Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Update (November 19, 2020):
Message from Dr. Clemens
Dr. Clemens shared a message with NKC teachers, staff, families and community members this Thursday as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more here.
Update (November 10, 2020):
Status Update from Dr. Clemens
This Tuesday, our superintendent, Dr. Clemens, shared a message with the NKC Schools community. Read more for a status update as we continue to serve our 21,000 students during this challenging time.
Update (November 7, 2020):
Gating Criteria Committee Update
On Thursday, NKC Schools hosted our gating criteria committee to answer questions and provide information the group felt most necessary to consider as we work towards increasing face-to-face time with secondary students, when safe to do so. It was another great meeting and we certainly appreciate the feedback and perspective this committee has provided us. See an update on Thursday's work here. Our next step includes asking parents to declare their child’s learning option for the second semester. In order to adequately prepare and support our teachers, we are asking that parents make a full semester commitment. Data representing family selections will be available at the end of November. NKC Schools also understands the need for flexibility and a willingness to adjust based on the needs of students and their families. We will continue discussing the most important measures for school closure and opening moving forward.
Update (November 6, 2020):
New Elementary Wednesday Afternoon Schedule
In response to teachers’ expressed need, beginning December 2, NKC Schools will implement a weekly flexible learning time on Wednesdays for all elementary students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Students will be dismissed from school two hours early each Wednesday. During this time, all elementary students should continue their independent work and activities as assigned by their teachers at home. This change will provide additional time for our teachers and staff to meet the needs of virtual students and families. Read the full message shared with families.
Update (November 5, 2020):
Learning Declaration for Second Semester
The time has come for families to consider what learning option might best suit them as we enter second semester. (While students return from winter break on January 4, second semester begins January 19.) NKC Schools will continue to offer three learning options for students: in-person, virtual via NKC on Canvas, and virtual via SchoolsPLP (grades K-8). To improve the learning environment for both face-to-face and virtual students, declarations made for second semester will stay in effect from January 19 through the last day of school (currently scheduled for May 28). We ask that all families who wish to make a change to their current selection, do so by Monday, November 23 via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Read more in the message shared with families,
Clay County Public Health Community Recovery Plan
Clay County is currently going through the slow and steady process of recovery out of the stay-at-home orders that expired on May 3.
- 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.
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)