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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!

Dr. Bedell Participates in White House Virtual Roundtable on Black Student Mental Health

four Black superintendents speak during a Zoom presentation

On Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell participated in a White House Initiative conversation about Black student mental health. Other panelists included superintendents Dr. Luvelle Brown, Ithaca City School District, New York; Dr. Joseph S. Davis, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Missouri; and Dr. Tawana Grover, Grand Island Public Schools, Nebraska. Senior Advisor Monique Toussaint moderated the conversation.

 

Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell has transformed Kansas City Public Schools with leadership that centers equity and student voice. On Monday, educators across the country tuned in to hear from Dr. Bedell and other school leaders for “Breaking Barriers: A Systemic Approach to Support Black Student Mental Health,” a virtual roundtable hosted by the United States Department of Education.

 

Dr. Bedell explained the district’s code of conduct, which takes a restorative justice approach to discipline. He said students need counselors and educators who can recognize the impact of trauma.

 

“How do we as a school district create conditions that will control for variables that are beyond our control and beyond our students’ control?” Dr. Bedell said.

 

KCPS worked with students, families and staff to rewrite the code of conduct. Dr. Bedell said it’s important to keep parents involved as changes are implemented.

 

“We’re doing the work, but we have to make sure all the voices at the table feel like they’re being heard,” Dr. Bedell said.

 

Monday’s virtual roundtable was part of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans. Many thanks to the U.S. Department of Education for including Dr. Bedell in this important conversation and for highlighting the good work of our Division of Student Services and Intervention.