School Reopening Information
A very important update on reopening and planning for the 2020-21 school year is in today's edition of the Ken-Ton Weekly Connection, Superintendent Cimato's weekly update for the school district community, and the accompanying video message update.
In an effort to reduce capacity on school buses, we are giving parents/guardians the opportunity to decline transportation eligibility on a voluntary basis. Click here: Transportation Eligibility Opt-Out Commitment Form
Our Reopening FAQ will be continuously updated and added to during the planning process.
School & District Reopening Plans are now available for viewing/download (these documents will continue to be modified and adjusted throughout the planning process.
School Reopening Announcements
To Maximize Social Distancing, Parents/Guardians Can Volunteer to Decline Transportation Eligibility
The Ken-Ton School District is engaging in an effort to further reduce density on our school buses in order to maximize opportunities for social distancing and further safeguard against COVID-19. To facilitate this opportunity, we are providing all parents/guardians of students who are eligible for district-provided transportation the option to voluntarily decline bus transportation.
The most up-to-date information on reopening will be compiled here in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) format. This information will be continuously updated and will change throughout the 2020-21 school year planning process. Please check back often, as information is expected to change often as additional guidance and feedback is provided.
The most recent published version of the Ken-Ton School District Reopening Plan and links to individual school reopening plans are now posted to the website. These plans will be living documents and will continue to be refined and modified as state-level determinations are made for the reopening of schools, as guidance evolves, and as planning continues to move forward for the 2020-21 school year.
Ken-Ton School District School Reopening Survey Results (Parent/Guardian, Staff, Students & Community Surveys)
In July 2020, the Ken-Ton School District conducted a survey for parents/guardians, staff, students, and community members to provide feedback on the reopening of schools in September. The survey results (including open-ended responses) can be found at www.ktufsd.org/survey. In all, more than 4,100 individuals in the Ken-Ton community took part in the survey.
On July 28, 2020, the Ken-Ton School District hosted a Virtual Parent Cafe to provide an overview of the reopening survey results and to invite questions from participants. The event was hosted by Frank Spagnolo, Director of Data and Accountability and Chief Information Officer for the Ken-Ton School District. Click the link to see a video recording and the virtual Q&A.
Below, you will find information and resources related to the reopening of school districts throughout New York State, including Ken-Ton, for the 2020-21 school year.
All school districts in New York State are required to develop and submit a reopening plan that follows the requirements and guidance provided by the NYS Education Department. All planning documentation and resources involving the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year will be posted here at www.ktufsd.org/reopening.
The Ken-Ton School District will communicate extensively with parents and families on what to expect for the 2020-21 school year.
Stay Up-to-Date With the 'Weekly Connection'
You can stay up-to-date on the latest developments and district updates by signing up to receive the "Ken-Ton Weekly Connection," a weekly update for the Ken-Ton School District community from Superintendent of Schools Sabatino Cimato. The "Weekly Connection" will be published on Fridays via email with a corresponding video update. You can sign up to receive the "Weekly Connection" in your email inbox and view past editions at www.ktufsd.org/superintendent.
NYS Reopening Guidance Documents & Resources:
- Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York's Schools (Reopening Guidance)
- Reopening New York Guidelines for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K through Grade 12 Schools
- Reopening New York Checklist for School Reopening Plans
- NYS Department of Health Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
- NYS Board of Regents July 2020 Meeting (Reopening Presentation & Regulatory Flexibility Presentation)
Ken-Ton UFSD School Reopening Task Force:
The Ken-Ton UFSD School Re-Opening Task Force convened in early July to establish the structures necessary to complete the work of planning for the 2020-21 school year. This group is composed of district administrators and school building principals with several different sub-committees and school-based teams are focusing on individual areas of district operations, building-level planning, and community engagement. School districts have been asked to submit reopening plans to the state and post them online by July 31. Districts must prepare for three potential scenarios:
- A return to school in September with full face-to-face attendance and precautions to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff
- A fully remote and virtual learning environment
- A blended model, combining elements of the two