For All Administrators
Cell Phone Upgrade Information
T-Mobile will be in the East Wing Conservatory of Central Office on Wednesday, March 9th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to upgrade district issued cell phones. This will be the last day they will be here for upgrades. To make the upgrade process smooth please follow the directions on the two attached documents provided by T-Mobile. Thank you.
For Middle School and Sumner Principals
Grades 6-8 Second Step Usage
from Student Services
Middle School and Sumner Principals, on the March 9th DCIP Day there is time built into the schedule to review grades 6-8 Second Step usage reports for your building, celebrating success, and brainstorming how to support those FA teachers that may be struggling to use this MTSS Tier 1 resource for teaching social emotional skills to set our students up for success.
Linked here is a folder that has each of your respective reports. On the reports, you will see some color coding. The color coding is based off the FA Pacing Calendar.
Shout out to Gloria Willis for having the most FA teachers in the green!
Green= has completed 8+ lessons and is a champion for SEL in your building.Yellow= has completed 4-7 lessons and is on track for SEL success. Red = has completed less than 4 lessons and needs support.
For All Administrators
KCKPS Mobile Minute
from Curriculum & Instruction
Here is the most recent edition of the KCKPS Mobile Minute. Today’s edition includes an iPad App Survey for Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers, how to make books using technology, Canvas information, and much more!
Language Support – Please Share with All Staff
from Student Services
We understand that language support is important and Student Services is committed to providing the necessary resources to buildings. Now that Propio codes for FA aren’t active, we want to remind all staff that the district continues to have both internal and contracted interpretation services to help buildings and provide language support to families via zoom meetings, phone calls, and more. Please use the links below as a guide to finding how to access those resources and request language support. If you have any questions, need additional information, please email email@example.com or contact Naomi Tolentino at 913-279-2247.
Limited English Proficiency Policy Adoption
The KCKPS board has adopted a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Policy at the February 22, 2022 board meeting. This policy is to support the community and ensure that we are removing language barriers. Within the policy, there are many things that buildings are already doing but as a reminder, you will need to verify that you have:
* Posted language signage provided by Student Services
* Share with building staff procedures of requesting language support such as contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, Propio and Propio One, internal and external translation services
* Chromebook located in a location easily accessible to staff and families for Propio One usage
Further information and training will be provided within the upcoming weeks. If you have questions contact Jacqueline Rodriguez, Director of ESOL.
Infinite Campus Data Days Training
from Infinite Campus Support/TIS
Data Days is live, online training available March 1-3 through your Infinite Campus Account. Sessions are also recorded and accessible through the end of the school year. There are multiple trainings about Ad Hoc and Pivot Designer you may find useful. Visit the KCKPS IC Support Website for more info and directions to sign up.
There are additional sessions around Master Scheduling tasks, please contact Karlean Kramer if you are considering one of these before signing up.
Application Process for Certified Staff
from Human Resources
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools certified employees interested in applying for positions within the school district for the 2022-2023 academic year may do so through the following steps for which they meet the current qualifications, endorsements, or license.
- Certified staff may apply for positions for the 2022-2023 school year as they become available through the Talent Ed application system located at kckps.org/careers. All applications will be subject to the qualifications set forth in the job postings and represent no guarantee for interviews or future hires.
- Certified staff can apply for positions until the Kansas state approved resignation date has been completed. June 3, 2022 is the official state approved date for certified staff to submit their resignation to the school district. Liquidated fees under the separation of services section of the current NEA-Kansas City, Kansas agreement, will be in effect at 12:00 a.m. on June 4, 2022.
- If the certified staff has not received an offer for a KCKPS job, then the employee will remain in their current position and location for the 2022-2023 school year.
SEL Day 2022
from Student Services
SEL Day 2022 is coming up! On Friday, March 11th 2022 KCKPS will be celebrating SEL Day. To sign your building up visit the SEL Day website. Need ideas for how to celebrate SEL Day 2022? Here is a great google doc with ideas or you can email Tracie Chauvin to brainstorm! Email Tracie with any SEL Day plans that your school has as well to be highlighted and recognized.
from Human Resources
Please review the Certified Contract NonRenewals Timeline for the 2021-2022 school year. The timeline will also be posted on the Administrators Guide. Feel free to reach out to Ana Perez-Matthews if you have any questions.
For Middle School Principals and Counselors
Middle School Online Master Schedule Training
from Scheduling and Student Services
Online trainings for Master Scheduling tasks have been emailed to all middle school counselors. Please collaborate with your counselor to provide the most distraction free time and space for these online events. While these are targeted to tools and skills counselors need you are welcome to join. Ask your counselor for the list of exact times we are attending. Additional subject trainings can be viewed by logging into your Infinite Campus account, choosing Community from the top right menu, and then Campus Passport from that top right menu.
State Wide Tornado Drill Exercise 10AM Tuesday March 8th.
from KCKPS PD
Severe Weather Preparedness Week is March 7 to 11. The State wide tornado drill will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday March 8. There will not be a backup date or time. This year’s KS SWPW packet can be found here as educational material.
This year’s drill will differ from years past in one critical way. The NWS will NOT be sending out a live tornado warning over NOAA Weather Radio and EAS, rather we will send out a routine weekly test on NOAA Weather Radio containing tornado drill information. This was done because sending out the live warning has been extraordinarily problematic and confusing to the general public for years, and resulted in testing EAS in a manner inconsistent with its design. Wyandotte County will be sounding the normal tornado sirens throughout the County.
We are requesting that all schools and district buildings conduct a tornado drill at 10 AM on March 8, and we encourage you to participate by sounding your sirens or utilizing test verbiage in any other emergency communications protocols you utilize. The NWS will also be sending out graphics for the drill on Facebook and Twitter at 10 AM to encourage the general public to practice sheltering.
Family Surveys for KESA, Title I, School Improvement Plans, District Strategic Plan
from Federal Programs
We’re PUSHING OUT our annual family survey between 2/1/22 and 2/28/22 to gather data on YOUR SCHOOL’s culture, climate, equity & inclusion, and instructional programs. Surveys are for ALL SCHOOLS. DATA will be used for KESA, Title I, School Improvement Plans, and the District Strategic Plan. It’s important for all schools to have strong participation rates in order for the responses to be a valid data source.
Surveys will be made available through the following measures:
-Principals should provide structured opportunities/computer stations at Family Advocacy conferences so parents can
complete surveys on site.
-Principals should send out survey links in their School Newsletters, encouraging parents to provide important feedback
about their schools.
-Classroom or department teachers should send out survey links in their weekly/daily posts for parents.
-Survey links will be posted on the district website.
-The Communications Department will send out the survey link to all families through Flyer Connect and Bright Arrow
Please note there is ONE link for 8 languages and a SEPARATE LINK for the Karen translation.
A PDF that includes a short message (9 different translations) inviting families to complete the survey, followed by the survey link, is located in the Federal Programs shared drive. A copy of the Survey is also in the folder.
New Staff Intranet Launching Soon/Review of District Forms and Departmental Pages
Due to new and ongoing issues with the old intranet system, we are launching a temporary (but more user-friendly and accessible) staff intranet for everyone’s use. The new, temporary intranet will also have a section titled “Administrators’ Corner,” with links to this newsletter’s homepage, admin-only form links, and more.
Before we launch this temporary intranet, however, we need a lot of old data updated or even removed. To start, there is a page that housed a number of all-purpose forms and manuals; if your department handles any of these forms (or used to), please visit this link and send any changes needed to forms or links directly to Mike Keener as soon as you can, as it will help speed along the live launch of this new intranet page. Additionally, let him know about any other content on either the live site (or old intranet) that needs to be edited for inclusion on the new site.
New District Letterhead
NEA-KCK Professional Development
Due to attendance, we have rescheduled the De-Escalation (Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Behavior). The new date and time will be: March 1, 2022 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. This is will be ZOOM session, the link will be provided after registration is completed. Registration ends: February 24, 2022 at 4 p.m. Door prize will be awarded. Must be present to win.
Spending Cutoff – April 1st
Click here to view information via PDF about the April 1 spending cutoff.
Strikeout COVID Vaccine Event Coming Soon
from Communications and Marketing
Administrators, please share this info with staff and students:
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is partnering with the Wyandotte County Health Department and the Kansas City Royals to Strikeout Covid for those ages 5 to 11 for an upcoming vaccine event.
Disqualifiers for getting the vaccine:
- Sick now with any new fever, cough, chills, body aches, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, headache, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of taste or smell
- Positive covid-19 test in the past 10 days
- Living with anyone who is positive currently.
Central Middle School – Thursday, March 3, 2022
A COVID-19 vaccine event will be held at Central Middle School on Thursday, March 3, 2022. The event runs from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Electronic Reporting Forms for Injuries and Incidents
From Communications & Marketing
Just a quick reminder that many of the forms you need when it comes to incidents are now electronic.
Student injury forms have now been included to the list.
To find the reporting form for students go to this link: https://form.jotform.com/212366215525047
To make the reporting of workman’s compensation accidents less time consuming, the Supervisors Accident Report is now an electronic form.
Regardless of severity, immediate supervisors & directors are required to report all work-related injuries within 48 hours to Risk Management.
To do so, please use the following link: https://form.jotform.com/212304621025035
The Incident Report helps document any incident involving non employees.
This includes our students, visitors, parents and guardians.
The incident form is to be filled out for a number of situations including: a child is missing, if a student is injured in a way that could require medical attention in the future, police have to be called during an incident, there is a fight, or even to report property damage.
An example of a fight that needs to be recorded- a fight that breaks out that others are around and it may have been recorded. A fight that someone may not realize they are injured immediately but could later on in the day. Fights that do NOT need to be recorded: two kids on the playground hit each other in the arm over a ball.
There may be other incidents that could also require use of this form.
If you have questions about whether an incident falls into this category, please reach out to your IIO.
Here is a link to the Incident Report form: https://kckps.org/incident-report/