Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
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.
February 1, 2021:
COVID-19 Vaccination Reservations for Staff
NKC Schools has continued to collaborate with our local health partners throughout the winter to plan for the safe and efficient distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations to our staff members. Along with wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing, we know that vaccines are one of the best measures available to protect against the virus. Many of our NKC Schools staff members received their first doses as those within priority groups approved in January. When Missouri moves to Phase 1B-Tier 3, all school staff will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Truman Medical Center (TMC), NKC Schools will provide vaccinations to all staff who elect to participate. Last month, the district asked all staff members to indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine to develop initial plans for a clinic in our district. While we gauged interest earlier this year, we are now at a point to bring this to fruition. Vaccinations will be provided at specified sites throughout the district in partnership with TMC. This morning, we asked our staff members to begin reserving their COVID-19 vaccination. Once the state approves Phase 1B-Tier 3, we will work with TMC to order supplies. We are excited to provide this opportunity for all NKC Schools staff members who would like this service. Read the full message shared with families today.
January 7, 2021:
Updated Stay-at-Home Guidance
Following updated guidance from the CDC and recommendations from the Clay County Health Department, students and staff who are asked to stay home from school sites should now remain home for 10 days. This is a change from the previous timeframe of 14 days. Students and staff may return after 10 days have passed if they have no symptoms and continue to self-monitor and wear a mask. Families will have the option of following the updated guideline or continuing the full 14-day quarantine. Students will not be penalized as a result of this decision. Students and staff members who were potentially exposed will continue to be contacted directly with more information. If you have questions or would like to have further conversation, please contact your student's school.
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)