Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
March 12, 2021:
March 22 Updates: Calendars, Meal Distribution & More
We are looking forward to welcoming back all students in grades 6-12 currently learning via a hybrid model to a full five days of in-person attendance beginning March 22! Dr. Clemens shared rationale and thinking in his update last week. As plans, programs and services evolve, we want to keep you informed. Please read more about changes to our school calendar, meal distribution and other important items in today's message here.
March 4, 2021:
Announcement Regarding March 22
On Thursday, March 4, Dr. Clemens shared an update with all NKC Schools families regarding our in-person learners in grades 6-12. Secondary students will begin attending five days per week in person beginning the week of March 22. Read the full message here and see answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
February 25, 2021:
Vaccine Tier 3 Activation
This afternoon, Governor Parson announced that all individuals in Missouri’s Phase 1B-Tier 3 group are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, March 15. This group includes all educational staff, encompassing all 3,600+ NKC Schools employees. We are committed to providing opportunities for each of our employees who elect to receive their vaccine as soon as possible.
Through continued partnership with Truman Medical Center, NKC Schools has a comprehensive plan already in place to host on-site vaccine clinics. Access to a limited supply of vaccine doses continues to be a challenge throughout our region. We are working closely with our health partners to order and reserve an adequate supply of doses to provide for our staff. In the meantime, NKC Schools has ensured all preparations are in place to avoid any delay when supplies become available. We look forward to providing this service to all of our staff members who would like to participate.
Clay County Public Health Community Recovery Plan
Throughout recovery, it is incredibly important that every individual and business remember these four Recovery Essentials that will help prevent the spread of disease and protect our community:
- 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.
North Kansas City Schools is closely monitoring information regarding the global spread of the coronavirus and proactively working with our local health agencies on plans of action.
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)