Wellness News

Flu Shots

This year due to Covid-19 we are offering drive thru flu shot clinics for our staff.  You will be able to remain in your car while receiving your flu shot.  The schedule and locations are listed below.

  • October 19, 3:00 – 6:00 PM – Sumner Academy – Front circle drive
  • October 20, 2:00 – 6:00 PM – Schlagle HS – Back parking lot West of building
  • October 21, 3:00 – 6:00 PM – Wyandotte – Loat at corner of 22nd and Tauromee
  • October 22, 2:00 – 6:00 PM – Harmon – Upper student parking lot East of building
  • October 23, 3:00 – 6:00 PM Washington HS – Student parking lot East of stadium

If you wish to get a flu shot at one of these clinics you do need to make an appointment.  The link for scheduling your appointment is below, and instructions are attached to this message.  It is very important for your safety and the safety of the nursing staff that you wear a mask during your appointment.

To sign up click on this link:  Event Sign Up

If prompted the registration code = KCKPS

In order to keep the flow of traffic going smoothly please fill out and print the attached consent form prior to coming to your clinic.  If you are able to, please attached a photo copy of the front and back of your Insurance ID Card to your consent form.  If you are not able to make copies, please make sure you bring your insurance ID card with you.  You can also obtain a copy of the consent form from your school nurse if you’re unable to print one.

Please note:  You do NOT have to be on the District’s Health Insurance to attend a flu shot clinic.  All carriers accepted are listed on the consent form.

If you do not have health insurance you can still receive a flu shot.  The amount is $30 payable to Healthy Solutions at the time of service.

If you are not able to attend any of these flu shot clinics, you can still receive a flu shot at any CVS, Hy-Vee (they have drive-thru clinics at several locations), or any in-network provider.

Please contact Stephanie Faris, wellness coordinator if you have any questions.  Stephanie.faris@kckps.org or (913) 279-2030.


Benefits Enrollment

Posted October 5, 2020
It is time to make your 2021 benefit elections. Click here for enrollment instructions and a few helpful tips to get you through the enrollment process.  Weekly enrollment updates will be sent out via email, our enrollment goal is 100% completion by November 6, 2020.  Now Let’s get enrolled!

Reawaken Resilency

Posted September 25, 2020
We are excited to announce Reawaken Resiliency, a 4-week program designed to help you build mental resilience and connect to meaning and purpose in your life. If you are interested in any of the following, this program is for you!
üAdapting to change
üBuilding resilience
üCultivating more meaning and purpose
üGreater clarity
üSharing your gifts with others
üImproving memory and focus
The Reawaken Resiliency program offers weekly content including education and experiential activities designed to help you develop greater resiliency. Learn to shift your attention to focus on your strengths and work towards a greater purpose.
Applying the PERMA model, this program will help you maximize your greatest strengths.
Positive emotions – being able to have an optimistic outlook even when life doesn’t work out the way you want it to, finding enjoyment through creativity and being intellectually challenged
Engagement – finding “flow” in what you do, living fully in the present moment, staying curious and active in what’s happening in the now
Relationships – having social connections that promote strong emotional and physical interaction
Meaning – understanding the impact of your work and your actions in relation to a “bigger picture”
Accomplishment – using your strengths to work towards and accomplish goals
Goal: Set aside 10-15 minutes a week to complete the weekly strengths-based activity. Engage in the daily actions for at least 5 minutes each day. 
§Week 1 focuses on slowing down to recharge by streamlining your focus, strengthening your boundaries, spending time in nature, being present with people, and taking a break from electronics.
§Week 2 focuses on the increasing movement to improve your mental health.
§Week 3 focuses on brain-boosting activities that engage your brain on multiple levels, such as remembering the events that happened in a documentary, using your non-dominant hand, memorizing lyrics to a song, challenging your hand/eye coordination – to name a few.
§Week 4 focuses on building mental resilience through breath and body awareness and meditative movement.
Each week’s worksheet includes the following:
§A weekly activity to identify, explore, and apply your character strengths
§Daily focus actions within the weekly theme (Monday – Friday)
§End of Week Reflection prompt (using the PERMA model)
The Reawaken Resiliency program will kick off on Monday, October 12 and run through November 7.  If you are interested in participating please use the link below to sign up.
Please contact Stephanie Faris if you have any questions.

New Directions Resources

Posted June 8, 2020
Your EAP through New Directions is full of free resources including articles, tips, ideas, and webinars.  The below article from New Directions features:
     – Ideas to make daily routines more fun
     – Activities and games for the family
     – Virtual field trips
     – TED talks, Music, Videos and Podcasts
     – Physical Activity
     – Sleep and Meditation and much more
Don’t forget to visit https://eap.ndbh.com/ (company code KCKPS) for more great resources.
COVID-19: Lighthearted Resources for a Challenging Time
Whether you have been quarantined in your house or are an essential worker on the front lines, everyone needs to decompress in the midst of a crisis. We compiled the resources below with the hopes of helping you unplug and to brighten up your day.

But first, here are some ideas to make your daily routines a bit more fun:
  • Schedule a virtual coffee date with a friend in the morning.
  • Plan a virtual dinner party with your family members and cook the same meal, such as taco Tuesday or pizza on Saturday.
  • Challenge yourself to cook a meal with ingredients you already have. Make up your own recipe and get creative!
  • Have a picnic in your backyard. Even something simple like PB&Js make a great lunch.
  • Sing your favorite song in the shower to start the day on a high note.
  • Even though you might be working from home right now, have a spirit week! Choose different themes for each day or week.
Activities & Games

Many of these could be worked into your daily routine, such as tidying up or organizing your space, practicing gratitude, and having a virtual game night with your friends every Saturday. You could even write down some of the activities you want to incorporate into each week. It is often a mood booster to see all the things you have to look forward to, even if they seem smaller than usual right now.

Activities for Family Fun at Home: Creative ideas for the whole family (provided by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital)

20 Best Online Games to Play with Friends: Have a virtual game night with family or friends (provided by The Oprah Magazine)

Gratitude Activity: Practice gratitude on your own, with family members, or even virtually with friends (provided by BJC Institute for Learning and Development)

The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling: Look for any old notebook around the house and start a journal (by Thomas Oppong of Medium)

101 Ways to Travel Without Leaving Your House: Be a world traveler from your own home, even if that just means having a picnic in your backyard (provided by Conde Nast Traveler)

Tidy Up with Marie Kondo: Use this time at home to tidy up your space and get organized with the KonMari Method

Virtual Field Trips

Need a little break from your routine? Plan a day trip!

National Park Tours with a Park Ranger: Take yourself on a virtual field trip and explore national parks throughout the country with narrated videos and experience the wonders of volcanoes, glaciers, canyons, and more

Tours of the Vatican: Travel all the way to Italy and experience the magnificent artwork of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms

The Vienna Opera: Experience live stream operas and ballets from the comfort of your home (check schedule for performances)

Virtual Dives with the National Marine Sanctuaries: If you’re interested in scuba diving, dive in to experience various marine sanctuaries, courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Self-Guided Tours of National Parks: Choose among 113 national parks and monuments to explore with Google street view

Live Cams at San Diego Zoo: Take a trip to the zoo and see live cams of elephants, tigers, koalas, and more

TED Talks

TED Talks deserve their own category for the sheer number available and the wide range of topics covered. If you enjoy listening to them, make it part of your daily routine. They might be especially comforting during this time. Listen to one in the morning as you get ready to start your day or while you cook dinner in the evening. Below are a few playlists featuring various talks.

Most Popular: A good introduction to TED Talks with the 25 most popular

Staying in? Geek Out: A playlist of thought-provoking talks for when you’re staying in

The Importance of Self-Care: A playlist featuring various TED Talks that focus on the importance of self-care

The Funniest: Need a good laugh? Check out a playlist of the funniest TED Talks

Incredibly Soothing: TED Talks with a warm and gentle delivery

Videos and Podcasts

These speak for themselves and will hopefully bring a smile to your face.

Some Good News with John Krasinski: Get a dose of good news with this new feel-good YouTube series

Apple Store Podcasts: Browse the Apple Store for a new podcast to listen to

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations Podcast: Work some positivity into your day by listening to Oprah’s conversations with various influential people

Here For You Podcast: A daily podcast to bring comfort during a challenging time, with recommendations to help decompress

Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis: Conversations with personal development leaders with valuable takeaways


For many, the power of music cannot be overstated. Discover new music or listen to an old favorite. Listen to music while you do dishes or another household chore to make it more enjoyable.

NPR Live in Concert: Enjoy a concert from your own home

Digital Stage at The Kennedy Center: Browse various performances (scroll to the bottom to browse by genre)

Spotify: Sign up for a Spotify account and listen to millions of songs for free

Best of YouTube Music: Watch entire concerts from your favorite musicians or check out the Top Charts to discover new music

New York’s Classical Radio Station: Listen live to WQXR, New York’s classical radio station (provided by New York Public Radio)

Mobile Apps

Sometimes, you just need a good game or book to help you destress.

Scrabble© GO: Play a classic game of Scrabble on your phone

UNO!™: Play everyone’s favorite card game

Card Games: Choose a card game to play, including Solitaire, FreeCell, Blackjack, and more (from MobilityWare)

Libby Books: Borrow eBooks and audiobooks from your local library for free

Physical Activity

There is no denying the positive effect physical activity can have on us. Try boosting your mood with a little movement. Even 10 minutes a day can make a difference.

Yoga with Adriene YouTube Channel: Numerous yoga classes that you can do from home to incorporate movement into your day, with nurture being the theme for April

10 Minutes of Yoga and Relaxation: Whether you’ve been sitting or on your feet all day, this short video can help with stiffness and tension (presented by Kate McHugh of McLean Hospital)

Fitness Blender Free Workout Videos: Videos of varying levels, including kickboxing, strength training, and more (videos can also be found on YouTube)

Feel Good Stretching Routine: A 15-minute stretching routine from Fitness Blender

Goodbye Stress Calming Stretching Workout: A 13-minute yoga-infused stretching workout from Fitness Blender

POPSUGAR Fitness YouTube Channel: Get moving with hundreds of free workout videos, including dance, yoga, barre, and beginner’s classes

Latin Dance Workout: Try something new with this 30-minute cardio Latin dance workout (provided by POPSUGAR Fitness)

Sleep & Meditation

Getting quality sleep is especially important right now. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, you’re not alone. Here are some ideas to help you relax at night and get a more restful night sleep.

Headspace Meditation and Sleep App: Check out this app for guided exercises and videos (currently offering content for free)

Guided Mindful Meditation: Listen to a guided meditation to help you relax or fall asleep

Binaural Beats Deep Sleep Music: Music to help you sleep on YouTube (by Greenred Productions)

Binaural Beats Playlist: Listen to this playlist on Spotify to help promote relaxation and deep sleep (by Mia Astral)

Hammock – Departure Songs Album: Listen to this album on YouTube to help you relax (can also be helpful for focusing on a task)

Pet Videos

What list would be complete without cute pet videos?

Didga The Skateboarding Cat: This video is sure to bring a smile to your face (provided by GoPro)

Odd Couple: Cat and Dog Best Friends: Look up Henry The Colorado Dog on Instagram for photos of this adorable pair (provided by The Dodo)

The Dodo Animal Videos: Cute and heartwarming animal videos

Changes to 2019-20 Wellness Requirements

Posted April 15, 2020

Please see these changes to the wellness requirements for the 2019/2020 school year, that apply to your 2021 health insurance. There is a flyer attached with additional information.

To view your points:

  • Go to www.mybluekc.com
  • login to the website – if you do not know your username/password, you can use the prompts on the screen or call Blue Cross at (816) 395-3558. If you have never logged in to the Blue KC website before you will need to create an account.

You will need to have your health insurance ID card handy when you do this.

  • Once logged in click on A Healthier You (under “My Quicklinks” on the Blue KC home page)
  • On the main A Healthier You page your points are in the upper right corner.  If you have earned a minimum of 2700 points, then you are complete for the 2019/2020 school year.  You should also see a box towards the top of the page that says KCKPS Employee Wellness Program.  It will say “Complete” once you have earned the minimum points.

Monthly reminders will be going out directly to employees who have not met the points minimum.

Please contact Stephanie Faris, Employee Wellness Coordinator with any questions:  Stephanie.Faris@kckps.org or (913) 279-2030.

The new EAP site is LIVE!

Visit eap.ndbh.com today.

When life gets tricky to navigate, you turn to the New Directions Employee Assistance (EAP) site to seek guidance and resources for you and your family. Now, it’s easier than ever to check out and use services that are part of your no-cost employee benefit. Besides a fresh look and feel, enhancements include:

  • A dedicated website. A new url – eap.ndbh.com – takes you directly to the EAP site vs. wading through other options on our home page.
  • 24/7/365 non-clinical chat. Now you can ask benefit questions or get referrals to people and places that reduce your stress at any time.
  • Webinar center. A one-stop shop helps you easily register for live events and revisit past ones on your own time.
  • All your services in one place. The EAP has so many services, it can be hard to know where to start. Now you can see them all in one view to help guide you to where you can use the most help, whether you know what you need or not.
  • Support options made easier. In one place, you can see the different ways counseling is offered, as well as coaching and how to quickly request or access them.

Get familiar with the new site by visiting eap.ndbh.com and log in using your existing company code. Remember, the urls you used to visit to access EAP services now automatically direct to the new site. A quick reference guide can help you get familiar with the new experience.

Getting support when things are tough should be easy.

The new EAP employee site offers the same helpful experience you’re used to, plus some. You’ll still be able to:

  • Request counseling sessions for you or your family
  • Manage your stress around things like money, work, relationships, etc.
  • Get the latest news and support in times of crisis, like COVID-19
  • Schedule a consult with a financial or legal expert to address your specific situation
  • Get vetted information on hard-to-address topics like substance use, suicide, parenting and mental health
  • And much more!

Ready to start promoting the new url? Digital versions of the wallet cardlive webinar handoutpre-recorded webinar handout and Intro to EAP are available. Questions? Connect with your HR department or your New Directions account manager.

Connect today!


CBIZ WellBeing Insights

April 2020

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools believes a healthy, vibrant workforce is a key component to our success and growth. We proudly offer a wide variety of opportunities that allow our staff to focus on their health and overall wellbeing.

  • Free Employee Fitness Center
  • Blue KC A Healthier You program
  • Free Biometric Health Screenings
  • Wellbeing Challenges
  • On-site Employee Wellness Coordinator
  • Flu Shot Clinics
  • Employee Assistance Program through New Directions Behavioral Health


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