COVID-19-Related Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant amount of action has been taken to curb the spread of the virus. This has brought up a number of questions for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, from long-distance learning to enrollment for the next year, as well as many other concerns. Here you will find a collection of frequently asked questions on a number of topics, divided by subject matter.

Check back often, as more frequently asked questions will be posted, along with up-to-date answers.

Continuous Learning – Frequently Asked Questions
Curbside Meal Questions

Device Questions
Employee Questions
Enrollment Questions – Early Childhood
High School Students’ Questions

Job Seeker Questions

 

Continuous Learning-Frequently Asked Questions

What ways will my child learn through this new Continuous Learning Plan (CLP)?

The goal of the Continuous Learning Plan in KCKPS is to ensure that students stay connected and on track with their learning. To achieve this type of instruction beyond the classroom, our CLP will occur in two ways: online and packets. Online learning is a primary part of how we will ensure continuous learning.  Another part will be  learning packets that will be distributed the week of April 6th for families who do not have reliable internet access.

When will KCKPS officially start Continuous Learning for my child?

Continuous Learning in our new online format will begin Monday, April 6th. School administrators and teachers will provide specific instructions as to how learners will interact with these sources. Learning packets will be districted the week of April 6th for families who do not have reliable internet access. A distribution plan for obtaining those packets will be provided very soon.

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

Students will be using online learning platforms, such as Seesaw and Google Classroom, to interact with their teacher. The following are the recommended time frames that students should be engaged in learning, which includes both online and offline learning:

    • Early Childhood - Total of 30 minutes a day (5 min increments)
    • K-2nd - Total of 60 minutes a day (10-15 min increments)
    • 3rd-5th - Total of 60-90 minutes a day (10-15 min increments)
    • 6th-12th - Total up to 3 hours per day (30 min per day per teacher)
I have been hearing about online learning options for my child. Where can I find additional information about the learning activities for my child?

The district has added a webpage for parental guardians to access online learning activities for their child. Please visit www.kckps.org and click on the Continuous Learning Resources.  There are resources available for Early Childhood-12th Grade students.  Teachers will also be sharing online learning activities for their students using the following platforms: Seesaw or Google Classroom.

Will parents be required to have training to ensure their child is following the activity plan?

The district will provide short training tutorials for parents on how students will be using Seesaw and Google Classroom. Parents will not need to be experts at using any of these platforms. These tutorials will be placed on the district webpage kckps.org.

Am I expected to teach my child outside of the classroom?

No, parents are not expected to be the “teacher” during this closure. Parents are encouraged to support their children with accessing learning activities.

Will I have to pay for the online activities?

No, the online activities that the district will provide are free. 

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

Learning packets will be distributed the week of April 6th for families who do not have reliable internet access. We will continue to update this FAQ document with more information about the distribution of learning packets. Please stay tuned.

Will my child be penalized if they do not participate in continuous learning during this closure?

Learning packets will be distributed the week of April 6th for families who do not have reliable internet access. We will continue to update this FAQ document with more information about the distribution of learning packets. Please stay tuned.

What does pass/fail mean to high school students?

COVID-19 has changed so much of our day-to-day lives. The same goes for USD 500, as we transition from learning in traditional buildings education system to an online hub for students to continue their education. The decisions that school board members made at the Tuesday, March 31 meeting will greatly impact our high school students, particularly in terms of GPAs and grading.

Freezing GPAs

KCKPS recognizes that some students intended to work harder and more productively during the 4th grading quarter to earn better grades and to increase their GPA. We applaud these efforts and encourage all students to continue improving the factors that contribute to their success. The School Board made the tough decision to freeze student GPA’s for the 4th quarter and move to a pass/fail option as a way to provide greater flexibility during this COVID-19 crisis and to mitigate the stress that many students and teachers may experience in the new virtual learning format.

Students taking college-level courses for dual credit are expected to continue with their coursework through the college, as these grades earned will be calculated into their college GPA and a part of their official college transcripts. Students will still earn high school credit for these courses, but the grades they earn will not affect their GPA.

It is imperative that students complete all coursework assigned to them during the remaining weeks in the school year. Assignments must be submitted and meet achievement standards to earn a “P” for passing the quarter and the school year. Students who earned an F in the 3rd quarter have an opportunity to receive a “P” for passing a course where they demonstrate the ability to submit assignments that reflect high quality achievement of the standards and goals for their respective classes. Some students may view the GPA freeze as an opportunity to slack off for the final weeks of this 4th quarter; however, completion of courses is a prerequisite for receiving a “P” on their transcripts. In many instances, colleges and potential employees are interested in students who demonstrate a strong work ethic and rely on internal motivators for success. The emphasis on completing high quality work during the GPA freeze is a sure way to demonstrate that competency and skill.

High School Principals are working together with teachers in core classes: English 4, Math, and American Government to make sure the assignments required during this final quarter will follow a similar model. The expectation from all high schools—turn in your work, whether that is online or in the form of a paper packet.

Number of Required Credits for Graduating Seniors Reduced

The KCKPS School Board approved a decision to follow the Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) minimum requirement of 21 credits needed to graduate, instead of the mandatory 25 credits required by KCKPS.

Seniors who already have obtained the required 21 credits should verify with their high school counselors that those credits come from prescribed courses required by the state or, where applicable, to learn about credit recovery options that may be available for students who fall short of meeting the requirements.  KCKPS expects ALL students to continue their learning by participating in the online format or course packets as they would in their schools.  Contact your high school counselor or principal to verify your credits and to learn about credit recovery.

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

Work completed during this mandated statewide school closure shall not negatively impact a student’s grades or otherwise impact a student’s academic standing. For middle and high school students, schools will allow students to submit work during the closure which will count only as a positive impact on a student’s passing of a course.

Who will be monitoring my child’s instructional progress?

Elementary students participating in online learning will receive online feedback about their progress on submitted work.

Middle and High school students participating in online learning and submitting assignments/activities to their teacher will receive online feedback as to the progress of their work towards completion of the course.

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

Your child’s teacher will be providing the online learning.

Will students still be required to take any state assessments?

No, the Kansas Department of Education has suspended all state assessments. 

Who do I call if we have difficulty or encountered problems using the device provided to my child?

You can contact the technology helpline for students and parents by dialing, 913-627-3320 between the hours of 8:00am - 5:00pm. You can also receive assistance by emailing student.support@kckps.org

How will my child log into their iPad?

Log in information will be shared at the time devices are received.

Curbside Meal Questions

Starting on Monday, April 6th, KCKPS will allow parents to pick up curbside meals WITHOUT a child in the car. In order to take part in this service, you will need to call and notify a KCKPS representative of the time and location you plan to pick up your meal. Adults are asked to place their order at least the day before pickup. Additional information will be asked during that call.

What is the number?

913-279-2191

For the hearing impaired, this online form can be filled out, and goes directly to Nutritional Services.

KCKPS families can start using the number on Wednesday, April 1st to reserve a meal/meals without a child present. Remember the service starts on April 6th.

What if I don’t call ahead, can I still pick up a meal?

Yes, our sites will still be open to KCKPS students 18 and younger. Adults will need to have their children present if they do not call ahead.

Who is eligible to receive a meal?

All children from the age 1 to 18.

Where are meals being distributed for students?

Currently meals are available for pick-up between the hours of 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the following six locations:

  • Arrowhead Middle School- 1715 N. 82ndStreet
  • Wyandotte High School- 2501 Minnesota Avenue
  • Schlagle High School – 2214 N. 59thStreet
  • JC Harmon- 2400 Steele Road
  • Rosedale Middle School – 3600 Springfield Street
  • Banneker Elementary School – 2026 N. 4th Street

Download the Meal Location Maps here.

When are meals being distributed?

Meals are available for pick up Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Both lunch and breakfast will be served.

What is the menu for meals served for breakfast and lunch?

Breakfast will include a breakfast bar, juice and milk.
Lunch will include items such as deli sandwiches, fruit cups, veggies and milk.

How are families able to get a meal who do not have transportation?

We are always reviewing alternative options to providing our students easier access to receive meals. However, due to the local and state orders listed below, we are limited on our options to disseminate food.

  • Stay-at-Home order in effect until Thursday, April 23, 2020
  • No public gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Social distancing protocol

Due to the orders listed above, we are not allowed to deliver meals.

Why hasn’t KCKPS considered a bus stop delivery service to students?

Due to the size of our school district and the participated number of students and families gathering at each stop we could potentially violate the local Stay-at-Home order which prevents large gatherings of more than 10 people.

Why can’t we allow groups to pick-up meals for students who don’t have transportation or live too far to walk to a meal pick up location?

Due to regulations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), meals can only be distributed to a child between the ages of 1 to 18. Every child receiving the meal must be present at the time of distribution.

Where can I find a food pantry list?

 

Device Questions

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. 

When can I expect to get computers/technology?

Each school is creating a schedule to distribute technology to students between Monday, March 30 and Saturday, April 4, 2020.  This schedule will be posted on the KCKPS website as soon as details as finalized.  We encourage families to incorporate social distancing protocols when picking up technology to ensure that our students, parents and staff remain safe.

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’s priority is to provide a computing device for every student.  We are partnering with internet service providers to ensure that families without Internet access in their homes will be able to have this service during this Continuous Learning Plan format. 

Learning packets will be distributed for Early Childhood through Eighth Grade the week of April 6th for families who do not have reliable internet access. Contact your school principal if you would like more information on how to make arrangements to receive a packet to use at home.

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.

 

Employee Questions

1. How long is the stay at home order in effect in Wyandotte County?

Gov. Laura Kelly has extended the stay at home order for Kansas to May 3 at midnight. The previous order was expected to expire on Sunday, April 19 but new data showed the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state is not expected to peak until between April 19 and April 30. When asked when she thought Kansas would return to normal, the governor said the state is working hard to figure out how to re-open safely and effectively.

2. What does this mean for the rest of the year?

In the coming days, information about continuous learning for students and continuation of work for staff for the remainder of their duty days will be released. We thank you in advance for understanding that the preparation and execution of these plans takes time in order to be effective.

3. The Governor said schools will be closed but KCKPS said district facilities will be closed. What’s the difference?

While our physical school buildings will be closed in accordance with Governor Kelly’s mandate, that does not mean that our work of educating and providing care for our students stops. Staff can expect more information about alternative work arrangements from their supervisors in the days ahead.

4. I am a certified staff member of any type employed on a teacher’s contract. Will I be paid during this facilities closure?

Certified, contracted staff who were regularly scheduled to be on duty through the end of the school year will be paid on our regular pay cycle.

5. I am an administrator or coordinator on an administrator’s contract. Will I be paid during this facilities closure?

Contracted administrators who were regularly scheduled to be on duty through the end of the school year will be paid on our regular pay cycle.

6. I am a classified staff member who had a permanent work assignment. Will I be paid during this facilities closure?

Classified staff who had a permanent work assignment and were scheduled to be on duty through the end of the school year will be paid and should expect their regular pay cycle to continue. This applies to staff who are full-time and part-time, whether they are paid hourly or salary.

7. I am a substitute staff member who was working in a continuous, long-term assignment as of March 12, 2020. Will I be paid during this facilities closure?

Substitute staff of any category (teachers, paras, teacher assistants or secretaries) who were serving in a long-term assignment on March 12, 2020 and were scheduled to resume work in that same assignment on March 23, 2020 will be paid for any duty days worked prior to March 16, 2020 on the March 31, 2020 payroll.

In addition, these substitutes will continue to be paid in alignment with payroll timelines for the duty days they were scheduled to work in that same assignment through the end of the school year. Identified staff will be contacted via phone and/or email by a member of the Substitute Staffing Team to discuss more information in detail.

8. I am a substitute staff member who was not serving in a continuous, long-term assignment as of March 12, 2020. Will I be paid during this facilities closure?

Substitute staff of any category (teachers, paras, teacher assistants or secretaries) who were not serving in a long-term assignment will be paid for any duty days worked prior to March 16, 2020 on the March 31, 2020 payroll but will not be paid for any duty days forward.

 

We value our substitute staff, and the dedication you’ve shown to our students and school community. As we are working through our continuous learning plan, there will be many factors to consider. Once our plan is finalized, we may find that substitute services will still be required and we will notify substitutes of opportunities for continued employment as they arise. 

9. I was scheduled to work an assignment that was considered supplemental pay. Will I still get that payment?

Yes. For staff who were scheduled to work a supplemental activity through the end of the school year, including but not limited to those listed in the teacher’s negotiated agreement (i.e.- coaching, activities, sponsorships, tutoring, etc.), the regularly scheduled pay cycle will continue. If you have specific questions about your assignment, please direct those to your immediate supervisor or athletic director.

10. What will my job look like?

As we work through the continuous learning plan, you can expect more information about alternative work arrangements from your supervisor in the days ahead. We thank you in advance for understanding that the preparation and execution of these plans for 4000+ employees takes time in order to be effective.

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

No, there is no additional action in CIS at this time that you or your supervisor needs to take to ensure you are paid for time you were regularly scheduled to work.

12. 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?

As noted in the CIS Update email from Payroll, staff who are working in any capacity should be logging their time in CIS to ensure compliance with FLSA.  To facilitate staff being able to accurately record their time and avoid corrective action, supervisors will make every effort to ensure that staff are working in blocks of time or on a scheduled shift versus frequent interval periods throughout the day as staff can only make a maximum of THREE edits to their time per day. Those permissible edits are:

  1. Clock in or clock out for the day
  2. Clock out and clock back in for a lunch period
  3. Clock out and clock back in for a break period
13. What does this mean for me for the rest of the year?

In the coming days, information about continuation of services for students and impacts to staff duty days will be released. We thank you in advance for understanding that the preparation and execution of these plans take time in order to be effective.

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

Every effort will be made to deliver timely and accurate information via official district information channels. This includes, but is not limited to: text messages, phone calls, district email, social media platforms and news media

15. I am a certified staff member interested in completing an application for transfer for the 2020-21 school year. Will the Transfer Window be open this year?

Yes. The Transfer Window is now open and applications for transfer will be accepted through April 10, 2020.

16. I am a 261 day employee who was scheduled to be off work for one or more hours/days the week of March 16th. Am I still charged those days?

In light of the district decision to close for Spring Break, all leave entries will be deleted and scheduled leave will be returned to staff balances.

17. I have a future dated absence that I need to cancel. How should I do that?

You can log in to your Frontline Absence Account from anywhere you have internet access, review the “Scheduled Absence” tab in the middle of the screen and select the red “Delete” button.

18. Does the pandemic situation or facilities closure impact how I earn or accrue leave time?

No. There has been no change to how the district front loads all leave balances to benefits eligible employees at the time of hire, or at the open of the new fiscal year. All leave balances are current and viewable by staff from Frontline Absence Management (formerly, Aesop).

19. 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.

20. 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

21. I was scheduled to return to work after Spring Break. Will I still be able to return to work?

We are reviewing all emailed Return to Work Release Forms for staff on leave as quickly as possible in the order received. After review of your form, if you are approved to return to work, you and your supervisor will receive an email confirmation from HR. Until this email is received, you are not yet cleared to report for work.

22. 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.

23. 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 www.bluekc.com
Guardian Dental  Dental   800-541-7846 #G-00436824  www.guardiananytime.com
Superior Vision  Vision 800-5047-3800   #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
www.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

 

24. 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.

25. 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.
*Due to recent events, Blue KC Virtual Care is temporarily waiving co-pays for this service.

26. 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.
*Due to recent events, Blue KC Virtual Care is temporarily waiving co-pays for this service.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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 – Self Quarantine
    Per the CDC, KDHE or local health department, 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 administrative leave for any duty days that fall within a 14 calendar day period. Following the 14 day calendar time period, if an employee is unable to return to duty because they or their family member is not yet free of fever and symptoms for over 24 hours without the use of medication, the employee should contact Human Resources at HRleave@kckps.org to request additional paid time.
  • Diagnosed Pandemic Illness or Exposure – Mandatory Quarantine
    If an employee is notified by a health care provider or travel authority that they are required to quarantine due to having traveled through a compromised region, have tested positive for a pandemic illness, or have had an immediate family member test positive for a pandemic illness, the employee shall be granted paid administrative leave for the duration of the quarantine period. 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.
30. 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, the paid leave provisions outlined in the leave question above will still apply. The district is offering this as an added benefit for staff to take precautionary measures to protect themselves, and the school community as a whole, by limiting the risk of exposing others to their illness.

31. 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.

32. 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 waiving the requirement to provide doctor’s notes due to the visit demands on our healthcare partners at this time. For all other absences unrelated to a pandemic illness, doctor’s notes may be required.

33. 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.

34. 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.

 

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.

 

High School Students

When will classes resume for me and what should I expect?

KCKPS high school students who are not taking college courses through KCKCC will resume their classes online on April 6th. Your school administrator and teacher will send updates and more detailed information to prepare you for learning through our newly developed Continual Learning Plan.  

KCKPS high school students who also are enrolled in college courses through KCKCC will resume their classes online Monday, March 30. We encourage KCKPS high school students enrolled in these courses to log into your Blackboard system for updates from your course instructor or to reach out to them with questions related to completing coursework. The College and Career Facilitator at your high school will help you navigate any issues that may arise.

Washington:
Anita Metoyer
Email:  anita.metoyer@kckps.org  

Harmon:
Tara Lindahl
Email: tara.lindahl@kckps.org 

Schlagle:
David Herrington 
Email:David.herrington@kckps.org

Wyandotte:
Robert Hoffann
Email: Robert.hofmann@kckps.org 

Sumner:
Micheal Taylor
Email: micheal.taylor@kckps.org 

TEC (Technical Education Center) will migrate from on ground classes to online classes starting on March 30th. All instructors have been in communication with their students regarding online attendance and completing assignments. Students needing additional information can also reach out to The College and Career Facilitator listed above.

 If you have problems connecting with your instructor or College and Career Facilitator, please dial 913-302-4647 for assistance.

I’m having issues with my laptop and need assistance. or are in need of technology?

Most of our high school students should have district issued device to assist with online learning. If you do not, or if you are having issues with your district-issued technology device please dial the KCKPS Call Center at 913-627-2455 so they can help solve your specific issue. 

How can I retrieve my belongings left at my school?

If you have personal belongings and other items in your school’s locker and/or classrooms, you will be able to retrieve them soon. The district is devising a schedule that will allow you to get your items while adhering to the social distance restrictions placed on us to ensure that everyone remains healthy. Additional information on this schedule will be made available once the final plan is completed, and you can find this information at www.kckps.org.

I am a senior who’s worried I won’t have enough credits to graduate. What should I do?

We know there a number of students that maybe concerned with not having enough credits. We are awaiting approval from our Board of Education to allow this year’s seniors to be able to graduate with the state approved 21 credit instead of the 25 credits that our Board has established in the past as the criteria for graduation.  For those students who are just a few credits away from the 21 credits needed, you will receive a phone call from your school with details on what needs to be done.

Will seniors still have a graduation ceremony or some type of alternative celebration?

Due to the social distancing restrictions in place for Wyandotte County that limit gatherings to 10 people or less and no less than 6 feet apart, a graduation ceremony is not an option at this time. The district will continue monitoring various safety protocols related to this pandemic and may explore other options to celebrate this milestone in your life.

I am a senior who made a down payment on my cap and gown. What will happen with those funds?

The district is currently working out these details with representatives from the Jostens Company. Many students are still interested in obtaining their cap and gown to commemorate their hard work and achievement as a high school graduate. Specific details about securing these items will be available soon and found on the district website at www.kckps.org.

Scholarship Information

Seniors: If you have any questions about scholarships, please contact the Lead CCC or the College Adviser at your high school. Each school already has a Google Classroom in place for seniors to access additional information from the College and Career Center. If you have not joined the Google Classroom for your school, please do so as soon as possible. Reach out to the Lead CCC or the College Adviser at your school for the Google Classroom code, or check your email; the class code has been sent.

Seniors: The Kansas City, Kansas Foundation Scholarship application is now open. Applications must be completed by Friday, April 10. ALL seniors should apply for these scholarships. If you need any assistance in completing the online application please contact the Lead CCC or the College Adviser at your high school. These scholarships are ONLY available to KCKPS graduating seniors. Scholarships are valued up to $5,000! Apply NOW!

Kansas City, Kansas Foundation Scholarship Link

FASFA Information

Seniors: If you have not already completed the FASFA it is not too late but it needs to be done very soon. Please do not hastate to reach out to the Lead CCC or the College Adviser at your high school for assistance. 

Senior Exit Survey Must Be Completed

ALL Seniors must complete the Senior Exit Survey in Naviance. If you have any questions, please contact the Lead CCC or your Advocacy teacher.

 

High School Lead College and Career Coordinators - Contact Information

Mr. Franco, EDWARD.FRANCO@kckps.org (FL Schlagle HS)

Ms. Burns, ELIZABETH.BURNS@kckps.org (Sumner Academy)

Ms. Stone, LILA.STONE@kckps.org (JC Harmon HS)

Ms. Dunlap, Kristin.Dunlap@kckps.org (Washington HS)

Ms. James, Kelley.James@kckps.org (Wyandotte HS)

College Advisers - Contact Information

Ms. Davis, Erin.Davis@kckps.org (FL Schlagle HS)

Ms. Antunez, Jasmine.Antunez@kckps.org (JC Harmon HS)

Ms. Stone, Megan.Stone@kckps.org (Sumner Academy)

Mr. Hullaby, Chris.Hullaby@kckps.org (Washington HS)

Ms. Brandenburgh, Breanna.Brandenburgh@kckps.org (Wyandotte HS)

Mr. Ruiz Cervantes, jonathan.ruizcervantes@m.kckps.org (Wyandotte HS)

 

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.

5. I accepted a job with KCKPS and was scheduled to start work in March. What should I do?

Please know that we are informing prospective employees of a revised new employee onboarding process as information becomes available. You will be contacted by a member of the HR team in advance of your start date with more information.