Careers

ReOpening of Schools Plan

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.

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KCKPS Offers Significant Incentives for Teachers

Highlights of the approved 2019-20 Negotiated Agreement:
  • All returning teachers, with available step movement, will move up a step
  • A 1% increase to base
  • Added longevity pay/annual stipend for teachers who have been continuously employed for 10 years or more with KCKPS
  • Improvements to the salary schedule to make it more competitive for career teachers
  • Special Education teachers will receive a 2% stipend above the regular salary schedule

2020-21 Calendar and Reporting Dates for Employees