ReOpening of Schools Plan

KCKPS Re-Entry Plan

K-12 Return to In-Person Learning on March 31, 2021; Early Childhood Returns to In-Person Learning on April 5, 2021

With a second round of legislation being voted on by the state of Kansas that would force school districts allow for in person learning by the end of March, the Kansas City, Kansas School Board voted Tuesday night to go ahead and move up the start date for in-person learning from April 5th to Wednesday, March 31st.

“With nearly 85-percent of our students that are enrolled voting to move to in person it is obvious our students and their parents are ready,” said school board member Dr. Stacey Yeager.  Minutes later the board voted in favor of the move.

So what does this mean?

Starting on Wednesday, March 31st, K-12 students electing for in person learning will attend classes. School that day will be an Early Release Wednesday meaning students will be released 2 hours early. This will be the case every Wednesday.

Students still have the opportunity to remain in the remote learning atmosphere. If you want to change your choice from in person to remote, or remote to in-person. Guardians or parents can make the change by calling your child’s school from now until Monday, March 29th.

Students that are moving to in-person will attend school Monday through Friday. Wednesday being the half day.

Backpacks are allowed in schools and lockers will not be used.

Early Childhood will begin in-person classes on April 5th.

Uniform Notice

If your child attends a school that normally requires a uniform, those requirements will be relaxed for the remainder of the school year. This means uniforms will NOT be required but can still be worn. This change is ONLY for the rest of this school year.

Changes to Curbside Grab and Go Meals

Students staying remote can call their school to sign up for the Grab and Go Meal pickup by calling their home school. Pick up will happen Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm. During pickup parents/guardians are asked to park and go into the office to pick up the meals. Mask must be worn and social distancing honored.

All school meals are free, regardless of whether your student is remote or in-person.

Kidzone

Kidzone is currently open and taking applications. The centers will be open before and after school Monday through Friday. Click here if you would like to register.

A look ahead:

  • Thursday, April 1st: Full day of classes
  • Friday, April 2nd: No School. End of 3rd Quarter
  • Monday, April 5th: First day for in-person Early Childhood

Bell Schedule 2020 – 2021

 

Schools Start Time Dismissal Wednesday Early Release Time
High School 7:25 am 2:20 pm 12:20 p.m.
Sumner Academy 8:05 am 3:05 pm 1:05 p.m.
Middle School 7:50 am 2:50 pm 12:55 p.m.
Bridges 7:50 am 3:02 pm N/A
New Stanley 8:15 am 3:15 pm 1:15 p.m.
Elementary:
Eugene Ware
Frances Willard
Grant
Mark Twain
McKinley
Noble Prentis
Quindaro
Stony Point North
Stony Point South
T. A. Edison
Welborn
West Park
8:30 am 3:30 pm 1:30 p.m.
Elementary:
Banneker
B. Caruthers
Claude Huyck
Douglass
Emerson
Frank Rushton
Hazel Grove
John Fiske
J. F. Kennedy
Lindbergh
Lowell Brune
M. E. Pearson
New Chelsea
Silver City
Whittier
9:00 am 4:00 pm 2:00 p.m.
KCK Early Childhood Center
Part Day (Head Start and SPED) and Full-Day (Head Start)
8:45 am – AM Session
1:25 pm – PM Session
Full Day – 8:15 am
11:45 am – AM Session
4:25 pm – PM Session
Full Day – 3:15 pm
Full Day Students:
Early Release is at 12 pm
Earl Watson, Jr. ECC
Part Day (State and SPED)
7:50 am – AM Session
12:30 pm – PM Session
10:50 am – AM Session
3:30 pm – PM Session
Wednesdays Off
Morse ECC
Part Day (State and SPED)
7:50 am – AM Session
12:30 pm – PM Session
10:50 am – AM Session
3:30 pm – PM Session
Wednesdays Off
North Central Office ECC
2212 N 59th St 66104
913-627-5400
Part Day (Head Start and SPED)
7:50 am – AM Session
12:30 pm – PM Session
No Classes on Wednesdays
10:50 am – AM Session
3:30 pm – PM Session
No Classes on Wednesdays
Wednesdays Off
Banneker Preschool
2026 N 4th St 66101
913-627-4700
Part Day (State)
8:45 am – AM Session
1:00 pm – PM Session
11:45 am – AM Session
4:00 pm – PM Session
Wednesdays Off
Caruthers Preschool
1100 Waverly Ave 66104
913-627-4750
Part Day (State)
8:45 am – AM Session
12:45 pm – PM Session
11:45 am – AM Session
4:00 pm – PM Session
Wednesdays Off
Frank Rushton Preschool
2605 W 43 Ave. 66103
913-627-3050
Full Day w/bus (SPARK and KPP)
9:00 am 4:00 pm Wednesdays: Early Release is at 2 pm
M.E. Pearson Preschool
310 N 11th St 66102
913-627-3150
Full Day w/bus (SPARK)
9:00 am 4:00 pm Wednesdays: Early Release is at 2 pm
Silver City Preschool
2515 Lawrence Ave 66106
Part Day (State and SPARK)
9:00 am 4:00 pm Wednesdays: Early Release is at 2 pm
T.A. Edison Preschool
1000 Locust St 66103
913-627-4900
Part Day (State and SPARK)
8:15 am – AM Session
12:30 pm – PM Session
11:15 am – AM Session
3:30 pm – PM Session
Wednesdays Off

2020-2021
Frequently Asked Questions

Re-Entry Questions
In-Person Instruction Questions
Attendance Questions (for Families)
Re-Entry – Early Childhood Questions
Enrollment Questions – Early Childhood
Re-Entry – Elementary Questions
Re-Entry – High School/Middle School Questions
Special Education Questions
Remote Learning Questions
Health Services Questions
Transportation Questions
Nutritional Services Questions
Grab & Go Meal Program – Starts September 9th
Extracurricular Activities/Athletics Questions
Employee Questions
Device Questions
Job Seeker Questions

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Re-Entry

Reopening of Schools Task Force developed workplace strategies and guidelines to help schools mitigate the risks of the spread of COVID-19. The procedures were implemented with guidance from the local health officials to help ensure a safe conscious-working environment as we prepare to return to the buildings.

We have guidance in place that recommends staggering entry times for buses and car drop-off, using multiple entrances, monitoring student’s arrival to make sure students are congregating in the hallways, and ensuring students are visually screened for signs of illness upon arrival to school. Visitors are discouraged from entering the school unless by appointment. Virtual meetings with families and teachers should be standard practice whenever possible.

The plan may be updated or tweaked to appropriately address isolation and containment practices to accommodate for the different design and layout of each school. We have provided answers to commonly asked questions for each program and grade level in the district.

In-Person Instruction Questions

Will there be changes to the ventilation system to protect staff and students?

The district plans to increase ventilation and outside air intake, as conditions allow. This includes system limitations, weather and natural conditions. In addition, the district will be increasing the frequency of filter changes.

Will students and teachers be required to wear masks?

Yes, the district will following the mask mandate put in place by Wyandotte County.

Click here to view the newly revised Board policy on communicable diseases.

Will masks be provided by the district or will I have to purchase masks for my child?

The district will provide masks for students and staff.

If I chose in-person what days do my kids go to school?

Students that are moving to in-person will attend school Monday through Friday. Wednesday being the half day.

What are my options as a parent if I prefer for my child to continue learning at home?

Remote Learners (for the remaining school year) 

If you picked for your child to remain remote throughout the 2020-2021 school year, but now want to move to in-person On March 31st, you need to reach out to your child’s school and notify them of that wanted change by March 29th.

You have until the end of the day on Wednesday, March 3rd to notify your school of the changes.

In-Person Learners (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Wednesday will be a remote day for all students except for Part-Day Preschool students.)

If you picked for your child to move to in-person during the 2020-2021 school year, and now you would like your child to remain in the remote learning platform, you need to contact your school.

You have until the end of the day on Wednesday, March 3rd to notify your school of the changes.

Did not respond to earlier survey?

If you did not fill out the needed information earlier, the district also needs to hear from you.

If the district DOES NOT hear from you by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 3rd — your child will automatically be enrolled for in-person learning.

Want to stay with earlier selection?

If you are happy with your previous selection, no action is needed.

What assurances is the district providing to keep my child safe from contracting COVID-19? 

We will follow CDC and Wyandotte County Health Department guidance.  Building administrators will create plans specific to their schools.

Will there be special accommodations provided for students who may have heightened risks from COVID-19?

Student needs will be addressed individually.

Attendance Questions for Families

How will attendance be taken for remote learners?

Remote learners are expected to be in class daily and on time.   Attendance will be taken daily (twice a day for elementary and at the beginning of each class period for Secondary (6th -12th grade). Tardies will be recorded and documented on the attendance report.

What happens if I have Technical Issues at home and my child is late or misses a class?

Any technical difficulties (lost wifi connection, trouble logging into class, etc.)  will be excused if communicated with the school within 24 hours, but students having connectivity issues should be in school to reduce the technical issues.

What if my child, or someone in our home, tested positive for COVID-19?

COVID-positive absences will need to be reported to school and documentation will need to be provided.  Remote classes will be provided upon parent/guardian request with the building principal due to COVID related health issues.

What if my child has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and is on quarantine?

Exposure to COVID cases that require isolation will need to be communicated with the school to make arrangements.  Remote classes will be provided upon parent/guardian request with the building principal.

What if my child does not want to go to school, can he do remote learning that day?

No, students are expected to be in class or logged on for remote instruction but will not 

be able to do both.  

How can I ensure that my student is actually logging onto their remote class and not distracted online?

For assistance and strategies for remote learning, contact Mrs. Hannah Feipel, A2A Social Worker, 913-209-6157.

If my student is receiving Special Education services or 7 years and younger and struggling with attendance, can they be referred to the District’s A2A team?

Yes, the Attend to Achieve (A2A) team is here to support families, make plans, and ensure all students have good attendance..

What if my child is referred for truancy diversion, do I have to come in person for diversion classes?

No, diversion classes will be offered virtually, through Zoom. However, an in-person option will be offered, as well.

What if we live outside of the district but want to finish this school year with KCKPS?

You can contact Student Services (Kelly.Fowler@kckps.org) to request a permit and provide transportation if in-person.

What if I change my mind and want to switch to in-person instruction or vice versa?

The deadline to make changes was March 29 but contact your school or Student Services for any extenuating circumstances. 

Early Childhood Questions

student with iPad

I am a family enrolled in Head Start. When can I expect to hear from my Family Service Worker?

Family Service Workers will contact a family within one or two weeks of the student starting school remotely.

Daycare: Can I still apply for a childcare permit?

 

Enrollment Questions – Early Childhood

Preschool Enrollment is now open - call 913-627-5757 to Set Up an Appointment

If you are interested in applying for the 21-22 school year please contact us at 913-627-5257 to make an appointment.

 

teacher with laptop

 

Elementary Questions

When in person school resumes, how will social distancing be enforced with young children?

Schools will follow CDC, State, UG and District guidelines.

Students are experiencing the pandemic in different ways with some going through trauma due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and maybe the loss of a family member as a result of the virus, what kind of social-emotional support system will you have in place to support my child?

Counselors and social workers will be available to provide services to students based on need. Schools are receiving trauma informed training that will address the current needs.

How will meals be served?
  1. Meal choices will be limited to support speedy service and social distancing.
  2. Cafeteria tables will have shields separating students when they are eating.
  3. Lunch tables will be cleaned between meal service.
  4. District staff will serve all entrée’s, fruit and vegetables.
  5. Cafeteria tables seating will be limited to every other seat and no students will sit across from each other. 
  6. Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry and exit to the cafeteria.
  7. Students will be seated in cohorts in the lunchroom.

 

principal at desk

 

High School/Middle School Questions

If online learning is continued, will GPA’s remain frozen? 

We do not know the true answer to that at this time.  The conversation has been that we will work towards instruction that is current so GPAs will be in effect.

When are graduation dates?

2021 Graduation Dates

Please note: The district is monitoring Covid-19 cases to determine times of the graduation and the number of attendees that will be permitted.

Last Day for Seniors: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

School Date Location & Time
F. L. Schlagle HS Monday, May 24 @ 7:00 p.m. Schlagle Stadium
J. C. Harmon HS Friday, May 28 @ 7:00 p.m. Harmon Stadium
Sumner Academy Wednesday, May 26 @ 7:00 p.m. Schlagle Stadium
Washington HS Thursday, May 20 @ 7:00 p.m. Washington Stadium
Wyandotte HS Saturday, May 22 @ 11:00 a.m. Wyandotte Stadium
500 Reach Thursday, May 27 @ 7:00 p.m. Schlagle Stadium
Bridges/Wyandot Academy Friday, May 21 @ 7:00 p.m. Wyandotte Auditorium
Fairfax Saturday, May 22 @ 7:00 p.m. Wyandotte Auditorium
How many credits will 2020-2021 Seniors need to graduate?

The School Board on March 9, 2021 voted to adjust the credit formula from 25 to 21 for high school seniors. This move allows students to graduate with the state required credits vs. the 25 that is normally required by KCKPS. This move only impacts current high school seniors.

Subject Units Required
English Language Arts 4
Math 3
Science 3
Social Studies 3
PE 1
Fine Arts 1
Electives 6

 

Special Education Questions

Call 913-608-4696 for special education assistance

This is a difficult and challenging time for us all. We understand that for some students, remote learning activities are no substitute for a brick-and-mortar schools. KCKPS is committed to ensuring equity will be assessed for each student whether online or in-person instruction. The District’s plans are aligned with the Kansas State Department of Education to ensure that high-quality instruction, accommodations, and modifications are in place to help differentiate access to content by grade levels as outlined in the Navigating Change document released by the state. Students will be able to access instruction that will prepare them to meet grade level competencies.

Below are questions and answers related to Special Education and the services provided,

What can families expect regarding special education as a result of remote learning?

Regarding special education, schools will provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with IEPs and those individuals providing education, specialized instruction, and related services to these students.

In this unique and ever-changing environment, these exceptional circumstances may affect how all educational and related services and supports are provided. Therefore, services that would normally be provided in person may now be provided through remote learning and via teletherapy/teleteaching.

What are some examples of how FAPE will be provided during this time of remote learning?

The determination of how FAPE is to be provided may need to be different during the time when a school is serving its students remotely.  The student’s IEP team should think about methods of adapting, as appropriate, the needs of the student, the content, methodology or delivery of instruction within the context of the learning environment in which the student will participate.  Special education services may be provided through remote instruction, sending instructional materials to the student’s home, by video or telephonically.

Most importantly, FAPE may be provided consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing special education and related services to those students.

What options exist for students with IEPs to receive instruction during the period of remote learning?

Each child’s IEP is developed on an individual basis and questions concerning your child’s IEP should be resolved by the IEP team.  During the pandemic, the health and safety of students and individuals providing services to students is of paramount importance.  Remote learning options should be considered and adopted to the extent possible.  In certain limited circumstances where feasible and necessary, some services may be provided in person, on an individual student basis, and with guidance from the county health department recommendations.  The child’s IEP team may also consider supplementary aids and services or program modifications.

What special education and related services must be provided to students with IEPs when a school district is serving its students remotely?

When a school is serving its students remotely, the school must ensure that each student with an IEP also has equal access to the same opportunities available to all students.

What type of instruction can students expect during the period of remote learning?

Teachers will provide live group lessons in a variety of formats:  whole class, small group, and 1:1 with parent permission. Independent learning activities may also be provided.

Will students receive grades for the work they complete?

Yes, grading and progress monitoring of IEP goals will be required during the period of remote learning.  Grades will be based on assessments and activities.

How will students receive assistance and feedback if he/she has questions related to the independent assignments?

Teachers and case managers will be available for direct instruction and student/family support through specified office hours.

What if a child is unable to attend live learning sessions or complete the assignments in a timely manner?

When a student is not able to attend a live learning session and/or complete an assignment, the parent should contact the student’s teacher, social worker or case manager.

How will children receive services from the Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapists or Social Workers?

Related services such as speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy etc. via a teletherapy format video conferencing or telephone contact) to the extent possible. In certain limited circumstances where feasible and necessary, some services may be provided in person, on an individual student basis, and with guidance from the county health department recommendations.

What if families cannot access the internet from our home?

Connectivity Hubs: KCKPS recognizes that even with a hotspot some of our students may still be struggling to establish a reliable internet connection to attend class. That is why each of our schools are now “connectivity hubs.” To learn more about this program that allows students to work from the school, with a guardian present, please reach out to your school.

I’m not sure IEP services in my child’s IEP can be delivered in a remote learning environment?

A Covid-19 temporary learning plan could be implemented during the period of remote learning.  In order to add a Covid-19 temporary plan, an IEP Amendment meeting will be required.  The services can go back into effect once on-site learning is able to be resumed safely.

What if I would prefer my child to receive their services and/or instruction in the building as opposed to remotely?

Many of the services can be provided remotely exactly as they are already written in the IEP.  Many teaching and related services can be provided through video conferencing and the district’s Learning Management System (LMS) just as they would be provided onsite.  In those instances, we will strive to provide the services remotely for students in the remote learning option.  We recognize that some students may require some in person services, and that decision will be made by the IEP team on an individual basis, with guidance from the county health department, and based on the services in the IEP.  In those circumstances, a Covid-19 temporary learning plan would be needed.

What happens if a student with an IEP is participating in remote learning or hybrid learning and is not making appropriate progress in the general education curriculum or toward meeting his/her IEP goals?

In any instance when a student is not making appropriate progress, the IEP Team would need to meet and discuss what changes can be made to the services and supports to address the lack of progress.  This can be accomplished by convening an IEP Team meeting (remotely, if needed) or by the parent and school agreeing to amend the IEP without a meeting.

What if my child’s IEP comes due during the period of remote learning?

Your child's special education case manager will contact you to schedule a meeting to review your child's annual IEP on or before the annual review date.

How will IEP teams meet to conduct the IEP meeting?

IEP teams are trusted to make these decisions on an individual basis as they work with parents to determine what is best for each situation.  We strongly encourage teams to continue to meet remotely (either by phone or video conference).  You should continue to expect a Notice of Meeting and/or Prior Written Notice (PWN) if applicable for each IEP meeting.  The IEP process does not change due to this period of remote learning.

Will evaluations for special education take place during remote learning?

Students can participate in interventions in the general education classroom, teachers can refer students to the Student Improvement Team (SIT) and referrals for special education services and evaluations will continue.  Re-evaluations of a child's eligibility for services may be waived through an IEP team decision.

What personal protective equipment will be provided, and how will staff and students be protected during in-person testing?

When it is necessary for a student to meet with an evaluator in-person personal protective equipment will be provided.  This can include, but is not limited to masks, gloves, face shields, clear table top or floor dividers, sanitizing and cleaning products for cleaning and sanitizing and reusable materials or manipulatives.

Will there be transportation available to get my child to school for evaluation services?

Yes, transportation will be available to students by the school district when students must attend in-person sessions for purposes of evaluation.

What if I do not feel comfortable with sending my child to school for evaluations? Are there other options?

Some assessments and questionnaires can be completed remotely. Some parts of assessments can be done through technology. Curriculum-based assessments can also be done through technology.  If this is necessary the evaluation team will work with the student and family to ensure technology is provided or made accessible for the purpose of the evaluation. If the parents wish for in-person evaluation to occur later, they may extend the evaluation period. Alternatively, the team could use existing information to determine current needs and eligibility.

My student was getting interventions through the Student Improvement Team process. Will that continue? To what extent?

Yes, students should continue to receive and participate in interventions through the Student Improvement Team (SIT).  The Student Improvement Team will work to ensure the intervention is being provided and data is collected to monitor student progress. The Student Improvement Team should continue to meet regularly to monitor data and student progress, and share that data with parents. If data suggests the need for an evaluation, the team may refer the student for an evaluation for 504 or special education.

My student attends a private or parochial school, and usually goes to the public school for his/her special education services. Will he/she continue to receive those services?

Special education services will be provided remotely in accordance with the IEP.  The case manager will call parents to share the schedule of instruction.  Services will start upon the beginning of the school year, September 8, 2020.

Will my student continue to receive homebound services?

No services will be provided in the home. All students, including students who previously received homebound services, will be able to access their regular education and special education services through the remote learning plan.

 

Remote Learning Questions

If my child has fallen behind due to the abrupt closure of schools, will he be able to get the extra educational assistance needed to get back on track?

Content that was missed in the previous grade or course during the closure of schools will be addressed throughout the school year as the missed content supports ongoing learning.

What will remote learning look like, and how much time will be required of my child during the online activities?

KCKPS will be using Learning Management Systems (Google Classroom, SeeSaw, and/or Canvas). Teachers will post assignments, grades, and important information related to learning on the designated Learning Management System. The district follows Kansas’ guidelines of 360 minutes of remote learning. Students will NOT be required to be online for that whole time. Livestream learning will occur throughout the day with independent practice opportunities for students.

Will my child receive grades or a report card for their completed work?

Yes, student work completed during remote learning will be assigned grades. Grading policies will be consistent with Board Policy IHA. Grades and progress reports will be shared in the same manner and on the same timeline as in-person learning.

Who will be monitoring my child’s instructional progress?

Your child’s teacher will monitor your child’s instructional progress and will provide parents/guardians with progress reports.

Who will be teaching my child online? Are these certified instructors from KCKPS?

All students will be taught by KCKPS certified teachers.

Will students still be required to take any district or state assessments?

Students in remote learning will take assessments similar to in-class learning time. Students will also take all state and district tests. Kansas is requiring all districts to assess students (3rd-11th grade) on the state assessment. More information regarding how state assessments will be administered is forthcoming.

Who do families call if they have difficulty or encountered problems using the device provided to the child?

Technology support will be available. Families can contact the technology helpline by dialing 913-627-3320 between the hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Families can also receive assistance by emailing studentsupport@kckps.org.

How will my child log into their iPad?

Login information are provided by the classroom teacher.

 

Health Services Questions

When children are healthy, they can learn better.

At Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, we are committed to the health and wellness of our students and our community. School Nurses at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools support student learning by promoting health and safety at each preschool, elementary, middle and high school. School nurses function as part of the school’s multidisciplinary team to bridge the gap between health, wellness, and learning.

We have provided answers to some of the most common questions asked about the District’s plans to address the health and safety of our students and staff. KCKPS will maintain a safe and healthy school environment by following best practices and recommendations from the Wyandotte County Public Health Department.

What actions can I take at home to help prevent my family and my child from contracting COVID-19?

Coronaviruses, including COVID-19, spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughing or sneezing. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. The same good health habits that prevent other viruses like the flu also prevent the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the risk of getting sick:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a cloth face covering or a mask in public spaces to prevent the spread of droplets that carry the virus.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand), then throw tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Keep students home if they are running a temperature or they report not feeling well or appear weak or ill.
  • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has health conditions that put you at increased risk.
Will students and staff members be required to wear a face mask?

All students and staff members must wear a mask or cloth face covering while inside and in outdoor groups at all times. Masks must be worn outdoors when 6ft distance cannot be maintained. Masks may be removed temporarily while eating, drinking, and sleeping.

Does everyone have to wear a mask, or are there exceptions?

Some people are exempt from wearing masks for health, safety, or accessibility reasons. Exemptions include:

  • Those who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Children younger than five years old. Please note: the CDC recommends masks for anyone over the age of two. Children under age two should never wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation
  • People with medical conditions, mental health conditions, or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering. This includes individuals for whom a face covering would obstruct breathing, and people who are unable to remove a face covering without assistance. Contact your health care provider regarding medical exemptions. Documentation is required.
  • Those participating in solitary outdoor exercise where 6 foot social distancing can be guaranteed are exempt.
My child has a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. Will they need a doctor’s note so they do not have to wear a mask?

Speak with your child’s medical provider to determine if your child’s condition requires special precautions to attend in-person school. Your child’s school nurse will need documentation from a medical provider if accommodations are being requested.

My child has asthma. Can they wear a mask? What happens if they have an asthma attack at school?

People who have asthma can protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by wearing a mask or face covering. It is especially important to keep your child’s asthma under optimal control. Students who are experiencing acute asthma attacks should not attend school without approval by a medical provider. The school nurse must have a new Asthma Action Plan on file for 2020-2021. A new Medication Authorization and Treatment form and a new inhaler and spacer should be brought to the school nurse by appointment prior to the first day of in-person class. The use of nebulized medications should be avoided, especially in a school setting. The use of an inhaler with a spacer is the preferred method of inhaled medication delivery. Please speak with your child’s medical provider and the school nurse about your child’s asthma prior to the first day of in-person class.

Since my child is attending school remotely, do they still need their immunizations?

Yes. Please continue to focus on your child’s immunizations just as you would for in-person learning. State immunization requirements have not been waived for the 2020-2021 school year. Families are encouraged to make an appointment with their medical provider or the health department so they are compliant with state requirements by the first day of school.

Should my child get a flu shot this year?

Students should be up to date on their immunization schedule and their annual flu vaccination to prevent outbreaks of preventable contagious disease.

When in-person class resumes, will students have their temperatures taken?

Parents are advised to take their child’s temperature and observe their child for any symptoms of illness each morning. If a child has any one symptom of illness, including a temperature above 99.0F they should remain at home. Students will have a temperature screening when they enter their school and at any time when their health status may be of concern.

What are symptoms for which my child should stay home from school?

There are several symptoms and conditions that would require a child to remain home from school, which can be found in the Parent Handbook. Children exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without other obvious explanations are prohibited from coming to school, and will be sent home immediately. The current known symptoms are:

  • Fever (we will use 99.0oF as a sign of possible illness)
  • Chills or shaking
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue or extreme tiredness
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea, abdominal pain, or vomiting
  • The following symptoms are concerning for a complication of a previous exposure of infection of COVID-19 known as Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). Children with the following symptoms of PMIS should not attend school. Parents should contact their child’s doctor or primary care provider for further guidance and evaluation:
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Skin rash—diffuse, red rash that may be on the inside of the mouth, the inside of eyes, on the palms of hands, or on the soles of the feet
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Feeling extra tired
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Neck pain
What happens if my child is sick at school or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Teachers will monitor students for signs and symptoms of illness at school as they have in the past. If your child does not feel well or shows signs of illness, they will be sent to the school nurse for an assessment. If they are identified as having symptoms, you will be contacted for immediate pick-up from school. Due to the pandemic, sick children must be picked up within 45 minutes of being identified as being ill. Parents should have a back-up plan if they cannot pick up their child within 45 minutes. Your child will be placed in a separate area and will wear a mask until they are picked up. This is for the protection and health of your child and those caring for him/her. We recommend that you contact your child’s medical provider and follow their specific guidance regarding next steps.

What if my child has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting test results?

A child who is awaiting test results must be excluded from in-person school and must stay home until results are
available.

What if my child has tested positive for COVID-19?

If a student/child has tested positive for COVID-19, the parent must notify the school of the positive result and must be excluded from in-person school for 10 days since symptoms first appeared and remain fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, whichever is longer. Siblings and other household members must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days and will be excluded from in-person school.

Please note, in accordance with state and local laws and regulations, schools are required to notify the local health department immediately of any case of COVID-19. For the safety of our staff and students, if your child or another family member receives a positive COVID-19 test result, do not send them to school.

What is my child has tested negative for COVID-19?
  • If a child has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, they must complete the 14-day quarantine before they can return to school.
  • If a child has not been identified as a close contact and does not have any symptoms, they may return to school.
  • If a child has symptoms of illness, but received a negative test result, they may return when they are free of all symptoms and are fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
What if my child has symptoms of illness but does not get tested for COVID-19?

They may return when ten (10) calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and they have been fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, whichever is longer.

What if someone in our home has tested positive?

If someone in your home is confirmed as having COVID-19, household family members, including children, will be required quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact. It is important for the positive person to isolate within the home, because the 14-day quarantine period for household contacts begins once the case is released from isolation by the health department.

Please note, in accordance with state and local laws and regulations, schools are required to notify the local health department immediately of any case of COVID-19. For the safety of our staff and students, if your child or another family member receives a positive COVID-19 test result, do not send them to school.

What isolation and quarantine procedures will KCKPS follow?

KCKPS will follow quarantine and isolation guidelines as recommended by the Wyandotte County Health Department.

What happens if there is a positive case of COVID-19 in a school or district building?

If a person is identified as being positive for COVID-19, the school nurse and principal will begin contact tracing to determine if there are close contacts who need to quarantine for 14 days. Student and staff confidentiality will be protected in accordance with HIPPAA and FERPA laws. Custodial Services will be notified to perform cleaning of any exposed areas. In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, the Health Services Coordinator will notify the local health department immediately of any case of COVID-19. In all situations, the Health Services Coordinator and the Wyandotte County Health Department will be consulted as the final decision-makers regarding COVID-19 related decisions.

 

school bus

Transportation Questions

The school bus is often the student’s first point of contact in the morning and the last point of contact in the evening. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an increased awareness to cleaning and disinfecting school buses to mitigate risks for student and drivers.  School buses are considered an extension of the classroom and will be prioritized with the same expectation of cleanliness and will have practices in place to provide the safest mode of transportation for our students and staff. Drivers have the option of opening windows to increase circulation of outdoor air depending on climate and weather conditions.

Will the transportation of students look different this school year?

Yes, some bus loads will be reduced, but locations of bus stops will remain the same.

How will social distancing be enforced on the school buses?

Students will be spread out if space is available.  Strongly recommending all students wear face coverings.  Siblings are strongly encourage sit together on the same bus.

Bus drivers will be required to wear face covering.

How often will school buses be cleaned and sanitized?

Buses will be sanitized after each run and thoroughly disinfected and sanitized at the end of each day.

Do students get their temperatures taken on the bus?

No.

How will students be seated this year?

In the morning, students will load back to front (siblings will be seated together). For afternoons/evenings, students will load front to back (and siblings will be seated together).

Must masks be worn on the bus?
  • Masks must be worn at all times unless an individual students has a medical exemption.
  • Disposable masks will be available if a student doesn’t have one.

 

Nutritional Services Questions

KCKPS will continue to provide nutritional, well-balanced meals for students. Students will have the same access to variety of foods that meet the health and nutritional needs of our students.

NOTE: The move to in-person means changes to the Curbside Grab and Go Meal program. March 26th will be the final day for meal delivery, then Tuesday, March 30th will be the last day for the curbside program. Students staying remote can call their school to sign up for the Grab and Go Meal pickup by calling their home school. Pick up will happen Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm. During pickup parents/guardians are asked to park and go into the office to pick up the meals. Mask must be worn and social distancing honored.

How will meals be served in schools under COVID-19?

Students staying remote can call their school to sign up for the Grab and Go Meal pickup by calling their home school. Pick up will happen Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm. During pickup parents/guardians are asked to park and go into the office to pick up the meals. Mask must be worn and social distancing honored.

Each school will have an individual plan on how to serve meals to encourage social distancing and support student and employee safety.

Will staff be required to wear gloves and masks?

Employees will be required to wear gloves and masks at all times during food preparation and service.

Who is eligible to receive a meal?

All students are eligible to participate in meal programs. To receive free or reduced meals, households should apply either online at www.kckps.org or with a physical meal application.

Will students be required to follow social distancing protocols in the cafeteria?

Meal services will be setup to ensure student safety, employee safety and food availability. Each school will have an individual plan on how to serve meals to encourage social distancing and support student and employee safety.

Food, water bottles, cutlery, and trays/plates should not be shared.

When in-person school resumes, but I decide to opt my child out, can I still receive my child’s meal?

Students staying remote can call their school to sign up for the Grab and Go Meal pickup by calling their home school. Pick up will happen Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm. During pickup parents/guardians are asked to park and go into the office to pick up the meals. Mask must be worn and social distancing honored.

How do I enroll my child in the free and reduced lunch program?

To receive free or reduced meals, households should apply online at this site.

Where can I find a food pantry list?

If you need food assistance, call 3-1-1 or 2-1-1 to make a request. You can also obtain a list of resources for health care, food pantries, assistance and employment services at wycokck.org/COVID-19, in English and Spanish.

How will meals be served at the elementary school level?
  1. Meal choices will be limited to support speedy service and social distancing.
  2. Cafeteria tables will have shields separating students when they are eating.
  3. Lunch tables will be cleaned between meal service.
  4. District staff will serve all entrée’s, fruit and vegetables.
  5. Cafeteria tables seating will be limited to every other seat and no students will sit across from each other. 
  6. Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry and exit to the cafeteria.
  7. Students will be seated in cohorts in the lunchroom.

 

Grab & Go Meal Program

NOTE: The move to in-person means changes to the Curbside Grab and Go Meal program. March 26th will be the final day for meal delivery, then Tuesday, March 30th will be the last day for the curbside program. Students staying remote can call their school to sign up for the Grab and Go Meal pickup by calling their home school. Pick up will happen Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm. During pickup parents/guardians are asked to park and go into the office to pick up the meals. Mask must be worn and social distancing honored.

What is the Grab and Go Meal Program?

The Grab and Go Meal Program is designed to ensure students are fed during the time they will be learning remotely. Students can pick up meals four days a week at their neighboring school.

Can any student show up at a location and pick up a meal?

Students must be pre-registered in order to pick up a meal. You can do this by calling: 913-627-3900. Please have your child/children’s name, school ID number, and date of birth available when calling to register.

Does it cost money?

All grab and go meals are free to all KCKPS students between the ages of 1 and 18 years old through June 30th, 2021 or until further notice.

What days can students pick up a meal?

Pick up will happen Monday through Friday from 1pm to 2pm. During pickup parents/guardians are asked to park and go into the office to pick up the meals. Mask must be worn and social distancing honored.

What locations can students pick up their meal?

Meals will be picked up at your child's school.

What will my child be fed?

NOTE: The move to in-person means changes to the Curbside Grab and Go Meal program.

After March 31st: remote students will receive meals from their own schools, Monday - Friday.

From Now until March 30th:

Monday: Students will receive 1 breakfast and 1 lunch

Tuesday: Students will receive 2 breakfast and 2 lunches

  • This to cover no Wednesday meals

Thursday: Students will receive 1 breakfast and 1 lunch

Friday:  Students will receive 2 breakfast and 2 lunches

  • This is to cover Saturday

Examples of breakfast items include granola bar, fruit, fruit juice and milk. Examples of lunch items include sandwiches, vegetables, fruit and milk.

What if my child has a food allergy?

If your child has a food allergy please express that information when reserving your meal and pickup location.

Extracurricular Activities/Athletics Questions

football team practicing on field

Fall Sports Plans

The revised sports calendar accommodates the 2020-21 sports season under the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines outlined by KSHAA and the Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD). The dates of the Alternative Fall Schedule will:

  • Allow for a fewer number of coaches and student-athletes overlapping during sporting seasons
  • Allows for minimal interference with Spring Sports programs who have already lost a full year
  • Recommend school districts to cohort teams. The schedule allows KCKPS to complete the Fall Season prior to student-athletes who would like to participate in a Spring Sport
    • We will continue to follow masking and mitigations protocols
  • Allow KCKPS to use existing facilities while cohorting sports teams
    • Students will not be able to play on two different teams during the same season due to recommendations by the UGPHD.
  • Allows 10 days of practice before scrimmages/competition
    • Allows for more controlled scrimmages and contests due to lower numbers of students competing.
    • Opportunity to work with Fall Athletes that are not playing Winter Sports

Parents and students can contact their school’s athletic director for more information on their school's fall sport.

The KCKPS Board of Education approved a phased in approach to jump starting High School Sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The board approved the recommendation by administration to allow student athletes to begin practice on January 4, 2021 for basketball, swimming and bowling.   League games will not begin until January 18th and students competing will be required to continue learning remotely during the sports season. There will be no spectators during the games, instead the games will be live streamed.

Please remember to visit your high school athletic web pages to access information relevant to your individual school. If you can’t find the answers to your questions there, feel free to email your questions or concerns to: (link)

Rules for spectators during s=Sub State

KCKPS ALLOWS 2 SPECTATORS per PARTICIPANT when we host KSHSAA BASKETBALL SUBSTATE (week of March 3-6).

Bleachers will be marked so same family groups would be distanced from one another.

SPECTATORS will be REQUIRED TO MASK UPON ARRIVAL.

 

TIS Support

Device Questions

What do I do if my device is broken?

Hours of Operation For Chromebook / iPad Turn In & Repair:

● Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM

● Location: The North Central Office across from F.L. Schlagle entrance (follow signs to Tech Support)

Additionally, we will also provide support from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays at J.C. Harmon High School and Wyandotte High School to provide easier access to support for students and parents.

Does it cost if my device is broken or if I have lost the charger?

Fee Chart:

● iPads and Chromebooks

○ Physical damage $25

○ Missing charger $25

○ Device missing or stolen $50

● MacBook Air

○ LCD/Screen damage $50 (or 7 hours of community service)

○ Keyboard damage $40 (or 5 hours of community service)

○ Damaged/missing charger $25 (or 4 hours of community service)

○ Liquid spill, lost, stolen $150

How will I know if I qualify to receive computer technology?

All KCKPS students are eligible to receive a technological device (iPad, Chromebook, MacBook Air) to assist them with learning.

Is ID needed to obtain a laptop computer or iPad?

Students with a district ID card should bring them to their school during the time your school designates for computer technology pick up (see previous question about computer distribution schedule).  However, students with no district ID will go through a verification process by school staff to obtain their computer technology.

Are parents responsible for the computer if it gets lost or damaged?

Similar to all district equipment loan to students such as sports equipment and musical instrument, yes, with the exception of accidental damage.

We don’t have internet service at our house. What are our options?

Connectivity Hubs: KCKPS recognizes that even with a hotspot some of our students may still be struggling to establish a reliable internet connection to attend class. That is why each of our schools are now “connectivity hubs.” To learn more about this program that allows students to work from the school, with a guardian present, please reach out to your school.

When should we plan to return the computer/device?

Similar to our pickup schedule, the district will develop a schedule for returning the devices at the end of the online Continuous Learning Plan. Those plans will be announced as soon as they are available, and then communicated to families using all KCKPS communication portals.

 

Job Seeker Questions

1. I want to work for KCKPS. How will the pandemic affect your decision to hire people?

We are grateful that you are considering KCKPS as a potential employer and want you to know that, even during this unprecedented time, our focus remains on serving our students by ensuring we are fully staffed.

2. Will there still be jobs posted that I can apply for?

Yes. If you see a posting on our website, that means applications for that position are still being accepted.

3. I have completed an application for employment. What next?

Please be patient. Due to the high volume of applications we receive and the time we invest in reviewing each candidate, you will only be contacted if there are clarifying questions about your application or if you are determined to be a candidate of interest.

4. How will I know if I am a candidate of interest?

We make every effort to ensure application statuses are as up-to-date as possible. Statuses are changed in real time and email notifications go out to alert you to a change each time your application status updates. You can check the status of your application at any time from your applicant account on the KCKPS Careers site.