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January 6, 2022


KCPS is now enrolling students for the 2022-23 school year.

KCPS mentor Porsche Seals and her mentee, Amani. Porsche is executive director of Caring for Kids, a nonprofit that helps strengthen neighborhood schools through partnerships with churches, businesses and civic groups.

Thank You, KCPS Mentors, For Serving Students

After a year mentoring remotely, Porsche Seals was so excited to finally meet her mentee, Amani.


All last year, the pair got to know each other on Zoom. They made Christmas sweaters. Amani shared her hair style ideas with Porsche. And they talked about their weekend plans. Finally, this fall, they got to meet in person.


“When I met her in the mentor room, she was just as happy to see me as I was to see her,” Porsche says. “That was the quickest 30 minutes ever! We talked about the summer, hopes and goals for the new school year and, as always, what we were going to do for the weekend.”


January is National Mentoring Month. All month long, KCPS is celebrating mentors and mentees like Porsche and Amani.


“Everyone should mentor,” Porsche said. “It challenges you to express yourself not as a mother, father or aunt but as a friend and neighbor.  I truly want to see Amani make it. She makes my Fridays better because I know that I am going to see her smiling face.”


Interested in mentoring a KCPS student? Apply today!


Pitcher Elementary is one of three KCPS schools recently recognized by the St. Louis University PRiME Center for helping students who've fallen behind make academic gains in both English language arts and math. The report spotlighted nine KCPS schools in total, the most of any district in the state.

PRiME Center Recognizes Nine KCPS Elementary Schools Helping Students Make Academic Gains

Three KCPS elementary schools – Melcher, Hartman and Pitcher – are “beating the odds” as students make tremendous academic gains in English language arts and math.

That’s the latest from the Saint Louis University PRiME Center, an education research group that advocates for evidence-backed school policies in Missouri.

“This report underscores something we’ve known for a long time: Our schools can catch up students who’ve fallen behind,” said KCPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell. “It takes time, but in the right environment, our students thrive. And KCPS has more schools on this list than any other Missouri district.” Continue reading ...




KCPS COVID Update: Get Vaccinated ASAP

With a surge in COVID cases due to the Omicron variant, we wanted to make sure you have the most up-to-date information to protect your student and your family. Vaccination is the leading public health strategy to end the pandemic. KCPS encourages all students 5 and older and their families to get vaccinated as soon as possible.


Vaccines are safe, effective at preventing severe disease and widely available. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 and older. Nearly 90% of COVID patients in Kansas City hospitals are unvaccinated. Caring for them is straining healthcare resources throughout the city.


If your family is not already vaccinated, please consider making a vaccination appointment today. Next week, the Kansas City Health Department will hold two community vaccine clinics at KCPS schools:

  • 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Troost Elementary, 1215 E 59th St.
  • 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 at Gladstone, 335 N Elmwood Ave.


Students from any school can attend these clinics, and parents and family members can get vaccinated there, too. COVID vaccines are also widely available at retail pharmacies. Check CVSWalgreensHyVee and Price Chopper for appointments.


You can also schedule a COVID-19 booster if you were vaccinated six months ago. Boosters offer the best possible protection against the Omicron variant and are now approved for children and adults 12 and older.




As we have throughout the pandemic, KCPS is working with Children’s Mercy Hospital and the Kansas City Health Department to keep our students and staff safe at school. Through our health partners, KCPS provides free weekly COVID testing in all our schools. A weekly test can provide you with peace of mind while helping us understand the spread of COVID in our community. Contact your school nurse to sign up.


Again, we hope that you will consider vaccination and free weekly testing to protect your child and your family. We want your child at school – and healthy!


Don't Wait Out in the Cold! Get SafeStop Bus App

With colder weather upon us, we all want to minimize the time that students are waiting outside at bus stops. SafeStop is a school bus tracking app that allows you to track your students’ buses using a map that lets you see exactly where your bus is along its route. It also provides expected arrival times for each stop, making it easier for you to quickly check when the bus will arrive and monitor your child’s route to and from school.


Getting started with SafeStop is easy:


  • Download the app
  • Select “Create Account”
  • Choose Missouri, then Kansas City Public Schools
  • Enter our district access code: 2021KCPS
  • If prompted, enter your student’s ID number
  • Set your notification preferences
  • Click “Submit” to complete your secure registration


We hope that this bus tracking tool makes mornings less stressful for your family. Our KCPS families already using SafeStop report that it’s working well for them!


Interested in Becoming a Teacher? Apply Today!

New Year! New You! Let this be the year that you advance your career. The Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) is an accelerated alternative pathway to teacher certification. We are currently looking for paraprofessionals, substitutes and building staff who have completed their bachelor's degree and are interested in becoming a certified teacher. KCTR provides a support team that guides participants through the assessments and coursework required to complete Missouri Teacher Certification and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Visit our website to learn more today!