Friday, May 6, 2022

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Action Items

For All Administrators

ZERO Card Information

from Human Resources

Please share this information with your staff:

Want to learn more about the new ZERO card feature added to your medical plan this year? You are invited to attend a virtual presentation about ZERO and how it works. Feel free to join one of the upcoming virtual sessions on May 11th, 2022, or May 13th, 2022, at 3:30 pm. Details on how to join the session can be found in the attached flyer. ZERO is only available with the following plans: HMO Blue Care, EPO Blue Select Plus, $500 Preferred Care Blue, $1,000 Preferred Care Blue, $2500 Preferred Care Blue, $2500 Blue Select Plus, and Spira care EPO $3,500.

KCKPS ZERO Flyer for Staff (PDF)

For All Principals

Directions for Submitting SIPs in KansaSTAR, May 24th-27th

from Federal Programs

All principals should submit their SIPs in KansaSTAR to KSDE between May 24th-27th.

Directions for Pre-Checking, Conducting Final Updates, and Submitting your SIP in KansaSTAR can be found in the Federal Programs shared drive folder: All Schools: School Improvement Planning Modules & Resources 21-22.

There are TWO DIFFERENT submission choices –

  • Elementary/Middle Schools: Indicators of Effective Practices – (Title I Schoolwide Annual Submissions)
  • ECH/High Schools/Alt Schools: Indicators of Effective Practices – (All Other Schools)

Still have some additional work to do in order to move your School Improvement Plan categories to Approaching or Transforming? Here are two SUPER quick videos that will show you how!

Contact Lisa Walker or Kacie Olson if you need to phone a friend for SIP advice!

For Elementary Principals

Delivery of Summer School Supplies to Buildings

from Curriculum & Instruction

Please be on the lookout for shipments from School Specialty containing summer school supplies. Schools will be receiving emails that these shipments are being prepared and should expect them to arrive in the next week or two. There may be multiple boxes coming on different days. As schools received these shipments, please set them aside and label them clearly for summer school. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Beyer.

For Title IX Building Coordinators

Title IX Building Coordinator End of Year Debrief

from Federal Programs

Since this is the first full year of in-person learning with the new Title IX regulations, the Title IX team wants to gather input from Title IX Building Coordinators regarding Title IX reporting & investigating processes.

Two debrief sessions have been scheduled for building Title IX Coordinators at the following times:

Secondary Title IX Building Coordinators: Tuesday, 5/17/22 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Elementary Title IX Building Coordinators: Tuesday, 5/17/22 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Building Principals who do NOT have an Assistant Principal serving as a Title IX Coordinator may choose to attend since they serve as the Title IX Coordinator; however, attendance is optional and therefore, NOT required. (Any Building Principal wishing to attend is welcomed to do so, but not required.)

Department Leaders serving as a Title IX Coordinator may choose to attend; however, these debrief sessions are designed to focus on how Title IX processes are working in the school setting.

Location for debrief sessions will be included in the calendar invitations sent to building Title IX Coordinators.

Questions, call or email Lisa Walker.


PD Summer 2022

from Professional Workforce Development

We are pleased and excited to share the KCKPS Professional Learning opportunities available this Summer. Please see and share the following documents with your staff.

KCKPS Impact Course 2022 Catalog

KCKPS Summer Summit 2022 Catalog
Within the catalogs, staff will find details, FAQs, session/course descriptions, and links to register in Frontline.

Thank you for sharing these links with your staff by Monday, May 9, 2022.

Vaccine Disability/Sick Day(s) Payout Option – Clarification

from Human Resources

For the Vaccine Disability/Sick Day(s) Payout Option, you do not need to wait until 5/27/2022 to resign if you are planning on leaving the district. You can put in your resignation immediately with an effective date of 5/27/2022. Those individuals who put in a resignation and fulfill their contract will still be eligible for the payout. Anyone who puts in their resignation and leaves before the completion of their contract will not be eligible.

Transgender Students

from Student Services
Nationally, it is estimated that between 7-9% of youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Kansas City Kansas Public Schools supports all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Some students openly ask staff to call them a different name or use pronouns that do not match their gender marker in Infinite Campus. Other students might only share their preferences with friends. If you or a staff person is aware of a student who might identify as transgender, the first step is to connect them with the Behavioral Health Social Worker in your school. They will meet with the student and explore how their feeling and what their preferences are. When appropriate, the district Behavioral Health Coordinator, Angela Dunn, will then meet with the student to discuss developing a Gender Transition Plan. Social Workers will invite principals to attend this plan development meeting, or principals may choose to simply receive a copy of the plan once its created.
Students have expressed feeling “relieved” “supported” “excited” and “valued” when they are able to preferred name and gender updated on school rosters. Knowing they can be supported as themselves during the school day is so impactful. If you have questions or would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to reach out. This PDF link shares statistical information about the experiences transgender youth experience in schools.