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9-28-20

Kanawha County Schools remains committed to making sure that we are taking care of our students the very best we can both academically and socially/emotionally during this time of remote learning. We are hopeful that if our community members continue to wear masks, socially distance, get tested and follow all guidelines that in person learning will be an option very soon.

We want you to know that while we’ve been working on making remote learning better for our students, we’re also continuing planning for when we’re able to return. As a reminder for those who selected in person, once Kanawha achieves Gold/Yellow/Green on the state Re-Entry Map, we will return under a blended model for two weeks. Your school will send a reminder on what this means at your school/s specifically, but generally it means that students with the last name of A-L will attend in person Monday & Tuesday, with Wednesday through Friday being eLearning days. Students with the last name M-Z will attend eLearning Monday – Wednesday and attend in person on Thursday & Friday. Wednesday is a cleaning day for everyone with all students doing eLearning. If sibling groups have different last names, parents can work with the school to arrange for them to attend on the same days. We continue to talk with teachers and school staff about their ideas on how to make blended learning successful.

In addition, our secondary principals, athletic directors and coaches have been working on a plan for athletic matches once we are able to return. They will have this ready to distribute as soon as we are able to return to in person learning.

Again, we ask everyone to please work as a community and a county to wear masks, socially distance, get tested and follow all guidelines so that we can achieve lower community spread and create the environment needed to allow for in person learning for those students who need and want that option. KCS is encouraging all county residents to take advantage of the county's free COVID-19 testing locations. No appointment is needed. You just show up with your ID. A list of this week's testing locations is available by scrolling down to the "Community Health Calendar" on the KCHD page here: https://www.kchdwv.org. Additional testing is being added at GWHS as well.  

Thank you!

9-26-20

Instruction

On this evening’s WV Department of Education School Re-Entry Map, Kanawha County is orange. This means that KCS students will continue to work remotely this week and athletic and extracurricular activities may participate in conditioning only. Please log in to Schoology daily and read the Schoology/Technology guidance provided on our website or watch KCS-TV on Suddenlink Channel 17 at the new time of 7:30 a.m. or p.m. Sunday – Friday for Schoology help.  Remember that if you have a KCS device, you need to log in to Home Access every day before logging into Schoology.

Meals

This week, a breakfast and lunch will be distributed via bus delivery to all regular bus stops. Parents, guardians or students may go to any bus stop to get their meals. Deliveries will begin every day at 11 a.m. along normal bus routes. Your bus garage may be able to give a more exact stop time. Those numbers can be found on our website at: https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/district/departments/bus_terminals.

This is available to ALL KCS students, no matter whether you selected in person, KCS Schoology eLearning or Virtual Program.

Bus WiFi

There are WiFi buses out in communities in addition to all of our school parking lots and state Kids Connect sites. You can find Kids Connect sites linked from our website and look for information from your school on bus WiFi.

Path to Gold

We continue to ask that you encourage friends and family to use caution, wear masks, social distance, get tested and follow all recommendations. Our students will not be able to attend school in person until our community members work together to bring our numbers down by staying safe and healthy.

Thank you. 

 
9-19-20

Instruction

On this evening’s WV Department of Education School Re-Entry Map, Kanawha County is red. This means that KCS students will continue to work remotely this week and all extracurricular activities and all sports are completely canceled. We continue to ask parents and students to log in to Schoology daily. Please read the Schoology/Technology guidance provided on our website or watch KCS-TV on Suddenlink Channel 17 at 7:16 a.m. or p.m. for Schoology help.  

Our online technology information is often the quickest way to get the information that you need.

Meals

This week, a breakfast and lunch will be distributed daily via bus delivery to all regular bus stops. Parents or students may go to any bus stop to get their meals. Deliveries will begin every day at 11 a.m. along normal bus routes. Your bus garage may be able to give a more exact stop time. Those numbers can be found on our website at: https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/district/departments/bus_terminals.

This is available to ALL KCS students, no matter whether you selected in person, KCS Schoology eLearning or Virtual Program. 

Bus WiFi

KCS school buses with WiFi are out in your community in addition to all of our school parking lots and state Kids Connect sites. You can find Kids Connect sites here and look for information from your school on bus WiFi. 

Path to Gold

We ask that you continue to encourage friends and family to use caution, wear masks, social distance, get tested and follow all recommendations to keep our communities safe. Students will not be able to attend school in person until our community members work together to bring our numbers down by staying safe and healthy. 


9-12-20

Instruction

On this evening’s WV Department of Education School Re-Entry Map, Kanawha County remained orange. This means that KCS students will continue to work remotely this week. Per new directives from state officials on Friday, Sept. 11, athletic and extracurricular activities in orange are now limited to conditioning only. There will be no sport-specific or contact practices this week. Marching band activities must be limited to outdoors only. Coaches and directors will be in touch with students or parents.

We continue to ask parents and students to log in to Schoology daily. We understand that there are sometimes issues with the Schoology platform – this is not just a Kanawha County issue, but is being seen nationwide due to high usage of the system. We know that at some points parents and students have to log out and try again at a later time. Teachers will continue to be understanding with known Schoology or technology issues. 

In addition, we are receiving an abundance of calls regarding iPad issues and trouble with logging in outside of Schoology. Most of these issues are addressed on our website under Re-Entry 2020 > Schoology & Technology Guide. This is often the quickest way to get the information that you need.

Meals

This week, a breakfast and lunch will be distributed via bus delivery daily to all regular bus stops. Parents or students may go to any bus stop to get their meal or meals. Deliveries will begin every day at 11 a.m. along normal bus routes. Your bus garage may be able to give a more exact stop time. Those numbers can be found on our website at: https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/district/departments/bus_terminals

This is available to ALL KCS students, no matter whether you selected in person, KCS Schoology eLearning or Virtual Program. 

Path to Yellow

We ask that you continue to encourage friends and family to use caution, wear masks, social distance and follow all recommendations to keep our communities safe. Our students will not be able to attend school in person until our community members work together to bring our numbers down by staying safe. 

Thank you.

9-9-20

Meals

If you were unable to get the 3-day meal box that was delivered today for each of your students, we will be doing deliveries again tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 10, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The delivery should be approximately 30 minutes earlier than the past two days. Again, if you were not able to get to a bus stop today for your 3-day meal box, there will be another opportunity tomorrow with bus runs beginning at 10:30.

Don't know your bus stop? Ask a neighbor for the closest stop or enter your address at http://edulog.kana.k12.wv.us/liveweb/webquery/.

Wondering what time the bus will arrive? Ask a neighbor for yesterday's time or call your local bus terminal -- https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/district/departments/bus_terminals.

Thank you for your patience as we get our 25,000+ students logged on and up and running in Schoology.

Remember that there are helpful videos and technology help at: https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/re-_entry_2020/schoology___technology_guide.

Read through this information to the end. If you have a KCS device, students need to first launch Home Access and login using their Schoology credentials. This needs to happen every day before using their iPad. Home Access grants them full access to the internet.

9-4-20

Instruction

On last night’s WV Department of Education School Re-Entry Map, Kanawha County remained orange. This means that KCS students will work remotely this week and all extracurricular activities and all sports are permitted to practice but not compete. Competitions may begin once our county turns yellow or green on a future WVDE Saturday update. All staff should report to their building at normal time on Tuesday.  

Virtual Program students do not need to change course. eLearning students and those who selected in person will need to log in to Schoology on Tuesday for direction from your teacher/s. We understand that those parents who selected in person did so for a reason. We simply ask parents and students to do their best to log in to Schoology daily. We will have patience. We ask that our parents/guardians have patience as well with teachers who’ve been planning for every scenario. 

Meals

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, a breakfast and lunch will be distributed via bus delivery to students’ normal bus stop. Deliveries will begin at 11 a.m. along normal bus routes. Your bus garage may be able to give a more exact stop time. Those numbers can be found on our website by selecting District, then Department, then Bus Terminals: https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/district/departments/bus_terminals.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, a three-day box of breakfast and lunch to cover Wednesday through Friday will be distributed via bus delivery to your normal bus stop. Deliveries will begin at 11 a.m. along normal bus routes.   

This is available to ALL KCS students, no matter whether you selected in person, KCS Schoology eLearning or Virtual Program. Please have patience with our drivers and bus terminals for the first couple of deliveries.

Communication

Please look for additional information from your school. If you have questions, call your school or the Board Office on Tuesday. Please take this week to learn about Schoology, learn more about your teacher/s and engage in learning as we begin the new school year. Under the Re-entry 2020 page, please see the Parent Q&A section for specific Tuesday, Sept. 8, questions and answers. There is also a new Schoology & Technology help tab with helpful videos. 

We know that this is an unprecedented time and our KCS staff will make sure that your student is taken care of. We thank you for your patience.

 
9-3-20
 
 The next scheduled update to the WV Department of Education School Re-Entry Map is this Saturday, September 5th. The map is updated late on Saturday evening, so please expect a call from KCS with additional information on Sunday morning. If Kanawha remains orange, we will not be able to return to in person learning on Sept. 8th and all students will begin eLearning through Schoology (or begin through the Virtual Program) on that day. No county may start its school year when in the orange.

 If Kanawha County is orange according to the Re-Entry Map, students who selected “in person” and those who selected eLearning will log in to Schoology on Tuesday, Sept. 8th and will be asked to participate each day of next week. Students who signed up for the Virtual Program will continue as planned. If Kanawha County is yellow on the Saturday evening map, students who selected “in person” will begin school on their designated day according to our staggered schedule.

 In the case that Kanawha remains orange, we will have information ready on Sunday regarding logging into Schoology, technology devices, internet access, meals and other important items. You may find helpful information now on our Re-Entry 2020 webpage on the KCS website.

 Again, we ask you to please share with your friends and family to use caution with travel, wear masks, social distance, and follow all recommendations to help us guide Kanawha County back to a yellow status. Thank you and we will have additional information to you on Sunday morning.

 9-2-20

Kanawha County Schools has been working diligently to provide all schools with the PPE needed to keep staff and students safe this school year. For school re-entry, $427,053 in additional COVID-specific funding has been allocated to our schools and they have spent more than $250,000 so far on items such as disposable face masks, gloves, touchless thermometers, disinfectant, alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer and more. Additional funds are available as needed to order additional supplies. Our maintenance department has also provided more than 200 sneeze guards for the main areas of each of our schools, which they built in order to save resources. The KCS supply warehouse is ordering items and distributing them to schools quickly, while continuing to order additional stock. Every day, more stock is coming in, being distributed, and replenished. Below are several photos of stocked PPE at our warehouse which is being distributed to schools.

DisinfectantDisposable Masks

9-1-20

Kanawha County Schools is asking all staff and students to follow the "Should I Come to School?" guidance that has been provided by the WVDE. It is being posted in schools/buildings and also available on our website at: https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/re-_entry_2020/masks___in_person_safety_procedures.

 8-31-20
Media Interviews

Superintendent Williams spoke with Dave Allen of WCHS 580 Live this morning about Kanawha County's orange status, what that means, and what we can all do to help support our school re-entry. Dr. Williams begins speaking around the 6 minute mark. https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/wchsnetwork/episodes/2020-08-31T07_37_59-07_00. We've also added a Media Stories tab to our Re-Entry 2020 page on the KCS website so that you can find relevant re-entry articles.

Do you have questions about what orange means? Please read through this FAQ by the WVDE: https://wvde.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/School-Re-entry-Metrics-FAQs-082820-v4.pdf.

Athletic testing update

Kanawha County Schools has decided not to participate in testing student athletes, band members or dance team members this week for the one-time option to play or perform. KCS administrators, principals, and coaches are focused on opening schools Tuesday, September 8th, and will continue with practices in hopes that the overall COVID-19 numbers go down so that our student athletes and others have a better chance of participating for an entire season.
“We thank state officials for this option for our students, but we’ve collectively decided that our focus should be on making sure that we do everything in our power to get our students back to school,” said Dr. Tom Williams, Superintendent of Kanawha County Schools. “I’m proud of our coaches and principals for continuing to focus on the start of our school year.”
After speaking with principals and coaches, it was decided that it would be in the best interest of KCS students to reschedule games from week one later in the season. The hope is that all parents will then able to attend the games, listen to the band, and watch cheerleaders and the dance team.

 

8-30-20

Parent Call Message

As part of the statewide School Alert System, the West Virginia Department of Education posted its weekly School Re-entry map that will guide the level of school extracurricular and athletic activities for this week, August 30 – September 5. This week, Kanawha County is orange which means that all extracurricular activities and all sports are permitted to practice but not compete. Competitions may begin once our county turns yellow or green on a future WVDE Saturday update.
The next scheduled update to the WVDE Map is Saturday, September 5th. The level of in-person instruction permitted on the first day of school will be announced at that time. If Kanawha remains orange, we will not be able to return to in person learning on Sept. 8th as planned and all students will begin remote learning. We are asking that all of our community members please use caution with travel, wear masks, social distance, and follow all recommendations to keep our communities safe as we draw closer to the school year.
Please note that we will continue our summer feeding program this week with our Monday/Tuesday pickups. Beginning on Sept. 8 with the start of the school year, in person students will be served as usual on their day or days in the building. For the first three weeks all students – in person, eLearners and Virtual students – will receive meals via daily bus delivery on days when they are not in school. We will have more information about the bus delivery schedule later in the week. This year, all KCS students will continue to receive breakfast and lunch for free thanks to the federal Community Eligibility Provision. Parents do not need to do anything in order to receive this benefit.
Additional important information related to this school year is available on our Kanawha County Schools website by clicking “Re-Entry 2020” at the top right of the page. Please also make sure to look for communications directly from your school and/or the virtual program this week. These communications will give information for all learners – in person, eLearners or Virtual Program learners. Thank you for your patience.

8-29-20

Orange Status on County Alert System

Over the last three days, Kanawha County has been orange in the county alert system two days. If we remain orange this evening, it will cause us to have to limit extra-curricular activities next week and if we are orange next Saturday, we will not be able to start in person school. We are asking for all Kanawha County residents to please use caution, wear masks, social distance, and follow all recommendations to keep our communities safe as we draw closer to the school year.

8-28-20

Online Beginning of Year Forms

We asked parents/guardians to complete the first form for each student in the online beginning of year form system to enroll for this Fall. If you haven't already, please make sure to go back into the system and complete all of the forms for each student! This will greatly help our schools get the important information that they need for the school year, especially if your student is an eLearner.

Can't complete online? The online forms are recommended, but not mandatory. If you cannot complete them, it's OK! You can request blank paper forms from your school.

Did you complete your forms before Thursday, Aug. 27th? There will be a new form that will need to be completed regarding the student behavior policy.
Online forms can be completed at: https://enrollment.kana.k12.wv.us/login/
Have questions about login, password reset, or are you having trouble with the system in general? Check out the FAQ -
https://enrollment.kana.k12.wv.us/beginning-of-the-year-forms-faq/ and then e-mail help_enrollment@mail.kana.k12.wv.us.

8-27-20

Calendar - First Three Weeks

Below is a calendar of the first three week phase-in process. You can find further details on process/procedure at: https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/re-_entry_2020/plan_options_-_overviews

Sept. Calendar

8-26-20
 
School Communication
While the district is communicating many overall policies, procedures and updates at this time, it's important to remember to look for individual school communications as well. Your school may be communicating via phone call, Schoology update or social media. Be sure to check in these locations for individual school details and updates. You may want to take a moment to make sure that your correct phone number and contact information is on file with your school (if you haven't done so already) by filing out our online enrollment forms or calling the school directly.
 
8-25-20

School Procedure for Positive COVID-19 Case

The West Virginia Department of Education collaborated with the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources to develop a guidance for all counties on how to respond to a positive case or cases in WV schools. Please find this guidance at: https://wvde.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/COVID-Outbreak-in-Schools-v7.pdf

You can also access the guidance by click here and selecting "Defining COVID-19 Outbreaks in School" under the Re-Entry Toolkit.

8-24-20
Schoology - Parent Access
For the 2020-2021 school year, for both in-person and eLearners, Schoology (our KCS learning management system) will be the way for all parents to see assignments, find updates, check student process, and communicate with a teacher. Now is a perfect time to make sure that you have a Parent Schoology account! Be ready to track your student's progress and communicate with their teacher/s. And, once the school year starts, if you have any concerns, we recommend communicating with the teacher early and often.
Information on parent access to Schoology is available at: https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/news/latest_news/schoology_-_parent_guide  
 
8-21-20
Travel:
As we approach the beginning of the school year, we want to echo the caution of local and statewide health officials in traveling to areas that have been deemed hot spots in the coming weeks. Collectively, we all want our communities to be safe and our schools to be safe, and one way we can do that is to consider being very cautious in our travel leading up to Sept. 8.
Transportation:
Instead of using our KCS buses, if able, parents/guardians may wish to consider walking students to school, driving student/s to school, or participating in a neighborhood/area carpool this year. This would help us keep spacing manageable on our buses. We realize that this is not an option for many, but may be a consideration for some.
Mask practice:
KCS will require masks for all students and staff (with exceptions listed in our plan) this school year. Especially in the elementary grades, but also in all grades, we encourage you to work with your student/s and get them ready for the extended wearing of masks. Students may wish to start with shorter times and build up to longer amounts of time wearing masks.
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