Reentry Letter to Families 

Dear Kingston K-14 Families,
Over the past few weeks, our task force has been grappling with big questions: How do we bring kids safely back to school? How do we make sure our staff are cared for? How do we prepare for short- and long-term closures that may be required as the COVID situation continues to evolve?
As part of the planning process, we gathered feedback from families and staff about their preferred way to return to school in the fall. There was overwhelming support for a return to in-person instruction. Since the beginning of this pandemic, Kingston K-14 School District has been monitoring this situation very closely and taking all possible precautions to keep our students and employees from exposure to this virus. District administration has been in contact with local and state officials, the Washington County Health Department, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). We have also continued to monitor the websites and press releases of the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) in order to be as preventative and educated on a safe return to school as possible.
We would like to thank our families and staff for providing us with valuable input that helped guide our re-entry plan. We know everyone wants to know if they should send their children back to school for “in-person” instruction or enroll them in our virtual program. I want to say that whichever decision you make, you are making the right decision for your family and we will do everything possible to support you and our students. We understand that people feel strongly one way or the other and that’s ok. Our reentry plan will give parents the option to choose between the two and will give more specific details on what to expect with both plans.
Please be looking for a couple more surveys that will help us plan for the upcoming school year and how we can support you and our students. We will be making the plan public later this week or no later than Monday, August 3.
Stay well,
Dr. Lee Ann Wallace
Superintendent of Schools