School Closure Guidance
Please Note: We will do our best to provide the best possible information as quickly as possible in order to assist families during this unprecedented occurrence. This guidance may be revised and additional information will be added as needed.
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 as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus). During the week of April 13, we will determine if the length of closure will need to be extended.
For the past few days, district staff have been engaged in extensive contingency planning to prepare for this eventuality and safeguard the health and safety of students/staff while ensuring continuity of learning and minimizing the impact on families.
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/Lunch Service Contingency Plan for details. St. Amelia's will also be offering this service for students age 18 and under beginning Thursday, March 19.
Continuity of Learning:
Materials are being prepared for all grade levels to provide opportunities for students to reinforce skills and learning that has already taken place in the classroom. The purpose of these materials is to provide opportunities for learning during this closure. Click here for Parent/Student Resources During Closure. You will be able to communicate with your child’s teacher during this time via email or their preferred communication platform. Teachers will use a variety of methods to engage our students in instruction and to encourage continuity of learning to the extent possible, including printed material and online resources such as IXL, Google Classroom, Canvas, Readworks, Flipgrid, and Scholastic.
- 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
If you do not have internet access, Spectrum is offering free internet and wi-fi service for 60 days and is waiving installation fees. Any households with K-12 students that aren't already subscribed to the cable company's broadband service are eligible. Families can call (844) 488-8395 to enroll. Regular pricing will take effect at the end of the 60-day period if a customer doesn’t cancel or change the service.
Free Childcare for Medical Workers/First Responders:
The Ken-Ton School District is partnering with the Ken-Ton YMCA to provide free childcare for medical workers and first responders while schools are closed due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Childcare will be provided from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for children of eligible workers age 5-12 at the Ken-Ton Family YMCA, 535 Belmont Ave. beginning Thursday, March 19. Eligible workers are medical workers and first responders who are the parents, guardians or primary caregivers of children age 5 to 12. Those who are eligible and interested in pursuing this option should contact the Ken-Ton YMCA at 874-5051 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information.
Activities, Events, Meetings & Sports:
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. Events that are impacted include (but are not excluded to):
- Elementary School Parent/Teacher Conferences: March 18 & 23
- “Lucky Stiff” (Kenmore East Musical): March 19-21
- SEPTO Meeting: March 23
- Beyond High School: March 24
- Board of Education Budget Work Session: March 24
- Writing Center: March 28
- Faculty Variety Show: April 3-4
All school district buildings and facilities will be closed to the public (including Adams and Crosby Field) in order to comply with local, state, and federal restrictions on gatherings and mitigate the spread of the virus. Although school district facilities will be closed, staff will be able to be contacted electronically via email, phone, or their preferred method of communication, typically between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
If your child’s school nurse is in possession of medications for your child, you will be able to pick these medications up tomorrow (Monday, March 16) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your child’s medication during this time, please contact your child’s school nurse or the district’s Medical Director, Debra Carey, at email@example.com.
Staff are being encouraged to stay home in order to safeguard against the virus, and to communicate with families electronically via email or their preferred communication platform. You may use the website Staff Directory to find the email address for your child’s teacher. For further information on contacting school or district personnel, please visit our Contact Us page. For your convenience, the district has created a webpage which provides different ways to contact the district during this time. Click the following link to Submit Your Question.
Families are encouraged to check the website frequently for additional details, updates, and information. We will be relying on electronic communication to communicate with our families during this time. This includes robocalls, automated text/email messages, the website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages (@ktufsd).