Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
July 22, 2021:
Update from the Board of Education Special Meeting
During the July 22 Special Meeting, Dr. Clemens shared the following information with the Board of Education regarding the district’s current recommendations on masks and vaccinations:
NKC Schools is recommending that all non-vaccinated or immunocompromised students and staff wear masks upon returning in August. Based on the advice of national and local health professionals, we are also recommending that students 12 years or older consider receiving the vaccination as soon as possible.
Families should visit our website to understand isolation protocol for close contacts and positive cases prior to the start of school.
We will continue to collaborate with our local health departments and monitor data, particularly at individual school sites. If we see data demonstrating a spike in particular classrooms, grade levels or schools, additional safety measures will be put into place.
The numbers of student and staff COVID-19 cases have remained quite low over the last four weeks. We will remain vigilant regarding contact tracing and reporting as well as providing updates regarding local data regularly. No further debate nor discussion was held during the meeting; this update was simply informational. Throughout the month, Dr. Clemens and district administration have been in constant contact with the Clay County Health Department and other area school districts, collaborating to make the best possible decisions for students. We will continue to share any further updates with staff and families directly should they arise.
June 10, 2021:
Changes to Mask Requirement
This afternoon, the Clay County Health Department released updated guidance for schools, lifting the mask requirement for all school buildings. In response to this new guidance, North Kansas City Schools will update our COVID-19 protocols accordingly. These changes in procedure regarding masks, transportation and stay-at-home protocols will take effect beginning Friday, June 11.
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 working closely with our local health partners at Clay County Public Health and the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department to monitor the situation in our community.
Information regarding COVID-19 in Missouri is available from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services. Resources are also available from Clay County Public Health Center and the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department.
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 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Information regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response ACT (FFCRA) is available from the Department of Labor.