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June 17, 2021

KCPS WEEKLY NEWS

KCPS Annual Stakeholder Survey 

SurveyGraphic.jpgKCPS is seeking valuable feedback from students, parents, staff members and others with a stake in the city’s educational system. We are asking our community members to complete this year’s KCPS Stakeholder Survey. This responsive survey is an opportunity for stakeholders to provide insights and observations about academics, programs, services, operations, facilities, finances, communications, public perception, safety and security and other critical facets of the school system.

 

KCPS values all opinions and is eager to hear your responses. Please take a minute to complete the Stakeholder Survey. Thank you in advance!

Two Seniors Selected to Student Law Academy

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Two KCPS graduating seniors have been selected as 2021 Student Law Academy (SLA) Scholars. SLA is a four-week summer academy that provides an overview of the legal field while exposing SLA Scholars to varied career paths.

 

Makene Abwe, a graduating senior at East High School, will be the first in her family to attend college and she plans to attend law school. She recently received a $50,000 KC Scholars scholarship and will attend the University of Central Missouri in the fall. In addition to an interest in law, Makene was a leader on East’s tennis team.

 

Nejmadin Ahmed, also a graduating senior at East High School, immigrated to the United States with his family through the refugee resettlement process. His goal is to become a human rights lawyer. Nejmadin received a $330,000 scholarship to attend Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in the fall. While at East, he was an avid participant in government classes where he gained a better understanding of landmark historical legal cases.

 

SLA is a partnership between Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation and the Partnership for Regional Education Preparation-Kansas City (PREP-KC). SLA serves as a potential pipeline to careers in Kansas City’s legal community, with aspirations towards increasing diversity across the legal field.

COVID-19 Summer School Protocols for Students, Staff, Affiliated Staff, Visitors: 

Mask Usage, Social Distancing, Other COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols

In accordance with new Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, KCPS has updated its COVID-19 protocols for the summer school session for fully vaccinated students and staff.

 

Fully vaccinated students and staff who have presented their completed COVID-19 vaccine card and received approval from the school nurse or COVID-19 Response Coordinator are not required to wear a mask or social distance on district property and/or at district-sponsored events, unless required to do so by the venue where the event is held. We strongly encourage all eligible students (children 12 and up), staff and affiliated staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. (Please consult with your physician regarding COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and safety.) KCPS has COVID-19 vaccine clinics available to all KCPS students during summer school. Please contact your summer school nurse or principal for information on how to sign your child up to receive the 2-dose Pfizer vaccine. 

 

KCPS will continue to follow CDC guidance for those students, staff and affiliated staff who are not fully vaccinated and require them to: (1) wear a mask indoors, and (2) maintain social distancing to the extent possible. KCPS supports masking and/or social distancing for any staff, affiliated staff, and students who, although fully vaccinated, choose to wear a mask and/or social distance while at the school site.

 

Masks and social distancing will continue to be required for ALL students, staff, and KCPS affiliated staff on district busses and other shared district transportation, whether vaccinated for COVID-19 or not.  

 

All Visitors to KCPS sites/events must continue to mask and social distance. Visitors to KCPS school sites will continue to be very limited and only with prior approval of the summer school principal.  

 

KCPS’ full COVID-19 Summer School Protocol, COVID-19 Dashboard and COVID-19 Guides for Staff and Families are located on our website. We will continue to keep the health and safety of its students and staff as its top priority. We will continue to monitor CDC, local health department, and trusted healthcare partner guidance and update KCPS COVID-19 safety protocols/procedures as new guidance becomes available.

 

We wish everyone a safe, happy, and COVID-19 free summer!

No-Cost Student Vaccine Clinics, No-Cost COVID-19 Testing

KCPS is pleased to announce no-cost vaccine opportunities through our community health partnerships with Children's Mercy Hospital and ETrueNorth Pharmacy. The two-dose Pfizer vaccine is available to all KCPS students ages 12 and up. In addition, COVID-19 testing is available for all summer school students.

 

VACCINE INFORMATION:

Vaccine Clinics will be held by appointment only:

  • 6/22 and 7/13 – at Northeast High
  • 6/23 and 7/14 – at Southeast High
  • 6/24 and 7/15 – at Central High
  • 6/25 and 7/16 – at East High

To schedule an appointment:

  • Call Children’s Mercy at 816-302-6300
  • Tell the scheduler the name of the school your child is attending for summer school so transportation is available
  • Children’s Mercy will provide the time/place for your child’s vaccine
  • If your child is attending summer school programming at KCPS, transportation is provided to the high school vaccine clinic via supervised KCPS transportation at no cost to you.

 

COVID-19 TESTING:

KCPS has partnered with Children’s Mercy to offer free COVID-19 testing to all students and staff attending James Elementary, Northeast Middle and East High schools (other schools, please see below). This is part of the School TLC Study to help keep students and staff safe in schools during the pandemic.

 

The COVID-19 tests are easy and painless and can be given to people with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Results will be available within 48 hours.

 

To receive testing, your child must be enrolled to participate in the study. To register your child to participate, please complete this survey. Parents will receive a $5 electronic gift card for each student enrolled in the study.

 

To learn more or ask questions, please email School-TLC-Study@icf.com.

 

OTHER SCHOOL SITES: KCPS, along with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and community partner ETrueNorth Pharmacy, is providing a free COVID-19 testing study for staff and students. The study is confidential and vital to help KCPS keep students, staff and families safe and healthy.

 

The test is a quick, easy, painless and tickly PCR nasal swab taken with the help of the ETrueNorth team and school nurse. It’s a swipe with a swab at the inside tip of the nose with results available to parents/guardians or tested staff member within 48 hours. The test is accurate and can be given to people with or without COVID-19 symptoms. The testing is free, completely voluntary and available to all students and staff.

 

How it works:

  • To participate, complete this short survey.
  • Once a week, the ETrueNorth Pharmacy team and school nurse will do the quick nasal swab test for all participating students and staff.
  • You, along with the school nurse, will receive test results within 48 hours.
  • If a positive test result is received, the school nurse will contact trace and inform you how to move forward.

If you have questions, please contact your school nurse, Director of Nursing Lauren Grimes at 816-418-7683, or KCPS COVID-19 Response Coordinator Sara Williams at 816-418-7536.

Celebrating Independence Day: 

Schools, Offices Closed July 2 & 5

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Kansas City Public Schools will be closed on Friday, July 2, and Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day (July 4). All school buildings and the Board of Education will be closed to staff, students and visitors. We will reopen and resume normal operations on Tuesday, July 6.

 

We wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday!

P-EBT Benefits Available for Qualified Families

Starting June 15, 2021, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school can once more apply for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to help cover food costs they experienced while their student was not doing in-seat learning due to the pandemic. However, the P-EBT 2020-2021 program is very different from last year’s program. Here are highlights of those changes:

  • All families must apply to get the P-EBT benefit, regardless of whether or not they receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamp benefits.
  • A child may be eligible for P-EBT only if the school was closed, not doing in-seat learning, or had reduced attendance or hours at least five school days in a row due to COVID-19 (in most cases, this includes hybrid modes of learning).
  • P-EBT benefits are available for the months of September 2020 through May 2021.
  • The P-EBT benefit is based on the school’s report of how much of the month was not in-seat learning. If most of the school’s month was not in-seat learning, the monthly P-EBT benefit amount is $129.58. If only some of the school’s month was not in-seat learning, the monthly P-EBT benefit amount is $77.75.
  • Families download the P-EBT application (aplicación en Español)
  • Families must directly email or mail the P-EBT application to the Family Support Division address listed on the application by July 31, 2021.
  • Families must not submit the application to the school district.
  • Each eligible student will get an EBT card in his or her name with the lump sum P-EBT benefit amount for the 2020-2021 school year. Ineligible families will receive a denial letter.

 

The application can be found on the Missouri government website. For more details or information, read the P-EBT FAQs.

 

If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature on the Missouri government website or call 855-373-4636.

Blueprint 2030 – Keep Up with Us Over the Summer

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Blueprint 2030 is our continuing community engagement process that will guide how we should serve students in the future and the system-level changes we need to take to get there. The goal is to create a blueprint for the future that maximizes our resources, improves efficiencies and enhances the educational experience and academic outcomes for all students.

 

Thank you again for your participation in the engagement efforts of Phase 2 of Blueprint 2030, dedicated to goal setting. We are preparing to launch Phase 3, which will involve identifying a variety of alternative scenarios or strategies to achieve the goals we have outlined, and we look forward to your continued participation and engagement in this important work on behalf of our students and community.

 

Please visit our website to review Blueprint 2030 resources, including presentations, research data and community feedback to-date, and to stay informed about upcoming engagement opportunities.

Dates to Remember

June 21

First Day of Summer School

 

June 23

School Board Regular Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Board of Education building or virtual at www.KCPublicSchools.org/Live

 

July 2 & 5

Independence Day Holiday - No School, Offices Closed

 

July 21

School Board Regular Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Board of Education building or virtual at www.KCPublicSchools.org/Live

 

Visit our website to see the full district calendar