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July 29, 2021

KCPS WEEKLY NEWS

 

KCPS Committed to In-Person Learning

 

Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been keeping students and staff safe. We required our students, staff and visitors to wear masks in our buildings all last year, and we anticipate we will be masking when students return August 23 due to the current Delta variant surge.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says students benefit from in-person learning, and we agree. But to keep schools open, we will need to take precautions until Missouri is no longer a COVID-19 hotspot. We look forward to the day that a vaccine is approved for children younger than 12. In the meantime, masking is the best tool schools have to keep students and staff healthy.

 

Starting Monday, August 2, Kansas City, Missouri, will require masks be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. We are committed to following the advice of local, state and national public health officials and will comply with the mayor’s order as we finalize our plans for the 2021-22 school year. The KCPS Board of Directors will communicate COVID-19 precautions to families in early August.

 

COVID-19 vaccines help prevent serious illness. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated. Vaccines are available this week at the KCPS Enrollment Fair, or you can schedule a vaccine appointment through the Kansas City Health Department.

 

 

 

 

 

KCPS Helping Families Choose Quality Schools

 

Families who have not yet enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year can do so at our in-person Enrollment Fair, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 30, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at Manual Career and Technical Center, which is located at 1215 E. Truman Rd.

 

Parents can apply for free preschool, register their child for kindergarten or enroll in grades one through twelve. Masks will be required for all visitors during the Enrollment Fair. For those who are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, the Kansas City Health Department will be on site to provide vaccines.

 

Parents who cannot attend the Enrollment Fair in person can apply online at EnrollKC.org. For those families who do not have internet access at home, computer kiosks will be available through the Office of Admissions at the KCPS Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave.

 

For a list of required documentation or more information about the Enrollment Fair, please visit our website. Families who have already enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year do not need to attend the Enrollment Fair unless they are returning a device.

 

 

Tell Us Your Priorities for COVID-19 Relief Funds

 

Kansas City Public Schools needs your help to allocate remaining Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) dollars. This is money provided to schools and districts to prevent, respond to and recover from the implications of COVID-19. We will be spending our ESSERII funds to accelerate learning for students, particularly those who have experienced COVID-19 learning loss.

 

We would appreciate your feedback on the strategies we are considering. This survey should take two to three minutes to complete. Please note that there is one survey for parents and another for KCPS teachers.

 

Click here to take the parent survey.

Click here to take the teacher survey.

 

 

Goodbye, Tyler. Hello, Infinite Campus! 

 

KCPS is transitioning from Tyler to a new student information system, Infinite Campus. Infinite Campus is a web-based student information management system that allows parents/guardians and students to access academic information and other records, including schedules, attendance, behavior, assignments, progress reports, grades, school-related fees and school email messages.  

 

Infinite Campus’ Campus Student and Campus Parent portals are designed to increase communication between students, teachers and parents. If you had a Tyler account, your student’s information and records will be moved to Infinite Campus. You will still be able to access information from previous school years on the Tyler system, but all new information will only be added and updated in Infinite Campus. If you are new to the district (as of June 14), you should have created an Infinite Campus account during the admissions process.   

 

In the next two weeks, all families will receive an email from the district with your Infinite Campus username (if you previously had a Tyler account) and/or instructions on how to create a new Infinite Campus account and login. If you have difficulty accessing Infinite Campus, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 816-418-7888 or helpdesk@kcpublicschools.org.

 

Join any of our upcoming Parent University sessions to learn how to use the Campus Parent portal to check your student’s schedule, grades, attendance, assignments, update personal information, set communication preferences and more!

 

Parent University: Introduction to Infinite Campus, Your Education Portal 

Thursday, August 12 at 6 p.m. (virtual

Tuesday, August 17 at 6 p.m. (in person at the Board of Education) 

Saturday, August 21 at 10 a.m. (virtual

 

Click here for more details on Parent University and accessing Infinite Campus. 

 

 

Thanks For Making Summer School a Success

 

The last day of summer school was Friday, July 23. We appreciate the dedication of our summer school staff and hope your student enjoyed this opportunity for extended learning.

 

Ja-don Ross-McGrone, a rising freshman at Northeast High School, took a PE credit. 

 

“We’re learning about different parts of the body and how it works and movement,” Ja-don said, adding that he would be able to use what he learned during the upcoming football season.

 

Jessica Berry taught kindergartners and first graders at Phyllis Wheatley Elementary, her home school.

 

“The service learning projects have been fun,” Berry said. “The kids did recycling. They made their own birdhouses and planters. They’re very proud of them. It’s sweet.”

 

 

Summer Curbside Meals Pickup Continues

 

The KCPS Child Nutrition Services continues to offer curbside meals pickup this summer. Pickup is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through August 13.

 

This drive-thru option is available at Northeast Middle School and Central High School, serving both breakfast and lunch. Meals will be provided for all children ages 18 and younger. Families can receive food without any sign-ups or other paperwork.

 

 

Real World Learning Initiative Connects KCPS Students to Summer Jobs

 

A community’s most important investment is in its youth, Mayor Quinton Lucas said Friday during a media event for the Working for Youth anti-violence and youth employment initiative.

 

“I want to really thank our young people,” Lucas said, “who have taken on hundreds of opportunities to learn, to grow, to see career paths that are interesting to them and to be professionals who make a difference in the city.”

 

Read the Startland News story.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Your Calendars for Back to School

 

Summerfest 2021 will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at East High School, 1924 Van Brunt Blvd. The Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation is partnering with public health providers to ensure that our students are ready to engage in learning when classes start on August 23. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we’re going to stay safe by hosting “Summerfest: Drive Thru Edition!” 

 

Pre-registering for the event ensures students will receive a backpack with school supplies free of charge. Immunizations, lead testing and other student health services will also be available on site. We want every KCPS student to have what they need for a healthy, successful school year.

 

Visit our website for more information about Summerfest 2021.