KCSD Connection

Vol. 1, Issue 7 - November 5, 2021

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Update to KCSD Mask Policy

The KCSD Board of Education approved the following update at the Nov. 1 meeting:

  • Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 3, all students in grades 7-12 will have the option to wear masks
    • All staff who work directly with students in grades 7-12 or work in a facility where everyone has access to the vaccine will be mask optional
    • Staff working directly with students grades 6 and down must still wear mask
      • Staff who have mask optional must still wear mask when interacting with students while indoors that do not have access to the vaccine
  • Beginning Monday, Nov. 22, all KCSD individuals will have the option to wear masks
  • Masks are still recommended for everyone

(Reminder: Masks are still required on all buses. Per Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services Order under section 361 and code 42 of federal regulations, all person are required to wear masks while on conveyances and at transportation hubs effective 2/1/21. The Kentucky Department of Education requires that all school districts follow this order.)

The recommendation was made to the board for consideration based on the totality of the local data as allowed by recent legislative action. The decision is not based on a dashboard/matrix and will be reviewed if future data indicates a need to make additional recommendations to the board for consideration. Additionally, the Nov. 22 date is established to enable 5-11 year olds to access the vaccine. (P will follow K with all guidelines)

Once again, masks are still recommended and welcome in all KCSD facilities. Everyone will have the individual option to wear mask and be vaccinated.

Click here for the COVID-19 Data Dashboard, which tracks positive cases and quarantines by school.

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November is Hunger & Homeless Awareness Month

During the month of November, the Kenton County School District will be hosting a food drive at each school and at Central Office. We are asking for donations of personal hygiene items for United Ministries and snacks and bottled water for our KCSD schools.

Hunger and homelessness is an issue students in our community face every day. The month of November is an opportunity to give back.

For more information and resources, click here.

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Congratulations to our Excellence is Everywhere Winners!

The Kenton County School District held our annual Excellence is Everywhere ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 4 at Ignite. The Excellence is Everywhere Award honors one outstanding teacher and one outstanding classified staff member at each school.

Criteria include:

  • The teacher exemplifies high expectations and rigor for all levels of students
  • The teacher builds positive relationships with all stakeholders: students, staff, and parents
  • The teacher is a life-long learner committed to professional growth
  • The classified staff member positively impacts school culture through leadership or impacts school culture through positive interactions with students and staff.
  • The classified staff goes above and beyond the expectations of the job

The following members of Team Kenton were recipients of the 2021 Excellence is Everywhere Award:

  • Cyndee Banta, Beechgrove
  • Maria Truex, Beechgrove
  • Michelle Mersman, Caywood
  • Lisa Zeller, Caywood
  • Carrie Faulhaber, Dixie Heights
  • Clay Dawson, Dixie Heights
  • Lauren Hughes, Fort Wright
  • Alice Flick, Fort Wright
  • Lori Frommeyer, Hinsdale
  • Kathy Decker, Hinsdale
  • Emily Himonidis, Ignite
  • Heather Johnson, Ignite
  • Lacey Collip, Kenton
  • Emily Craddock, Kenton
  • Joanne Hicks, Piner
  • Brandy Richardson, Piner
  • Heather Reed, River Ridge
  • Aaron Earls, River Ridge
  • Emily Barnard, Ryland Heights
  • Emma Lawrence, Ryland Heights
  • Melissa Hoff, Scott
  • Elissa Baker, Scott
  • Megan Thomas, Simon Kenton
  • Therese Nichter, Simon Kenton
  • Natalie Dee, Summit View
  • Heather Graziani, Summit View
  • Blair Hicks, Taylor Mill
  • Mandy Munich, Taylor Mill
  • Natasha Smith, Turkey Foot
  • Valorie Richardson, Turkey Foot
  • Sally Spencer, Twenhofel
  • Connie Gaylor, Twenhofel
  • Debbie Repka, White's Tower
  • Meghan Williams, White's Tower
  • Pam Hanson, Woodland
  • Carole Benjamin, Woodland


Registration will open soon for students interested in our STNA Program! STNAs are certified nursing assistants. The job of a state tested nursing assistant (STNA) is to assist patients, monitor their health, serve meals, transport them as needed, and otherwise support a physician. People in this job frequently provide a wide range of services, including assisted living care, rehabilitation therapy, home health care, and emotional support. An STNA may be asked to bathe, shave, feed, or dress patients, on top of helping them with the toilet, skin and nail care, and any other day-to-day things they need.

Students interested in the STNA program should see their school counselor! (You must be at least 16 years old)

See the video below for more information:

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Scott Girls Cross Country Team is State Runner-Up

Congratulations to the Scott High School Girls Cross Country Team, who finished as runner-up in the KHSAA state meet in class 2A.

Congratulations to White's Tower Elementary!

U.S. News and World Report has ranked White's Tower Elementary School as the top elementary school in Northern Kentucky!

White's Tower ranked #42 in Kentucky, which was the highest ranking of any elementary school in the Northern Kentucky area.

More information is available here.

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Upcoming events

November 24-26 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

Board Meeting

Monday, Dec. 6th, 7pm

1045 Eaton Drive

Fort Wright, KY

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