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October 28, 2020

  • Today, Wednesday, October 28, 2020, a student at J.W. Bailey Middle School was classified as “designated positive” for COVID-19  A “designated positive” is an individual who has symptoms consistent with COVID -19 and has not received test results or an alternative diagnosis from the primary health care provider within 48 hours of initial symptoms. 

    The designated positive student was last in attendance on Monday, October 26, 2020​. Through school contact tracing, 39 students and 5 staff members​ have been identified as being in proximate contact with this student and are now ​mandated to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure.  These students will learn remotely for the duration of their quarantine period. 

    The school has already notified these individuals and families and there will be follow-up from the Ulster County Department of Health. 

    If you did not receive a phone call from the school, your child was not considered to be in proximate contact with the student designated positive.  The student designated positive will remain in isolation in accordance with New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidelines found on page A-2 of the NYSDOH Toolkit, which is available at ​https://on.ny.gov/35KSwJk​. 

    As a reminder, due to many privacy laws, we are unable to identify the individual who was designated positive for COVID-19. 

    KCSD cleaning staff will continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect our buildings daily to ensure all spaces are healthy and safe for our students, faculty and staff. In addition, wearing a mask throughout the day, social distancing and maintaining proper hygiene all help to minimize the spread of the virus to others. 

    Please continue to emphasize to your child the importance of wearing a mask, complying with 6 ft social distancing and washing their hands, and if your child is sick please keep them at home.

Student Health Screening Information

  • The Kingston City School District is making every effort to ensure the health and safety of our students as they return to in-person learning. Please read the following important information to help you and your children in their return to the school buildings.

    Student Health Screening (Electronic Survey):

    • Health Screenings are to be filled out on the first day of in-person attendance each week.
      • Maroon – Mondays
      • Gold – Wednesdays
    • Electronic Surveys will be sent to the Parent/Guardian email address on file, please update if necessary
    • A separate survey must be filled out for each student in the district
    • The student name and date are pre-filled. Please follow the instructions on the survey. All questions must be answered.
    • If a student comes to school without a health screening completed, you will be contacted by the school/district. 

    Health and Safety Mandates:

    • Students will get their temperature taken upon entering the school building. Any student with a temp over 100°F will be sent to the nurse and a parent will be contacted.
    • Students must wear masks throughout the school day (except when eating and during mask breaks)
    • Students must follow social distancing guidelines in school (hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria, etc.) and on school buses
    • If your child is showing any signs of sickness, DO NOT send them to school
    • If you have any questions about symptoms or school-related health & safety requirements, contact Naomi Stevens at 943-3739 

    Please use the link below for a flow chart for deciding if your child should be sent to school:

    https://www.kingstoncityschools.org/Page/4836

Updated Reopening Plan 10/8/2020

  • The Kingston City School District is providing more information on our updated reopening plan which includes all KCSD students in Grades PreK-12 attending school in-person at least 2 days per week.

    Elementary students in Grades PreK-6 will return to school on October 26th; Secondary students in Grades 7-12 will return to school on November 9th.

    All students will be placed into two groups – Maroon and Gold. Maroon students will attend in-person Mondays and Tuesdays; Gold students will attend in-person Wednesdays and Thursdays. Self-contained students will attend in-person Mondays-Thursdays.  All students will remote learn on Fridays.

    More details on our updated reopening plan, including arrival and dismissal times and how students will be grouped, are available here.

    Para obtener información sobre el plan de reapertura en español, haga clic aquí

    Preparing for Reopening:

    Do we have your correct address? Parents and guardians please make sure that the district has your current address on file. If you need to update your address, please use this Change of Information form on our website.

    Transportation routing for pick-up and drop-off times and locations is being finalized. Due to state regulations all bus students must get on and off the bus at the same stop in the morning and afternoon.

    If you would like your student(s) to stay on a remote learning plan and not return to in-person learning at this time, please submit your request by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. More information and forms can be found here.

Update 10/1/2020

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    Recent uncertainty surrounding state and federal aid to schools has forced the Kingston City School District to reconsider the viability of our reopening model.  This plan has been focused on all students in grades PreK-6 returning to in-person school while our 7-12th grade students remain on remote learning with the in-person grades spread throughout all 10 KCSD buildings to accommodate the current safety regulations put in place by NYS Education Department and NYS Department of Health.  This plan has been heavily reliant on our human resources and the ability to divide classes equally while providing a qualified professional in each classroom.  This plan was well thought out, based on research and was both safe and educationally sound.

    This model, however, may not be sustainable in the event of reductions in aid to schools, which has been estimated as a 20% cut to all school districts.  This could mean approximately $14 million for the Kingston City School District.

    We must make decisions about what the next level of priorities are and are currently working to solidify a new strategy for reopening.  This new plan must have the flexibility to adjust to the possible fiscal realities of budget cuts and also possible increases in the COVID-19 infection rate in our schools and in our community. There are several models of this program being discussed and we are engaging our teachers and administrators in this process.  We are striving to narrow these down to the programs that will fit the unique needs of the students within the Kingston City School District.

    While final details are not currently available, a hybrid, rotational model that provides periods of in-person learning for all students, PreK-12 will be the structure of our new education program. 

    We anticipate welcoming elementary students back to our schools by October 26 and secondary students by November 9. 

    We had hoped for more information regarding school aid by this time but that has not been provided to us.  While we do not intend to make drastic or premature cuts, we must create the flexibility in our reopening model for severe budget reductions that could be occurring soon.

    KCSD realizes that the changes in our planning are difficult and inconvenient to many of our families but forces outside of our control continue to dictate our actions and the fear is that this may not be the last time we make changes this school year. 

    We are unique in our area, based on geography, student population, number of students and the fact that we rely more heavily on aid from the state than our neighbors in the county.  A plan unique to our Kingston City Schools community is necessary.

    More information about our new reopening plan will be presented to the Board of Education at their next meeting on Wednesday October 7, 2020.

    The district understands that there are families who are not ready to send their child(ren) back to school in person. If you wish to have your children remain on a full Remote Learning Plan, please use this link for more information.

    Remote Instruction Continuation

KCSD Meal Distribution Suspended

  • The Kingston City School District has been informed that a member of our Food Service Department has tested positive for COVID-19.  The Ulster County Department of Health believes this may be a false positive and is sending this test result to NYS laboratory for reexamination. 

    In cooperation with the UCDOH and out of an abundance of caution, KCSD is suspending our food service operations at this time.  Further communication as to when Meal Distribution will resume will be available soon.

    The safety of our staff, students and community is our number one priority.  The Food Service kitchens, prep area, and vehicles will all undergo both deep cleaning and disinfection.  We will continue to work with the Health Department to ensure our facility is ready to resume operations as soon as possible. 

    Other local food sources are available and can be viewed on the UlsterCorps website to supply student nutrition. This list includes People’s Place, Salvation Army, Community Action, Catholic Charities and more. Locations, hours of operation and more information for all local food sites are available on this website. https://www.ulstercorps.org/agencies/food-pantries/ 

    If you need assistance finding an alternate food source, please call or email KCSD Food Services:

    845-943-3663

    foodservice@kingstoncityschools.org

    If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Ulster County Department of Health at 845-443-8888.

KCSD and Community Partners Announce Childcare Availability During Remote Learning

  • As we made the decision to go to an all-remote opening the district recognized that there would be more of a need for childcare in our community. The Kingston City School District has been working with the YMCA, CCE, Family of Woodstock, Hodge Center, Healthy Kids, the City of Kingston and Ulster County to assist in addressing this issue.

    The Y-Academy program is planned to be housed in our gymnasiums with a small number of students in three (3) locations (Chambers, Crosby and Edson) and at the YMCA building.  Each gym has a separate entrance/exit with direct access to playgrounds, as well as dedicated restroom facilities to ensure daycare staff and students are isolated from the remainder of the building. There will be no contact between the daycare and the teachers or staff of the school buildings.

    This program accepts DSS and provides financial assistance to those who cannot afford their plan. The YMCA conducted a very safe and successful summer program this year and there has been effective.  You can register for this program at https://ymcaulster.org/y-academy/ or by calling 845-338-3810.

    The Healthy Kids Program will be located at Graves and Myer Elementary Schools. This program will also be held in school gymnasiums with the same regulations as stated above. Healthy Kids also accepts DSS and will be ready to begin programming on September 14.  Registration for this program is available at https://www.healthykidsprograms.com/

    Both the YMCA and Healthy Kids have been long time partners of the KCSD and have provided high quality, responsible childcare to our community for several years.  

    Students will be able to utilize the KCSD lunch program that will be on-site at school locations.

    Family of Woodstock will be providing day care at The Hodge Center.  More information on that program will be available soon. CCE (Center for Creative Education) will have day care at their new location in Energy Square beginning later this month. KCSD will be providing support and collaborating with both of these community partners. 

    We understand that there is concern over the district allowing childcare in school buildings after the decision was made to begin the school year remotely. KCSD is doing everything possible to safely provide the needs of our community and parents.

     Any building that houses a daycare must be licensed with the state and have Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) approval.  There are few locations within the district that fit these criteria, yet all school buildings meet these requirements and are ready to use to fill the needs of our community. 

    To ensure everyone’s safety, there will be fewer students in the school buildings than if we had opened and we are separating the childcare programs from school staff.

    We anticipate expansion of childcare programming over the next several days and will be communicating that information to families as soon as those plans are finalized. 

KCSD Technology Needs Survey

  • Dear KCSD Families,

    As we begin the 2020-21 school year remotely, the district wants to ensure we are meeting the technology needs of our students.  Please take the time to fill out this Technology Needs survey even if you own devices and do not need to borrow a Chromebook. We ask that everyone fill out the survey so that we can make sure we have heard from every household.

    In order for us to best track the information we will require you to sign in with your student’s login information.  You will need your student’s email (studentid@kingstoncityschools.org) and password. This is the same information your student has been using to log into Teams, Office 365 and Clever since the spring.  (If you have more than one student in the district, please sign in using your oldest student’s information.)

    If you just registered your child for school, you received an email guiding you to the Parent Portal where you will find your new student’s ID number.

    If your child does not know their Student ID Number (Lunch Number) it can be found on a report card, Parent Portal and their ID Badge.

    As a reminder, KCSD Tech Support for Parents & Students can be reached at 943-3020, Option 1.

    We will be distributing Chromebooks within the next few weeks to ensure students are prepared for the beginning of school on September 8th. You will receive a text, email or phone call to let you know when you can pick up a Chromebook for your student(s). We will distribute in pre-arranged time slots at all schools to ensure safety measures are met.

    Please don’t forget if you are in need of internet service, Spectrum is offering a deal to families on the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.  The flyer can be found here, or go to SpectrumInternetAssist.com

    Also, if you wish to purchase a laptop or other device to keep after a return from online learning, KCSD has reached out to our partner Dell for possible discounts on devices.

    https://www.dell.com/mpp/KingstonCitySD

    Member ID: USUS29291047

    Customized Quotes: 888-693-9448 (Reference Member ID)

     

    This survey only needs to be taken once per household.  Thank you for taking the time to provide answers to these questions.

    Survey Link: 

    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=TVst4YtF5EmhNtPWMuwR1Ep_SrF-L4dEsaoSjMH547VUMUQ0T0ExTDhSUFUzTTU0NkxTTEk0VFMxOS4u

Technology Survey Information

  • Dear KCSD Families,

    Within the next two days the district will be sending a survey to all households regarding the need for district-owned Chromebooks and the availability of internet for the 2020-21 school year.

    Please take the time to fill out this survey even if you own devices and do not need to borrow a Chromebook. We ask that everyone fill out the survey so that we can make sure we have heard from every household.

    In order for us to best track the information we will require you to sign in with your student’s login information.  You will need your student’s email (studentid@kingstoncityschools.org) and password. This is the same information your student has been using to log into Teams, Office 365 and Clever since the spring.  (If you have more than one student in the district, please sign in using your oldest student’s information)

    If you just registered your child for school, you received an email guiding you to the Parent Portal where you will find your new student’s ID number.

    If your child does not know their Student ID Number (Lunch Number) it can be found on a report card, Parent Portal and their ID Badge.  

     

    Below is a list of approved devices that can be used to access the online learning environment.  If you have a device for your student to use, you do not need a district-owned Chromebook.  

    • Windows Laptop or Desktop Running Windows 8.1* or Newer.
    • Chromebook
    • Mac Laptop or Desktop devices Running 10.13 or newer (high sierra)
    • iPad 9.7” or Larger Running on one of the two most recent major versions of iOS. (Currently IOS 12 & 13)

     

    If you wish to purchase a laptop or other device to keep after a return from online learning, KCSD has reached out to our partner Dell for some deals on devices.

    https://www.dell.com/mpp/KingstonCitySD

    Member ID: USUS29291047

    Customized Quotes: 888-693-9448 (Reference Member ID)

     

    If you are in need of internet service, Spectrum is offering a deal to families on the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.  The flyer can be found HERE, or go to SpectrumInternetAssist.com

     

    Thank you for taking the time to take this survey and helping us ensure the needs of our students are met.  

August 14, 2020

  • On Friday, August 14, 2020 the Kingston City School District Board of Education met to discuss the start of the 2020-21 school year and made the difficult decision to begin the school year with all students (PreK-12) working from a Remote Learning Plan for the first 5 weeks, beginning on Tuesday,  September 8th.

    While we understand there is nothing that can take the place of a teacher standing in a classroom with their students, this is the best decision for the health of our students, staff and families. 

    The District will use these five weeks to conduct thorough training of our faculty and staff, obtain all of the necessary PPE and strengthen our safety and cleaning protocols. 

    We realize that this decision will put some families in a difficult position, and we plan to open with our Hybrid Reopening Model as soon as it is safe to do so.

    The complete Remote Learning Plan will be posted on the district website by August 21st.  Please continue to check our website for more information and updates and look for a Technology Needs Questionnaire coming out in the next week.

    Please remember to join us for our next Town Hall Events.  More information and links can be found on our website.

    Thank you for your continued support in the safe education of our children.

    Stay safe and be well.

KCSD Reopening Plan

  • The Kingston City School District Reopening Plan is now available on our website at https://www.kingstoncityschools.org/reopening

    It is available in both HTML and PDF Format.  We have also included an easy to read PowerPoint of Reopening Highlights.

    KCSD will be hosting another community Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, August 4th at 6:00pm.

Reopening Guidelines

  • The New York State Education Department and Board of Regents released guidance today regarding the opening of schools in September. Public schools will be allowed to “reopen (with precautionary measures taken) if the region is in Phase 4 and the daily infection rate remains five percent or lower over a 14-day average,” said Governor Cuomo, who will make the final decision on whether schools can open at all.

    The guidance released today includes information in the areas of Health & Safety, Student Nutrition, Social-Emotional Well Being, Facilities, Transportation, Attendance, Technology, Special Education, Bilingual Services and more.  Full guidance will come later this week. 

    More information on today’s guidance can be found here: http://www.nysed.gov/news/2020/state-education-department-presents-framework-guidance-reopen-new-york-state-schools

    Some highlights:

    -Masks will be required whenever students and teachers cannot maintain social distancing, including while on the school bus.

    -Cleaning and disinfection procedures must be used per CDC and DOH guidance.

    - Schools must provide all enrolled students with access to school meals each school day whether school is in-person or remote.

    -Social emotional well-being must be schools’ and districts’ top priority in supporting school transitions.

    -Districts and schools must have a plan for remote learning to ensure technology and internet access is available to all students and teachers in an equitable manner.

     

    New York State school districts must develop three plans for review that include in-person instruction, remote instruction or a hybrid of both in-person and remote.   KCSD must have these plans submitted and be available on our website by July 31st.

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.