Tuesday, September 8 is the First Day of School

2020-2021
Frequently Asked Questions

When does school start?

 A: The Kansas City, Kansas School Board voted to start the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, September 8th. The first 9 weeks of learning will be done remotely, with the goal of moving to in-person learning in the second quarter.

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

 

Enrollment Questions – Early Childhood

Will Preschool Enrollment continue for the current 2019-2020 school year?

Yes, you can call 913-627-5257 to schedule a virtual appointment.  Appointments will be done over the phone or by a virtual platform such as Skype or FaceTime. 

Will Preschool Enrollment continue for next year, the 2020-2021 school year?

Yes, any enrollment appointments already scheduled will be done virtually beginning Monday, March 30th.  Appointments will be done over the phone or by a virtual platform such as Skype or FaceTime. An Early Childhood staff person will be in contact with you about your upcoming appointment sometime this week.  If you need to schedule an appointment for the 2020-2021 school year, you can call 913-627-5257 to schedule a virtual appointment. 

Will Preschool Re-Enrollment continue?

Yes, a Family Service Worker or other Early Childhood staff person will be in contact with you if you still need to re-enroll for the 2020-2021 school year. Re-enrollment will be done over the phone or by a virtual platform such as Skype or FaceTime. 

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

Family Service Workers began contacting families on their caseload today (March 23, 2020).  All families will be contacted by the end of the week.

Instruction Questions

KCKPS is committed to ensuring that all students receive the quality of instruction whether it is online or in-person. The district established a Reopening of Schools Task to developed a risk mitigation plan that addresses concerns and strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions related to guidance for remote learning and for when students return to in-person schooling.

Remote Learning Questions

When does school officially start for KCKPS students?

Board of Education voted to delay the previously scheduled start date of August 12th to after the Labor Day holiday, September 8th.

Will we begin the school year in the classroom or will students be expected to continue to learn online?

The Board of Education vote to begin the first nine-weeks of school online for all students. This means no in-person classes. The Board will make a decision on how the remainder of the quarter will look like after evaluating the current status of the pandemic.

Since school will begin remotely (online), does my child still need to have their vaccinations and immunizations updated?

Yes, in order to begin online learning at KCKPS all students have to be up to date on their immunization and vaccinations. If your child is a current student and is not up to date you will more than likely receive a letter from the district reminding you that the information will be needed before September 8th.

Will there be a new curriculum and instruction this year for my child?

There are newly adopted curriculum resources for some grade levels and courses.  We will continue to use the District’s guaranteed and viable curriculum that is in place to guide teacher planning and instruction.

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.

I have been hearing about remote (online) learning. Where can I find additional information about the remote learning activities for my child?

The Board of Education voted to begin the first nine-weeks of school remotely (online) for all students. This means no in-person classes. The Board will make a decision on how the remainder of the semester will reconvene after evaluating the current status of the pandemic. A KCKPS Remote Learning Quick Guide for Families was developed to help understand Remote Learning in KCKPS. Please use this link to access that document.

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

KCKPS will be using the Canvas Learning Management. Teachers will post assignments, grades, and important information related to learning on Canvas. Teachers may also use SeeSaw as a means to communicate with students and parents and well as a variety of Google tools. 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.

How will my child be able to participate in the remote learning (online) activities if we don’t have a computer or internet access?

All students will be issued a device to take home to engage in remote learning during the closure. New students to KCKPS and Kindergarteners will be issued device during technology and material deployment at their school. Current students of KCKPS who did not pick up a device in the spring, but would like one now can call the KCKPS Call Center at 913-627-2455 so that an appointment can be made with the home school to pick up a device. Early Childhood iPads will be deployed prior to the first day of school in order to complete virtual home visits with families.

The KCKPS Technology Information Services (TIS) team is working to obtain wireless internet hotspots for families to checkout during the closure. If a family does not have home internet, please contact the KCKPS Call Center at 913-627-2455 for help.  iPads provided for EC students include cellular service plan as well as hotspot capabilities for other devices.

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.

In Person Instruction Questions

Will students and teachers be required to wear masks?

All students K-12 will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask. The CDC says Data suggests that younger children are less likely to spread the virus. Teachers, school staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask inside any of the school buildings.

On July 15, 2020, The Wyandotte County Public Health Department issued an order mandating that  masks be worn in public and in buildings. Masks should be worn at all times except for the following exemptions:

  • Those who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Children younger than five years old; and
  • Children who are younger than two years old should never wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation.
  • Children who are two, three, or four years old, with the assistance and close supervision of an adult, are strongly
    recommended to wear a face covering at all times in settings, like grocery stores or pharmacies, where it is likely that a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained from non-household members and vulnerable people must go.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes, but is not limited to, persons with a medical condition for who wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
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.

Will there be a new curriculum and instruction this year for my child?

There are new adopted curriculum resources.  We will continue with the guaranteed and viable curriculum that has been in place to guide teacher planning and instruction.

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

Parents will have the option to opt out and continue the Continuous Learning Plan, if approved by the Board of
Education

Will my child be penalized if I elect to keep my child at home during the pandemic?

No, students and parents will not be penalized for approving one option over the other. It is important parents make sure their child are following all the academic requirements and procedures necessary to ensure their child’s work is completed and recorded.

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

If online learning is implemented, we will continue to use the online learning platforms used in the spring (Seesaw and Google Classroom). The district will follow KSDE guidelines on the amount of time required for online learning.

Communication will be posted and sent to parents when that information is released by the state in July.

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.

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.

Early Childhood Questions

How do I enroll my child in preschool for the 2020-2021 school year?

Please call 913.627.5257. You can also contact us through our email address at kck.preschool@kckps.org.

Will preschool continue for the 2020-2021 School year if in-person school does not resume?

Yes, Early Childhood classes will resume in the event in-person school does not resume.

What are the requirements to enroll my child in preschool?

The following documents are REQUIRED to enroll your child:

  • State Issued Birth Certificate or I-94
  • Proof of Address (any current mail in parents name in the last 30 days’ not junk mail, Valid Driver’s License, or lease)
  • Proof of Income (12 months’ worth for any parents living in the home)
  • Physical (must be within the last year) which must include hemoglobin and lead numeric test results
  • Immunizations
  • Dental exam (must be within last year)
If in person school does resume, what steps are the schools are taking to keep my child healthy and safe?

KCKPS is following guidance and recommendations from both the CDC and the Wyandotte County Department of Health.  Social distancing will be achieved as best as possible.

If a child or teacher tests positive for COVID, does the entire class quarantine for two weeks? Will other teachers as well that have come into contact have to quarantine for two weeks?

If we have a student or teacher test positive, we will follow the Wyandotte County Health Department contact tracing guidelines.  Individuals who have had close contact with them in the 48 hours prior to symptom-onset or the date of the positive test will be directed to quarantine for 14 days, monitor their health, consider testing 5-7 days after exposure, and contact their health care provider for additional guidance. The identity of the positive individual will be kept confidential.

If I opt-out of sending my child to school, what will their virtual learning experience look like?

If a child does not attend school, virtual learning will be similar to that this past April and May using SeeSaw or another learning platform.

If I decide to opt-out of sending my child to school, how do I know my child is getting the same one on one interaction with their teacher as those physically present?

The amount of direct instruction for online learning will be based on guidance from KSDE.  There will be less one-on-one interaction than in a traditional classroom setting.

If I decide to opt-out of sending my child to school, how do I know my child is getting the same one on one interaction with their teacher as those physically present? 

The amount of direct instruction for online learning will be based on guidance from KSDE.  There will be less one-on-one interaction than in a traditional classroom setting.

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

Family service workers will be in contact with families in the first few weeks of August.

Daycare: Can I still apply for a childcare permit?

The application period has been extended due to the change in the start of the 2020-21 school year. You can find the permit request on our district website at www.kckps.org under the enrollment tab. The link will close towards the end of August

Elementary Questions

If in person school resumes, will my child be required to wear a mask?

Wearing masks will be strongly encouraged.

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

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

If in person school does resume, what steps are the schools taking to keep my child healthy and safe?

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

If the school district decides to send the students back to school physically, do I have the option to opt-out and continue the virtual learning platform?

Yes, once plan is approved by the board.

Students are experiencing the pandemic in different was 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.

High School/Middle School Questions

When the new school year begins, what should I expect?

The Board of Education voted to begin the first 9-weeks of school online following the Labor Day holiday. The Board will decide on how to resume the remainder of the school whether online or in-person after evaluating the status of the pandemic and with guidance from the local Wyandotte County Health Department.

If in-person school does resume, what steps are the schools taking to keep my child healthy and safe?

Please refer to the guidance that is being provided by operations and our district health coordinator; we will follow CDC guidelines.  Upon principals returning on July 13th, more detailed plans will be made.

If the school district decides to send the students back to school physically, do I have the option to opt-out and continue the virtual learning platform?

That depends on what decision is made by the Board.  The assumption is yes.

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.

If online learning is continued, what changes will be made to the continuous learning plan?

Curriculum and Instruction are working on revising the plan as we speak.

Students are experiencing the pandemic in different was 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?

The Student Services team has a CARE Line number at 913-954-0219 that provides support for students and staff who made need help during the pandemic, civil unrest and behavioral health support for depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.

Extracurricular Activities/Athletics Questions

We are fortunate that KSHSAA (Kansas High School Activities Association) provides guidelines for all of our schools for modifications to workouts/practices/competition that meet the health standards of the CDC and KDHE.  In addition, we will follow all local Health Department guidelines.

If in person school resumes, will all sports and extracurricular activities be available to my student?

At this time KSHSAA is planning on returning back to full competition in all sports. They will provide us with restrictions and modifications in August.  We will post that information when we receive it on the HS Athletic websites listed below.

To find the most current restrictions and guidelines for Athletics go to the following HS Athletic Webpage links.

If these activities and athletics resume, how will social distancing be enforced?
  • Athletics is currently using distancing practices and screening at daily check ins with our student athletes who are participating in Summer Workouts at each of our High Schools. We will continue these practices when we start practices in the Fall.
  • KSHSAA (Kansas High School Activities Association) provides guidelines for all of our schools for modifications to workouts/practices/competition that meets the health standards of the CDC and KDHE. In addition, we will follow all local Health Department guidelines.
  • To find the most current restrictions and guidelines for Athletics go to the following HS Athletic Webpage links.

Special Education Questions

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?

At this time the district is working to provide options for internet connectivity to include hot spots and/or places with a secured connection.

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.

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.

What number do I call for questions?
How will meals be served in schools under COVID-19?

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.

If in-person school does not resume, will the meal pickup continue?

Meal service options will be based on state and local health department guidance. Updated information will be shared with households through social media and the district website.

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

There will be options to receive meals if students opt out of in person school. Updates on food services will be shared through social media and the district website.

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

To receive free or reduced meals, households should apply either online at www.kckps.org or with a physical meal application.

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.

Grab & Go Meal Program – Starts September 9th

What is the Grab and Go Meal Program?

KCKPS is excited to announce starting on Monday, August 31st parents can begin pre-registering for the districts Grab and Go Meal Program. The program is designed to ensure students are fed during the time they will be learning remotely. The Grab and Go Meal Program will begin on Wednesday September 9th.

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 starting on September 9th through December 31st or until further notice.

What days can students pick up a meal?

Meal distribution will take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am until 2pm.

What locations can students pick up their meal?

High Schools

Harmon
Schlagle
Washington

Middle Schools

Carl Bruce
Central
Eisenhower
Gloria Willis
Rosedale

Early Childhood Centers

KCKECC
Morse

Alternative Schools

Bridges

Elementary Schools

Banneker
Caruthers
Claude Huyck
Douglass
Emerson
Frances Willard
Frank Rushton
Hazel Grove
John Fiske
Lowell Brune
ME Pearson
Mark Twain
McKinley
New Chelsea
Quindaro
Silver City
Stony Point South
Stony Point North
TA Edison
Welborn

What will my child be fed?

Monday:  two lunches and two breakfasts plus milk and juice.

Wednesday:  two lunches and two breakfasts plus milk and juice

Friday: two lunches and two breakfasts plus milk and juice.

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.

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.

During dismissal, schools will provide physical guides, such as signs and tape to ensure that students and school staff remain at least 6-feet apart while waiting for transportation.

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.

Employee Questions

We recognize that many KCKPS staff feel anxious about safety measures while interacting in public settings during this health pandemic. These concerns are understandable, and a primary reason why we established a COVID-19 Re-entry Task Force to ensure a healthy and safe conscious-working environment as we prepare to return to the buildings.

Below are some FAQs and answers to that you may have when returning to in-person instruction.

How does the district plan to screen and monitor the health of students and staff?

Staff and students will be screened prior to entering the main hallways of the school building. If possible, parents/caregivers and students, should perform daily screening, which should include a general assessment of symptoms and exposure to individuals with known or suspected COVID-19.

Will there be additional precautionary measures put in place to protect staff who may have medical conditions that make them more susceptible to severe COVID-19 illness?
  • Providing additional or enhanced personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves or other protective equipment
  • Taking additional or enhanced protective measures, such as erecting physical barriers or increasing space between employees
  • Temporarily modifying work schedules to reduce contact with coworkers, or relocating the employee’s personal workspace to increase social distancing.
  • Changing the location where work is performed which may include remote work as a reasonable accommodation
Will teachers with asthma be able to return to classrooms in the fall?
  • Providing additional or enhanced personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves or other protective equipment
  • Taking additional or enhanced protective measures, such as erecting physical barriers or increasing space between employees
  • Temporarily modifying work schedules to reduce contact with coworkers, or relocating the employee’s personal workspace to increase social distancing.
  • Changing the location where work is performed which may include remote work as a reasonable accommodation
How often will custodial works be required to clean classrooms and work stations?

Our cleaning service will continue to clean work surfaces, doorknobs, light switches and common areas with disinfectant.

Will the district require teachers and other employees to wear masks?

Protective masks are required when an employee is in an area other than their designated workspace or if they are working within 6 ft. of others. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face cover, please contact HR at: ContactHR@kckps.org

Will the district provide masks or will employees be responsible to supply their own masks?

Employees may wear their personal mask, but masks will be provided in front entryways of every building.

Will hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies be available for teachers and employees?

Sanitization stations will be set up at all entry doors, bathrooms and break rooms

What will my job look like?

Once the district provides a return schedule, your supervisor will be in touch with you.

Do I need to update my CIS, or have my supervisor update CIS, to ensure I’m paid?

Starting July 10th, employees & supervisors will be required to approve their time in CIS.

If I am a CIS user who is working (whether physically reporting or working remotely) how can I be sure I’m accurately logging my time?

Please make sure that you clock in and out for your required shift hours.  Make sure that prior to confirming your hours for the week that all time you worked for the week is logged accurately.

What does this mean for me for the rest of the year?

The district is currently working on various plans and scenarios to ensure that staff will have the resources and support needed for the school year.

When the district announces the plan for next steps, how will I know?

Your supervisor will keep you up to date with any information regarding next steps.  You may also receive communication directly from the Central Office regarding any updates.

I have FMLA or ADA questions that I will need support with. Who should I contact?

We ask that you please send any requests for information or any questions to HRleave@kckps.org. Please include your name, employee ID, and a detailed description of your questions or needs. Emails are answered in the order received.

I have a return to work release from my physician that I was instructed to hand deliver to HR. Can I get in to Central Office?

At this time, Central Office is closed to the public. As an interim measure to ensure these notices can still be submitted by staff in a timely manner, you may email your KCKPS Return to Work Release Form to HRleave@kckps.org. Emails are answered in the order received.

I am in need employment verification. What should I do?

All requests for employment verification should be sent directly to verifications@kckps.org.  At this time, no verbal or faxed verifications can be processed.

If I have specific benefits questions, who should I contact?

Benefits questions are best answered by the carriers individually. To support that communication, if necessary, you’ll find the contact information below:

Carrier Name

Product

Phone Number

Group Number

Website

Blue Cross /
Blue Shield

Medical

866-811-4589

32076000

bluekc.com

Guardian Dental

Dental

800-541-7846

#G-00436824

guardiananytime.com

Superior Vision

Vision

800-507-3800

#28777

www.superiorvision.com

CBIZ

Flex Spending

Accounts

800-815-3023

n/a

www.myplans.cbiz.com

UMB Bank

Health Savings Account

866-520-4472

n/a

www.hsa.umb.com

Guardian

Voluntary Life
Short Term Disability

800-268-2525
800-525-4542

#00541511 #000541511

guardiananytime.com

Prosperity

Accident and Cancer

844-801-6238

#10029

www.prosperitylife.com

Reliance Standard

Critical Illness
Hospital
Indemnity

800-351-7500

VCI802105

VHI000346

www.reliancestandard.com

email:
customer.service@rsli.com

Info Armor

Identity Theft

877-523-0176

#650

www.benefits-direct.com

Met Law

Legal Plan

800-821-6400

#094-0061

www.legalplans.com

Transamerica

Universal Life and Long Term Care

800-251-7254

#000042803

www.transamerica.com

email:

tii.customerservice@transamerica.com

Valic

403B and 457 Plans

913-638-5345 or

913-222-4268

n/a

jay.simpson@valic.com

or

renea.simpson@valic.com

KPERS

Retirement

888-275-5737

n/a

www.kpers.org

CBIZ

COBRA
Coverage

800-815-3023

n/a

n/a

I have benefits questions that are specific to my situation or questions that were otherwise not answered by the question above. What should I do?

You should direct benefits related questions to benefits@kckps.org. Email will be answered in the order received.

This pandemic situation has me very worried. Are there resources for support?

Yes. KCKPS offers multiple solutions to support employees in managing concerns of this nature. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free resource for staff to speak confidentially with a provider and more information can be found on the New Directions Website. Similar to a “teledoc” or “telemedicine” service, the Blue KC Virtual Care program is a resource for staff to speak confidentially with a virtual care provider. In some cases, a co-pay* for services rendered is assessed. More information can be found on the Blue KC Virtual Care Flyer.

I’m not feeling well, but can’t get into my primary care doctor. Are there resources for support?

Yes. KCKPS partners with the Blue KC Virtual Care program as a resource for staff to speak confidentially with a virtual care provider from anywhere they have internet access. In some cases, a co-pay* for services rendered is assessed. More information can be found on the Blue KC Virtual Care Flyer.

Is there an easy way for me to access support services from my cell phone?

Yes. From the app store of your mobile device, you can search for “New Directions EAP” to access free services of The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and you can search for “Blue KC Virtual Care” to access a virtual care provider. Due to recent events, Blue KC Virtual Care is temporarily waiving co-pays for this service.

I am immunocompromised and have been advised by a healthcare provider that I should not physically report to work during the shelter in place order as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. What should I do?

Employees should contact HR via email at HRleave@kckps.org to discuss leave options.

If I am sick, or caring for a family member who is sick, due to a pandemic illness (such as COVID-19/Coronavirus) how will my leave work?
  • Non-Pandemic Related Illness
    If an employee becomes ill, or is caring for an immediate family member who is ill, with documented symptoms or a condition unrelated to a pandemic illness, board policy GARH applies.
  • Symptoms of Pandemic Illness or Diagnosed Pandemic Illness or Exposure – Self Quarantine &
    Mandatory Quarantine
    If an employee has recently traveled to a compromised region, if the employee becomes ill, or is caring for an immediate family member who is ill, with documented symptoms of a pandemic illness, the employee shall be granted paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Act. Following that time period, if an employee is unable to return to duty or feels they should self-quarantine due to exposure, any subsequent leave will be charged to the employee’s available accrued compensatory time, or available vacation, personal or disability leave. You can fill out the Emergency Paid Leave Request Form here: https://tinyurl.com/emergencypaidleavekckps
  • Please contact the HR Leave Team at HRLeave@kckps.org for more details.
If I am absent due to self-quarantine, or mandated quarantine, but I have leave available do I have to exhaust that time first?

No, an employee is eligible for emergency paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Act. If this leave is exhausted or subsequent leave is needed, employee’s accrued time may be charged.

Can I share details of my situation with HR and be given direction on whether or not to quarantine?

No. Employees should seek the guidance of a health care provider and take whatever action they feel is necessary based on that guidance.

Will I have to provide a doctor’s note to certify absences?

If you are absent due to a pandemic illness or exposure, we are being flexible regarding the requirement to provide doctor’s notes due to the visit demands on our healthcare partners at this time. However, you may still be required to provide one. For all other absences unrelated to a pandemic illness, doctor’s notes may be required.

I’ve been notified by a health department that I am at risk of exposure. What do I do?

We ask that staff immediately take all precautionary measures as advised by health department and inform the district by completing the COVID-19 Form on Staff Links.

I have questions that were not answered by any of the FAQ items listed above. What should I do?

Employees can email contactHR@kckps.org with questions and a member of our team will ensure your question is routed to the appropriate person. Staff may also call the main HR line at 913-279-2262 for telephone-based assistance beginning March 30, 2020. While we welcome calls from our colleagues and look forward to supporting you during this time of transition, please note that questions received by phone which are already addressed in this FAQ will be answered with the FAQ information listed above.

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 99.0o F 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.

Family Advocacy – Frequently Asked Questions

What are Family Advocacy Days about?

In KCKPS, we believe that a parent guardian is the student’s first teacher and that positive relationships between families, teachers, and students will help students be successful. So, we have created the Family Advocacy System to build a home-school connection. As part of the Family Advocacy System, KCKPS holds Family Advocacy Days. These days are dedicated to ensuring the important adults in a student’s life have ongoing contact with one another, communicating about the student’s academic and personal needs.  Due to schools starting with Remote Learning, it is even more crucial that we provide time for our staff, students, and their families to prepare for what learning will look like for our students. Therefore, we have added a full week at the beginning of this school year to allow our families and teachers to work together to start the year off strong.

What should parents expect over the next few days and next week?

In the coming days, your child's school should be contacting you about their plans for instructional material distribution and Family Advocacy Days.  The district will be providing your students with classroom supplies such as notebooks, pencils, pens, highlighters, and a variety of other supplies to support families with remote learning.  Your child's school will also be distributing your child's instructional materials such as textbooks, workbooks, art supplies, musical instruments, and any other instructional materials that will assist students with learning.  Finally, each building will share its technology device distribution plan for students who do not already have a device.

Will my child get to meet their teacher during Family Advocacy?

Next week during Family Advocacy, you and your child will have an opportunity to attend virtual open houses and meet with your child's teacher or teachers virtually.  During that time, teachers will share information with families about your child's schedule, expectations for their classes, and other important information about remote learning.  Families will also have an opportunity to ask the teachers or principals questions they have.

What else should a parent prepare for this week?—do they need to bring a bag to take supplies home? Do they need to bring an ID to pick up kids iPad/Chromebook etc?

Parent guardians with students returning to the district will need to come to the school where the student is enrolled. Students who were enrolled in the district last year do notneed to re enroll.  For students new to the district, please make sure you have completed enrollment online to ensure that the students are on the school rosters. Schools will have the supplies and materials ready to be picked up for those students who are enrolled. It is also very important to complete the lunch application form, whether you need assistance with lunch or not, since that is how the district receives funding to benefit all students with a meal plan. If you need assistance completing the lunch application, please contact your school’s principal.

Device Questions

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What do I do if my device is broken?

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

● Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

● Location: North Central Office Parking Lot across from F.L. Schlagle entrance

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 through KCKPS’ new Continuous Learning Plan.

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, students,  yes, with the exception of accidental damage.

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

The district is working to purchase additional hotspots for students who do not currently have internet in their home. The goal is for the district to distribute the hotspots when students pick up technology and school supplies.

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.