Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Jan. 7, 2022: Mask Requirement
As we shared yesterday, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council approved a new mask requirement for all individuals in schools serving grades K-12. This ordinance will take effect on Monday, January 10, expiring Thursday, February 3. Throughout the past 22 months, NKC Schools has consistently followed established Board policy to align our COVID-19 protocols with local guidance, including the use of masks. In response, NKC Schools will adhere to this new ordinance and update our practices accordingly.
Beginning Monday, January 10, masks will again be required for all students, staff and visitors indoors at all NKC Schools facilities. Due to the federal mandate currently in effect through Friday, March 18, masks will continue to be required for all individuals on buses. Our Board of Education plans to meet for further discussion in the coming days.
As a reminder, we are asking all members of our community to self-monitor for symptoms, such as new cough, headache, congestion, fever and/or sore throat. If you feel sick, it is important that you stay home from school. Individuals are then encouraged to contact their healthcare provider for further advice. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our schools healthy and safe.
North Kansas City Patrons:
While the mask requirement is in place, in order to enter any NKC Schools facility, all students, staff and visitors must be properly wearing a mask (covering your mouth and nose). Any exemptions to this rule for district patrons must be approved by the Student Services Department prior to your attendance. The mask exemption form can be found here. Forms are also available and can be dropped off at Student Services, located at the district’s Central Office at 2000 NE 46th St, Kansas City, MO 64116, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 31, 2021: COVID-19 Isolation Period Update
As of this week, the Clay County Public Health Department has published interim guidance regarding isolation of students and school staff who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Everyone who tests positive, regardless of vaccination status, should:
- Stay home for 5 days from the date of their positive test or first symptoms, whichever is earlier.
- If students/staff have no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving after 5 days, they may return to school on day 6.
- Students/staff should wear a mask on days 6-10.
- If a fever develops on day 5 or later, continue to stay home until the fever resolves.
Based on the advice of national and local health professionals, we are recommending that all eligible individuals consider receiving the vaccination as soon as possible. Click here for a list of convenient vaccination opportunities in our area.
The FDA and CDC recently approved the Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals ages 5-11. We recognize that vaccination is a personal decision to be made by each family individually for their children. Several of NKC Schools' partners are hosting clinics for ages 5-11 now. Information will be shared about available opportunities here. Other local organizations are also providing vaccination for all ages. Interested families can visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccine event nearby.
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.