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No Cost Covid Testing

Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Mid-America Regional Council, KC Cares, Samuel U. Rogers Health Center and Swope Health to offer no-cost COVID-19 testing for KCPS staff, students, families and community members.

Curbside Pick-Up for School Meals

The Kansas City Public Schools Department of Child Nutrition Services is launching a curbside pick-up service for student meals starting on Monday, Dec. 14 and continuing through our upcoming Winter Break.

KCPS Celebrates Church As Community Champion

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell honored Friendship Baptist Church as a Community Champion during a School Board meeting on Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Taps Trio As Terrific Teammates

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following staff members as Terrific Teammates during a School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Honors Six Students As Scholar Superstars

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following students as Scholar Superstars during a virtual School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 10.

KCPS Seeking Feedback from Families with Thoughtexchange

We want to stay connected and hear your questions and ideas about how we should move forward during this pandemic and in this educational landscape. With that in mind, we're asking KCPS families for five minutes today and another five minutes tomorrow to help us plan for the future. Please join our “Thoughtexchange” today to share your thoughts and questions.

Pivot International Donates 7,000 Shields to KCPS

Pivot International, a Lenexa, KS-based global leader in product design, development, and manufacturing, has partnered with Kansas City Public Schools to enhance maximal protection for students and staff with a gift of 7,000 safety shields.

TalkingPoints

What is TalkingPoints and who has access?

TalkingPoints is a two-way multilingual family engagement platform that allows teachers and schools to have communication with families across language barriers! The platform translates messages back and forth into over 100 languages, to allow for teachers and school administrators to be able to reach families in their preferred languages directly, which in turns increases parent engagement in the classroom and school communities!

All Teachers and School Administrators have access to TalkingPoints via Clever. Teachers will automatically be given access to their class rosters to be able to communicate with their families. School Administrators will have access to their entire building, and be able to send messages to the entire campus at the touch of a button!

How do I login?

Chromebook or Laptop:

Step 1: Sign into Clever using your KCPS email and password.

Step 2: Look for the TalkingPoints icon under the Communication section, as seen below.

How to Access TalkingPoints on Clever

Mobile Phone:

Download the TalkingPoints for Teachers Mobile Application in either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

If you would like to use the TalkingPoints for Teachers Mobile Application to communicate with your families on the go, you will first need to log in on your Chromebook or Laptop through Clever, and set a password that can be used with the Mobile Application.

 

Where can I learn more about TalkingPoints?

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Where do my families log in?

The great thing about TalkingPoints, is that families don't need to take any extra steps to receive messages from you! As soon as you start sending communication, families will automatically receive messages from you on their phones as basic SMS text messages.

What if my families don't have unlimited texts?

For this exact reason, TalkingPoints has developed an optional, and free, Parent Mobile Application which they can use to receive messages, and bypass the texts. The Parent Mobile Application is also available for download on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Click here to learn how to tell whether your families are receiving messages by SMS text, or through the Parent Application.

How can I send messages in another language?

TalkingPoints will automatically send messages to families in the preferred language that has been indicated in your Student Information System, so you don't have to do anything to send messages in another language!

Learn more about our translation here.

How can families communicate with me?

Families can respond to your message in their home language via text message, because TalkingPoints will translate their messages into English for you.

What if a family member prefers to get messages in another language than what's in Clever?

You can locate that particular family member in their Student's Details, and click on the three dots next to the contact, and click on the "Edit Contact," where you'll be able to update their language!

Note: If families have downloaded the Parent Mobile Application, they can also change their own language preference in the app!

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Email hello@talkingpts.org or by clicking the "Help Center" question mark icon in your TalkingPoints account.

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