North Glendale Family Update

Summer Edition #3: July 19, 2020

Good (sweltering!) afternoon!

As you hopefully have heard, tomorrow, July 20, KSD will announce plans for our re-opening of school. You can expect this information to arrive sometime during the afternoon.

Please know, KSD will provide as much information as possible, knowing that there is still a great deal of planning to be done.


In anticipation of questions many parents will have through the coming weeks, we are scheduling two options for family webinars scheduled on Thursday, July 23.


Register Online for One of the Following:

KSD Family Webinar - 5 - 6:30 pm

KSD Family Webinar - 7 - 8:30 pm


In addition. we will have a North Glendale specific webinar on Wednesday July 29th from 7:30-8:30 pm.


The NG staff is already working hard to prepare for the different scenarios we may encounter and while these plans are complex and quite frankly, emotional, the underlying current is that we are so excited to see your kids. They are what make our work-world go round!


Please reach out if I can be of service.

Jennifer Sisul

What do we know right now about our plans?

What we know right now is decisions are being made with the following guiding principles in mind:

● Every aspect of our reopening plan will be examined and aligned through a lens of equity, wellness, inclusion, and safety

● All students/families who want in-person OR online options for school will have opportunities to do so, even if limited by social distancing guidelines

● Consistent structures, processes, and communication will be created across schools and by level

● Internal (family needs, achievement data, mental health) and external (CDC/health department) factors will be designed for flexibility so we may adapt to changing needs including cooperation with area school districts

● Energies and resources will be dedicated toward meeting the immediate needs of students, staff, and families

Who is advising?

KSD created a Health Advisory Group to provide feedback and information to school leaders as we work on plans. The members of the group include:


● Dr. Jason Newland, Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases at Washington University

● Dr. Jeffrey Nepple, Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery Director, Young Athlete Center at Washington University

● Dr. Derek Byers, Assistant Professor, Medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Washington University

● Dr. Meredith Byers, Asst Professor, Radiology Co-director Breast Health and Women's Center, Barnes Jewish St. Peter's Hospital at Washington University

● Dr. Tim Stead, Consulting Physician for KSD Dr. Kurt Sobush, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatrics with SSM Health Care

● Mrs. Karen Leonard, Nurse

● KSD Staff Health Personnel and all KSD Nurses

● Mike Romay, KSD Chief Financial Officer

● Dr. Shonda Ambers-Phillips, KSD Executive Director of Student Services

● Ginger Cayce, KSD Chief Communications Officer

Resources for Parenting During Covid: Healthy Habits!

Please take some time teach into... hand washing! We are learning from our health care professionals that hand washing is critical to slowing and stopping the spread.

But, little ones (and big ones!) like to rush, right?


Here are some resources on hand washing to firm up those good habits:


Elementary Cartoon Video on Hand Washing

Clean Hands Save Lives Information

Handwashing: A Family Activity

Teaching Hand Washing


If you need any assistance, please reach out to Mr. Leonard or myself.

We will do all we can to support you or help you find what you need.

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Everyone is welcome to attend!

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Calling All Library Books!

For your convenience, bins will be set out under the pavilion Monday through Thursday each week, from 9am-3pm for the collection of library books.


These bins will be collected at the end of day by the amazing Mr. Shan and taken to the library.

The bins will be set out Monday-Thursday each week until further notice.

If you have any questions, please email margaret.valle@kirkwoodschools.org.