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Mask Update 6/8/21

  • KCSD has received the new and updated guidance from the NYSDOH that no longer requires masks be worn outdoors on school grounds, including during outdoor activities and interscholastic sports.  However, there is no change to the requirement of mask use indoors and on our school buses. 

    Effective immediately, mask use is no longer required outdoors on KCSD school grounds. 

    All other health and safety efforts will remain in place in our school buildings and on school grounds, including proper social distancing, daily health screenings and temperature checks.

    Kingston City School District encourages our faculty and staff to continue the practice of frequent “mask breaks” for our students with an increase in these breaks during warmer weather. 

    KCSD would like to thank our community for your support as we continue to follow the safety guidelines set forth by the state and county departments of health.

June 7, 2021 Mask Update

  • Today, Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will not be lifting the indoor mask mandate for schools and the Department of Health (DOH) will modify the guidelines to give the decision to mandate mask usage outdoors to individual school districts.

    The governor’s Executive Order and DOH guidance on this modification have not yet been released to school districts.

    KCSD will continue to follow the current and official DOH guidance and Executive Orders until we receive the new directive. 

    Again, we would like to thank our families for their patience and support as we ensure we are making the best decision for the health and safety of our entire community.

    We will communicate any changes as soon as they are official.

June 5, 2021 Mask Update

  • KCSD Families, 

    On Friday, June 4, 2021, we received information that the New York State Department of Health may be revising the mask mandates in schools. This change in guidance could be updated on Monday, June 7, 2021. 

    When the district receives the official changes from the state it will be reviewed by the Covid Team and we will communicate any updates to the current usage of masks in schools. 

    KCSD would like to thank our families for their patience and support as we review the new guidance from the state and continue on the best course for the health and safety our students, faculty, staff and their families, including mental health. 

    Masks must still be worn by everyone in school buildings on Monday as this proposed guidance has not yet been made official.  We will provide an update to our entire community as soon as it is available. 

KCSD Events with Spectators

  • Please be reminded that face masks MUST be worn at all Kingston City School District events. This rule applies for all attendees at all KCSD functions, indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.  This is also the rule for all Section 9 sporting events.  If any attendee refuses to wear a mask, they will be asked to leave the premises. If spectators cannot abide by masking rules, we may be forced to go forward with our events with no spectators present.

    Please help us keep our students and community safe by wearing a face mask at all school functions. Thank you.

Travel Update April 1, 2021

  • New York State Department of Health Travel Update: 

    Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another U.S. state or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 1, 2021. 

    Please note the following information -   

    All travelers must: 

    • Complete the Traveler Health Form 
    • Monitor symptoms daily from day of arrival in New York through day 14
    • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated)
    • Must immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing. 
       

    For the full NYS Travel Guidance click here.

Spring Break and Travel Information

  • KCSD Families, 

    As we approach the week of Spring Break (March 29-April 2), KCSD would like to review the most up-to-date travel guidelines. As a reminder, we follow the COVID-19 policies and restrictions of the New York State Department of Health. The travel information from the state can be found here:  https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory 

    If you are travelling inside the US (outside of New York State):

    • Students will need to have a test 3 days before leaving your travel destination to come home
    • Students will need to quarantine in New York upon return
    • On Day 4 of quarantine, you must test again in New York (Rapid Tests are acceptable)
    • If you choose not to test, students must quarantine for the full 10 days
    • Students who travel with their families must inform their building principal and may continue their education remotely while quarantined 
    • Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont) are exempt from the travel advisory.

    If you are travelling outside the US:

    • All of the above regulations apply
    • Additional quarantine may be required depending on your travel destination. 

    We are aware the governor has made an announcement that changes to these travel guidelines could be made on April 1st, but no new executive orders or updates have come from the NYS Department of Health.  We will send a follow-up communication as soon as any official changes are made. 

    As a reminder, because the district exceeded the number of allotted snow days this year, school will be in session on Monday, April 5, 2021. 

    If you have any questions about these travel restrictions, please contact your student’s school nurse.

Elementary Commitment Reminder and In-Person Learning Information

  • The Kingston City School District is looking ahead to the 4th Quarter and our ability to bring more students back into school buildings for in-person learning on a full-time basis.

    There is currently a commitment form out for our elementary families to choose In-Person or Remote Learning for students in Grades K-4 & GW PreK.  We would like to remind families that commitments are needed by Thursday, March 18th at 4:00pm. Information on the elementary building plans, Town Hall dates and times, and a link to the commitment form is available on our website HERE

    The new guidance from Ulster County regarding the reopening of schools released last week is being reviewed and information on any changes to our current learning plans will be communicated when they are finalized.

    To ease the transition and ensure our safety protocols can accommodate more people in the buildings, schools have been inviting specific students back into a Monday-Thursday in-person schedule.

    Over the past several weeks buildings have made room for our English Language Learners (ELLs), students with 504s and IEPs, Special Education students, students with special needs, students with little or no access to technology, and students who are considered high-risk.  These students have the opportunity to work with their in school Special Services personnel and specialized teachers to help them engage and monitor their progress toward the end of the school year.

    Please continue to check the KCSD website for more updates and information.

Updated Reopening Guidelines from UCDOH 3/12/21

  • Yesterday, Ulster County and the Ulster County Department of Health released new guidance for schools to safely reopen for in-person learning. KCSD Administration is currently reviewing these new guidelines and protocols, which include the use of sneeze guards and partitions, modified learning spaces, and the continued use of masks and healthy practices.

    KCSD will work with our community, faculty, staff, and Board of Education to make decisions about any changes in our current learning plans.

    Please continue to monitor our website for new information. 

Ulster County & KCSD - COVID Vaccination Update

  • The Kingston City School District has agreed to partner with Ulster County in the effort to vaccinate our community against COVID-19 by housing the Ulster County Department of Health vaccination hub in the Kate Walton Field House on the campus of Kingston High School.  Vaccinations are set to begin this month.

    COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways.  It has changed where we go, who we gather with and how we work.  More than 38,000 people have lost their lives to COVID 19 in NYS, and 354,000 in the United States.  The efficient, equitable and rapid vaccination of our community is essential to saving lives and getting our world back to normal.  This partnership at this location provides the best opportunity to accomplish this goal in our county.

    KCSD will be working hand in hand with Ulster County in the planning and organization of this massive undertaking by collaborating on all health, safety, and security protocols to ensure a safe and orderly distribution of the vaccine to our community, while continuing to provide our students with the education they need.  

    An immunized community means we can get back to school – real school.  We can once again welcome all students back to our buildings.  The things we took for granted prior to this crisis like athletics, musical and theatrical performances, and GRADUATIONS will once again be part of our lives and, more importantly, the lives of our students. 

    We are proud to continue working with the county and offer our space to help end one of the greatest crises of our generation. 

Board of Education Public Participation

  • The Kingston City School District Board of Education would like to invite the community to email in statements to be read for Public Participation at the next meeting on Wednesday, January 6th .  Public session will begin at approximately 7:00pm and will be livestreamed on the KCSD YouTube Channel. 

    If you would like to send in a statement to be read at this meeting, please send it in an email to Karen Seery at kseery@kingstoncityschools.org with the subject “BOE Public Participation”. Please make sure to include your name as we will not read anonymous statements. 

    Each statement can be no more than two (2) minutes when read aloud, and the public participation period will be limited to thirty (30) minutes. 

    Please email any questions you may have. 

KCSD Remote Learning Extended - Update 12/22/20

  • The Kingston City School District is committed to keeping our students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe in our schools. As we see the number of positive cases rise in the county we are also seeing the cases within our schools rise as well as the quarantines caused by positive cases. Because of this, we have made the decision to continue our Remote Learning plan after the return from holiday break on January 4, 2021.

    During this time of Remote Learning, faculty and staff will continue to report to school buildings.

    Transportation will still be provided to out-of-district placement and private school facilities. Please communicate with your school directly if you have any questions.

    KCSD will resume Hybrid Learning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 with the Maroon Group in-person.

    We understand that this decision will be difficult for families in the district but feel that this is the best option to ensure the health of our entire community after the holidays.

    Thank you for your continued patience and support.

December 15, 2020 Update

  • The Kingston City School District has been made aware that there are 2 positive cases of students at Kingston High School. Based on their last date of in-person attendance, there are no quarantines needed.

    Following the regulations and guidelines, a positive test can only be confirmed as a positive case by the Ulster County Department of Health (UCDOH).   

    We will continue to communicate positive cases to our community as they are confirmed to us by the UCDOH.  

    If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Ulster County Department of Health at 845-443-8888. 

Inclement Weather Updates & Reminders 12/14/20

  • Dear KCSD Families,

    With the threat of winter weather in the near future, we wanted to give some updates and reminders on snow days and delays.  

    KCSD has allotted 7 snow days for the school year. 

    The decision to close schools or delay opening is usually made at approximately 5:30am so we can send the text/email/App alerts, post the alert on our website and KCSD Facebook page, and notify the radio and TV stations.  For more information, please see our Closing and Delay Guide. 

    Inclement weather information during Remote Learning: 

    If a snow day is called, faculty and staff will not report to buildings and there will be no classes. 

    If a delay is called, faculty and staff will report to buildings two hours later than their usual report time.

     

    Students will sign into Teams at the following times:

    Elementary School: 10:55am

    Middle School:  9:55am click here for full schedule

    High School:  9:45am (KHS currently uses a 2-hour delay schedule for Remote Learning)

     

    Food distribution and deliveries will not take place on a snow day.

December 10, 2020 Update

  • Due to the increasing number of positive cases in our region and the number of students and staff who remain on quarantine, the Kingston City School District will continue with our Remote Learning plan and schedule until after the holiday break.

    As much as we want to have our students learning from inside the classroom, we need to address the impact this second wave is having on our community and our schools. This decision was made after a very careful and thoughtful review of the current conditions, trends and projections, and what is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community.

    We have been extremely pleased with the cooperation of our students, faculty and staff with our health and safety protocols, and though our confirmed positives remain low, the spread in the community has impacted every aspect of our operation.  The number of faculty and staff impacted by COVID-19 and the Department of Health quarantine protocols is growing daily.  We are in a position where we are not able to cover classrooms, provide adequate security or continue the effective implementation of our safety protocols. 

    While we understand the impact this decision will have on our students and families, we must be proactive so that we can make sure all of our schools are safe.

    We will continue to use our Remote Learning schedule with the following start times:

    Elementary Schools (GW PreK & K-4): 8:55am Morning Announcements

    Middle Schools (Grades 5-8): 9:00am  

    Kingston High School (Grades 9-12): 9:45am  

     

    We will hold Meal Distribution at all Elementary Schools daily from 1:30-2:30pm, and at JW Bailey Middle School from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Delivery is available if you cannot make it to a pick-up site. Please call 845-943-3663 for more information.  

    Bussing will be provided for BOCES, Out-of-District and Private School students. Please communicate with your school directly if you have any questions. 

    KCSD plans to resume our Hybrid Learning plan and schedule on Monday, January 4, 2021 with Maroon and Gold groups in-person on their specified days, if it safe for our students and staff.

December 2, 2020

  • Over the last week, we have seen a dramatic increase in the community spread of COVID 19 in our area. As of this morning Ulster County has recorded 982 confirmed cases, a number we have not seen since mid-March. 

    This community spread, and the spread in our surrounding areas, has impacted our students, faculty and staff. The number of faculty and staff members required to quarantine due to contact with positive cases or by being deemed positive due to symptoms consistent with COVID-19 has made it increasingly difficult for KCSD to cover classrooms and ensure the implementation of our safety protocols. 

    For these reasons, KCSD has made the very difficult decision to suspend our Hybrid Learning Plan and move to our Remote Learning Plan from Friday, December 4th through December 11th. We hope to return to Hybrid Learning Plan for Monday, December 14th. 

    Our faculty and staff will continue to report to school buildings and teach from their classrooms, but students will remain home and learn using our Remote Learning Plan.  

    During this time of Remote Learning, the district will continue to provide meals for our students.  Please check our website for updated pick-up sites and times, and delivery will continue to be provided for families who cannot make it to a distribution site.  Please call 845-943-3663 for more information. 

    KCSD will continue to monitor the situation in both the county and the state and will work with the Department of Health to determine when it is practical and safe to reopen our doors to students. 

Student Health Screening & Sports Update

  • Student Health Screening Update:

    Starting on Monday, November 16th, we ask all KCSD families who have students attending in-person classes to complete the Health Screening Survey every day those students report to their school buildings.

    Maroon Group will fill out the screening survey on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    Gold Group will fill out the screening survey on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    Self-contained (MAG/Green) will fill out the screening survey every morning, Monday-Thursday.

    Don’t forget to certify your answers and then click Submit to complete the screening.

    These screenings are important for the health and safety of our students, staff and families.  If you are not receiving the survey in your email or are having trouble accessing it, please contact your child’s school. 

    Thank you for your help in keeping the Kingston City School District safe.

     

    Sports Update:

    NYSPHSAA and Governor Cuomo have given permission for low- and medium-impact Winter Sports to take place starting 11/30. Therefore, Dr. Padalino and Mr. Silverstein have decided that Varsity Indoor Track, Varsity Boys & Girls Bowling, Varsity Boys Swimming & Diving, Varsity Gymnastics, and Varsity Alpine Skiing are the only sports, at this point, that we will be offering this winter. All other winter sports are on hold until further notice. Please continue to register, get school physicals, and health updates for an 11/30 start date. Any questions, contact the Athletic Office.  

October 30, 2020

  • Over the past week, the Kingston City School District has had numerous faculty, staff and transportation providers who were forced to quarantine due to proximate contact with students who have been designated positive due to symptoms consistent with 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.

    While we have had no students or staff who have been confirmed as a positive case COVID-19, the quarantine of our bus drivers has significantly reduced our capacity to provide student transport. 

    Due to this situation, the Kingston City School District will be shifting to all remote instruction for Monday, November 2nd

    We fully expect to be able to resume our hybrid model on Wednesday, November 4th with the Gold group of students. Tuesday, November 3rd was already scheduled as a Superintendent’s Conference Day with no student classes.

    KCSD realizes this is an inconvenience to our families and students and we are only taking this action to ensure the health and safety of our entire community.

    We are continuing to work with the Ulster County Department of Health to resolve the designated positive cases in KCSD this past week.

    We appreciate all of the understanding and patience from our parents, students, faculty and staff as we navigate through the uncertainty to do what is best for our students and their education.

October 29, 2020

  • Today, Thursday, October 29, 2020, two students at Myer Elementary School were 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 students were last in attendance on Tuesday, October 27, 2020​. Through school contact tracing, 23 students and 13 staff members​ have been identified as being in proximate contact with these students 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. 

    Additionally, there is a designated positive student at M.C. Miller Middle School. In this school, 31 students and 14 staff members have been identified as being in proximate contact. 

    Chambers Elementary School has contacted the families of 9 students for two designated positive students, with 4 staff being in proximate contact. 

    At Edson Elementary School, two students are considered designated positive and a total of 21 students and 8 staff members have been contacted and quarantined. 

    The schools are notifying these individuals and families and there will be follow-up from the Ulster County Department of Health.

    If you do 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​. 

    Please remember that these students have presented with symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19, so we are taking precautions while we await the test results. 

    As a reminder, due to many privacy laws, we are unable to identify the individuals who have been 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.

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

  •  

    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.