John F. Kennedy Bulletin


March 26, 2021

Dear John F. Kennedy Families:

As I begin this week’s bulletin, I want to express gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy, support, and solidarity following the devastating loss of Emmanuel “Manny” Antwi. It is important to remember that loss can manifest itself in different ways over a long period of time, and the extent of the impact is not always immediately evident. To that end, school counselors and District mental health staff will continue to be available to students for as long as needed. If, for any reason, you believe that your student is in need of support, please contact a school counselor or administrator. If the need is more immediate, a few resources follow:

•  The Source: Call or text (916) SUPPORT 
•  Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
•  Suicide Prevention Hotline: (916) 368-3111

Spring Break

A reminder that next week is Spring Break, and school will be closed. Classes will resume on Monday, April 5. Free curbside meals will be available at school on selected days between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon. Full details are here.

Distance or In-Person?

Beginning March 29, the District will share cohort assignments with families. This will be your opportunity to confirm your choice of in-person or distance instruction. At the same time, a process will be shared for those who wish to change their original choice.

Look for this communication to arrive via U.S. Mail and e-mail. Should, for any reason, you need assistance, please contact the school at (916) 395-5090 on April 5.

Return-to-Learn Schedule

We look forward to welcoming students back to in-person learning based on the following schedule:

  • April 5 – Return of PreK–3 students, and K-6 Special Day Classes (SDC)
  • April 15 – Return of 4-6 grade students 
  • April 22 – Return of 7-12 grade students

Bell Schedule

I have received a variety of inquiries regarding the bell schedule. I am pleased to report that school staff, including representatives from the two major onsite bargaining units, have collaboratively created a schedule that has been sent to the District for final approval. As soon as I receive the OK, I will share it with students and families. 

Thank you, as always, for your patience.

Return-to-Learn Video

This video, produced by District staff, provides general information about reopening protocols that ensure safety. Although not tailored to high school, it offers good information, nonetheless, about the in-person, concurrent instructional model that we will utilize.

As a bell schedule is finalized and a start date chosen, the staff and I will distribute our own video to introduce (or reintroduce) our Cougars to Kennedy. Obviously, things will look a little bit different, but I am confident that we will all quickly become acclimated. Look for our video to arrive in the next few weeks!

City of Sacramento Job Opportunities

The City’s Aquatics department is looking for summer lifeguards. More information is here.

Student Government 

Student government and other Class information is available here!

Thank you.

David Van Natten