District’s Inclement Weather Policy Outlined

Winter is here, which means inclement weather may be in the near future. So, here is a reminder of the district’s procedures for closing schools when weather is a factor in getting students to and from their buildings safely.   

When the superintendent makes the decision to cancel schools, the Communications Department starts putting its inclement weather plan into motion to relay information to parents, students, staff and the community. Over the past several years, the inclement weather plan has evolved and grown to encompass more modern communication methods (including social media) while also maintaining the traditional methods. The idea is to provide school closing information in a number of outlets to reach anyone who may have questions. Staff, students and parents are encouraged to check a number of sources to ensure that they have the most accurate and up-to-date information anytime a snow day may be likely. Checking more than one source will ensure that errors that might be made by the media, or rumors that may be floating around on social media, are dispelled.

Here is an outline of the processes followed by the Communications Department to communicate a snow day:

  • Notification is made to the MEDIA (This step happens FIRST because of the large number of people who are reached through the media. This list includes the major television and radio stations, and local newspapers. This notification involves several e-mail and phone calls.)
  • A posting is made on the district FACEBOOK and Twitter pages.
  • A posting is made on the district WEBSITEwww.kckps.org
  • A Bright Arrow PHONE NOTIFICATIONis recorded and sent to all families in the district.
  • A Bright Arrow SPANISH PHONE NOTIFICATIONis recorded and sent to all Spanish-speaking families in the district.
  • TEXT MESSAGEnotification is sent (to all individuals who signed up to receive text notifications. See how to sign up below).
  • A notice of the closing is posted on KCKPS-TV, the district’s television network (available on channel 18 to Time Warner Cable customers in Wyandotte County or Channel 145 on Google Fiber.)

The above processes take place as soon as notification of the closing is received by the Communications Department. If the decision to close schools is made in the morning, the Communications Department works to ensure that the information is posted and communicated before 6 a.m. If the decision to close schools for the day is made the evening before, the notifications are completed by Communications staff in the evening from home, and the timeline is dependent upon schedules.

Once notifications are posted, the Communications staff works to address incoming questions and comments (via phone, Twitter, Facebook and e-mail) and checks social media sources to screen out inappropriate postings.

Staff who have questions or comments about any of the above processes, or want to report inaccurate reporting of information, should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., director of communications and marketing at (913) 279-2225, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., communications specialist at (913) 279-2242.

Unless covered by a special announcement, a general school closing also includes all special education classes and adult education classes.

If classes are canceled, the following personnel will be on duty unless otherwise stated: all administrators and supervisors, all 12-month employees, building staff who work more than 186 days, all custodial and maintenance staff, all campus officers, all secretaries who work more than 186 days, and all Central Office staff who work more than 186 days.

Should early dismissal be necessary during the school day, radio and TV announcements will be made and each school will be notified. Principals and teachers will be certain that no child is released until arrangements for proper supervision have been made.

Text Alert System

Would you like to receive text alerts about snow days? Sign up for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Text Alert Messaging System for parents, staff and students.

Signing up is easy. Access the link through the homepage of the district’s website, www.kckps.org (click on “Text Alert Sign-Up”). Register as a new user and provide your cell phone number. Be sure to complete all the information.

 

Dr. Cynthia Lane Announces Retirement 

January 9, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: David A. Smith, Chief of Public Affairs (913) 279-2242

Tonight, at a meeting of the Board of Education, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane announced she will retire, effective June 30, 2018.

“Over the last several months, I have come to know that I am in the winter of my time serving as superintendent in KCKPS,” Dr. Lane told the audience. “Thirty years of service in KCK, including eight as superintendent, has always been part of my plan. Now is the time to create space and opportunities for our next generation of leaders. I do so with confidence that new leadership, working closely with our board, will move Diploma+, and all the work we have done to help our students reach their dreams, to the next level of success.”

Dr. Lane is the 14th superintendent in the history of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, and the second woman to serve in that role. In addition to serving as superintendent, she has also served in KCKPS as an assistant superintendent of business and instructional support services, director of special education, principal, and teacher. In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Kansas School of Education/Special Education, as well as served as a guest lecturer for many local colleges and universities.

Dr. Lane is recognized across the state of Kansas as a tireless advocate for children, and for their education. She has received numerous honors and awards, including being recognized in 2016 as Kansas Superintendent of the Year. She was also honored as the 2016 Kansas PTA Educator of the Year, was recognized in 2016 as a Distinguished Kansan by the Topeka Capitol-Journal, and received the Whitney M. Young Boy Scouts of America Leadership Award in 2012.

“Whatever may occur on the road ahead, I will continue to be a strong advocate and supporter of KCKPS,” Dr. Lane said. “Together, we have moved the school district from a good urban district, to a district held up as one of the most innovative and student-focused districts in our state. We have done this work together. It certainly hasn’t been easy, but it has been right.”

Brenda C. Jones, Board of Education president, thanked Dr. Lane for her service.

“Dr. Lane, you have been an inspirational leader for this district, this community, and this state,” Ms. Jones said. “When you leave, this district will be stronger than you found it. You have been a courageous advocate for our students, but even more, you have been a tireless voice for all children in Kansas, and you have led with vision, passion, and grace. We know that your work is not yet done, and that your passion for our children will never be retired.”

Dr. Lane’s retirement will be effective on June 30, 2018.

Holiday Music Is Happening in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

December 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Grace Elmore, Communications Specialist (913) 279-2242

You are invited to attend the free, upcoming concerts featuring Kansas City, Kansas Public School’s (KCKPS) student musicians. All of the concerts are in Kansas City, Kansas and are open to the public. The concerts will be held on:

Monday, December 11:

  • Quindaro Elementary presents their winter vocal and strings concert at 6:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, 2800 Farrow Avenue.

Tuesday, December 12:

  • A holiday concert as presented by the All-City fifth and sixth grade orchestra, the All-City Children’s Chorus and the All-City seventh and eighth grade orchestra at 5:00 p.m. in the auditorium at West Middle, 2600 N. 44th
  • Banneker Elementary presents their fourth and fifth grade strings and vocal music concert on at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium, 2026 N. 4th
  • Eisenhower Middle presents their instrumental music concert at 7 p.m. in the big gym, 2901 N. 72nd
  • Sumner Academy of Arts and Science presents their winter band concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, 1610 N. 8th
  • Washington High presents their winter concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, 7340 Leavenworth Road.
  • Wyandotte High presents their holiday concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, 2501 Minnesota Avenue.

Wednesday, December 13:

  • Grant Elementary, New Stanley and Silver City Elementary Schools presents their winter concert at 6 p.m. in the Harmon High Auditorium, 2400 Steele Road.
  • Parker Elementary presents their winter strings performance at 9 a.m. in the gym, 3334 Haskell Avenue.
  • F. L. Schlagle High presents their winter concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, 2214 N. 59th Street

Thursday, December 14:

  • Eisenhower Middle presents their vocal music concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Washington High, 7340 Leavenworth Road.
  • Eugene Ware Elementary presents their fourth and fifth grade holiday concert at 6 p.m. in the gym, 4820 Oakland Avenue.
  • Frances Willard Elementary presents their vocal and strings concert at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Argentine Middle, 2123 Ruby Avenue.
  • J. C. Harmon High presents their holiday band concert at 6 p.m. in the auditorium, 2400 Steele Road.
  • The Kansas City, Kansas Harp Ensemble, in partnership with the KCK Community Orchestra presents their holiday concert at 7 p.m. at London Heights Baptist Church, 734 N. 78th
  • John Fiske Elementary presents their second and third grade vocal concert at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, 625 S. Valley Road.
  • Mark Twain Elementary presents their Kindergarten and second grade holiday concert at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Wyandotte High, 2501 Minnesota Avenue.
  • West Middle presents their winter music concert at 6 p.m. in the auditorium, 2600 N. 44th

For more information, please contact KCKPS Fine Arts Coordinator Jodie Lin, (913) 551-3200. For information on other KCKPS fine arts events, click here.

KCKPS Employees to Receive Garmin® vivofit® 3 Activity Trackers

December 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Melissa Fears, Director of Communications and Marketing (913) 279-2225

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Clay Blair Family Foundation 

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Kansas City, KS, – Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is pleased to announce that every school district employee will receive a Garmin® vivofit® 3 activity tracker thanks to the generosity of BenefitsDirect, the Clay Blair Family Foundation, CBIZ and Guardian.  This gift to employees was made possible by another great corporate friend, Garmin, who worked with the Clay Blair Family Foundation and the district’s healthcare partners to make this special purchase possible.

The first distribution of activity trackers to KCKPS employees will be to Wyandotte High School staff during a special event being held at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13 in the Social Hall of the high school located at 2501 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The event will include remarks by the following:

  • Mary Stewart, principal of Wyandotte High School
  • Clay and Janet Blair of the Clay Blair Family Foundation
  • Jeff Stoppel, vice president at BenefitsDirect
  • Dave Krull, consultant at CBIZ Employee Services Organization
  • Dustin Nye, key account manager at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  • Haley Prophet, senior wellbeing specialist at Garmin
  • Cynthia Lane, superintendent of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.

Immediately following the remarks, the activity trackers will be distributed to school district staff at Wyandotte. The activity trackers will be distributed to all other school district staff throughout the weeks of December 11 and December 18.

“We are extremely grateful to the Clay Blair Family Foundation, BenefitsDirect, CBIZ, Guardian and Garmin for these special gifts of generosity to all of our employees,” said Dr. Lane.

About Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools: The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is a nationally recognized urban school district that serves approximately 22,000 students. With a Head Start program, three preschools, 30 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and 5 high schools, the district serves a wonderfully diverse mixture of students. A remarkable 75 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students. To serve those students, the district employs more than 3,800 staff, including more than 1,600 teachers. The vision of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is to be one of the “Top 10 School Districts in the Nation.” Our goal is that "Each student will exit high school prepared for college and careers in a global society, and at every level, performance is on track and on time for success." To help our students achieve this goal, the district is implementing a district-wide initiative called Diploma+. Learn more at kcksps.org.

About BenefitsDirect: Headquartered in Kansas City, BenefitsDirect offers a new approach to employee benefits by examining the overall needs of your workforce and devising a Voluntary Benefits product suite that provides opportunities for maximum coverage and satisfaction. This framework brings multiple elements together and presents more comprehensive protection. Voluntary benefit offerings compliment employer health plans in a manner similar to the way Medicare supplemental plans mesh with Medicare.

About the Clay Blair Family Foundation: The foundation was created to support education.

About CBIZ: With more than 100 offices and 4,600 associates in major metropolitan areas and suburban cities throughout the U.S. CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ) delivers top-level financial and benefits and insurance services to organizations of all sizes, as well as individual clients, by providing national-caliber expertise combined with highly personalized service delivered at the local level. 

About Garmin: Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin and vívofit are registered trademarks.

About Guardian: The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) is a Fortune 250 global financial services company that is committed to being the trusted partner delivering financial security how, when and where clients prefer. Guardian is one of the nation’s largest mutual life insurers and a leading provider of employee benefits and offerings range from life insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, and investments to dental and vision insurance and employee benefits. The company has approximately 8,800 employees and a network of more than 2,750 financial representatives in 58 agencies nationwide.

F.L. Schlagle Is Hosting a Community Open House

Kansas City, Kansas, November 30, 2017 – F.L. Schlagle High School, located at 2214 N. 59th Street, is hosting a Community Open House with something for the entire family from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 11 at the school. “Together, A Better Community” is the theme of the event, which strives to contribute to a better community through the services and activities of the event.

Check out all of the FREE activities ranging from a health fair, to a forum about constitutional rights, an exhibition of student projects, a baking contest, a college application workshop, and a family fun zone:

  • Schlagle Health Fair
    • Come participate in a variety of health services including dental screenings, physicals, fitness classes, nutrition classes, CPR training, prevention education, disability awareness, and more. Pre-registration for some of the health services such as CVS Flu Shots (for those with insurance), Sports Physicals, Fitness Class, Pound Class and CPR Training are available at: https://tinyurl.com/SHSHealthfair2017.
  • Know-Your-Rights Forum
    • Come hear about the constitutional rights that all people have regardless of their documentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more from an immigration attorney and a panel of other community advocates.
  • Student Projects Exhibition
    • Come see the amazing work students have accomplished this semester through their class projects and real-world learning opportunities.
  • Community Bake Off
    • Do you enjoy cooking? Come join our Bake-Off and submit your best holiday dessert. Do you enjoy eating holiday treats? Come sample the entries and help us select our community's best holiday baker!
  • FAFSA and College Application Workshop
    • Come receive help completing college applications and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Find out more about the innovative Diploma+ program!  The goal of Diploma+ is for each student to graduate with a high school diploma plus one of the following seven endorsements:
    • Completion of one year of college
    • Completion of an industry-recognized certificate or credential
    • Achievement of at least 21 on the ACT or 1060 on the SAT
    • Completion of an IB Diploma Programme or Career-Related Programme
    • Acceptance into the military
    • Completion of a qualified internship or industry-approved project
    • An approved plan for post-secondary transition
  • Family Fun Zone and Refreshments
    • Bring your children to enjoy an evening of crafts, activities, and snacks.

It’s an evening of health, information, and fun the community will not want to miss.

For more information, check out the F.L. Schlagle High School website.