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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.

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.

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

The Kansas City Public Schools IT support team is changing their hours of operation for walk-in support to 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at the BOE building, which is located at 2901 Troost Ave. in Kansas City, MO.

Lincoln Middle Debate Takes Tourney Title

The Lincoln Middle School debate team successfully made the case for being among the best in the region with a first-place finish in the DEBATE Kansas City (DKC) tournament held virtually on Thursday evening, Dec.3.

KCPS Shares Gating Criteria

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Superintendent Mark Bedell and his leadership team shared their plans for how and when students will return to in-person classes during the KCPS Board of Directors virtual meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

At the heart of Dr. Bedell's presentation were the district's "gating criteria." This chart, shown above, lays out how KCPS will respond based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. Depending on this data, which will be provided by the Kansas City Health Department, students may begin to return to in-person classes if it is deemed safe.

KCPS is currently monitoring the gating criteria data and working with the Kansas City Health Department to determine a target date to begin to return to in-person teaching and learning. When we begin our in-person teaching and learning (for our distance learning students), it will be a phased-in process. Remember, our Kansas City Virtual Academy students will remain in the virtual academy when we begin in-person learning phases.

As mentioned during our Board of Directors meeting last night, we are monitoring a potential timeline of early November to begin this phase-in process.

This phased re-entry aligns with the back-to-school plans that KCPS released in July before the start of classes. At that time, we communicated that the decision to reopen school buildings would be based on science and data.

Dr. Bedell also provided an update to the Board about the extensive measures KCPS is taking to ensure that school buildings are clean and safe. That includes installing high-quality air filtration and circulation systems that exceed industry standards. The district will also be launching a COVID-19 tracking dashboard on its website. 

WATCH: KCPS Facilities Preparation



Please email communications@kcpublicschools.org if you have questions, concerns, or feedback about the KCPS re-entry plans. Visit the KCPS-TV YouTube channel to view the Board meeting and Dr. Bedell's presentation. You can also view the PowerPoint presentation.

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