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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!

KCPS Updates COVID Guidelines, Mask Policy

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

Throughout the pandemic, KCPS has been dedicated to following the science. As a result, we currently have a less than 1% positivity rate in our schools. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its COVID-19 guidance regarding face masks in schools.

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. KCPS will no longer require face masks be worn while on KCPS campuses, at KCPS sites, on KCPS transportation or at KCPS events at this time.

The exception is Head Start. Head Start remains under a federal mask mandate. Head Start students and employees should continue to mask while those guidelines are reviewed. 

We are grateful for this good news but also recognize the virus will continue to evolve. We also know that some employees and students, particularly those at high risk because of medical conditions, will choose to continue wearing masks. We encourage you to make the choice that is right for your student and family. 

Despite the drop in COVID cases and hospitalizations, we are still in a global pandemic. If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, please do not send them to school. KCPS, the Kansas City Health Department, Children’s Mercy Hospital, along with area pharmacies, offer free COVID-19 testing. Click here to find a free COVID-19 test or contact your school nurse for more information about testing at school. 

Vaccination is the leading public health strategy to end the pandemic. Boosters offer additional protection against Omicron and other variants. Vaccines are available for free for everyone 5 and older. Click here to make a free vaccine appointment today. 

If you have questions, concerns or input regarding our COVID-19 safety plans, please email communications@kcpublicschools.org or click on the “Let’s Talk” feature at the top of every page on our website. We commit to clear communication as details continue to be refined and adjusted based on data, CDC and health department guidance.