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August 19, 2021

KCPS WEEKLY NEWS

We Can't Wait To Welcome You Back On Aug. 23!

Our staff has been hard at work preparing for your student to return, and we look forward to seeing you on Monday. This week's newsletter contains important back-to-school information to help you start the school year. Although we are committed to in-person learning this year, we wanted to remind that we are still in a pandemic and must do our part to keep our KCPS community healthy.

 

LG_202021_Masks2_LEFT.jpgWe are again requiring masks in our schools and buildings this year. If your child gets on the bus or to school without a mask, they will be provided one. Masks will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

 

Please do not send your child to school if they have a fever or are experiencing chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, or if anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19. For more information about our COVID-19 mitigation plan, please visit our website.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines help prevent serious disease and death. Promoting vaccination will help our schools stay open this year. KCPS highly recommends vaccination for students 12 and older as well as their families to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. If your family is not already vaccinated, you can make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for yourself and your children on the health department’s website.

 

We can’t wait to see you on August 23.

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Learn Infinite Campus Before School Starts

KCPS is in the process of switching to a new student information management system, Infinite Campus. All families have received an email from the district with an Infinite Campus username and/or instructions on how to create a new Infinite Campus account and login. If you have not received an email, please check your spam folder.

 

We hope you'll join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 21 for Parent University: Introduction to Infinite Campus. This virtual session will teach you how to access important information in your child's school file, including grades, attendance and bus route. 

 

We know that right now is a busy time for families, and we are committed to making the transition to Infinite Campus as smooth as possible. If you have difficulty accessing Infinite Campus, contact the Technology Help Desk at 816-418-4357 or helpdesk@kcpublicschools.org. We appreciate your patience, as we know Infinite Campus will improve communication between KCPS and families in the long run.

 

For more information about Parent University and accessing Infinite Campus, click here

Check Your Address for Bus Service on Monday

081121_EM_BusesChristopherWalls.jpegEarlier this week, you should have received a postcard from KCPS about transportation for the upcoming school year. It is very important to make sure your address is correct. If it isn't, a bus may not be routed to your address. If you need to change your address, or if you have not received a postcard, please call 816-418-8825 or email schoolbus@kcpublicschools.org

 

Additionally, Director of Transportation Christopher Walls would like to remind drivers to stop for school buses. Not only is it state law, but it's the right thing to do to keep kids safe as they head off to school.

Some Schools Will Have Uniform Policies

Some Kansas City Public Schools students will be expected to wear uniforms this year after a COVID-19 hiatus. Unless your school or principal has communicated otherwise, please visit our website for district dress code and the uniform policy for your student's school.

 

Families needing uniform assistance should contact their school for support. Parent Involvement Assistants, Home School Coordinators and clinicians can provide additional uniform resources.

 

Make Sure Your Child Has All Immunizations

081121_JS_Immunizations.pngMissouri requires students be current on childhood immunizations to attend school. For a list of required vaccines in English and Spanish, visit the Department of Health & Senior Services website.

 

If your child is behind on vaccinations, there's still time to make an appointment with the Kansas City Health Department Immunization Clinic. Call 816-513-6108 to make an appointment.

 

Immunization Clinic Hours: 

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursdays (vaccine exemptions only)

 

KCPS highly recommends students 12 and older receive COVID-19 vaccinations in addition to their required childhood immunizations.

Tell Us Your Priorities for COVID-19 Relief Funds

KCPS is in the process of applying for additional aid from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. These are dollars that will help our schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing additional support for learning, operations and technology. For example, we could use ESSERIII dollars to put a substitute teacher in every building and help improve air quality at schools.

 

However, before we make those decisions, we need to know what's important to you. We need to gather this feedback before Friday, Aug. 20. This survey is open to students, parents and anyone working in our schools. We know there is a lot on your mind right now, but taking this survey will help ensure our students have the supports they need in the coming months and years.

 

Click here to take the survey.

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Volunteers Distribute More Than 4,300 Backpacks During Fifth Annual KCPS Summerfest

KCPS staff and volunteers distributed more than 4,300 backpacks during Summerfest on Saturday at East High School. Our community health partners provided 130 sports physicals, 32 asthma exams, 50 COVID vaccinations and 25 immunizations.

 

“Parents are saying to me, ‘I can't wait for the 23rd to get here, I can't wait,’” KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell told KCUR.

 

Support from the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation, the FOX4 Love Fund For Children and our community health partners makes our annual back-to-school event possible. It's exciting to see our community come together to make sure our students have what they need for a healthy, successful school year.

 

We'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped out on Saturday. From our custodial staff — in "Keep Calm and Let the Custodian Handle it" shirts — unloading heavy pallets, to our superintendent jumping in to stuff backpacks, we couldn't have done it without you. Let's start the school year with Summerfest energy