August Calendar Preview
We hope you are enjoying a relaxing summer vacation! To assist in your summer planning, below is a preview of the first week back in session for staff in August. Be sure to mark your calendar now for Convocation on Tuesday, August 17 at Hy-Vee Arena! View the full district calendar here.
Monday, August 16
Building Professional Development (AM) / Workday (PM)
Tuesday, August 17
Convocation (AM) / Building Professional Development (PM)
Wednesday, August 18
Elementary: District Professional Development (AM) / Workday (PM)
Secondary: Building Professional Development (AM) / Workday (PM)
Thursday, August 19
Elementary: Building Professional Development (AM) / Workday (PM) / Back to School Night
Secondary: District Professional Development (AM) / Workday (PM)
Friday, August 20
Monday, August 23
First Day of School
2021 Culture of Excellence Honor Cadres
In a year like no other, their colleagues and peers nominated these individuals as North Kansas City Schools’ best representatives of a Culture of Excellence. A selective committee then narrowed district-wide nominees down to 24 staff members, one volunteer and one business partner.
At their March 23 meeting, the Board of Education recognized all of our outstanding honoreees. Read the Board resolutions for the Service Honor Cadre and the Teaching Honor Cadre, and watch a recording of the evening's celebrations on the district's YouTube channel.
Service Honor Cadre
Teaching Honor Cadre
Dwane Goldston - Antioch Cindy Woods - Antioch Kristen Smith - Antioch Vanessa Thomson - Chapel Hill Rose Penrose - Chapel Hill Carrie Chambers - Clardy Sheri Smith - Chouteau Brooke Ravenscraft - Crestview Karen Jones - Fox Hill Denisha Johnson - Davidson Christine Hatterman Ostermeyer - Maple Park Audra Simcoe - Fox Hill Ellen Anderson - Maplewood Maria Panuco - Golden Oaks Ruth De Dios - Oak Park Haley Cope - Oak Park Tammy Slauson - Staley Matt Barrows - Ravenwood I'van Peterson - Winnetonka Lesley Martin - Staley Alma Perez-Reyna - Winnetonka Jennifer Woods - West Englewood Kristen Rivera - Northgate/Safety & Security Carolyn Knapp - Winnetonka
Volunteer of the Year
Business of the Year
Stephen Mattingly Feed Northland Kids
Benefits Updates: EAP, MetLife, ID & Debit Cards
As we officially enter a new year on July 1, some changes to employee benefits will take effect. Click the links below for further information regarding each topic:
- Beginning July 1, you will have access to LifeWorks, our new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) brought to you by MetLife. LifeWorks offers a wide range of confidential and voluntary support services to help boost your well-being and provides personalized support for navigating life’s changes and challenges. (Please note: If you are currently using/approved for EAP services with Guardian/ibhworklife, you will have access to these services through August 31, 2021.)
- For employees that elected benefits that changed from Guardian to MetLife beginning July 1, MetLife provides several resources to access information.
- You may receive new ID cards and/or debit cards for the period. Read more and see answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.
NKC Schools is excited to offer the Joyages app to all employees and their families free of charge! Whether you are in search of strategies for coping with stress, looking to improve your relationships, or seeking a deeper sense of purpose, Joyages has scientifically-backed information and advice to help you feel better now and become more resilient for the future.
Want to try it out? Learn more about Joyages and download the Joyages app with the unlock code NKCSD21. Here's to a healthier, happier you!
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.
Customer Service: 888-319-7819
User Name: metlifeeap
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!
Return to School Plan for Employees
After months of planning and consulting with public health and medical professionals, the NKC Schools Return to School Plan is ready to share with district employees. Throughout the development of the plan, input from our stakeholder groups, including teachers and support staff, was incorporated to ensure representation of various perspectives and voices. The health and wellness of our school communities remains the top priority of our reopening efforts while allowing flexibility in an ever-changing world navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key components of the plan include:
- Standard expectations for handwashing/sanitizing, social distancing, mask usage and cleaning/disinfecting.
- A preview of what the academic day will look like including changes to arrival/dismissal, lunch, recess and classroom activities including Encore classes.
- Possible scenarios for academic calendar changes should the health department recommend an alternative schedule due to COVID-19 cases.
- Social and emotional health considerations for students returning to school.
- How visitors to the building will be handled, limiting outside exposure to the coronavirus. This includes guidance on volunteers such as YouthFriends, business partners, chaperones and coaches.
- Human Resources protocols are outlined including processes for those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 as well as those who may have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. Information is also included on how to handle being quarantined and guidance for returning to work.
- Building operations, activities and facility rentals are also addressed, establishing expectations for community members who wish to use our schools.
- How students will be kept safe on school buses as they travel to and from school.
Other documents to help guide you include COVID-19 Definitions, Employee Responsibilities and Frequently Asked Questions, District-Provided Leave Guidance and Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave Guidance.
It is important to note that the practices outlined in this plan are subject to change as guidance evolves for COVID-19. We certainly do not have all the answers and anticipate revisions based on updated recommendations from public health agencies as well as lessons learned from daily experiences in our schools. Thank you to Adventure Club, summer school sites, Crestview, Winnwood and all who serve these programs for leading the way. It is important for the district to focus on making decisions that are best for students while also making every effort to maintain healthy working environments for teachers and staff. Your ongoing patience and understanding is appreciated as the district manages this complex reality.
Initially, the return to school may feel overwhelming, particularly balancing the excitement to serve students with personal health considerations. Should you have questions or concerns, begin with your immediate supervisor. Working together as a team, our NKC Schools family will successfully navigate any challenge and fulfill our mission to be champions for all students.
Thank you for your dedication and for taking this milestone journey with the district!
Attain by Aetna Program
Earn fun rewards by completing personalized activity goals* and achievable actions in Attain by Aetna app. Rewards can be earned over 24 months and include an Apple Watch or gift cards from popular retailers. This program is available to employees, spouses, dependents over the age of 18, and retirees enrolled in NKCS Medical Benefits. Learn more about the NKCS Attain by Aetna program.
**Goals and suggested health actions should not replace your doctor’s advice. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from meeting your goals, or if your doctor advises you not to take part in physical activity, there may be an opportunity for you to earn the same reward in a different way. Call 1-866-820-3731 (TTY: 711) to find out your options.