KCPS Montessori students at Holliday and Border Star celebrated the International Day of Peace on Tuesday, September 21. The United Nations-observed holiday calls for 24 hours of nonviolence.
"In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier."
We hold these values dear in KCPS. To learn more about our Montessori Signature Schools, visit our website.
Thanks, RideKC, for Helping Transport Students
Last week, RideKC delivered eight vans to Kansas City Public Schools
to use to take our students to games and extracurricular activities. This partnership will help alleviate stress on our transportation department as anyone with a license can drive the vans.
“At RideKC, the ATA, rather than
just being off on an island as a transit agency, we need to weave ourselves into the community fabric, we need to be a part of the solution. Offering this kind of opportunity and this kind of access for kids of this district is something we just couldn’t turn our backs on,” said Robbie Makinen, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.
Sports and extracurricular activities are an important part of the student experience, especially after the pandemic canceled so many of these events last year. We appreciate everything our community has done to support KCPS during this national bus driver shortage.
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 all students.
Here's how to participate: Take the Blueprint 2030 parent survey in English, Spanish, Vietnamese 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.
We'll be sharing dates for Blueprint 2030 community engagement events at our schools later this month. We hope you'll attend! Together, we can make sure every student in our city gets the education they deserve.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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