Student Services

Divisions of Student Services

  • Alternative Education Pathways: Provides high school students with the opportunity to learn by using different teaching methods and learning materials.
  • Attend to Achieve (A2A): Truancy Services
  • Kidzone: Childcare Services, Academic Enrichment and Youth Development
  • McKinney-Vento: Homeless Liaison
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Trauma Sensitive & Resilient Schools
Family Advocacy System (FAS)

In the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, we believe that a parent is the student's first teacher, and that positive relationships between families, teachers and students will help students to be successful. Family Advocacy is the vehicle that the district uses to strengthen relationships with parents. The district recognizes that students need support at home to be successful in school. So, KCKPS has created the Family Advocate System to create a home-school connection. Each professional and support staff person is assigned to approximately 12 to 17 students and their families. The staff/family relationship last the entire time the students attend the school. This means that the key adults in each student's life have ongoing contact with one another, communicating about the student's academic and personal needs. The district has implemented the Family Advocate System in all of its schools.

Family Advocates:

  • Meet at least 30 minutes each week designated for Family Advocacy time.
  • Family Advocates facilitate prosocial skills during that time using Second Step, Pre-K through 8th grade and School Connect at the High Schools.
  • Meet and orient new students to the small learning communities.
  • Work with students and families to identify interests, build strengths and head off problems.
  • Support students' academic and behavior progress using a continuous stream of information from other teachers, the school and the district.
  • Plan and lead at least two meetings each year with each student and parents or guardians.
  • Get in touch with each family at least once a month.
  • Help other faculty and staff work effectively with the student.
Attend to Achieve

Attend to Achieve

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. A2A works to promote and encourage school attendance for students' learning and overall success.

Missing two days a month - excused or unexcused - can add up to a child being considered chronically absent.

That is why it is extremely important to prioritize attendance and to get kids to school on time, every day.

What is chronic absenteeism?

Chronic absenteeism means missing too much school for any reason excused or unexcused. Experts and a growing number of states define chronic absenteeism as missing 10% (or around 18 days) during a school year. (

Reasons for chronic absences:

If your child is missing several days of school it is important to consider the reason for the absenteeism.

  • Children with common chronic illnesses, such as asthma, miss more school.
  • Anxiety or depression are common reasons for absences.
  • Up to 5% of children have school-related anxiety.

From Preschool through High School, absenteeism has serious implications for students' academic outcomes.

  • Students with chronic absenteeism in kindergarten and first grade are less likely to read on grade level by the third grade.
  • Lower test scores
  • Lower likelihood of being on track in high School
  • Lower likelihood of graduating
  • More likely to be suspended and drop out of high school.
  • Chronic absenteeism is also linked with teen substance use, as well as poor health as adults.

Here are some tips that will help you getting your child to school on time, every day:

Set attendance goals with your child. Talk about the importance of attending school everyday.
Help your child get a good night's sleep- Younger children need 10-12 hours per night and adolescents (13-18 years of age) need 8-10 hours per night.
Prepare the night before to streamline your morning. Lay out your child's clothes. Pack backpacks and lunches. Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up like a missed bus or an early meeting. Have a family member, a neighbor, or another trusted adult on standby to take your child to school should you ever need help.
Try to schedule dental or medical appointments before or after school hours. If children have to miss school for medical appointments, have them return immediately afterward so they do not miss the entire day.
Schedule extended trips during school breaks. This helps your child stay caught up in school learning and sets the expectation for your child to be in school during the school year. Even in elementary school, missing a week of classes can set your child behind on learning.

Don't let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick. Reasons to keep your child home from school include an oral temperature of 99.0° F or greater, vomiting, diarrhea, a hacking cough, or a toothache. Keep in mind that complaints of frequent stomachaches or headaches can be a sign of anxiety and may not be a reason to stay home.
Talk with your child about the reasons why he or she does not want to go to school. School-related anxiety can lead to school avoidance. Talk to your child about their symptoms and try to get them to talk about any emotional struggles they may have with issues like bullying, fear or physical harm. If you are concerned about your child's mental health, talk with your child's teacher, or school counselor.
If your child has a chronic health issue such as asthma, allergies, or seizures, talk with your pediatrician about developing a school action plan. Meet with and get to know the nurse at your child's school. If you need guidance and documentation for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan, ask you school administrator or school psychologist for help.
Communicate with your child's school. Be sure you know what your school's requirements are for when your child will be absent or late. Call, email or provide a doctor's note when required.

For additional information contact Naomi Tolentino, Program & Prevention Specialist of A2A at 913-279-2247

Behavioral Health

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools is committed to the mental health and wellness of its students, their families, and the Kansas City Kansas community. In addition to Counselors, Behavioral Health Social Workers are available in each school to provide support to students who may experience behaviors or symptoms that impact their emotional health. These social workers serve as the liaison between the home, school and outside community resources. KCKPS is dedicated to building partnerships with a variety of agencies in the community who can support the needs of our students and families.?? The district has added Behavioral Health Social Workers to each school as another layer of intervention to improve the overall wellness of its student population.

Behavioral Health Social Workers:

  • Meet with students who are feeling intense emotions to help them find tools to cope
  • Provide staff with information on behavioral health signs and symptoms
  • Meet with staff to problem solve behavioral challenges and offer intervention techniques to teachers
  • Complete brief assessments to determine best treatment options for students experiencing behaviors or symptoms impacting a student???s learning
  • Meet with families to provide support and resources to meet their behavioral health needs
  • Connect students and families to helpful resources in the community

KidZone Logo

KidZone Is Available Before and After Summer School to USD 500 K-5 Students

Sites: Emerson Elementary & West Park Elementary

Students will be transported to and from their summer school via KCKPS transportation. Parents will need to notify their student's summer school site that their student will be riding the bus to/from KidZone. Applications will be available at Emerson and West Park or they can printed from this page, just under this paragraph.  Applications MUST be turned in to the student's specified Summer KidZone site (see the list below).

KidZone Summer PDF Application (English)
Kidzone Summer PDF Application (Spanish)

Emerson's KidZone Schools West Park's KidZone Schools KidZone Summer School Details
Frances WIllard
Frank Rushton
John Fiske
Mark Twain
M. E. Pearson
New Chelsea
New Stanley
Noble Prentis
Silver City
T. A. Edison
Claude Huyck
Eugene Ware
Hazel Grove
John F. Kennedy
Lowell Brune
Stony Point North
Stony Point South
Before School: 7-8:30 a.m.
After School: 3-5:30 p.m.Cost (per child)
$20 - morning
$20 - afternoon
$40 - morning and afternoonScholarships available

We are excited to be the before and after-school care provider for your student/students. Our goal is to provide childcare service, academic enrichment, tutoring, and youth development to all families in USD 500 – Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.

Please note this is the time to start filling out your paperwork to be a part of the program. You can do this by going to your child’s school or visiting the site that your child will attend. The application must be returned to the Kidzone site. Transportation forms must go to your child’s school. There is no approval process.

Please see the chart below for the Kidzone site that will service your student’s school. If you have questions, please contact: Mechelle Wortham, Kidzone Coordinator at (913)669-0235; Kidzone Program Specialist at (913)627-4356; or Kidzone Secretary at (913)627-4390.

2021-2022 School Year

MORNING Kidzone Sites Morning Start Date Morning End Date
Emerson 8/11/21 5/20/22
Hazel Grove 8/11/21 5/20/22
West Park 8/11/21 5/20/22
Whittier 8/11/21 5/20/22
AFTERNOON Kidzone Sites Afternoon Start Date Afternoon End Date
Emerson 8/11/21 5/20/22
Frank Rushton 8/11/21 5/20/22
Hazel Grove 8/11/21 5/20/22
Banneker 8/11/21 5/20/22
New Chelsea 8/11/21 5/20/22
West Park 8/11/21 5/20/22
Whittier 8/11/21 5/20/22


BEFORE SCHOOL: 7:00 am until 8:00 or 8:30 am

AFTER SCHOOL: 3:15, 3:30 or 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm

Wednesday Early Release: 1:15, 1:30 or 2:00 pm until 5:30 pm

Students enrolled in the Kidzone program at a school that is not their home school will be transported to their home school from Kidzone each morning before breakfast at their home school. In the afternoon, students enrolled in the Kidzone program at a school that is not their home school will be transported from their home school to the Kidzone site where the student is enrolled. Parent drop off and pick up is at the respective Kidzone site. PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING THE TRANSPORTATION FORM AND LEAVING IT WITH THE STUDENT’S HOME SCHOOL FRONT OFFICE. The school will process the transportation request through the Transportation Department.

There is a fee for all students who attend the Before and After School Program Monday through Friday. Limited Kidzone Scholarships may be available based on enrollment numbers at each respective site. (Daily rates do not apply)

Kidzone fees for the 2021-2022 school year are as follows:
(All Kidzone fees must be paid in advance.)

AM Session Only                        $20.00 per child, per week
PM Session Only                         $30.00 per child, per week
AM and PM Sessions                  $40.00 per child, per week
Wednesdays Only                       $15.00 per child, per week

Kidzone services available to the elementary schools:

School Name AM Kidzone site PM Kidzone site
Banneker Whittier Banneker
Claude Huyck Hazel Grove Hazel Grove
Douglass Whittier Whittier
Emerson Emerson Emerson
Eugene Ware West Park West Park
Frances Willard Whittier Whittier
Frank Rushton Emerson Frank Rushton
Grant Whittier Banneker
B. Caruthers Whittier Banneker
Hazel Grove Hazel Grove Hazel Grove
John Fiske Whittier Whittier
John F Kennedy Hazel Grove Hazel Grove
Lindbergh West Park West Park
Lowell Brune Hazel Grove Hazel Grove
Mark Twain Whittier Whittier
McKinley Whittier Whittier
ME Pearson Whittier Whittier
New Chelsea West Park West Park
New Stanley Emerson Emerson
Noble Prentis Emerson Silver City
Quindaro West Park West Park
Silver City Emerson Emerson
Stony Point North Hazel Grove Hazel Grove
Stony Point South Hazel Grove Hazel Grove
T.A. Edison Emerson Frank Rushton
Welborn West Park West Park
West Park West Park West Park
Whittier Whittier Whittier

*** Some locations may change based on transportation stops.

About Kidzone

Our goal at Kidzone is to provide childcare services, academic enrichment and youth development to all families in USD500 – Kansas City Kansas Public Schools.

For more information, please contact us at: Mechelle WorthamStudent Services Coordinator at 913.669-0235Lia McLoughlinProgram Specialist at 913.627.4356; or the Kidzone Secretary at 913.627.4390.

McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Program

The McKinney-Vento Program has proudly served KCKPS students and their families by connecting them to community resources and agencies providing food, clothing, employment, emergency services, housing and utility assistance.

Our dedicated team is committed to meeting students’ basic needs and ensuring they have everything required to be successful.

What is the McKinney Vento Program?

The McKinney-Vento Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are: sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; staying in motels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to the lack of an adequate alternative; staying in shelters or transitional housing; or sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, every local educational agency is required to designate a liaison for homeless children and youth.

Services Offered:

  • Transportation to and from school (if applicable)
  • Enrollment advocacy
  • School supplies, uniforms, books
  • Tutoring and counseling
  • Referrals for clothes and food
  • Hygiene items
  • Housing assistance referrals
  • Medical and dental vouchers (when available)
  • Birth certificate referrals
  • Cap and gown fee

Who is eligible for McKinney-Vento services?

A student or family that lives:

  • doubled-up with friends or relatives on a temporary basis
  • in a park, motel or campground
  • in a shelter
  • in a vehicle
  • on a street
  • as a runaway

A McKinney-Vento student has the right to:

  • Attend their school of origin (known as the "home school") or the school for the area where the student currently lives.
  • Immediately enroll in school without providing documents, including proof of residency.
    • (Schools MUST permit you to enroll, even if you do not have these documents.)

They have 30 days to provide the following:

    • Birth certificates
    • Immunization records
    • Physicals (as needed)
    • Notarized forms
  • Free lunch beginning first day
  • Transportation to and from school (if applicable)
  • Participate in tutoring and other school-related activities
  • Referrals for uniforms, medical aid and food assistance

How You Can Help:

  • Donate school supplies, gift cards, hygiene products, clothing, etc.
  • Provide financial assistance to pay for housing, cap and gown fees, etc.
  • Set-up fundraising events

Contact McKinney-Vento staff for more information.

Resources for Families

Resource Phone Number
Homeless Hotline 816.474.4599
SOS Youth Hotline 913.324.3619
Domestic Violence Hotline 816.HOTLINE
United Way 211 or 816.474.5112
MOCSA (Sexual Assault Hotline) 816.931.4572
Public Housing Information 913.281.3300
Department for Children and Families (DCF) 913.279.7000
Safe Place(24 hour Youth Crisis Hotline) 816-741-8700
Avenue of Life 816-797-6101
Restart Inc. 816-842-1199
Synergry Services 816-587-4100

Contact Us:

Jessica Smith - McKinney-Vento Program Coordinator | 913.279.2150 or email

Julius Brownlee - McKinney-Vento Program Specialist | 913.279.2152 or email
Central Office and Training Center
2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, KS

For more information regarding McKinney Vento Federal Law and Policies, please click here.

Click here for an informational, printable brochure.

Youth Poster (English PDF)
Youth Poster (Spanish PDF)

Parent Poster (English PDF)
Parent Poster (Spanish PDF)

KCKPS McKinney-Vento in the News:

Kansas City Star - KCK schools had 1,400 homeless kids in 2015. Here’s how they cut that number by half.

Fox 4 KC - With KCKPS starting virtually, program to help homeless students working even harder