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December Key Communicator
December 14, 2021 

Welcome to the Kirtland Schools’ Key Communicator e-newsletter. We hope to use this tool as a two-way form of communication to share the good news going on in our classrooms, and also provide you with facts in the event of negative situations. We hope you will act as informal communications liaisons with the community and let us know what you’re hearing so we can proactively provide you with the facts of what’s happening in your schools. Thank you for your support!


At the Board of Education meeting on December 13, Mrs. Nagaj and Mr. VanArnhem recognized and congratulated Mr. Pat DiCarlo on his retirement.  The Board and Mr. VanArnhem also thanked Mrs. Kathryn Talty for her service and dedication serving on the Board of Education for the past four years.

In the Superintendent Report, Mr. VanArnhem shared that there are so many amazing things taking place inside and outside of the classrooms.  The choirs and bands had concerts over the past few weeks, our winter sports have started and the fifth grade performed a play. (A year ago, we were learning remotely and many activities were not taking place.)  Mr. VanArnhem also thanked all the employees in the district that have stepped up to cover staffing shortages.  The collective effort by all has helped ensure that schools have continued to stay open and run well.

The Board of Education did their second reading on the proposed calendar for the 2022-2023 school year and voted to approve it.  The calendar can be found on our website at: 22-23 School Calendar

Updates were added to the COVID-19 protocols in the Return to School Plan.  Volunteers will be welcome again in classrooms.  Also, following the guidance of the Lake County General Health District, students will not have to quarantine up to one year after testing positive if they remain symptom free after an exposure to someone with COVID-19.  The exact details are highlighted and can be found here: Update to Return to School Plan



The Kirtland Local Schools are known for academic excellence and strong community support, and have been recognized nationally and statewide for educational achievement. The district also maintains a long tradition of distinction in a variety of extracurricular activities. The Board of Education provides open and thoughtful fiscal management of the community’s investment in the school district’s high quality educational program by ensuring every dollar spent benefits students and the community.

The Kirtland Local School District is located in Lake County and serves the City of Kirtland and most of the Villages of Kirtland Hills and Waite Hill, and small portions of Willoughby and Chardon Township.

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