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A group dressed in coats cuts a blue ribbon in front of a memorial for Thacher School.

Kansas City Public Schools honored a commitment to the Northeast community, dedicating a memorial at the site of the former Thacher School, 5008 Independence Ave.

Student artwork from the Lincoln Middle School exhibition

Students in Harold Smith's art class hosted an art exhibit at Lincoln Middle School last week, drawing on works in "Testimony: African American Artists Collective."

The student showcase, called "Our Testimony," explores the emotions, memories and values of the Lincoln Middle School artists, said eighth grader Gabriella Morris.

Watch the Blueprint 2030 video on YouTube.

If you were unable to participate in a Blueprint 2030 community conversation in October, there's still time to take the priority survey. From here, we’ll keep you updated on more dates and details around future opportunities for feedback this winter and into the spring.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11. As we have throughout the pandemic, KCPS is working with Children’s Mercy Hospital and the the Kansas City Health Department to get our families the most accurate COVID-19 information

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

Families who applied for kindergarten, pre-K or a Signature School by the initial deadline of Monday, Feb. 15, received emails Wednesday, March 3 with offers to their first, second or third choice school.

CDC Approves COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 5-11

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A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11. As we have throughout the pandemic, KCPS is working with Children’s Mercy Hospital and the the Kansas City Health Department to get our families the most accurate COVID-19 information.

CDC guidance states vaccination is currently the leading public health strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the vaccine for children 5 and older. KCPS strongly recommends eligible students be vaccinated.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine uses mRNA technology. According to the CDC:

Your child cannot catch COVID-19 from a vaccine. Sore muscles, redness and fever after a shot are signs the vaccine is working, according to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Children's Mercy Hospital is currently scheduling vaccine appointments, as are some local pharmacies. Check CVSWalgreensHyVee and Price Chopper for availability. It will take time for pharmacies and health departments to receive the lower-dose pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. It’s likely demand for pediatric COVID-19 vaccines will be high for several weeks. KCPS will let you know about pediatric vaccine opportunities through our community health partners.

In the meantime, KCPS will continue to practice COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Free testing is available in all of our schools through Children’s Mercy Hospital or Ginkgo Bioworks. Weekly testing provides peace of mind for teachers and parents. Please contact your child’s school to sign up.

Missouri determines which vaccines students need to attend school. This is a state decision, not a local one. School immunization information is available on the Department of Health and Senior Services website. Missouri does not require COVID-19 vaccines for K-12 students.

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