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Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Spring 2020 Archive COVID-19

Latest Updates

(Last Updated: 7/24/2020)

Para la versión en español de este mensaje, desplácese hacia abajo.

If you or your child have a KCPS-issued Chromebook laptop computer, please plan to return it at one of the following collection opportunities hosted by our IT Department:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday (ongoing)

  • KCPS BOE Building (2901 Troost Ave.)

Please note that students who are currently using KCPS-issued Chromebooks for summer school can continue to use those devices until the end of the course session.

It is very important that these devices be returned so that they can be prepared for use by students during the 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions or are unable to return a KCPS-issued Chromebook for some reason, please call our IT HelpDesk at (816) 418-4357.

En Espanol

Si usted o su hijo tienen una computadora portátil Chromebook distribuida por KCPS, planee devolverla en una de las siguientes oportunidades de recolección que ofrece nuestro Departamento de tecnología:

11 a.m. a 7 p.m., 21 de julio y 22 de julio

  • Central High School (3221 Indiana Ave.)
  • East High School (1924 Van Brunt Blvd.)
  • Escuela Primaria Hale Cook (7302 Pennsylvania Ave.)
  • Northeast Middle School (4904 Independence Ave.)
  • Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts (4747 Flora Ave.)
  • Southeast High School (3500 E. Meyer Blvd.)

2 a 7 p.m. Jueves 23 de julio

  • Escuela Primaria Pitcher (9915 E. 38th Terr.)

10 a.m. a 2 p.m. Lunes a viernes (en curso)

  • Edificio KCPS BOE (2901 Troost Ave.)

Tenga en cuenta que los estudiantes que actualmente usan Chromebooks distribuidos por KCPS para la escuela de verano pueden continuar usando esos dispositivos hasta el final de la sesión del curso.

Es muy importante que estos dispositivos sean devueltos para que puedan ser preparados para que los estudiantes los usen durante el año escolar 2020-2021. Si tiene alguna pregunta o no puede devolver un Chromebook emitido por KCPS por algún motivo, llame a nuestro servicio de asistencia de tecnologia al (816) 418-4357.

 

Click here to download this letter from the Superintendent

Greetings, KCPS Families!

We know that this communication has been much anticipated. As a staff, we have spent many sleepless nights and busy days creating plans and protocols to ensure, to the best of our ability, a safe and welcoming environment for our students and staff as we return to school this fall. Our planning priorities have included health, safety and student learning.

We have been in ongoing communication with health officials and have received guidance from multiple health agencies. While we are still in the midst of a pandemic, we are using the best advice and guidance available so that we can offer the best learning environment for our students in a safe and responsible manner.

We had been preparing to release our reopening plans with you today. However, the Kansas City Health Department issued new and updated guidance stating that in-person school was not advised in Kansas City. This update is prompting us to change direction.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in our region. Given this fact, we need to adjust our reopening plans. We had intended to offer in-person learning options, but those are no longer advised at the moment. Instead, we will pivot and adjust our reopening plans throughout the next week in collaboration with the health department, our staff, our Board of Directors and local officials. We are committed to keeping you updated along the way. As always, our goal is to protect the health of our community while continuing to provide a great public education for our children.

While we adjust and continue planning, please know that we have several FAQ documents, health plans, nutrition plans and instructional plans ready for you. We are simply adjusting these according to the updated guidance from the Kansas City Health Department.

We look forward to serving our families and the Kansas City community this school year. We know it will still look different in some ways, but we are committed to growing our students and upholding the responsibility to educate effectively while helping our students thrive. Thank you for your grace, your flexibility and your mindset of leading with the best intentions for all.

Yours in education,

Mark T. Bedell
Superintendent

En Espanol

Sabemos que esta comunicación ha sido muy esperada. Como personal, hemos pasado muchas noches sin dormir y días ocupados creando planes y protocolos para garantizar, lo mejor que podamos, un ambiente seguro y acogedor para nuestros estudiantes y el personal al regresar a la escuela este otoño. Nuestras prioridades de planificación han incluido salud, seguridad y aprendizaje estudiantil.

Hemos estado en comunicación continua con los funcionarios de salud y hemos recibido orientación de múltiples agencias de salud. Si bien todavía estamos en medio de una pandemia, estamos utilizando los mejores consejos y orientación disponibles para que podamos ofrecer el mejor ambiente de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes de una manera segura y responsable.

Nos habíamos estado preparando para lanzar nuestros planes de reapertura con ustedes hoy. Sin embargo, el Departamento de Salud de Kansas City emitió una guía nueva y actualizada que indica que la escuela en persona no fue aconsejada en Kansas City. Esta actualización nos está impulsando a cambiar de dirección.

El número de casos positivos de COVID-19 está aumentando rápidamente en nuestra región. Dado este hecho, necesitamos ajustar nuestros planes de reapertura. Teníamos la intención de ofrecer opciones de aprendizaje en persona, pero esas ya no se recomiendan por el momento. En cambio, giraremos y ajustaremos nuestros planes de reapertura durante la próxima semana en colaboración con el departamento de salud, nuestro personal, nuestra Junta Directiva y funcionarios locales. Estamos comprometidos a mantenerlo actualizado en el camino. Como siempre, nuestro objetivo es proteger la salud de nuestra comunidad mientras continuamos brindando una excelente educación pública para nuestros hijos.

Mientras nos ajustamos y continuamos planificando, tenga en cuenta que tenemos varios documentos de preguntas frecuentes, planes de salud, planes de nutrición y planes de instrucción listos para usted. Simplemente los estamos ajustando de acuerdo con la guía actualizada del Departamento de Salud de Kansas City.

Esperamos poder servir a nuestras familias y a la comunidad de Kansas City este año escolar. Sabemos que aún se verá diferente en algunos aspectos, pero estamos comprometidos a hacer crecer a nuestros estudiantes y mantener la responsabilidad de educar de manera efectiva mientras ayudamos a nuestros estudiantes a prosperar. Gracias por su gracia, su flexibilidad y su mentalidad de liderazgo con las mejores intenciones para todos.

Tuyo en Educación,

Dr. Mark T. Bedell, Superintendente

Parents as Teachers

Due to school closures related to COVID-19 we are still going to deliver visits virtually and via phone. For the personal visits in safe and healthy manner, we are providing this service until we are able to return to school. We will not be conducting screens until further notice.

Please feel free to call Candace Cheatem, 816-418-5245 all phone calls are forwarded to our home phone.


KCPS Call Center

The KCPS Technology Call Center is available to support your devices and software. If you have questions, please call (816) 418-HELP or email us at helpdesk@kcpublicschools.org


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