KCK schools to begin serving breakfast and lunch at two more locations Monday

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools will begin serving both breakfast and lunch at two additional locations starting Monday, March 30, according to a school district announcement.

The meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, at six KCKPS school locations:

Arrowhead Middle School
Wyandotte High School
Schlagle High School
Harmon High School

Additional locations:
Banneker Elementary School
Rosedale Middle School

The district served more than 7,500 meals to students this week through the grab-and-go lunch sites, a district spokesman stated.

Students can use any of the locations to pick up a meal. The curbside service is designed to provide meal options during school closure and also to help promote personal health as well as social distancing.

For more information, visit the school district’s website at kckps.org, or call the district’s Call Center at 913-627-2455 with any questions.

The “stay-home” order issued by Gov. Laura Kelly today starts on Monday, and will not affect any of the district’s plans for curbside meal pickup and distributing technology next week, according to a social media post by the school district.

The rest of the school year in Kansas will be short days with limited screen time

by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service

Lawrence, Kansas — With public and private school buildings closed until August, education officials want students to limit their screen time and spend less than three hours a day learning.

A report released Thursday directs districts to spend five days assessing students’ technology needs, building lesson plans and telling parents what to expect. Districts are required to submit a plan to the state for doing so by early April.

On Tuesday, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly ordered all schools in the state closed until the start of the next academic year to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The report says that teachers, parents and students will need to be flexible and adjust to a new style of instruction. And it emphasizes that screen time and learning often aren’t that same thing.

“Continuous learning is learning any time, anywhere,” said Dyane Smokorowski, an Andover teacher and a member of the task force that created the report over three days. “That can be done outside, that can be done in your living room, that can be done on a front porch.”

Schools will no longer be expected to administer standardized tests. In fact, they won’t be able to because federal guidelines say they can’t be administered remotely.

“We are not going to be doing state assessments unless something would change dramatically in (Kelly’s school-closing) executive order,” said education commissioner Randy Watson. “It would be impossible for it to be done … from a confidentiality perspective.”

Proms and graduations will be canceled unless they meet county health departments for group gatherings.

Districts may allow students to return to school to pick up belongings, but only in small groups. Teachers may also meet in school buildings to plan lessons or meet with families.

Other recommendations in the report include:

• Limiting daily instruction time, based on the child’s age level. The times range from 30 minutes a day for pre-K students, up to 3 hours for 6th-12th grade students.
• Teachers having designated online office hours and using screen sharing and recording to teach lessons.
• Schools sending devices home with students if they are available, checking with local internet service providers about access, and encouraging families to use mobile devices as hotspots.
• Teachers using online platforms to collect student work and assess progress.
• Districts providing lists of resources for food, transportation, clothing and other needs to parents.
• Learning through a combination of videos, handouts, writing and recreation time.

Nomin Ujiyediin reports on criminal justice and social welfare for KCUR and the Kansas News Service. You can follow her on Twitter @NominUJ.
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KCK schools to provide curbside meals for children

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools will provide curbside pickup meals for children in the district starting Monday, March 23.

It will be a program similar to the summer lunch program, where sack lunches or boxed lunches are given to schoolchildren, said Edwin Birch, spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools. The school buildings will be closed for the rest of the semester, according to a state emergency order in response to COVID-19.

There will be four locations to pick up the meals, and parents must have their schoolchildren with them, Birch said. There is no charge. The pickup times are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The school district’s kitchen will make the lunches, and the program is funded through the USDA, the same way as the summer lunch program. It will be curbside pickup in order to promote personal health and social distancing.

The four locations include Arrowhead Middle School, 1715 N. 82nd St., Wyandotte High School, 2501 Minnesota Ave.; Schlagle High School, 2214 N. 59th St., and Harmon High School, 2400 Steele Road.

According to school district information, families without transportation will still be able to use the meal distribution program, but will be required to stand six feet apart. KCKPS police officers and staff will be present and will provide instructions.

Birch said the KCKPS Board of Education met this morning, discussed and authorized the meal program.

“We’re still in conversation about the continuous learning plan and what that will look like,” he said.

While students are at home during COVID-19, an educational program will continue at home. There is some discussion about online learning and sessions of small groups of under 10.

“Nothing has been decided yet,” Birch said. He added it was likely that there will be a plan presented in the next 24 to 48 hours.

He said the KCK school district wants parents and students to know that the district will continue the learning process as much as possible.

“These are difficult and trying times for everybody,” he said. “Everybody is affected by this. People are very resilient; we’ll get through this together.

He also said he liked how all the agencies are working closely together, including the schools, BPU, UG, local state representatives, Wyandotte County delegation, governor and Kansas state board of education.

The district is currently on spring break. With orders to keep groups under 10, some school district personnel are working from home, he added.