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KCPS orchestra students perform at the KCPS Fine Arts Showcase on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

"In schools, children need to have a place of belonging. They need to know they're accepted. They have to find their niche, that thing they’re good at,” said KCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier.

Five people stand in the KCPS boardroom. They are smiling as one receives an award.

At the Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Board of Education meeting, three KCPS employees were recognized as “Terrific Teammates” for their contributions to their school communities.

A banner showing smiling children with the words "Enroll now for fall!"

Current KCPS students will automatically “roll up” to the next grade, and no action is required from parents/guardians at this time. Please do not submit an application for new enrollment, as this will cause processing delays.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

With guidance from our trusted community health partners, the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and administration agreed on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to end our mask mandate, effective immediately.

students in a bright, colorful classroom work on computers

On Jan. 29, 2022, 42 students from East High School, Lincoln College Prep and Lincoln Middle School competed against students from four other districts and three charter schools in the 2022 PREP-KC Math Relays. KCPS won 41 of 98 awards!

Community Engagement

The Department of Engagement facilitates connections between Kansas City Public Schools and its students, families, community and civic organizations.  The department goal is to build an environment where children have no option but to succeed because of engaged parental and community support. This is accomplished by serving as a bridge between human services providers, non-profit organizations, private entities, and communities throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area. 

Vision: The department will creatively and effectively engage with our diverse community in a timely manner to support the academic, social and emotional development of our students. We will advocate for systemic equity throughout KCPS.

Mission

  • Radiate possibility while actively promoting our strengths
  • Connect students and families with valuable community resources via strong partnerships
  • Build bridges that foster transparent two-way communication
  • Promote and provoke critical- thinking that ensures equitable solutions

The Department of Engagement includes the following Offices:

  • Office of Family and Community Engagement (FaCe)
  • Office of Partners in Education (PIE)

Offices & Responsibilities

The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FaCE) strives to improve student outcomes by building family and school staff capacity to make school environments welcoming, to strengthen two-way communication, to facilitate and encourage respectful interactions and to increase shared power and responsibility (family, student voice amplified and respected). 

The Office of Partners in Education (PIE) is focused Identify, develop and manage partnerships that sponsor educational opportunities that benefit KCPS student, families and employees while coordinating with community organizations and leaders to build additional resources and increase the capacity of KCPS. In collaboration with community partners and Kansas City Public Schools leadership, PIE ensures that the needs and strengths of every student are known, and partner services are differentiated to support students’ academic and social-emotional growth and success. 

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