KCSD to Implement New Visitor Procedures on Friday, February 1st at All Buildings

In an effort to continuously improve upon a safe & secure environment for our students and staff, the District, in collaboration with local law enforcement, identified priorities related to building security which included the revised visitor procedures listed below. These procedures will be implemented at all buildings beginning Friday, February 1st.

Thank you and we truly appreciate your support and cooperation moving forward.


Building Entrance Procedures

  • All visitors must have an appointment.
  • All visitors will be welcomed with a standardized script, and will need to provide their name and purpose of their visit.
  • All visitors shall enter through the main entrance of the school and report immediately to the main office.
  • If leaving an item for a student or staff member, please notify the main office and place the item(s) in the collection box located outside the main entrance to be collected in a timely manner.

Visitor Identification Procedures

  • All visitors must present photo identification. The photo ID will be secured in the main office and will be returned upon sign out.
  • Authorized visitors will be given a red KCSD Visitor lanyard and badge which must be worn at all times while in the building.

*A visitor is considered any person not employed by the KCSD.

Es un esfuerzo continuo por mejorar un entorno seguro para nuestros estudiantes y personal, el distrito escolar en colaboración con las autoridades locales, identificó las prioridades relacionadas con la seguridad del edificio que incluyen los procedimientos revisados ​​para visitantes que se mencionan a continuación.Estos procedimientos se implementarán en todos los edificios, a partir del viernes 1° de febrero.

Agradecemos enormemente su apoyo y cooperación para avanzar.


Procedimientos de entrada al edificio escolar

  • Todos los visitantes deben tener una cita.
  • Todos los visitantes serán recibidos con un guión estandarizado, solicitando su nombre y el propósito de la visita.
  • Todos los visitantes deberán ingresar por la entrada principal de la escuela e informar inmediatamente a la oficina principal.
  • Si va a dejar un artículo para el estudiante o miembro del personal, notifique a la oficina principal y coloque los artículos en la caja de recolección ubicada, afuera de la entrada principal, para que se recojan de manera oportuna.

Procedimientos de identificación para visitantes

  • Todos los visitantes deben presentar una identificación con foto, para inspección en la oficina principal. La identificación se asegurará en la oficina principal y se devolverá al momento de cerrar la sesión y regresar el cordón de visitante.
  • A todos los visitantes autorizados se les entregará un cordón rojo y una insignia de visitante de KCSD que se deben usar en todo momento mientras se encuentre en el edificio escolar.

*Cualquier visitante es considerado persona no empleada por el KCSD.

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KCSD Announces Roll-out of the Anonymous Statewide Reporting System, “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS).

Dear Parents,

In an ongoing effort to increase school safety, I am pleased to announce the roll-out of the anonymous statewide reporting system, “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS). This system allows students, parents, or community members to submit anonymous and confidential tips 24/7 through a website, app, or by phone. A crisis center then reviews and assesses all submissions before forwarding relevant information to law enforcement and/or the school for intervention. Users may report observed threats, behaviors, actions, and harassment such as bullying.

The S2SS program is a youth violence prevention program started by Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization focused on preventing violence before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others.

We will be holding a parent information meeting regarding this new initiative on Tuesday, January 22, at 6:45 p.m. in the Kennett High School Auxiliary Gym. We will also be live streaming the presentation for those who are unable to attend in person. A live stream link will be posted on www.kcsd.org. Additionally, a recording of the meeting and other S2SS resources will be made available on our website.

I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have on January 22. If you are unable to attend and have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach me directly at (610) 444-6602.

Sincerely,

Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Safe2Say Something Resources

Queridos padres,

En un esfuerzo continuo por aumentar la seguridad escolar, me complace anunciar el lanzamiento del sistema de informes anónimos en todo el estado; “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS). Este Sistema permite a los estudiantes, padres, o miembros de la comunidad, enviar sugerencias anónimas y confidenciales 24 horas del día/7dias de la semana, através de un sitio web, una aplicación, o por teléfono. Una vez enviadas, un centro de crisis revisa y evalúa todas las presentaciones, antes de enviar información relevante a la policía y / o a la escuela para la intervención. Los usuarios pueden reportar amenazas, comportamientos, acciones, y hostigamientos observados, así tambien como el acoso escolar.

El programa S2SS, es un programa de prevención de la violencia juvenil, iniciado por Sandy Hook Promise, una organización nacional, sin fines de lucro que se enfoca en prevenir la violencia, antes de que suceda, educando y movilizando a jóvenes y adultos, para que identifiquen, intervengan, y obtengan ayuda para personas que puedan correr el riesgo de lastimárse, así mismos, o a los demás.

Tendremos una reunion informativa para padres, sobre esta nueva iniciativa, el martes 22 de enero a las 6:45 p.m. en la gimnasio auxiliar de Kennett High School. También transmitiremos la presentación en vivo para aquellos que no puedan asistir en persona. Se publicará un enlace de transmisión en vivo, en www.kcsd.org. Y también una grabación de la reunión y otros recursos de S2SS estarán disponibles en nuestro sitio web.

Espero conocerlos y responder cualquier pregunta que puedan tener el 22 de enero. Si no puede asistir, y tiene alguna pregunta, o inquietud, no dude en comunicarse conmigo directamente al (610) 444-6602.

Sinceramente,

Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D.

Superintendente

Safe2Say Something Resources

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The Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Search Announcement

April 22, 2019
 
Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Community:
 
I’m writing to inform you that the KCSD School Board of Directors has begun the process of hiring a new superintendent following the announcement of the retirement of Dr. Barry Tomasetti, effective January 27, 2020. We have enlisted the services of the Chester County Intermediate (CCIU) executive search team led by CCIU superintendent Dr. Joseph O’Brien.
 
Integral to the process will be communication with you, our district stakeholders. The Board invites your input through a series of staff, parent, and community focus groups. These will be conducted in the near future, and more information will be available on our website soon.
 
The School Board of Directors hopes to have the search process completed by early fall in order to have a superintendent who can assume his or her responsibilities in January 2020.
 
The members of the Board look forward to working with the entire KCSD community to hire an outstanding educational leader to serve as the district’s next superintendent of schools.
 
The Board will provide regular updates on the district’s website, email news listservs, and social media.
 
Sincerely,
Joe Meola, President
Kennett Consolidated School Board
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A Spotlight on Mary D. Lang’s Dr. Tricia O’Loughlin

Kindergarten teachers and staff members create lasting impressions on their students, teaching them new skills, words, and behaviors. Each new experience is a building block in a student’s educational foundation, influencing their path to higher education and beyond.

Dr. Tricia O’Loughlin, a Title I Reading Specialist at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, understands the importance of creating a positive foundation for students.teacher with students

Dr. O’Loughlin began her career at the Kennett Consolidated School District in 2008, when she was hired as an elementary math coach. After three years, she transitioned to become a Title 1 Reading Specialist at Bancroft Elementary School for another three years. Then she moved to Mary D. Lang Elementary Center where she currently works. As a Title I Reading Specialist, Dr. O’Loughlin provides extra support in literacy skills to students of all levels. She also works with teachers as an instructional coach by providing additional resources and lessons to meet all students’ needs.

Dr. O’Loughlin is a member of the Professional Development Committee and the English and Language Arts Committee, a co-chair for Multi-Tiered Student Support (MTSS), and a data-warehouse keeper. She is also close with Mary D. Lang’s mascot, Langley the Lion.

“Working at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center is amazing,” says Dr. O’Loughlin. “Everyone works together to benefit the children.”

One of the biggest challenges Dr. O’Loughlin faces is only having one year together before the children move on. “We build such great relationships throughout the year that it’s tough when they move on, but I am always excited to watch them grow.”

Dr. O’Loughlin earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Chester University. In 2017, she earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Neumann University. She enjoys putting theory into practice, bridging academia and the school setting.

Dr. O’Loughlin lives in Media with her husband Dan and their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travelling to Ireland to visit family and friends, and going to the beach. She stays busy shuttling her daughters to their sports and band practices.

Kennett Consolidated School District is proud to feature the hardworking and dedicated staff members who make our District unique and special.

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Bancroft Elementary Environmental Report Available

UPDATE – Per the following announcement that was issued last evening to our Bancroft parents, the environmental report from 1Source Safety and Health, Inc. is available in its entirety by clicking on the link located at the bottom of this post.

Good Evening Bancroft Parents:

This is a very important message from the Kennett Consolidated School District.

While performing routine maintenance, our staff discovered small traces of cladosporium mold within the HVAC system at Bancroft Elementary School. We immediately contacted an environmental consultant who performed various tests that verified that the air quality is safe. In addition, the test results indicate that type of the indoor mold is the same as that found outside and that the indoor counts are lower than those found outside – both of these findings are very reassuring. The full detailed report will be posted to the District website tomorrow.

Beginning this evening, there will be remediation experts working to eliminate any areas of contamination. We anticipate the remediation to be finalized during the spring break recess. Again, I wish to reiterate that the building’s air quality is well below the range of concern, and we will continue to monitor the levels throughout the year.

As always, the safety of your children is of our utmost concern, and while this issue poses no health risks, we wanted to keep you apprised of this situation. Have a good evening.

Click to view Bancroft Elementary – Environmental Report

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Student Registration Resources

The Kennett Consolidated School District welcomes you to our district. Note: Students must have attained the age of 5 years on or before September 30th for kindergarten. For 1st grade, students must have attained the age of 6 years on or before September 30th of the year he or she is to be admitted to first grade or attained the age of five years, seven months before the first day of September and successfully completed a kindergarten program that satisfies the requirements established by Pennsylvania statutes, regulations, and rules. All registrations will be processed in the Student Registration Office, 300 East South Street, Kennett Square, PA, by appointment only. You may schedule your appointment by calling (610) 444-4235.

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2019-20 District Calendar Released

The 2019-2020 student school year will begin on Monday, August 26, 2019, and is tentatively set to end on Friday, June 5, 2020, pending the need for inclement weather make-up days. The winter holiday will run from Monday, December 23, 2019, through Wednesday, January 1, 2020, with school resuming on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Spring break will be Monday, April 6, 2020, through Friday, April 10, 2020. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2020.

Inclement weather make-up days will be added to the end of the school year. There are five days designated as “local holidays” in accordance with the ruling of the Department of Education. The designated local holidays are Monday, January 20, 2020 (Martin Luther King holiday); Monday, February 17, 2020 (President’s Day holiday); and Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 8, 2020 (spring break).

2019-2020 KCSD District Calendar

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Kindergarten for Fall 2019 Kicks Off

Parents of rising kindergartners (those attaining age 5 by September 30, 2019) are invited to Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center’s Kindergarten Kick-off. This information session and building tour will be held at the Kindergarten Center on Thursday, March 14, 2019, for parents whose last name begins with A – M and on Thursday, March 21, 2019, for parents whose last name begins with N – Z. Both sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Thank you so much!

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Kennett High School’s Mini-THON Raises $42,613

A dedicated and enthusiastic group of over three hundred Kennett High School students remained on their feet from 10 p.m. Friday, February 22, to 6 a.m. on Saturday morning for Mini-THON, an event to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund to benefit pediatric cancer research and families whose children are battling the disease. Through a variety of events, raffles, generous corporate contributions, donations, and the Wizards basketball game, students have worked tirelessly in pursuit of this year’s goal.2019 MiniTHON Total $42,613

In the early hours of Saturday morning, student senior chairperson Jayna Bruno revealed the impressive fundraising total of $42,613 to incredibly tired but happy participants. And the donations continue to accrue.

Despite the fact that this is Kennett’s fourth year sponsoring a Mini-THON, enthusiasm is not waning. If fact, more students participated this year than in previous years.

Kennett’s seven corporate sponsors for this year’s event were Kennett Education Foundation, Sinton Air Conditioning and Heating, Austin and Bednash Construction, High Tech Auto Body, Chatham Financial, Energy Transfer Solutions, and The Perfect Impression. In addition, Kennett’s Mini-THON was supported by over thirty local businesses who donated food or money

Modeled after Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON), Kennett High School’s Mini-THON featured eight hours packed with fun activities, music, and food, all with an outer space theme.

Faculty advisors for the event are Lisa Teixeira, KHS librarian and Humanitarian Club moderator, and Shawn Duffy, social studies teacher and Humanitarian Club assistant moderator. Twenty-four Mini-THON Executive Student Committee Members are led by senior event chair Jayna Bruno and junior chair Ashley Willey. And joining these student leaders for the event were Kennett alums Michael Bellino and Meredith Mitchell and several teacher chaperones.

“I am so proud of the Kennett High School Mini-THON team, particularly my co-chair, Shawn Duffy, and this year’s student leaders Jayna Bruno and Ashley Willey. Our group seeks to not only raise money for Four Diamonds but to provide the community, in and out of school, with a framework for unity, inclusiveness, and fun,” said Ms. Teixeira. “And I am truly overwhelmed by the continued generous support from our community,” she added.

Event chair Jayna Bruno said, “This year’s Mini-THON was unforgettable and one I was thrilled to be part of. Not only did we host an event with the greatest number of participants in our history, we were overwhelmed by the support of the Kennett community. Without the encouragement from the community, an organization like Mini-THON would never be as successful as it is and would not be able to help nearly as many families that are battling their worst nightmare: pediatric cancer.”

If you would still like to make a donation, please visit the Kennett High School Mini-THON website at khsminithon.org or call the school at 610-444-6617 for more information.

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Kindergarten Registration Update

The online registration portal will be available by March 15. An update and link will be posted to the front page when it is ready to be accessed. We appreciate your patience as we work to roll out a more streamlined and user-friendly registration tool. In the meantime, please contact the Registrar at 610-444-4235 to make your appointment.

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Kindergarten Registration Opens March 1

All rising kindergarteners (those attaining age 5 by September 30, 2019) must register beginning March 1 through March 29. New for the 2019-2020 school year, the District is offering an online registration system (Registration Gateway). This program allows parents and guardians to more quickly and easily input information online. This system will be accessible beginning at the end of February on www.kcsd.org. Traditional paper registration packets will also be available at the Mary D. Lang main office.
 
Please note that whether you register online or on paper, you must make an appointment to finalize the registration process with the registrar. Once you have completed your online registration or paper packet, please contact the Student Registration Office at (610) 444-4235 to schedule an appointment.
 
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