services, food and nutrition, English Language Learner services, childcare, and access to technology and the internet. We have been working on plans to address these concerns to the best of our abilities and will share further details once they are finalized. 

    During the district closure, the UCDOH and CDC are urging parents to discourage their children from gathering socially at friends’ houses, the mall, or restaurants. In addition to using this time to intensely disinfect the premises, the closure also provides an opportunity to slow down any possible spread by limiting contact with others.

    This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to provide our families with updates as information becomes available. We are in regular communication with health officials at UCDOH and are following their directions carefully. Should they issue further guidance on extending the duration of the closure, parents will be notified as soon as possible. 

    I can appreciate the concerns and countless emotions that surround the current COVID-19 outbreak. I would like to thank our families for their patience and adaptability during this challenging time. 

    Thank you,

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

    Morning update on March 13, 2020:

    Dear KCSD Families and Community, 

    On Thursday evening, March 12, 2020 I was informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 with a connection to the Kingston City School District community with recommendations from the Health Department to close the district for 24 hours and allow public health officials to investigate and trace potential exposure.  This morning I was notified that this individual is a family member of students who attend Robert Graves Elementary and J. Watson Bailey Middle Schools. 

    As schools are closed today, our maintenance and cleaning teams are in every district building to disinfect and sanitize.   

    We will continue to take our guidance from the experts at the Ulster County Department of Health and urge you to follow their lead by practicing good health behaviors and limiting social gatherings.  

    When information comes in from county officials, we will send updates through our email and text alert system and post the information on our website.  

    We understand the anxiety that the people of our community may be experiencing as we work through this evolving situation.  This is an ever-changing event that is new to all of us and we appreciate your patience and understanding. 

    Thank you, 

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino 

    Superintendent of Schools 

KCSD Update 3/12/20

  • Dear KCSD Families and Community,

    While there are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in any of our schools, there are proactive measures we are taking to help ensure the well-being of the KCSD community as we respond to this evolving situation.

    Starting today, we are postponing all public evening events that were to take place in our schools.  All scheduled field trips are also postponed. This will remain in place until further notice.

    We will suspend community use of KCSD facilities which includes all of our buildings and outdoor spaces. This will also remain in place until further notice.

    Regularly scheduled school and district meetings will continue to be held as planned.  All previously approved out of district scheduled meetings and conferences for staff are postponed.

    Before and after-school activities and programs, as well as interscholastic athletic practices will continue as scheduled at this time.

    We understand that the decision to postpone and suspend these activities and events will be disappointing to our community and want to reiterate that we will do everything we can to reschedule events as soon as possible.  The need to maintain the health and well-being of our students, staff and community is our biggest concern and top priority during this time.

    We are aware that the most recent confirmed case of COVID-19 is impacting another school district in the county.  We are keeping in contact with administration from that district to monitor the progression, if any, in those schools.

    As a district, we continue to take proactive action steps to help keep our school community safe.  Our school nurses are continuing to reiterate best practices including washing hands, not touching your face, and coughing/sneezing into the elbow or a tissue.  Our cleaning teams continue to be diligent with disinfecting procedures and maintaining a sanitized environment.

    We will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation and will share updates as they arise.  If conditions within the district change and someone is confirmed with the virus, we will have to close schools for 24 hours or longer per state guidelines.  We are currently considering curriculum delivery options if needed in the event of an extended closing of school.  We hope this will not be the case and we will continue to educate our students as usual at this time.

    In accordance with recommendations from the Ulster County Department of Health, any student, faculty or staff who has traveled overseas may be subject to a 14-day voluntary travel quarantine.  Please be assured that we are taking direct guidance from the Ulster County Department of Health and will continue to follow their lead.  

    We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience as we manage these challenging conditions.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Paul Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

     

     

    Useful Resources:

    Ulster County Department of Health

    COVID Hotline - 845-443-8888

    How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus (and Ease Their Fears), Vivian Manning-Schaffel, NBC News, Updated March 2, 2020

    Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

KCSD Update 3/9/20

  • Dear KCSD Families and Communities, 

    Over the weekend, a resident of Ulster County received a “presumptive positive” test result for COVID-19.  Through community tracing, it has been revealed that this individual has had no contact with anyone in the school districts since returning from overseas travel. 

    As a district we will continue to monitor this evolving situation and take guidance from the Ulster County Health Department.  We will continue to remind our students of best practices to stay healthy during this and every flu season.  We will continue to be proactive in our disinfecting procedures to keep our students and staff safe.

    As per CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommendations, staff and students experiencing respiratory symptoms are asked to stay home until symptoms resolve for 24 hours or you are cleared by your doctor to return to school. 

    If you have any questions or think you have symptoms please refer to the Ulster County Health Department at 845-340-3150.  For general questions about coronavirus please call the New York State Department of Health at 1-888-364-3065.  More information can be found at www.ulstercountyny.gov/health

    Thank you,

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

KCSD Update 3/6/20

  • Dear KCSD Families and Community,

    I would like to take this opportunity to give you an update on what the Kingston City School District is doing to prepare for the possibility of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in our area.  At this time there are no cases in Ulster County, but we are taking special precautions to help stop the spread of germs and making sure our teams are informed and prepared.

    Our administrators and department heads held a meeting with Ulster County and New York State Department of Health representatives to ensure there is a consistent plan and message concerning COVID-19 in the region.  As a district, we will take our lead from the Ulster County Department of Health.  Their information can be found at www.ulstercountyny.gov/health

    Nurses have been giving lessons in our schools on the importance of handwashing and proper techniques through full school assemblies, video announcements and hands-on classroom trainings.  Nurses and teachers are also reminding students to cough and sneeze into their sleeve or a tissue instead of their hand, and not to touch their faces, as these behaviors can cause a virus to spread.  Hand sanitizer is also available in all of our buildings.

    Our cleaning teams in each school continue to be diligent with their disinfecting procedures to ensure our students and staff remain safe.  We use the GenEon and Victory disinfectant misters which can attach to and break down viruses that may be on surfaces.  These hand-held sprayers use a non-toxic “green” chemical with an ionic exchange to bond to surfaces and make the classrooms, hallways and bathrooms safer for our school community. 

    There are some things you can do at home to help.  Ask your child if they had a lesson on handwashing in school and have them demonstrate what they have learned.  Reiterate good practices and be a good role model.  Please have your child stay home if they feel ill and keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours to minimize the spread of germs.

    Our staff will continue to be proactive during this evolving situation.  We will remain in contact with the Department of Health and will monitor progress of this virus and update our community should changes arise.  We will be prepared to implement public health recommendations as required.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

     

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KCSD Message 2/28/20

  • Dear KCSD Families,

    The Kingston City School District has been reviewing the information related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) globally.  We are aware that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is working to learn more about the details of this virus that could be a significant health concern.

    The district understands there may be concerns about the spread of this virus in our school community.  At this time there are no confirmed cases in New York State and the risk to students and the community is low.  The NYS Department of Health, NYS Education Department and the CDC have provided guidance for school districts.  Rest assured that our actions have been, and will continue to be, in alignment with these recommendations.

    All of our schools continue to follow practices enacted during every flu season including good hygiene practices, frequent handwashing, reminders to avoid sharing food and drinks, and enhanced cleaning of surfaces.  During this time of year, there are many possible causes for respiratory illnesses.  Therefore, there is no need to cancel school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks at school.

    Prevention Tips:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
    • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all travel to China. Symptoms Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

    Our school nurses will be hosting brief lessons to our students on proper handwashing, and providing guidance on how to follow good hygiene practices during this flu season.  The district will continue to monitor the situation and give updates should they arise.  We are optimistic that the situation will remain under control and additional measures will not be necessary.

    Please make sure to visit the Health Services page on our website for more tips to staying healthy during the flu season.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Paul J. Padalino

    Superintendent of Schools

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