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The Board of Directors of the Kansas City Missouri School District will hold the following Board Meeting via LiveStream on KCPublicSchools.org, or by visiting www.kcpublicschools.org/live

The Public Meeting may join here:
Public Link http://bit.ly/KCPSBoardMeeting9-23-2020
Call-in Number 816-418-1000 Meeting ID: 97875563470


The Board of Education building at 2901 Troost Ave, KCMO, is closed in accordance with CDC and Missouri guidelines for handling the COVID-19 virus.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 4:30 p.m. – EXECUTIVE SESSION
At any point during the meeting, the Board may go into closed Executive Session for reasons permissible under Section 610.021 (1), (2), (3) & (13) of the Missouri Revised State Statutes.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – BUSINESS MEETING
The Board of Directors retains the right to return to a closed Executive Session for reasons permissible under Section 610.021 of the Missouri Revised State Statutes.
Tentative Agenda: Board of Directors Regular Business meeting

KCPS to Distribute Devices on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the BOE

The KCPS technology team will now be distributing digital devices for students from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the BOE building, which is located at 2901 Troost Avenue in Kansas City, MO.

KCPS Reopening Plans - Fall 2020

(Last Updated: 9/2/2020)

August 27, 2020

Dear Parent or Guardian:

In a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from the CDC, local health department and medical authorities, Kansas City Public Schools will begin the school year on September 8, 2020, using two models, Distance Learning and Virtual School.

While it would be preferable to be back in school working with students, at this time it is not possible.  Our teachers will be holding group lessons via video conferencing, as well as other distance and/or virtual education platforms.

School districts have an obligation to protect the rights and privacy of all students, including special education students.  To balance the obligation of privacy and learning, this communication is serving as notice that when your child participates in group lessons via video conferencing, their identity will not be confidential to anyone else participating in the group including adults that may be supporting other children.

If you do NOT wish for your child to participate in group lessons via video conferencing, please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible.

Thank you


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Kansas City Public Schools is going to help students and family members get ready for the start of classes by hosting our “Back2School Virtual Kickoff” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3.

This virtual event will include essential, district-level information and updates leading into the start of the new school year. Presenters will include Superintendent Mark Bedell, Deputy Superintendent Marla Sheppard and a number of other KCPS staff members with expertise in academics and student support.

The goal of the Back2School Virtual Kickoff is to relieve any concerns that students and families have about distance or virtual learning and to help ensure that they feel fully equipped to thrive. The program will include the following topics:

  • Distance and virtual learning overview, expectations and differences
  • A preview of a typical day of distance and virtual learning
  • Technology and resources for teaching and learning
  • Student and family support
  • Family engagement

KCPS students and families can join the Back2School Virtual Kickoff via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/97389363843 or by calling 301-715-8592 (Zoom ID: 973 8936 3843). The event can also be viewed online at www.KCPublicSchools.org/Live. It will be recorded and made available for viewing at any time on the KCPS-TV YouTube channel.

Digital Device Distribution and Instructions

As a reminder, we are providing Apple iPads for students in pre-K through grade 4 and Google Chromebook laptop computers for students in grades 5 through 12. Students will use these devices for distance or virtual learning when classes start on Tuesday, Sept. 8. There have been some long lines and wait-times for families picking up these devices, and we know this can be frustrating. We are increasing our staff for device distribution and taking steps to make it a faster process for families. We appreciate your patience and grace as we distribute about 15,000 devices to our students.

The KCPS technology team will now be distributing digital devices for students from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the BOE building, which is located at 2901 Troost Avenue in Kansas City, MO.

A student ID number will need to be provided in order to receive a device for your child. If your student still has a device from the spring or summer, that device will need to be returned so that it can be checked-in and prepared for the new school year.

The attached guide has instructions about how to log into and use these devices for distance and virtual learning. More information is available at www.KCPublicSchools.org/Reopening-KCPS. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your school, email communications@kcpublicschools.org or call 816-418-HELP.

Las Escuelas Públicas de Kansas City ayudarán a los estudiantes y miembros de la familia a prepararse para el inicio de las clases organizando nuestro Evento Virtual sobre el Regreso Escolar a las 6:30 p.m. el jueves 3 de septiembre.

Este evento virtual incluirá información esencial a nivel de distrito y actualizaciones previas al inicio del nuevo año escolar. Los presentadores incluirán al superintendente Mark Bedell, la superintendente adjunta Marla Sheppard y varios otros miembros del personal de KCPS con experiencia en lo académico y apoyo estudiantil.

El objetivo de el Evento Virtual sobre el Regreso Escolar es aliviar cualquier inquietud que los estudiantes y las familias tengan sobre el aprendizaje virtual o a distancia y ayudar a garantizar que se sientan completamente equipados para prosperar. El programa incluirá los siguientes temas:

  • Visión general del aprendizaje a distancia y virtual, expectativas y diferencias
  • Una vista anticipada de un día típico de distancia y aprendizaje virtual
  • Tecnología y recursos para la enseñanza y el aprendizaje
  • Apoyos para estudiantes y familias
  • Esfuerzos de compromiso con las familias

Los estudiantes y las familias de KCPS pueden unirse al Evento Virtual sobre el Regreso Escolar a través de Zoom en https://zoom.us/j/97389363843 o llamando al 301-715-8592 (ID de Zoom: 973 8936 3843). El evento también se puede ver en línea en www.KCPublicSchools.org/Live. Se grabará y estará disponible para su visualización en cualquier momento en el canal de YouTube de KCPS-TV.

Distribución e instrucciones de dispositivos digitales

Como recordatorio, estamos proporcionando iPads de Apple para los estudiantes de prekínder a cuarto grado y computadoras portátiles Google Chromebook para estudiantes de quinto a 12. Los estudiantes usarán estos dispositivos para aprendizaje a distancia o virtual cuando las clases comiencen el martes 8 de septiembre. Ha habido largas filas y tiempos de espera para las familias que recogen estos dispositivos, y sabemos que esto puede ser frustrante. Estamos aumentando nuestro personal para la distribución de dispositivos y tomando medidas para que sea un proceso más rápido para las familias. Agradecemos su paciencia y gracia mientras distribuimos alrededor de 15,000 dispositivos a nuestros estudiantes.

El equipo de tecnología de KCPS ahora distribuirá dispositivos digitales para los estudiantes de 9 a.m. a 6 p.m. el jueves 3 de septiembre y viernes 4 de septiembre y de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m. el sábado 5 de septiembre en el edificio BOE, que se encuentra en 2901 Troost Avenue en Kansas City, MO.

Se deberá proporcionar un número de identificación de estudiante para recibir un dispositivo para su hijo. Si su estudiante todavía tiene un dispositivo de la primavera o el verano, será necesario devolverlo para poder registrarlo y prepararlo para el nuevo año escolar.

Más información está disponible en www.KCPublicSchools.org/Reopening-KCPS. Si tiene preguntas o inquietudes, comuníquese con su escuela, envíe un correo electrónico a communications@kcpublicschools.org o llame al 816-418-HELP.

Student on computer