Staff Announcements

Zero Tax Increase Levy Transfer & Bond Issue: Vote April 5, 2022

  • Now the second-largest school district in Missouri, NKC Schools is projected to grow by more than 1,500 students in the next five years. New and expanded schools are needed to accommodate rapid growth and welcome new students. Replacing and renovating older schools across the district will ensure all students have the best opportunities to learn in world-class environments. Comprehensive updates will bring new, modern learning spaces and critical safety and systems improvements. As more students and families join NKC Schools, additional staff and services are required to meet greater needs. Inflation has also driven the district's operating costs up. NKC Schools is committed to creating learning environments in which students can reach their maximum potential. 

    To make these proposed improvements a reality, NKC Schools asks voters to consider a zero tax increase levy transfer and $140 million bond issue on the April 5, 2022 ballot.

    Learn more about the zero tax increase levy transfer and bond issue here. As we share information with friends, family and the community as the election approaches, it’s important to keep a few things in mind as district employees. Click here for an overview of staff dos and dont's

Password Changes

  • Password change menuAs second semester begins, it may be time to change your network password. On a Mac, to check how many days before it expires, you can view the top menu bar. Click change password and walk through each step to reset your password. This process may be completed on or off campus. 

    After you submit your new password, if you receive an error that says "Unable to change password: Configuration file does not specify default realm", you will need to reboot your computer and change the password again. You should be able to use the same new password that you initially tried. 

    Once your password is changed, Microsoft products (Outlook, Excel, Word, Teams, etc) will require you to log back in and you'll need to use your Multi Factor Authentication app for the code to authenticate.

Education Foundation: Kahler Grants Program & Scholarships for Students

  • Looking for extra funding to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom, school or department? All district employees may apply for the Education Foundation’s grants program for the 2022-2023 school year. Individual grants will be awarded for amounts up to $1,000, while site grants will be awarded for up to $3,000. Click here for grant guidelines, applications and evaluation criteria. The application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.


    Dozens of college scholarships are also available, including $1,000 scholarships for dependents of district employees. Applicants must be 2022 high school graduates, and they are not required to attend North Kansas City Schools. Click here for information about this scholarship and others.

Inclement Weather Plans

  • As we look ahead to the winter months, it is time to share a few updates regarding NKC Schools’ inclement weather plans for this 2021-22 school year. If weather conditions or other unexpected, short-term events make it unsafe for students to attend in person, the district has several options: school may start two hours late, students may be released early, students may learn virtually, or in-person classes may be canceled entirely due to inclement weather. 

    This year, we have continued to navigate the lasting impacts of COVID-19. In direct response to your feedback and in recognition of the challenges of another unusual year, we have a few adjustments to our inclement weather procedures. Click here to read more.

Coming in 2022: New & Improved Help Desk System

  • In response to your feedback, our Help Desk team has been developing a solution that will provide increased efficiency, communication and support. As a result, we will transition to a new Help Desk system, called Incident IQ, later this winter to replace our existing email support line. This platform will allow you to log in and see the status and progress of your ticket at any time. As an added benefit, you will be able to view the status of your students’ tickets, as well (based on assignment in PowerSchool).

    The new Incident IQ system will be phased in slowly, with little change for staff members until mid-February. Please see the timeline below for what you can expect, and look for further updates to come from our Technology Department along the way.

    • Beginning the week of December 6, new tickets and requests are being managed through Incident IQ. Phone and web chat support will remain available as usual. Tickets can still be submitted via email to helpdesk@nkcschools.org. The follow-up emails you receive in response will simply look different and now come from a different address.
    • After Winter Break, you will also receive an auto-reply when submitting a ticket via email. This auto-reply will provide information on how to log in to Incident IQ, in case you’d like to test it out or begin using it at that point. We would encourage you to try it out during this period.
    • In mid-February, we will begin fully utilizing the new platform. All staff and students will be asked to log in to Incident IQ to create tickets. Phone and web chat support will continue.

Refer A Substitute & Earn $100

  • Do you know someone who’d be interested in serving as a substitute in our schools? Refer a new employee to Kelly Education and earn a $100 referral bonus! Current district employees are eligible; click here to learn more.

New Partnership with Grand Canyon University

  • NKC Schools is excited to share a new educational partnership with Grand Canyon University and the Participants in Learning, Leading and Serving (PLLS) program. This partnership program provides all district employees, students, and parents of students with a variety of benefits, including tuition scholarships, professional development opportunities and more. Click here to learn more.

     

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COVID-19 Updates

Employee Assistance Program

  • An EAP (Employee Assistance Program) offers you and your immediate family members confidential, personal and web-based support on a variety of topics such as stress management.

    More information is available here.

    Carrier: MetLife
    Customer Service: 888-319-7819
    Website: metlifeeap.lifeworks.com
    User Name: metlifeeap
    Password: eap
    Access: 24 hours a day/7 days a week
    Eligibility: NKC Schools Employees and Immediate Family Members

    We know the pandemic has us all under more stress than normal. Please remember you have access to help through our EAP!