Snow possible on Easter

National Weather Service forecast snow totals

Sunday snowfall start (National Weather Service graphic)

Sunday wind chill values (National Weather Service graphic)

Snow showers are possible, mainly after 11 a.m. on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

A light snow will develop around sunrise in the northern part of the state, and snow will then move east and southeast, the weather service said. The snow may fall in the Kansas City area mostly between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., according to forecasters.

The high will be near 32 on Sunday with a northeast wind of 11 mph. The chance of snow is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch is expected in Wyandotte County, the weather service said.

Sunday night, snow showers are likely before 7 p.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 25, with an east northeast wind of 3 to 8 mph. Less than a half-inch of new snow accumulation is likely.

Monday, there is a 20 percent chance of freezing rain before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain, according to the weather service. The high will be near 44 with an east southeast wind of 6 to 10 mph.

Winter weather advisory area is north of the Kansas City area (National Weather Service graphic)

Parents voice questions at KCK school board listening tour meeting

Parents had a lot of questions for the Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education at a listening tour on Saturday at Washington High School.

Some parents talked about a student fight at Washington High School that had been posted on social media on Friday. Other parents mentioned that tasers had been at school. “How does a taser get through a metal detector?” one person asked. Parents had questions about whether metal detectors were working. One staff member assured them the detectors were working.

Parents were concerned about topics such as student safety, discipline, posting of fights on social media, and policies on suspension.

The board also heard comments about staffing levels in certain areas, such as special education, as well as the need for parents to become involved. One person said there needs to be an alternative education classroom, such as a room within the school building, to send children who are disrupting classes.

One person who was active in a parent-teacher association urged parents to take care of students’ behavior problems at home.

Other speakers talked about a need for more staffing and more services, including counseling services inside the school, for certain students. Former or retired special education teachers could be asked to help the district, one suggested.

A local clergy member asked how churches could get involved. “How do we get back to the basics?” he asked, pointing to a sign that encouraged self-respect, respect for others and respect for the school. “What are we doing to address the moral issues?” he asked.

One school staff member said at the listening tour meeting that they are doing all they can, and sometimes they are not aware of the problems until after they happen. Sometimes there are more problems with the girls than with the boys, he said, including fighting and bad language.

The listening tour meeting was only one day after the Kansas City, Kansas, police spokesman sent out a two-sentence statement that search warrants were used at three school district locations on Friday, March 30. Because the cases may have involved juveniles, very little information was released by the police, and school officials also said they could not mention specific cases. There was no information that connected this police statement to the fighting that occurred recently at Washington.

The police statement on Friday: “Today Officers conducted several search warrants on the Kansas City, KS public School District in relation to a student victim. This is an ongoing investigation and is the only information available at this time.”

One parent suggested that a group should be formed for parents, teachers and staff to discuss the problem of school fighting and what to do about it.

The parent said if her children call with a concern about violence, she is going to “snatch them up” out of harm’s way. She wanted to have meetings with the school teachers and staff to discuss what can be done about it.

A Kansas City, Kansas, resident, Lou Braswell, who does not currently have children attending the schools, attended the meeting and said afterward that it reminded her of parents who formed a group about 40 years ago to address fighting at a local middle school. Those parents started a “phone tree” to notify each other of what was going on, she recalled. Braswell said she saw the video of the Washington High School fight on social media on Friday afternoon.

School board members explained at the listening tour meeting that they do not always know the details about each student’s suspension, or about each case of fighting. Those incidents are handled by administrators and teachers, and because of student privacy rules, they do not always hear about it. Sometimes the school board hears about the incidents if they are appealed, but mostly, the school board sets policy on suspensions and rules, they said. Currently, the school board is revising some of the policies on some of the issues discussed. Some of the parents with questions were asked to meet with administrators and staff after the meeting.

The next Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education listening tour meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 3, at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St.

For those who were not able to attend the listening tour meetings, the school district has a survey online at http://www.kckps.org/.

To see the entire two hour-listening session from today, visit YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7fZ-F33_tM.

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Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2203 Parallel, plans the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m. Holy Thursday, March 29, in Spanish. There will be adoration prayer at Blessed Sacrament from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 29. The Passion of the Lord will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Good Friday, March 30, at Blessed Sacrament in English. The Living Way of the Cross will be held at 6 p.m. March 30 in Blessed Sacrament’s parking lot, in Spanish. The Passion of the Lord will be celebrated at 7 p.m. March 30 at Blessed Sacrament, in Spanish. The Easter Vigil in Spanish will begin at 8 p.m. on Holy Saturday, March 31, with the Easter fire outside the south doors at Blessed Sacrament. On Easter Sunday, April 1, Masses will be at 8 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m., with the 9:30 a.m. Mass in Spanish.

Christ the King Church, 53rd and Leavenworth Road, will hold the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m. Holy Thursday, March 29, followed by adoration prayer from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the church. The Passion of the Lord will be held at 7 p.m. Good Friday, March 30. At 1 p.m. on Holy Saturday, March 31, will be the blessing of Easter food at Christ the King. The Easter Vigil will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31, with the Easter fire outside the north doors of Christ the King. Easter Sunday, April 1, Masses will be at 9:30 a.m. in English and at 1 p.m. in Spanish.

Fellowship Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 8844 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold Easter worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 1. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 1. The Rev. Warrick M. Graves is pastor. All are welcome.

Metro Lutheran Ministry has launched a fight against hunger in the Kansas City area through March 31. MLM’s food pantries in Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Mo., and the Northland help hundreds of people supplement their existing grocery budgets. Families and individuals are provided with about 20 meals a week. MLM is asking the community to help raise $140,000 to fully fund all three emergency food pantries for the next 12 months. Each dollar given between now and March 31 will be doubled, thanks to a matching gift from Blessings Abound Thrift Store in Overland Park. MLM’s food pantry in Wyandotte County is on the campus of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. For more information or to contribute, visit www.mlmkc.org.

Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1; an Easter Play at 8:30 a.m. April 1; and morning worship at 9:50 a.m. Easter, April 1. The community is welcome to attend. Pastor Ricky D. Turner will lead the service. For more information, visit www.ormbc.org or call 913-788-5657.

Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic Church, 8th and Quindaro, will hold Easter Sunday, April 1, Mass at 11 a.m.

Parkway Baptist Church, 12320 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 23 in the church classrooms. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 94th and State Avenue, plans a Holy Thursday, March 29, Mass at 7 p.m., followed by adoration until 10 p.m. On Good Friday, March 30, there will be Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m. followed by the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 7 p.m. On Holy Saturday, March 31, the blessing of food will be at 2 p.m., and the Easter Vigil will be at 8 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 1, Mass is scheduled at 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m. in English; at 12:45 p.m. in Spanish; and at 2:30 p.m. in Burmese.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., will observe the second Sunday in the Easter season at 10 a.m. April 8.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 27 in the Fellowship Hall. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

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