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August 26, 2021

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First Day of School Photos From Around KCPS

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Welcome to KCPS. Where Everyone Belongs.

We are so excited to have our students back in our schools! We know that it has been a long time for some of our families, and we are so glad you have chosen KCPS. We hope you felt the love on Monday as you were greeted by KCPS staff, City Year Americorps members, Sluggerrr and K.C. Wolf. You can watch our first day of school video here. It's going to be a great school year!

 

That said, we know new routines can be tough, and it's OK if your child needs time to adjust to being in school again. Our school counselors will be making contact with families in the coming weeks. If there's anything you need, just ask. We are here to support your family with the resources your child needs to be successful.

COVID-19 Resources for Students and Families

082321_LG_Masks.jpgMany of you have asked about COVID-19 while enrolling your students this week. The Reopening KCPS website has been updated with resources for the 2021-22 school year. This includes a new family handbook, a new staff handbook and a helpful one-sheet with most of what you need to know. We are committed to following the science and public health guidelines to protect our KCPS community.

 

Our goal is to keep schools open this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccination is the leading public health strategy to end the pandemic. Millions of people have now received COVID-19 vaccines, which are safe and effective. On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech full approval. If you have not been vaccinated already, please make an appointment with the Kansas City Health Department as soon as possible.

 

Please do not send your child to school if they have a fever or are experiencing chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, or if anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19. If you need help getting a COVID-19 test for your child, please contact your school nurse. Together, we can keep our KCPS community healthy this year.

An Update on Student Transportation Delays

082321_EM_Transportation.jpgWe're still working to resolve the problems some families have had with bus service this week. We know that transportation delays are frustrating. We are in the process of rerouting buses to accommodate late enrollments and hope to have everything running smoothly by Monday.

 

We are currently experiencing high call volume. We appreciate your patience as we work to take care of everyone. If you need to speak to someone at KCPS about bus service, please call 816-418-8825 and select option 2. Our peak hours are between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wait times are typically shorter after 9 a.m. You can also email transportation@kcpublicschools.org for help.

 

Starting Friday, Aug. 27, bus routes for every school with stop locations and times will be posted to the district’s website. We will update these maps every Friday with routes for the next week. In September, we will begin real-time bus tracking with the SafeStop app, which we used with great success during the 2019-20 school year. We will be sharing more information about SafeStop once we have completed enrollment and finalized our bus routes.

 

Nationally, there is a bus driver shortage, and KCPS is continuously hiring drivers. If you are interested in driving a KCPS school bus, please visit Student Transportation of America's website and select our district.

Mark Your Calendar: District Advisory Committee Meeting

KCPS is gearing up for the first District Advisory Committee (DAC) meeting of the year from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, and everyone is invited to attend. The DAC addresses school issues and concerns, allows you to share ideas and solve problems cooperatively and helps advise the district’s Board of Directors. Our schools can’t do it alone; we need the involvement and support of parents and guardians to succeed.

 

During our first meeting, you will meet our new executive team and learn about ways to get involved, provide feedback on our ongoing strategic planning (Blueprint 2030), and hear important updates about the new Code of Student Conduct and the trauma-sensitive supports available to students to help them have a successful school year.

 

We hope that you are able to join us! There are several ways to participate:

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Thanks for Donating School Supplies to KCPS

Our community continues to step up and support KCPS. Back-to-school supply drives ensure our students have what they need for a successful school year.

 

Kenneth Nash, owner of Goodfellas Tattoo Gallery, and Ashley Guy dropped off supplies that were collected by their clients throughout the summer. Kenneth attended several of our schools, including Longfellow Elementary and Lincoln Middle. He wants to support and empower KCPS students any way possible. We ended up passing out some backpacks to a few students waiting in enrollment. They loved it!

 

Nicole Napper and her team at Amazon also did a school supply drive for KCPS students across their five distribution sites and were able to provide over 1,500 school supplies for KCPS students.