Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges for our community and our school district. As we adapt and find new ways to best serve our students, we have continually sought feedback from our families. Thank you to all those who have shared their suggestions, questions, concerns and ideas as we continue to re-envision how the new school year will look.
On July 13, we released our initial NKC Schools Return to School Plan, offering families the opportunity to choose either face-to-face or virtual instruction for their students. As a result of community feedback, we will be expanding our virtual options for all students.
For the 2020-2021 school year, we will offer an updated continuum of options for our students to continue their learning virtually or face-to-face this fall, each led by our NKC Schools teachers. We recognize that each family’s situation is unique, and that connections to our schools and teachers remain critically important during this time. View the flyer or visit nkcschools.org/options to learn more about each of our three options available. Preschool families should look for more details to come or visit our website here to learn about the options available for our youngest learners.
If you have already indicated a preference for virtual learning, your student will now automatically be enrolled in the NKC on Canvas option. If you are considering a virtual option, but have not yet communicated that, or if you would like to select or remain with the SchoolsPLP virtual option, please declare that preference via the online form by Friday, August 14. If you would like your student to attend face-to-face, no action on your part is necessary.
Update (July 28, 2020):
First Day of School Update
During this evening’s meeting, the Board of Education approved the recommendation to move the first day of school to Tuesday, September 8. NKC Schools is continually monitoring data and recommendations from local health departments to further inform our flexible plan. The 2020-2021 school year will provide a range of options available to students, including both in-person and virtual modes of learning. The original deadline of July 31 for families to select the most appropriate choice for their students will be extended. In response to your feedback, additional virtual options are being added, K-12. Flexibility will be applied to your original selection as we get closer to starting school this fall. Watch the video to learn more!
Today, NKC Schools is publishing our Return to School Plan which was created in collaboration with other local school districts incorporating input from medical professionals, public health agencies, parents, teachers, support staff and other stakeholder groups. As new information continues to present itself, expect this plan to be updated and made current with the latest guidance.
As we welcome our students back for the July summer school session and to begin the year at our extended calendar schools, we’ll follow additional guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for all. Click the image to the right to learn more. If you have additional questions, please contact us through Let’s Talk.
Update (June 15, 2020):
Clay County Public Health Community Recovery Plan
- High-risk persons should continue to stay home except for essential activities. Anyone who is sick should also stay at home.
- Wear a face mask/covering when interacting with others outside your home.
- Always maintain physical distancing (six feet) from anyone you do not live with.
- Maintain the highest levels of cleaning and hygiene.
The goal is to not return to a stay-at-home order, however, if at any time COVID-19 disease rates demonstrate the need to return to those measures, the public health order will be amended.
Clay County Recovery Plan
Currently: Phase 2, Step 2
The Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan was created to help guide businesses, organizations and individuals through this time.
- Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan (5.31.20) - amended to comply with the Missouri Governor's Order from 5.28.20 regarding retail businesses.
*Source: Clay County Public Health Center
This page will continue to be updated as necessary with important information and any additional details. Questions and concerns can be directed to the district's Let's Talk site.
North Kansas City Schools is closely monitoring information regarding the global spread of the coronavirus and proactively working with our local health agencies to develop a plan of action.
View the NKC Schools Action Plan
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The hotline can be reached at 877-435-8411 and is being operated by medical professionals. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please view this information from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, as well as details on what schools should know about coronavirus. Clay County Public Health also has a webpage dedicated to information on COVID-19. The City of Kansas City, MO has information on its health department webpage as well. The American Public Health Association is also offering helpful information on their website's COVID-19 page.
For tips on how to talk with children about the virus, view the SAMSHA fact sheet, available in English and Spanish. Feel free to contact your student's school counselor with any concerns that you may have.
Department of Labor - Families First Coronavirus Response ACT (FFCRA)
Coronavirus Resource Center - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)