COVID-19 Updates

  • The Ken-Ton School District will publish weekly updates regarding the COVID-19 closure in the district's e-newsletter, the SchoolGram. You can sign up to receive the SchoolGram in your inbox and view past editions at www.ktufsd.org/SchoolGram.


    6/10/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update, which includes important updates and guidance related to the closure, and inspiring stories about students, staff, and families during the pandemic:

    June 10, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    6/1/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update, which includes important updates and guidance related to the closure, and inspiring stories about students, staff, and families during the pandemic:

    June 1, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    5/28/20 Update:

    Very important information from your child's school regarding item pick-up/drop-off, locker clean-out and yearbooks can be found here:

    Item Pick-Up/Drop-Off Information


    5/26/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update, which includes important updates and guidance related to the closure, and inspiring stories about students, staff, and families during the pandemic:

    May 26, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    5/18/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update, which includes important updates and guidance related to the closure, and inspiring stories about students, staff, and families during the pandemic:

    May 18, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    5/15/20 Update:

    The Ken-Ton School District regrets to announce that all summer programs and activities will need to be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These cancellations have been necessitated by restrictions on non-essential activities which are expected to continue through the summer. This includes:

    • Summer Day Camp
    • Summer music program/summer music lessons
    • Summer sports camps/clinics/programs
    • Community Education summer session programs
    • Elementary/middle-level summer school

    Please note that high school summer school will still be able to operate through online and remote learning.

    Under the four-phase reopening plan established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the earliest that schools, educational programs, and recreation activities may resume in the Western New York region is July 13. This date may be delayed further if key conditions and milestones are not met, which determine when the reopening process can begin. In accordance with the Governor's executive orders, Ken-Ton School District schools and facilities must remain closed until the beginning of Phase 4. Community use of school/district facilities including Crosby/Adams Field will not be able to resume until this time.

    The Ken-Ton School District will continue to provide breakfast/lunch services at the five distribution locations and childcare for essential workers at the Ken-Ton YMCA until Friday, June 26. (The last day of instruction for students is expected to be June 10; however, the breakfast/lunch and childcare services will continue until June 26.)

    Regarding May 21-22:

    Please note that the district has made the decision to offer teachers and students the opportunity to pause new instruction on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 in order for teachers to update gradebooks, for students to catch up on assignments, and for everyone to use this time to reset and reinvigorate. Teachers will not deliver new instruction on those days, but may use this time to assist students in identifying missing assignments, and to identify ways to reinvigorate themselves and students as we enter the final stretch of remote learning.

    Additional information and guidance will continue to be provided in our weekly COVID-19 closure updates, which are usually published on Mondays of each week. You can find these updates and sign up to receive them in your email inbox at www.ktufsd.org/schoolgram.


    5/11/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update, which includes important updates and guidance related to the closure, and inspiring stories about students, staff, and families during the pandemic:

    May 11, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    5/4/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update, which includes important updates and guidance related to the closure, and inspiring stories about students, staff, and families during the pandemic:

    May 4, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    4/27/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update, which includes a message from the superintendent, important updates and guidance related to the closure, and inspiring stories about students, staff, and families during the pandemic:

    April 27, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    4/20/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update, which includes a message from the superintendent, important updates and guidance related to the closure, and inspiring stories about students, staff, and families during the pandemic:

    April 20, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    4/13/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update, which includes a message from the superintendent, important updates and guidance related to the closure, and inspiring stories about students, staff, and families during the pandemic:

    April 13, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    4/7/20 Update:

    The Ken-Ton School District wishes to inform everyone in the school district community of two important updates regarding the COVID-19 closure:

    District personnel are reviewing the most recent NYSED guidance and will be providing additional information in the coming days.


    4/5/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update which includes a message from the superintendent and important information related to the closure:

    April 5, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    4/1/20 Update:

    New York State is requiring that school district activities during the COVID-19 closure, such as continuity of learning, food service, and emergency childcare operations, are to continue during spring recess (April 13-17).

    Supporting our families and their kids is a priority for our district and its employees. Given the National, State, County and Town States of Emergency, we are committed to supporting our Continuity of Learning Plan, meals for students, and child care for essential workers through our Spring Break. In compliance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.1 and 202.2, we will continue to remain in remote contact with our students and families providing the support they may need.

    Breakfast/lunch services will continue to operate as scheduled during spring recess (April 13-17). Please note that breakfast/lunch will not be served on Friday, April 10. Instead, families will receive their meals for this day when they pick up their meals on Wednesday, April 8.


    3/29/20 Update:

    Click here to see the weekly COVID-19 closure update which includes a message from the superintendent and important information related to the closure:

    March 29, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    3/23/20 Update:

    In order to minimize person-to-person contact, breakfast/lunch will be served every other day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning Wednesday, March 25. Families will still be provided meals for each day of the week, but will only pick up their meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. There will be no breakfast/lunch pick-up on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Thursday, March 26.

    This means that, on Wednesday, March 25, families will be provided breakfast/lunch meals for two days, and there will be no breakfast/lunch pick-up the following day on Thursday, March 26. This change will apply to all pick-up locations: Franklin Elementary, Holmes Elementary, Hoover Elementary, the Northtowns Boys & Girls Club, and the Sheridan Parkside Youth Center.

    This is being done in order to minimize person-to-person contact and reduce the risk of exposure for students, families, and staff while still providing families access to breakfast/lunch for each day of the week. For more information on breakfast/lunch, click here: Breakfast/Lunch Information


    3/22/20 Update:

    Click here to see our first weekly COVID-19 closure update which includes a message from the superintendent and important information related to the closure:

    March 22, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update


    3/19/20 Update:

    In order to best serve our students and families and increase access to breakfast/lunch services during the extended COVID-19 closure, the Ken-Ton School District is adding two pick-up locations beginning Friday, March 20: the Sheridan Parkside Youth Center and the Northtowns Boys and Girls Club.

    One bus will be at each location from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each weekday Monday through Friday beginning Friday, March 20. Meals are available for all students age 18 and under, and any family member may pick up their meal at their preferred location.

    The Sheridan Parkside Youth Center is located at 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive. The Boys and Girls Club is located at 54 Riverdale Avenue. Meals will also be available at the original three sites: Franklin, Holmes, and Hoover Elementary. For more information on the breakfast/lunch program, click here: Breakfast/Lunch Information


    3/18/20 Update (3:37pm):

    All Ken-Ton School District buildings and facilities will be closed effective immediately and will no longer be accessible for item or locker retrieval. This is being done out of an abundance of caution to minimize person-to-person contact and mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Pursuant with NYS requirements, food service operations will continue at the three identified locations: Franklin, Holmes, and Hoover Elementary.

    3/18/20 Update (1:14 pm): 

    Kenmore West High School was just notified that a student who had visited the building on Tuesday, March 17 between 10:42 and 10:48 a.m. in order to retrieve items is employed at a location where a customer tested positive for coronavirus. This student has since become symptomatic and is currently in quarantine and will be tested within the next few days. Out of an abundance of caution, Kenmore West High School is closed and will no longer be accessible for the purposes of retrieving items.

    3/18/20 Update (10:33am):

    This is a reminder for all families that free breakfast and lunch meals will be available for all students age 18 and under during the COVID-19 closure. Any family member can pick up their grab-and-go meals at three locations, Franklin Elementary, Holmes Elementary, and Hoover Elementary, regardless of what school your child attends. Meals can be picked up at the loading dock near the cafeteria each day Monday through Friday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please note that at Hoover Elementary, this is in the rear of the building (use the Sheridan Drive entrance). We encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity. Please refer to the breakfast and lunch closure plan for details. You can find this information on our website at ktufsd.org/COVID19. This information has also been emailed to you if you have an email address on file with the district.


    3/17/20 Update:

    Due to restrictions and recommendations at the local, state, and federal level to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), all Ken-Ton School District facilities will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20.

    This means buildings will not be available for item or locker retrieval after Thursday, March 19 (if you were planning on picking up items on Friday, please plan on doing so Thursday instead). This does not impact food service operations, which will continue at Franklin, Holmes, and Hoover Elementary per our Meal Service Contingency Plan during this extended closure.

    Most staff will be working from home and will be available via phone, email, or other methods of electronic communication, typically between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Please note that Adams Field and Crosby Field will also be closed to the public in order to comply with restrictions on public gatherings. We regret that these measures must be taken, but they are necessary in order to prevent person-to-person contact which can exacerbate the spread of the virus.

    We thank our families and community for your cooperation and hope that everyone stays healthy and safe during this difficult time.


    3/16/20 Update:

    As a result of the COVID-19 response, all Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools are closed until April 20 (a decision will be made the week of April 13 whether the length of the closure will need to be extended). All daytime and after-school activities, including extracurricular activities, sports, events, meetings, adult and community education programs, and parent/teacher conferences, will be cancelled during this extended closure unless otherwise noted. Please visit our School Closure Guidance page for details.

    Consistent with the nationwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District wishes to safeguard students and staff and take precautions to minimize the spread of the virus. For this reason, staff are encouraged to stay home, work remotely, and communicate electronically. In-person business will be curtailed, but district operations will continue, so please plan on communicating electronically. We encourage you to refer to the Contact Us page for guidance on who to contact for individual matters.

    Limited access to school buildings will be provided this week in case families need to retrieve items from lockers. At all other times, school buildings will be closed unless otherwise noted. It’s important to minimize person-to-person contact, so item retrieval should only be if necessary, and staff may escort individuals to their lockers.

    • Franklin Middle School: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 through Thursday, March 19 (please use Door #1)
    • Hoover Middle School: 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 through Thursday, March 19, based on last name (please use Door #31)
      • A-F: Wednesday, March 18
      • G-Z: Thursday, March 19
    • Kenmore East High School: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 through Thursday, March 19
    • Kenmore West High School: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 through Thursday, March 19 (please use Door #1)

    District staff are working diligently to make materials available for all grade levels to provide opportunities for students to reinforce skills and learning that has already taken place in the classroom.

    • Gr. K-7 Students: Grade-level packets will be mailed home to any students who did not receive one on Friday, March 13; individual teachers will also be providing materials (these materials should be focused on first)
    • Gr. 8-12 Students: Individual teachers will provide directions on accessing these materials

    Instructional materials will also be available on our COVID-19 closure resources page at ktufsd.org/covid19. Parents can expect regular communication from teachers via phone, email, or the teacher’s preferred method of communication. You may use the website Staff Directory to find the email address for your child’s teacher.


    3/15/20 Update (7:58pm):

    This is a follow-up message for all Ken-Ton School District staff. In accordance with the Erie County Executive’s recommendation that people avoid large gatherings of more than 50 people, and in light of the declaration of multiple States of Emergency, all Erie County school districts will be closed until April 20, 2020. During the week of April 13, we will determine if the length of closure will need to be extended.

    All staff are asked to report tomorrow, Monday, March 16, except monitors, aides, bus drivers, building-based subs, and per diem subs. Staff are to report from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in order to further plan for continued instruction and services during this extended closure. Staff who are unable to report should follow their normal procedures. On Friday, information was provided to all staff via email regarding the district’s contingency planning for the eventuality of an extended closure, and additional information is being sent today. Staff are asked to please review this information and to contact your supervisor if you have any questions.

    3/15/20 Update (6:15pm):

    This is a follow-up message for all Ken-Ton School District families and staff. In accordance with the Erie County Executive's recommendation that people avoid large gatherings of more than 50 people, and in light of the declaration of multiple States of Emergency, all Erie County school districts will be closed until April 20, 2020. During the week of April 13, we will determine if the length of closure will need to be extended. Please stay tuned for additional information.

    3/15/20 Update (2:16pm):

    Due to the confirmation of COVID-19 cases in Erie County, the Department of Health has recommended the cancellation of all Erie County schools tomorrow, Monday, March 16. There will be information later today regarding an extended closing. You will receive further instructions from the district and we encourage you to visit our website at ktufsd.org which will continue to be updated.

    The district has made contingency plans for the continuation of breakfast and lunch services for any students age 18 and under during an extended closure. Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch will be available at three locations, Holmes Elementary, Hoover Elementary, and Franklin Elementary, Monday through Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Regardless of what school the student attends, any family member is eligible to pick up the meals at their preferred location at no cost, and we encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity. Please refer to the district website for details regarding breakfast and lunch services. This information has also been sent to you via email if you have an email address on file with the district.

    Also, if the school nurse is in possession of medications for your children, you will be able to pick these medications up at your child’s school tomorrow, Monday, March 16, from the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    We thank you for your cooperation and encourage all families to check the website for updates and to stay tuned for additional guidance and information.


    3/13/20 Update:

    ​Although there still have not been any reported cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Western New York, the Ken-Ton School District wishes to be prepared for all eventualities. Out of an abundance of caution, materials will be sent home by your child's school no later than early next week at all grade levels. These activities are opportunities for students to reinforce skills and learning that has already taken place in the classroom, should schools be directed to close. Schools have not been directed to close, but we wish to provide these materials as a precautionary measure since this has occurred in other regions. We ask that you please set these materials aside in a safe place to have on hand in case they are needed, at which time there would be further communication from the district. We will continue to keep our families informed and encourage everyone to visit the website at ktufsd.org for all information and resources related to COVID-19.


    3/12/20 Update:

    Click here for a letter from Superintendent of Schools Steve Bovino

    Based upon the recommendation of the Erie County Health Commissioner, and in consultation with school district superintendents from across Erie County, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District is cancelling all school-sponsored travel planned to destinations outside of Western New York (Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Allegany counties) due to concerns related to COVID-19. The ban on school-based travel applies to students and to staff, and will continue until further notice. Those teachers, coaches, and advisors whose travel is impacted will be notified directly by their principal.

    Additionally, effective immediately and until further notice, we are suspending all public Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District gatherings that include more than 50 people. Gatherings within our schools that include only our students and staff, such as assemblies, professional learning, student government meetings, etc. will continue as normal. Examples of public gatherings of more than 50 people that will be suspended are concerts, public forums, and spectators attending sporting events.

    The circumstances around this looming public health challenge seem to change rapidly. We will take action according to those circumstances, with the guidance of public health officials, in an effort to assure the safety of everyone who learns, works and visits in our schools. We will continue to communicate directly with families as events require.


    3/11/20 Update:

    The Ken-Ton School District is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health authorities. As of March 11, 2020, there has not been a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the Ken-Ton School District or in Western New York. Nevertheless, our staff are continuing to take aggressive preventative measures to sanitize our facilities and safeguard our students and staff.

    It is important for all families and staff to be aware of the following guidance which has been provided for school districts by county and state officials:

    • In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member, their school would close for a 24-hour period while health department officials assess the situation and determine next steps. This determination would be made by the Department of Health, and the Ken-Ton School District would notify families the same way as with a weather-related closing.
    • Students and staff should stay home if sick. If a student or staff member begins exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness during the day, the school nurse would determine whether to isolate that individual and send them home. In their guidance to school districts, the NYS Department of Health and NYS Education Department refer to the general guidelines of the American Association of Pediatrics for when a student should stay home from school:
      • If he/she has a fever
      • If he/she is not well enough to participate in class
      • If you think he/she may be contagious to other children

    You can find the NYSED and NYSDOH guidance document at the following link:

    Health department and state education officials are also reminding those concerned about COVID-19 that most people have little risk of exposure, and most cases present mild or no symptoms. The concern is not primarily for otherwise healthy school-age children. The primary risk is for individuals over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune systems. Their hope is to avoid the virus spreading and affecting those who are most vulnerable to it.

    At this time, there is a great deal of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty regarding this virus. The Ken-Ton School District shares the concerns of parents and families for anything that might adversely impact the health of our students and staff. There are simple steps everyone can take to minimize the risk of infection for all respiratory illnesses including COVID-19:

    • Wash hands often with an antibacterial soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw it in the trash.
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home if exhibiting cold- or flu-like symptoms.
    • Clean and disinfect any surface or object that is frequently touched (such as tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).

    The Ken-Ton School District has been very proactive in taking steps to control the spread of pathogens such as germs and microbes that can cause illness and disease, whether it is common afflictions like the cold and flu virus or more serious concerns such as COVID-19. To disinfect classrooms, the Buildings & Grounds staff has been using Protexus Electrostatic Sprayers, which is the brand name for an advanced type of applicator that kills germs and microbes on contact. These devices are being used in all classrooms, and in buses as well, which in addition to regular cleaning is extremely effective at eliminating pathogens. They have also installed hundreds of hand sanitizer dispensers and upgraded hand towel and soap dispensers to promote hand washing. Frequent and thorough hand washing, the use of the hand sanitizers, and other precautions are being reinforced and promoted across grade levels.

    The Ken-Ton School District’s highest priority is the health and safety of our students and staff, and we will continue to monitor this rapidly developing situation and keep the community informed. Updates will continue to be communicated to families and staff and will be posted to the district’s homepage and on our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information page.


    3/4/20 Update:

    Schools will follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health authorities in responding to concerns related to COVID-19. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and local and state health departments have begun recommending that any individuals who have traveled to countries impacted by the virus undertake a voluntary quarantine as a precautionary measure only.

    The district is aware of one student who recently traveled to Italy, one of the countries impacted by COVID-19, before returning to school. This student, along with anyone who has traveled to countries impacted by COVID-19, were recently asked to undertake a voluntary quarantine as a precautionary measure only. The Erie County Department of Health has reviewed this case and advised that there is no cause for concern, and it is important to note that these steps are being taken for any individuals who have traveled to countries impacted by COVID-19.

    At the present time, the district has not been notified of any individuals in the Ken-Ton community who are suspected to be carrying COVID-19 or have tested positive for the virus. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our students and staff, and we will continue to monitor this rapidly developing situation and keep the community informed.


    3/3/20 Update:

    The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District wishes to provide families and the community with access to information on COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus. The district has not had a confirmed case of the virus, and only two cases have been confirmed in New York State as of March 3, 2020. Nevertheless, the district is closely monitoring this rapidly developing situation and following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Erie County Department of Health, and New York State Education Department.

    As a district, we have reviewed our strategies for preventing the spread of infectious diseases in our school buildings. Our custodial staff have been sanitizing our facilities throughout the season, and more recently our school buses, using Protexus Electrostatic Sprayers, which are very effective at eliminating pathogens such as viruses and microbes that can cause disease. They have also installed hand sanitizer dispensers throughout our buildings. These measures have proven to be very effective in keeping our buildings healthy.

    Health authorities are encouraging simple precautions that help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as:

    • Wash hands often with an antibacterial soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw it in the trash.
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Keep children home if they exhibit cold- or flu-like symptoms.
    • Clean and disinfect any surface or object that is frequently touched (such as tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).

    The CDC and New York State Department of Health have posted extensive information about COVID-19 including the nature of the virus, how it spreads, and up-to-date developments. You can find this information at the following links:

    With spring recess approaching, any families currently planning on traveling are encouraged to refer to the CDC’s latest guidance for travelers, which can be found here:

    Local health departments will be in contact with individual schools and districts if a suspected or known case of COVID-19 emerges, and we will continue to keep the community informed as this situation develops. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will continue to review our protocol and procedures and take whatever steps we can to prevent the spread of illnesses.