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September 23, 2021
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KCPS Opens International Welcome Center

to Help Immigrant and Refugee Students Thrive

On Friday, Sept. 17, KCPS celebrated the opening of the new International Welcome Center at Woodland Early Learning Center. Our goal is to better support immigrant families as they adjust to life in Kansas City.


KCPS graduate Engoma Fataki spent 17 years in refugee camps after his family left the Democratic Republic of Congo. He arrived at East High School as a junior.


"I felt a sense of belonging, because I had the support and the understanding of my teachers in the classrooms," Fataki said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. "They believed and encouraged me to do my best. Because of their passion of wanting to see me excel both academically and in life, I attended high school for less than two years and graduated with a strong desire to go to college, with a level of proficiency in English."


Fataki went on to attend Missouri Western State University and has returned to KCPS to teach students just like him. The Welcome Center at Woodland Early Learning Center is a dream we couldn't have achieved without the Jewish Vocational Services, Della Lamb and our community. We look forward to welcoming more immigrant and refugee families, including recently resettled Afghans.


Free COVID Testing is Available in KCPS Schools

KCPS is now offering onsite pooled testing at all schools and the Board of Education. We are partnering with Children's Mercy Hospital and Concentric by Ginkgo to provide this testing free of charge to all KCPS staff and students.  


What is pooled testing? 


Pooling can test 25 people using one test. All staff and students in a class, pod or cohort swab their own noses and place their swabs in a single tube (that’s the pooling step). The samples in that tube are then run as a single sample, using one test. To learn more about pooled testing, watch this video


Why pooled testing? 


You know the old saying: Knowledge is power. Tools like pooled testing help us make informed decisions about our COVID-19 response. Without knowing the specific prevalence of COVID-19 in our building, it’s harder to safeguard our school community. 


Should I participate? 


KCPS strongly recommends everyone in our schools participate in pooled testing, regardless of vaccine status. Testing empowers us to make informed decisions and allows students, teachers and staff to come to work with peace of mind. 


How do I sign up? 


You'll be getting more information from your school nurse soon! In the meantime, thank you for wearing your mask and doing your part to keep everyone in our schools safe.

We Want Your Feedback on the Future of KCPS


KCPS wants to know what matters to YOU as we engage in a year-long strategic planning process. Your feedback will help us create a better future for KCPS students. With your
help, we'll design schools that work for Kansas City families, ensuring high-
quality opportunities for pK-12 students.


Here's how to participate: Take the Blueprint 2030 parent survey in EnglishSpanishVietnamese or Swahili. Then, if your child has not already done so, help them take the Blueprint 2030 student survey so we know what matters to them. Encourage other KCPS families to do the same.


In the next few weeks, we'll be sharing dates for Blueprint 2030 community engagement events at our schools. We hope you'll attend! Together, we can make sure every student in our city gets the education they deserve.


Students, Give Back to Your School Community

Calling all high school students! KCPS is looking for students to serve on our Student District Advisory Council (SDAC) as the student voice for the district. SDAC members gain leadership, public speaking and team-building experience while they build a network of supporters and mentors in KCPS and the community. Plus, students have an opportunity to earn volunteer hours while serving with like-minded youths to help improve our schools and our system.


To participate, students must be enrolled in one of the six KCPS high schools, complete the SDAC application and join monthly virtual meetings. Apply by Sept. 30.

Want to Serve on the Kansas City Public Schools Retirement System Board? Apply by October 4

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as a representative to the KCPS Retirement System Board of Trustees. The KCPS Board of Directors will select a representative to serve the four (4) year term (January 1, 2022 to December 2025) to the Kansas City Public Schools Retirement System Board of Trustees.


The provisions of Section 169.291, subsection 1 of the Missouri Revised Statues read as follows:


“1. The general administration and the responsibility for the proper operation of the retirement system are hereby vested in a board of trustees of twelve persons who shall be resident taxpayers of the school district as follows: 


(1) Four trustees to be appointed for terms of four years by the board of education; provided, however, that the terms of office of the first four trustees so appointed shall begin immediately upon their appointment and shall expire one, two, three and four years from the date the retirement system becomes operative, respectively;”


The KCPSRS Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the Retirement System is appropriately governed and managed with the goal of protecting Fund assets; creating and maintaining an atmosphere that encourages frank and collegial discussions between the Board and management; and establishing and communicating Board policies and priorities and monitoring performance.


Each Board Member acts as a fiduciary of the Retirement System, and attends regular meetings of the Board of Trustees normally held 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month; and completes at least six hours of Board education each year.


Individuals interested in serving on the KCPSRS Board of Trustees can submit their names for consideration by sending a resume or background statement with complete contact information to: Office of Board Services, 2901 Troost Avenue, Room 202, Kansas City MO 64109, or by emailing To be considered, individuals must reside within the KCPS district boundaries.


The deadline to submit a resume is 5 p.m. Monday, October 4, 2021. The KCPS Board of Directors will hold interviews during the month of November 2021 and complete its selection process by December 8, 2021