Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Update (October 16, 2020):
Decision-Making Criteria Updates
As local health departments updated their COVID-19 guidance and recommendations for schools, North Kansas City Schools had need to do the same. A committee with representatives from all stakeholder groups (parents, students, teachers, staff, community and the Board of Education) came together on Thursday, October 15 to study more sophisticated and current information and revise our original decision-making criteria. Read more for an update on the committee's work.
As we make plans for our return to school, NKC Schools has created several resources for our families, staff and community members. Visit the links on the left for each topic, or click here to see all resources, including translations into several languages.
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)