• Notifications to Families

    Our school buildings will now remain closed through the last day of classes on May 20, 2020. This decision is based on the guidance and directives of public health and state officials. Our goal is to ensure the safety and health of our students, staff, families and community.

    Distance Learning

    Distance learning continues even as our school buildings remain closed. Our teachers are leading classes using digital tools like Google Classroom and Zoom. Each student is expected to complete the classwork assigned by his or her teacher. Our teachers are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on school days to help and guide their students with classwork. If you have not received any communication from your child’s teacher, please contact your school’s principal or email communications@kcpublicschools.org.

    We have created option practice and review materials for students in grades PK-12. These materials include assignments that guide students through topics they’ve already learned about in their classes. You can access our weekly distance learning task calendars for students by visiting www.kcpublicschools.org/distancelearning.

    Chromebooks & Hot Spots

    The transition to fully digital distance learning means that every student will need access to a computer and the Internet. We will provide one KCPS Chromebook laptop computer for every household with students in grades K-8. Curbside pick-up will be at your child’s school per the schedule below. Please be prepared to provide a government-issued identification, utility bill or other official correspondence.

    We are also prepared to provide KCPS Wi-Fi hot spots for students who do not have Internet access at home. One hot spot will be provided as needed per household. Families must first complete the KCPS Wi-Fi hotspot request form and receive prior approval before they will receive one of those devices. The form may be completed online at www.bit.ly/KCPS-HotSpots, by calling (816) 418-4357, at the Chromebook distribution times and locations listed below, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the KCPS central office (2901 Troost Ave., KCMO). This Chromebook and hot spot distribution does not include households with KCPS students in grades 9-12, as these students already have devices.

    Chromebook & Hot Spot Distribution Schedule
    10AM-4PM Monday, April 27

    • Central Middle School
    • Carver Dual Language Elementary
    • Foreign Language Academy
    • Faxon Elementary School
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
    • Melcher Elementary School
    • Longfellow Elementary School

    10AM-4PM Tuesday, April 28

    • Benjamin Banneker Elementary School
    • Border Star Montessori School
    • Hale Cook Elementary School
    • Holliday Montessori School
    • Hartman Elementary School
    • Success Academy at Knotts
    • Troost Elementary School

    10AM-4PM Wednesday, April 29

    • Primitivo Garcia Elementary School
    • Garfield Elementary School
    • Gladstone Elementary School
    • James Elementary School
    • Northeast Middle School
    • Wendell Phillips Elementary School
    • Whittier Elementary School

    10AM-4PM Thursday, April 30

    • African-Centered Prep-Lower
    • Pitcher Elementary School
    • J.A. Rogers Elementary School
    • Trailwoods Elementary School
    • Wheatley Elementary School

    Meal Distribution

    We will continue to offer curbside pickup of school meals for students throughout this building closure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.), Northeast Middle School (4904 Independence Ave.) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School (4848 Woodland Ave.). A list of community food resources for families is available at www.kcpublicschools.org/meals.

    Greetings!

    First, and most importantly, I hope you and all of your loved ones are safe and healthy. I know this has been a very challenging time. Since my first day at Kansas City Public Schools, I have said that we have among the most resilient students, families and staff that you will find anywhere. Your response throughout this COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced my opinion. It’s been truly inspiring seeing you all weave a network of support to ensure that our children thrive and continue to learn while our school buildings are closed. You have my lasting respect and gratitude.

    We are working in the midst of a national emergency that requires us to change our plans as the situation evolves. I want to provide you with an update about several things that I know are top-of-mind for many of our parents and guardians. I appreciate you taking the time to read through this important information. We will communicate with you about Missouri Governor Mike Parson's announcement today that all school buildings in the state will be closed for the remainder of the academic year. We are finalizing plans and will provide more detailed updates soon.

    As always, all information and updates about our COVID-19 response are available at www.kcpublicschools.org/coronavirus.

    Meal Distribution
    I’m excited to share that we are prepared to once again distribute school meals for our students! We temporarily suspended this operation due to concerns that one of our food service workers may have become ill from the coronavirus. Happily, that staff member tested negative for COVID-19. I want to thank the Kansas City Health Department for their support and guidance throughout this situation.

    After consulting with local public health officials, we are ready to relaunch curbside pick-up of student meals next week based on the following schedule and locations:

    10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays

    Northeast Middle School (4904 Independence Ave.)
    East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School (4848 Woodland Ave.)
    Visit www.kcpublicschools.org/meals for a list of additional food resources for families in the Kansas City community.

    Distance Learning
    We plan to transition to fully digital classwork and we will be ramping up this instruction. Teachers will begin (or have already begun) using our virtual tools – such as Google Classroom, Seesaw and Classroom Dojo – for their classes. In order to continue making this transition, we will be launching an initiative to ensure that every household has a Chromebook laptop computer and Wi-Fi Internet access. Our plan is to rollout Chromebooks and hot spots for our students in grades K-8 throughout the remainder of April. We will share more details when they are available.

    Our team has pulled together a detailed plan for distance learning. Please take some time to review this information by visiting www.kcpublicschools.org/Page/8007. This Frequently Asked Questions section will be a good source of information on teaching and learning. Please contact your teacher or principal if you have questions, concerns or need support.

    Students In Special Education
    The transition to fully digital distance learning means that many classes will be led using virtual applications like Zoom. That will require students to appear on screen with their classmates. We understand that this may cause concern for parents with children who participate in our Special Education program. We are asking all parents and guardians to please visit our website to review a notification regarding FERPA rights during distance learning: www.kcpublicschools.org/Page/8008

    High School Seniors
    If your child is a high school senior, I want to reassure you that we are working to ensure that our seniors will be graduating as part of the Class of 2020. We are working with high school principals, teachers and counselors to determine which students have the necessary credits for graduation and which students need additional support. Parents will be notified by the school counselor or designee with details about what needs to happen for each senior to graduate on time. We have waived all district graduation requirements for the Class of 2020. This waiver includes, but is not limited to, public service volunteer hours, the completion of the FAFSA and visiting one college. Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has waived all state requirements for graduation except the necessary 24 credits. We are taking these factors into consideration as we work to ensure that our seniors are ready to graduate.

    In Closing
    That was a lot of information, but it’s all important and I truly do appreciate your time and attention. There are a lot of unknowns right now, and we are working as a team through a new experience. As families and KCPS staff, we will continue training, working with each other, supporting each other and finding new ways to connect and thrive. I want to reassure you that all will be well. I know one thing is absolutely true: we will overcome this challenge and we will be stronger than ever. I know this because I know our students, our families and our staff. We are resilient. We are unified. We are KCPS.

    Yours in education,

    Dr. Mark T. Bedell, Superintendent

    The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, families, staff and community are our top priorities in Kansas City Public Schools. We have been working diligently since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency to meet the needs of our students so that they can thrive. This support has included distributing meals for our students and families. We want you to be aware that we are temporarily suspending our meal distribution initiative as of tomorrow, April 7, 2020.

    Public health concerns are driving this decision to suspend our meal distributions for students. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a recent warning that the pandemic is reaching a peak in this country and communities need to take extreme steps to self-quarantine. The public health concerns of putting numerous KCPS employees, students and families together is driving our decision-making process.

    One KCPS Child Nutrition Services staff member has a presumed positive case of COVID-19. We have been in contact with the Kansas City Health Department about this presumed case. The Kansas City Health Department is providing guidance for several other employees in the food services team to self-quarantine. Out of an abundance of caution and care, we are temporarily suspending our meal distribution.

    This was not an easy decision. We understand that many of our families depend on school meals to help meet the nutritional needs of their children. We encourage families to utilize the Harvester’s website to locate food pantries and mobile food distribution points in your area. Children’s Mercy Hospital is also distributing meals free of charge for children. A list of these and other support services are available on our COVID-19 pandemic response site at kcpublicschools.org/coronavirus.

    We will continue to monitor the situation and will update our plans based on guidance from public health authorities. We intend to relaunch student meal distributions as soon as it is safe to do so. Please stay safe and healthy.

    We hope you and your family remain safe and healthy. We are continuing to support our students and families through-out this emergency and have an update regarding our food distribution services for our families. As an important note: our amazing team members have served more than 65,000 meals so far as part of this initiative!

    We will continue distributing school breakfasts and lunches free-of-charge for our students from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 8, at the following locations:

    • East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    • Northeast High School (414 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    • Central High School (3221 Indiana Ave.)
    • African-Centered College Preparatory Academy-Lower Campus (6410 Swope Parkway)

    As a reminder, we will deliver meals to families who need that option. This includes families with children who are in our Students in Transition Program (homeless) and those who are in our special education programs who have special dietary and mobility needs. Please email food@kcpublicschools.org or call 816-418-3663 (FOOD) if your family needs home delivery. Delivery will be provided to those with the greatest need for the service. As always, visit www.kcpublicschools.org/coronovirus for information and updates about our COVID-19 pandemic response. We wish you all the best!

    We will now be distributing school breakfasts and lunches free-of-charge for our students from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30, and Wednesday, April 1, at the following locations:

    • East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    • Northeast High School (414 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    • Central High School (3221 Indiana Ave.)
    • African-Centered College Preparatory Academy-Lower Campus (6410 Swope Parkway)

    We are making this change in distribution hours so that we can continue to support our families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic emergency and help keep our staff members safe and healthy.

    As a reminder, we will deliver meals to families who need that option. This includes families with children who are in our Students in Transition Program (homeless) and those who are in our special education programs who have special dietary and mobility needs. Please email food@kcpublicschools.org or call 816-418-3663 (FOOD) if your family needs home delivery. Delivery will be provided to those with the greatest need for the service.

    As always, visit www.kcpublicschools.org/coronovirus for information and updates about our COVID-19 pandemic response. Stay safe and healthy!

    In Kansas City Public Schools, our goal is always to nourish our students’ bodies, minds and hearts. Even though our schools are closed, every member of Team KCPS remains on duty to help our scholars continue to learn and thrive. That team includes teachers, support staff, counselors, social workers, psychologists and school leaders. We want to update you about all the ways we’re preparing to ensure that teaching and learning continues throughout our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, this information will be added to our emergency response site: kcpublicschools.org/coronavirus.

    KCPS Learning Packets
    Our experts in the KCPS Academics Division have been working tirelessly to prepare grade-level learning packets for every student. This material will serve as classroom materials for distance learning through Friday, April 3, 2020. These packets have been printed and are being mailed to your home address that is listed in our Tyler student information system.

    If you haven’t received your packet or there is an issue with the packet, please contact your child’s teacher or school principal. You can also email communications@kcpublicschools.org or call (816) 418-7888.

    These learning packets are review materials that are intended to reinforce concepts already taught. Please use these packets as practice through April 3, 2020.

    Support for Students and Parents/Guardians
    Our teachers are in the process of directly contacting every one of their students and parents/guardians in order to provide Google Voice phone numbers. Teachers and Principals will be available to answer questions and provide other support from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day class is in session.

    Teachers will be using Google Voice, Google Classroom and Zoom (video conferencing) to facilitate lessons and support students and parents/guardians. Thanks to the work put in by our Digital Learning Team, many of our teachers and students are already familiar with these applications. We will be producing and sharing “how-to” videos and other materials to help you use these digital tools. Please contact your teacher or principal or call (816) 418-7888 if you need additional guidance.

    Tailored lessons have been crafted for students who are in the Special Education or English Language Learner programs. Students and parents/guardians who need additional support in these areas can call (816) 406-2959

    Digital Devices and Internet Access
    Due to the extension of our school closure through April 24, 2020, we will transition our learning from printed packets to fully digital distance learning. This will require our students to have digital devices and Wi-Fi access.

    In order to make this transition, we will be lending district-owned devices (Apple iPads or Google Chromebooks) to our students in grades K-8. Our high school students already have laptop computers that they are allowed to take home. We are also working with Sprint and T-Mobile to invest in and provide Wi-Fi hotspots for students who need them.

    We are currently creating a process and timeline for distributing those digital devices and hotspots. Our goal is to get them to students during a window of time after April 6, 2020. We will share details with you when they are finalized.

    Please know that this transition to digital distance learning will require flexibility and grace. We are committed to being supportive and flexible during this time. We will navigate this together and are confident we can support each other – families, students and staff collaboratively.

    In closing…
    We want to close this update by expressing our gratitude for all of our School Board members:

    •Board Chair and Member-at-Large Pattie Mansur
    •Board Vice Chair and Sub-District 2 Representative Nate Hogan
    •Board Treasurer and Sub-District 3 Representative Manny Abarca
    •Sub-District 1 Representative Rita Cortés
    •Sub-District 4 Representative Marvia Jones
    •Sub-District 5 Representative Mark Wasserstrom
    •Member-At-Large Jennifer Wolfsie

    Working collaboratively with Superintendent Mark Bedell, these Board of Directors are fully dedicated to making sure we continue to meet the needs of all our learning community. Their service is invaluable and their support during this time has been essential to being proactive in our approach to this pandemic.

    Thank you for taking time to read this important update and for continuing to engage with us as we push forward. Stay tuned for upcoming communications, including more details about our digital device and hotspot distribution, high school graduations, and social-emotional supports. Stay safe and healthy!

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    Greetings, KCPS Families,

    Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve in order to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, families and neighbors. We have a number of important updates and reminders for you this evening. We appreciate your continued engagement with us during this time. As reminder, visit kcpublicschools.org/coronavirus for all information and updates about our response.

    First Confirmed Case in Team KCPS
    We learned recently that one of our employees has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. This is the first and, so far, only confirmed case among our approximately 2,400 staff members.

    The employee, whose name and position will remain confidential, is being treated at a hospital in the region and is recovering well. The employee never entered any of our schools or other buildings upon having symptoms.

    “On behalf of every member of Team KCPS, I want to express our full support for our teammate who is being treated,” Superintendent Mark Bedell said. “We will provide any help needed to ensure our employee’s ongoing recovery. This is an unprecedented situation. I’m grateful that we have an amazing team who are dedicated to serving our students, families and community.”

    Shelter-in-Place Order and School Closure Extension
    On Saturday, March 21, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announced a mandatory shelter-in-place order through April 24 for residents of Kansas City, MO, Jackson County and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. The intention of this order is to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic by reducing interactions.

    We fully support this decision and are aligning our response to the emergency by extending our school closure through April 24. Some KCPS staff have been directed to report for work at campuses or the central office for specific duties. This includes those assigned to the student meal distribution effort. All other employees are expected to continue to work from home and serve our students, families and other stakeholders during this emergency closure.

    Under the shelter-at-home order, residents will still be allowed to travel to grocery and hardware stores, for medical care or to the pharmacy, to dry cleaners, laundromats, restaurants and banks. Employees of “essential businesses” will be allowed to go to work. These businesses include hospitals, and organizations that provide food, shelter and social services.

    Student Meal Distribution
    The shelter-in-place order still allows our families to participate in our distribution of free meal packets for students. Our Child Nutrition Services team has been working incredibly hard over Spring Break to prepare these healthy, delicious meal packs for distribution per the schedule listed below. One packet will be given for each student in a family on every distribution day. Each packet will include two breakfasts and two lunches.

    We are asking families to be prepared to provide the student ID number for each child receiving a meal packet; staff will be prepared to retrieve that information by name if necessary.

    Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26
    7-11 a.m. and 1-6 p.m.
    Locations:
    · Northeast High School (415 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    · Central High School (3221 Indiana Ave.)
    · East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    · African-Centered College Preparatory Academy-Lower Campus (6410 Swope Pkwy)


    Monday, March 30 and Wednesday, April 1
    7-11 a.m. and 1-6 p.m.
    Locations:
    · Northeast High School (415 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    · Central High School (3221 Indiana Ave.)
    · East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    · African-Centered College Preparatory Academy-Lower Campus (6410 Swope Pkwy)


    KCPS has also established a special sign up link for families who need direct delivery of food. This includes children who are in our Students in Transition Program (homeless) and those who are in our special education programs. Please email food@kcpublicschools.org or call 816.418.3663 (FOOD) if your family needs home delivery. We will deliver food to our students with special dietary needs and to our homeless students.

    We are already planning and preparing for the next round of meal packet deliveries in order to support our students and families through the April 24 school cancelation. We will share these details with you as they are finalized.

    Please stay tuned for more updates about COVID-19 pandemic response. We will send you an email with details about all of the supports we’re preparing to ensure that teaching and learning continues for all of our students throughout this emergency. This will include important information about lesson packets, Google Classrooms, digital learning devices, counseling services and other topics.

    Again, thank you for your attention, your support and your collaboration as we work through this challenge! Please stay safe and healthy!

     

    Hello KCPS Families,
    As we communicated earlier this week, thank you for your flexibility, your patience and your grace as we’ve navigated our evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your partnership has been valuable in how we are approaching our actions moving forward.
    Because we have made the collaborative decision to close all KCPS schools after Spring Break and through April 3, 2020, we have been preparing plans to continue with some of our services that support you as families and students during this closure.
    Our webpage dedicated to COVID-19 information has been updated to include details about learning packets for all of our students as well as food distribution sites for our students: https://www.kcpublicschools.org/coronavirus. This information will continue to be updated throughout our closure, as we are committed to caring for our students socially, emotionally and academically.

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    SUPPORTING STUDENTS AND FAMILIES THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE

    How will students who qualify for free or reduced lunch be supported during the closure?
    As part of our emergency plan to address the closure of schools or a school, we will provide sack lunches and meal kits for students enrolled in KCPS. This food is being prepared by highly trained Child Nutrition Services staff in our Central Kitchen.
    Note: Students will need their school ID to pick up food and meals. If students don’t have their IDs, we will look up their name in our Tyler Student Information System. This will be part of the pick-up process.

    Four distribution zone sites have been established. This is the schedule we will be using for food distribution to our families:
    Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26
    7-11 a.m. and 1-6 p.m.
    Locations:
    Northeast High School (415 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    Central High School (3221 Indiana Ave.)
    East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    African-Centered College Preparatory Academy-Lower Campus (6410 Swope Pkwy)

    Monday, March 30 and Wednesday, April 1
    7-11 a.m. and 1-6 p.m.
    Locations:
    Northeast High School (415 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    Central High School (3221 Indiana Ave.)
    East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.)
    African-Centered College Preparatory Academy-Lower Campus (6410 Swope Pkwy)

    KCPS has also established a special sign up link for families who need direct delivery of food. This includes children who are in our Students in Transition Program (homeless) and those who are in our special education programs. Please email food@kcpublicschools.org or call 816.418.3663 (FOOD) if your family needs home delivery. We will deliver food to our students with special dietary needs and to our homeless students.

    How will students receive supplemental learning supports?
    Due to issues of equity and access, we will not provide digital learning opportunities in lieu of in-classroom instruction. We understand that this time away from school makes it difficult to keep up with our academic pace and flow of learning. Because we want to maintain our culture of learning, KCPS is mailing packets of educational materials to our families’ homes so that our students have content to continue their learning during this school closure. Students and families should be looking for these in the mail starting March 24.

    KCPS Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development (CIPD) coordinators created these learning packets using information that has been covered in our schools this year. These packets will not take the place of regular classroom instruction but will supplement student learning at home.
    These packets are grade-level specific and universal for all students in this grade. The packets include content in math, reading, and science for elementary schools. For middle and high schools, we are adding social studies content as well.
    We will also include a calendar for pacing students’ work. This calendar will help students track their academic progress over the next few weeks. The goal of this calendar is to provide some motivation, accountability and reassurance that our scholars are making steady gains.

    Additionally, we are making these educational materials available online: https://www.kcpublicschools.org/onlinelearning

    Please know that these packets are intended to provide support and continue our learning as we are away from our schools during this time. Learning is retained when we consistently practice. We hope you enjoy “practicing” while you are home. Thank you for being partners in this work – we appreciate your dedication to helping our students succeed.

    Other learning opportunities for our students
    High school teachers may use Google Classroom to post lessons for their students. If a student is unable to access Google Classroom or the internet from home, we will work with the student and family in order to deliver printed materials of missed lessons. Please contact your teacher or principal if you or your child needs this assistance.
    We want to give our teachers flexibility in connecting with our students online through this platform. Our teachers will be available to support students from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. during the regular school week.

    We are also distributing free picture books to all Pre-K – second-grade students.

    Will the KCPS central office be open during the closure?

    No, the KCPS central office at the Board of Education building is included in the emergency COVID-19 pandemic closure, However, central office staff are expected to continue to work during the closure to prepare school buildings for reopening, communicate important information, and support educators, school leaders, families, and students.


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    Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to evolve. We will continue to keep you updated regarding KCPS plans. Stay tuned for ongoing communications via email, phone and social media platforms. We will maintain our communication with you throughout this situation.

    Thank you for being partners with us as we respond and provide proactive approaches to take care of our students, families and community. We will continue to make decisions that prioritize safety and health – with all of you in mind.

    In service,


    Kelly Wachel
    Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

    Dr. Mark Bedell
    Superintendent

     

    Hello KCPS Families,

    First of all, thank you. Thank you for your flexibility, your patience and your grace as we’ve navigated the fluid communications regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and responses. Your partnership is valuable in how we approach these decisions collaboratively.

    Kansas City Public Schools administration and our Board of Directors have been working together to ensure we have a clear plan that will drive our response to this emergency over the next few weeks. We have been collaborating with our neighboring school districts, the City of Kansas City, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Kansas City Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    With this, we have made the collaborative decision to close all KCPS schools after Spring Break and through April 3, 2020. This decision was made with utmost care and aligns with guidelines from local, state and federal public health authorities.

    It is important to us that we maintain some of our services for our students and families during this closure. Our webpage dedicated to COVID-19 information will have details about food distribution and learning packets for our students: https://www.kcpublicschools.org/coronavirus. This information will be updated throughout this week. We are committed, within our abilities and resources, to caring for our students nutritionally and academically.

    Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to evolve. We will keep you updated regarding KCPS plans moving forward. Stay tuned for ongoing communications via email, phone and social media platforms. We will maintain our communication with you throughout this situation .

    Thank you for being partners with us as we respond to this unprecedented situation. We will continue to make decisions that prioritize safety and health – with all of you in mind.

    In service,

     

    Kelly Wachel
    Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

     

    Dr. Mark Bedell
    Superintendent

    Greetings KCPS Families,

    Due to today’s announcement from the City of Kansas City declaring a State of Emergency because of the Coronavirus pandemic, Kansas City Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 13.

    As you know, we are then already scheduled to be closed for spring break from Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 23. Athletic and other events in our school district will also be canceled during Spring Break.

    Because this is a fluid and evolving situation, we will be in communication with our staff and families next week regarding how we will approach the week after Spring Break. We are in constant communication with the city, the health department, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and our neighboring school districts. Our priority is keeping our students, staff, families and community safe and healthy.

    Two items of importance:

    This situation is fluid and we are monitoring this hour-by-hour. We will continue to keep you updated through our email system, phone calls, our website and social media.

    Our constantly updated KCPS Coronavirus webpage is a great source of information about topics like staying healthy, previous communications and guidelines: https://www.kcpublicschools.org/coronavirus

    We are planning for services like food distribution, virtual learning and deep cleaning in case we cancel school after Spring Break. We know that our families depend on us for multiple services and we commit to continuing to support our families in the event of future closures.

    Again, we will be communicating with our staff and families throughout our response to the coronavirus epidemic. We will be updating each of you as information is available and confirmed. It’s important to note that how we approach this as leaders, teachers, parents and community members has lasting impact on our students and our school district. We are here to help and support each of you. Thank you for being partners in taking care of students and families.

    The safety and health of our school communities are of utmost concern as we continue to carefully monitor the spread of the coronavirus. With cases now confirmed in Missouri and Kansas, we will continue to speak frequently with Missouri Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Kansas City Health Department officials. Their guidance is critical to ensure the welfare of our community.

    At this time, there is no vaccine for the virus, and the best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure. We also know that the incubation period (the time between exposure and symptoms) is between one and 14 days. As a public school district, we play an important role in slowing the spread of infection by providing healthy learning environments. Our custodians’ current protocol entails disinfecting all surfaces twice a day to include handrails, doorknobs, soap dispensers, toilet paper dispensers, sinks, restroom stall doors, and office counters.

    Acting on our responsibility to ensure safe learning environments, we have decided to cancel all school-sponsored trips that involve travel outside the U.S. This cancelation includes student trips planned by Lincoln College Preparatory Academy to Japan and Foreign Language Academy to Costa Rica.

    In addition, we are advising you that all students who travel for any reason to countries under travel advisories with the CDC, which currently include China, Italy, South Korea, Iran and Japan, between now and the end of the school year, notify us of this travel. It is important to note that the CDC’s list of travel advisories may change rapidly. If your student is traveling to any CDC-identified country this semester, please inform your school administrator.

    Any student or staff member who tests positive for the virus under any circumstances must stay home and avoid contact with others for the length of their illness plus 14 days following the end of symptoms. This quarantine extends to family members and anyone else who lives with the person who tested positive. During these 14 days, students will not be penalized and will receive make-up schoolwork.

    The most important thing that you can do is to not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. If your child is sick, please keep them home until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours without medication, according to our District Illness Policy.

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with common symptoms similar to the flu, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. With more than 100 active investigations across the nation, there has only been one patient under investigation in Missouri who tested negative for novel coronavirus. The Seattle Times recently published a very helpful and easy-to-understand fact sheet about the virus: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/facts-about-novel-coronavirus-and-how-to-prevent-covid-19/

    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has established a dedicated website that also links to information from the CDC, for those seeking more information about this novel coronavirus. We urge all families to continue the practice of maintaining healthy behaviors necessary during any cold and flu season. These include but are not limited to:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available

    • Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing

    • Bump elbows rather than shaking hands when greeting others

    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

    • Stay home when you are sick

    The district will continue to work with our partners at DHSS and the Kansas City Health Department as they monitor and manage the current situation with both the flu and novel coronavirus. Please be assured that district staff will continue to keep watch on illness in our schools, as is our standard practice. As always, we will share additional information with school communities as needed.

    Thank you for your help in keeping our students healthy during this cold and flu season!

    As cold and flu season is in effect, we always want to be aware of how to best take care of our students, families and staff members. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. If your child is sick, please keep them home until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours without medication, according to our District Illness Policy.

    Here is some additional, helpful information about the flu from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat and cough.

    This flu season has also been complicated by recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with common symptoms similar to the flu, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. With more than 100 active investigations across the nation, there has only been one patient under investigation in Missouri who tested negative for novel coronavirus.

    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has established a dedicated website that also links to information from the CDC, for those seeking more information about this novel coronavirus. We urge all families to continue the practice of maintaining healthy behaviors necessary during any cold and flu season. These include but are not limited to:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available

    • Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing

    • Bump elbows rather than shaking hands when greeting others

    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

    • Stay home when you are sick

    The district will continue to work with our partners at DHSS and the Kansas City Health Department as they monitor and manage the current situation with both the flu and novel coronavirus. Please be assured that district staff will continue to keep watch on illness in our schools, as is our standard practice. As always, we will share additional information with school communities as needed.

    Thank you for your help in keeping our students healthy during this cold and flu season!

    As cold and flu season is in effect, we always want to be aware of how to best take care of our students, families and staff members. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. If your child is sick, please keep them home until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours without medication, according to our District Illness Policy.

    Here is some additional, helpful information about the flu from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat and cough.

    This flu season has also been complicated by recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with common symptoms similar to the flu, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. With more than 100 active investigations across the nation, there has only been one patient under investigation in Missouri who tested negative for novel coronavirus.

    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has established a dedicated website that also links to information from the CDC, for those seeking more information about this novel coronavirus. We urge all families to continue the practice of maintaining healthy behaviors necessary during any cold and flu season. These include but are not limited to:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available

    • Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing

    • Bump elbows rather than shaking hands when greeting others

    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

    • Stay home when you are sick

    The district will continue to work with our partners at DHSS and the Kansas City Health Department as they monitor and manage the current situation with both the flu and novel coronavirus. Please be assured that district staff will continue to keep watch on illness in our schools, as is our standard practice. As always, we will share additional information with school communities as needed.

    Thank you for your help in keeping our students healthy during this cold and flu season!

    As cold and flu season is in effect, we always want to be aware of how to best take care of our students, families and staff members. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. If your child is sick, please keep them home until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours without medication, according to our District Illness Policy.

    Here is some additional, helpful information about the flu from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat and cough.

    This flu season has also been complicated by recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with common symptoms similar to the flu, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. With more than 100 active investigations across the nation, there has only been one patient under investigation in Missouri who tested negative for novel coronavirus.

    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has established a dedicated website that also links to information from the CDC, for those seeking more information about this novel coronavirus. We urge all families to continue the practice of maintaining healthy behaviors necessary during any cold and flu season. These include but are not limited to:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available

    • Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing

    • Bump elbows rather than shaking hands when greeting others

    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

    • Stay home when you are sick

    The district will continue to work with our partners at DHSS and the Kansas City Health Department as they monitor and manage the current situation with both the flu and novel coronavirus. Please be assured that district staff will continue to keep watch on illness in our schools, as is our standard practice. As always, we will share additional information with school communities as needed.

    Thank you for your help in keeping our students healthy during this cold and flu season!

Last Modified on April 17, 2020