Virtual Learning and Coronavirus Updates

We recognize that even as the school year comes to an end, students will continue to benefit from access to nutritious meals. We are excited to announce that we will continue to distribute meals to students through June 30. However, we will be making several changes to the program beginning Monday, June 1 (the week after school ends):

 

  • Beginning Monday, June 1, meals will only be distributed at the Kauffman School, located at 6401 The Paseo:
    • Meals can be picked up through our no-contract distribution procedure between the hours of 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Monday – Friday.
    • We will distribute meal boxes containing 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for every child in the household under age 18.
    • Only 1 box may be picked up for each child in the household each week; we sincerely appreciate your adherence to this rule as it is critical to us continuing the meal distribution program.
    • Students do not need to be present to receive a meal box.
    • Change in on-campus pick-up location: Beginning June 1, meals will be distributed from the rear of the school building. Vehicles should enter through D gate.
  • Beginning Monday, June 1, we will discontinue distribution at other locations (bus-based sites throughout the community) and will no longer offer door-to-door delivery.  
  • (Added June 5) Due to necessary re-paving being completed on campus, we will not be able to offer our meal pickup service on Thursday, June 18th. Food distribution will continue to happen as scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of the same week. Please make plans to pick up meals on a day other than Thursday. Thank you for your flexibility!

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school may be eligible for a new one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) of up to $302 per child (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12) to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on days that schools have been closed. Students can receive P-EBT benefits even if they have been or continue to receive meals provided by the school district during the school closure. If your child was not previously eligible for free or reduced price meals, but you have now lost income, you may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits (review the P-EBT Eligibility Criteria document below).

 

The benefit is placed on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card families use to buy food. If you received Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, do not apply for these new/additional benefits. The full $302 will automatically be loaded to your existing EBT card. If you did not receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you must apply for this benefit by June 30, 2020 (see below).

 

The most efficient way to apply is to submit your application online at EmergencyMealSurvey.com/MO. You will also likely experience a faster approval process. If you’re not able to apply online, you can follow the link below to the paper application. The fillable PDF document can then be emailed or mailed to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Paperwork should not be sent to the Kauffman School; instead, follow the instructions and additional details in the letter to families below and submit your information directly to DESE.

 

Please review these important documents carefully:

 

To request a paper application be mailed to you, please contact Bailey Page at bpage@kauffmanschool.org or 913-339-8153.

 

The Department of Social Services (DSS) will send families a letter indicating if your application is approved or denied. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov or call 855-373-4636. For more information on the EBT card, visit: mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/ebt.

As we approach the end of the school year and a full quarter of virtual instruction, we continue to reflect on how incredibly grateful to be part of a community like ours. You - our students and families - have shown tremendous perseverance and patience as we’ve worked to continue to offer strong instruction to all students remotely. We hope the summer can be a safe, healthy, and productive time for your student and family as we take a pause from formal instruction.


To allow us to fully inventory our devices and plan for the next school year, we will be collecting all Chromebooks, chargers, and other school-issued items next week.


Middle School Families will return items from Monday, June 1st from 9 AM - 3 PM

High School Families will return items on Wednesday, June 3rd from 12 - 6 PM


If you have students in both schools or a schedule that makes one day’s times work better for you, you may return your items on either day. Full details are below, including safety protocols to ensure we maintain social distance guidelines when you come on campus.


Students will be expected to return the following items at this time:

  • School-issued Chromebook and charger
  • Graphing calculator, if issued
  • Internet hotspot, if issued
  • Athletics uniforms still in the student’s possession

We will also use this as an opportunity to return the following to you:

  • Any medication kept for your student with the nurse this year
  • Your student’s locker items, if not previously picked up

You will receive another email at the end of this week that is specific for your student and lists exactly which items from the above list your student will need to return and pick up.


Many of you have also reached out about yearbooks! Our printing and delivery timeline was delayed as a result of the pandemic, but we expect to receive yearbooks this summer. If you ordered a yearbook, we will provide updates about how we will get your yearbook to you as soon as we have specifics.


For our Middle School students: Your student will receive a summer lifework packet to complete over the summer. Please have your student complete and keep to turn in at the beginning of next school year. Extra copies of the lifework packet are available online and in the school front offices.


We are truly grateful for your partnership over the past two months. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at info@kauffmanschool.org.


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Timing:

  • Chromebook and School Items Return times will be on Monday, June 1st from 9 AM - 3 PM and Wednesday, June 3 from 12-6 PM. 
  • To help keep traffic and wait times as manageable as possible, we recommend that Middle School Families come on Monday and High School Families on Wednesday.

Location:

  • Items will be returned in the same way families pick up their students at dismissal and in the same way that middle schoolers picked up their Chromebooks - through the Family Pickup (Parent Pickup) line.
  • Families will enter through D Gate, off 63rd St. near Woodland.
  • Families will pause by the South Building east side doors to be digitally “checked in” by a staff member.
  • Families will return items at the far south doors and exit through A Gate on Meyer.

Procedure

  • Families will stay in their cars for the duration of the procedure.
  • To minimize contact and make this process as safe as possible, families should attach their parent pickup tag to their visor before coming to school. These tags were given to families at the beginning of the year and look like below. If you do not have your student’s parent pickup tag, you can write your students’ first and last names and grade levels in large letters on a piece of paper and attach to your car’s visor.
  • At “Check In” on the east side of the building, we will record your student(s) names and remind you of which items you will drop off or be given at the far south doors. 
  • At the South Building back doors, families will return school items and receive any items they are to pick up.
  • Because of the steps we’re taking to keep this procedure as safe as possible, you may experience a short wait when picking up your Chromebooks. Please consider that when you determine the best time to come to campus for a pickup. 

Dear EMKS Families,

We are extremely excited as an organization to announce that virtual learning will begin for middle school students on Monday, April 13th! We know that so many of you have been eagerly awaiting this announcement and next step for your student’s education and we are excited to begin this journey with you. Please see below for key information that will set your student up for a strong start on Monday; please read all the way to the bottom to ensure you are ready.

In a time of uncertainty and navigating difficult times worldwide, we want to make sure that EMKS provides access to quality education so our students are still on the path to creating college graduates. As we’ve said, we are so excited to be able to provide access to technology that allows all of our PREPsters to engage in rigorous academics, and the information listed below will be critical for your student to use that technology to learn each day.

What to Do TODAY (April 9th):

If you have not already done so, please complete these two items as soon as possible today. Please note that an administrator may be reaching out throughout the day to check on the completion of these items so that we can ensure your student is set up for a strong start on Monday!

  1. Log in to your student’s Chromebook using their Kauffman Google Log-In Information
    1. The username was provided to you on the green half-pager with your student’s Chromebook
    2. If you lost your student’s username, please reach out to us at helpdesk@kauffmanschool.org or 816-268-5660
    3. The password for your student’s account was set to Kauffman2020!
    4. Once your student logs in for the first time, they will create their own unique password for future use (note: we recommend you keep this written in a safe place)
  2. Join your student’s classes
    1. Go to classroom.google.com
    2. Make sure your student is signed in using the Kauffman Google Account
      1. On the upper right-hand corner of your internet browser, you will see a circle icon with a letter in the middle
      2. Click on that circle (arrow pointing below) and
      3. The account signed in should end in “kauffmanschool.com”
      4. If not, click the button to switch accounts to your student’s kauffmanschool.com email address (click here to see image of what to do)
    3. Your student should have TWO classes on their Google Classroom homescreen for them to accept / join
    4. One class will be their cohort classroom. The other will be their Guided Reading classroom.
    5. Your student must JOIN both classes by clicking “Join” (click here to see image of what to do)

If you experience difficulty with any of the above items, please email us at helpdesk@kauffmanschool.org or call us at 816-268-5660.

What to Expect MONDAY (April 13th):

  • You student should log in by 8:00am on Monday, April 13th
    • There will an email in their Kauffman Gmail inbox giving them directions
    • Throughout the first day, your student will have mini-lessons introducing them to their new learning experience
      • They will be asked to watch videos and complete tasks on the google classroom so they are fully ready to engage with every lesson moving forward
      • They will also have the chance to greet and talk with their teachers and classmates!
    • There will be a series of lessons, similar to their usual class schedule - you should expect them to be in lessons from 8:00am until around 12:00pm, with multiple short breaks built in throughout the day
  • Best practices for virtual learning
    • Have a space where your student can sit with the Chromebook and be able to focus
    • If the student has headphones they can use, have those ready and plugged in to use
  • Expectations for engagement
    • We will be taking attendance based on students logging in and completing the daily assignments
    • Please make sure your student is “present” each day by logging in on time and participating actively in each activity
      • If your student is not logged in and active in the google classroom, teachers and administrators will reach out to ensure that they are engaged each day moving forward
    • Similar to our high academic expectations in the classroom environment, we expect all students to complete high quality work each day and apply the feedback they get from their teachers each day on their work
    • You will receive more specific expectations for student engagement and participation so that you can help your student engage successfully!
  • Reground in the PREP Values
    • There will be bumps in the road and a lot of questions as we are engaging in a completely new style of learning. Teachers, administrators, counselors, students, families, and volunteers have all returned to our values of Perseverance, Results, Empathy, and Passion to help us navigate this time, and we ask that you and your students keep them in mind as we work together over the coming days and weeks to provide support and consistency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for a list of Frequently Asked Questions compiled from the past week. If you have any questions that are not covered in the information above or below, please reach out to us at info@kauffmanschool.org or 816-268-5660 and we would love to support!

  • Q: What if I do not have internet access at my home and will not have it by Monday morning?
    • A: If you are not already in contact with the school about next steps for your internet access, please contact us as soon as possible at helpdesk@kauffmanschool.org or 816-604-7920
    • If you have already created a plan for your internet but it will not be available by Monday morning, please see the below resources for free internet in the community that you can access in the meantime:
      • All Kansas City Public Libraries will have free WiFi access in their parking lots at their individual branches
      • All XFinity hotspots in Kansas City have been opened up for free access. For a full map of hotspots please visit https://wifi.xfinity.com/
  • Q: What are the expectations for using Chromebooks?
    • A: You have received and signed a contract outlining the expectations for use when you pick up your Chromebook.
    • They should be used for academic support and the same expectations regarding accessing appropriate materials and academic honesty apply the same way as if you were in the school building
  • Q: Are there internet controls on the Chromebook?
    • A: No, when the device is at home and connected to your own WiFi, the device will not have any parental controls or monitoring from the Kauffman School - just what you have on your own home network.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure that your student is using their Chromebook responsibly and only accessing appropriate material
    • We recommend that you do the following to protect your student’s internet access:
      • Limit the usage of the Chromebook to only the times that the student is working on classroom
      • Contact your internet provider to set up parental controls on your WiFi
      • Use the resource from google to set up parental controls:
      • Have a conversation with your PREPster about integrity and stewardship
        • Chromebooks cost $300 amount per device and the Kauffman School is able to provide them without cost to our families
        • That means we (your family and your school) expect you to use it respectfully and for the right reasons
        • If you do not use it appropriately, you can earn consequences from home and the school
  • Q: Do we have to pay for them?
    • A: No, we are fortunate to allow students to use them at no cost
    • Have a conversation with your PREPster about integrity and stewardship to ensure that this device is taken care of
      • Chromebooks cost $300 amount per device and the Kauffman School is able to provide them without cost to our families
      • That means we (your family and your school) expect you to use it respectfully and for the right reasons
      • If you do not use it appropriately, you can earn consequences from home and the school
  • Q: How will we know our student’s academic progress?
    • A: Teachers will reach out after all google classrooms are set up to give you any additional info about how to check their work / grades 
  • Q: When should I return the Chromebook?
    • A: You will return the Chromebook when school resumes in session in person.
  • Q: What should I do if I my Chromebook is not working?
  • Q: Help! My student is locked out of their account!
    • A: Reach out to helpdesk@kauffmanschool.org to have their password reset
    • Make sure to include the name of the student
    • Helpful hint: when you create your new password, make sure to write it down in a safe place!

Thank you!

Ewing Marion Kauffman School

Meals on Friday, April 10th
 

With the partnership of our food services and transportation vendors we are excited to announce that our meal distribution sites will be open on Friday 4/10:

 

  • Distribution sites will be open regular hours (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)
    • The Kauffman School: 6401 Paseo Blvd
    • 75th & Troost
    • 58th Ter & Swope Pkwy
    • 46th Ter & Paseo Blvd
    • Linwood & Cleveland
    • Operation Breakthough (3039 Troost Ave)
    • Sunrise & Van Brunt
    • E 40th & Topping Ave
  • If you are in need of a door-to-door delivery for Friday, requests need to be made by 4pm on Thursday 4/9. Any request made after 4pm will not be able to be honored until Monday 4/13.
    • Reminder: If you are unable to travel to the locations listed above or to another school or organization providing this service in your neighborhood, you may also text “EMKS MEALS” to 816-832-1883.

Dear Kauffman Middle School Families,

Happy New Week! Your student's next set of work packets begin Monday, April 6. These packets were sent in the mail last Wednesday, and we estimate that these should arrive by end of day Monday for most families (if they haven't already)!

 

So we know you're receiving your student's work, please take the survey below once you receive your students' packets: www.tinyurl.com/EMKSPacket3

 

If you have not yet received your students' packets, you can access the work digitally via directions in your email. If you are concerned that your students' work isn't reaching you (e.g. due to change of address), please reply to this email with more information.

 

Thank you, and we hope you have a safe and healthy week,

 

The Kauffman School

 

Dear Kauffman Middle School Families,

We are incredibly grateful to be part of a community like ours. This time has brought many challenges that we are all experiencing in different ways, but with your support our students are showing incredible perseverance and commitment to their learning. Over the past two weeks, students have been diving headfirst into content, texting pictures of their exit tickets to teachers, holding  virtual hangouts with their classmates, emailing to get additional copies of books, and more. Our mission of Creating College Graduates is as important as ever, and so we are committed to continuing strong instruction and removing any barriers to students’ success.

With this in mind, we are thrilled to announce that we have purchased and will be issuing Chromebooks to all students in grades 5-8 for use during the school year! What that means: 

  • Computers will be available for you to pick up this week in accordance with social distancing safety protocols.
  • Students will continue their packet-based instruction through the week of April 6-9. When we make the switch to virtual learning, we will stop mailing packets.
  • When you pick up the computer, you will have details on how to log in to students’ email accounts. However, we will continue to communicate further setup instructions through the parent email, text, and robodial so that you do not miss information.

We are working with teachers over this week to design exactly what virtual learning will look like for our middle school students. We know it will include video demonstrations of key concepts, clear times to join office hours with teachers to ask questions, and a structured schedule to submit assignments that helps support our students with the challenges of  independent learning. 

You can pick up your students’ Chromebooks from EMKS between 12:00 PM and 6 PM tomorrow, Monday, April 6 or between 9:45 AM and 6 PM on Tuesday, April 7. Full details of how to pick up these computers are below, including  safety protocols to ensure we maintain social distance guidelines when you come to pick up your students’ computers. If you already know you have a scheduling or transportation issue that will make pickup difficult, please complete the survey here to give us more information.

We are truly excited for the additional opportunities and learning that will be possible with all our students having computers. Please reach out to us with any questions at info@kauffmanschool.org.

Best,

The Kauffman School

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Chromebook Pickup Procedure

Timing:

  • Chromebook Pickup times will be from 12:00 PM to 6 PM Monday and 9:45 AM to 6 PM Tuesday (April 6-7). 
  • Families are responsible for picking up Chromebooks for their 5th-8th graders from the Kauffman School.
  • Please complete the survey here if no one in your household can collect your student's Chromebook during these times.

Location:

  • Computers will be picked up in the same way families pick up their students at dismissal - through the Family Pickup (Parent Pickup) line.
  • Families will enter through D Gate, off 63rd St. near Woodland.
  • Families will pause by the South Building east side doors to be digitally “checked in” by a staff member.
  • Families will retrieve computers at the far south doors and exit through A Gate on Meyer.

Procedure

  • To minimize contact and make this process as safe as possible, families should attach their parent pickup tag to their visor before coming to school. These tags were given to families at the beginning of the year and look like below. If you do not have your student’s parent pickup tag, you can write your students’ first and last names and grade levels in large letters on a piece of paper and attach to your car’s visor.
  • At “Check In” on the east side of the building, you will receive two Chromebook Usage Agreements (a copy to sign and a copy to keep) and a pen, through the window of their car. 
  • Families will review and sign this agreement before receiving their Chromebook.
  • At the South Building back doors, families will turn in their agreement and receive their computer along with printed directions and log-in information through their car window.
  • Because of the steps we’re taking to keep this procedure as safe as possible, you may experience a short wait when picking up your Chromebooks. Please consider that when you determine the best time to come to campus for a pickup.

We sent out two letters to specifically our 11th and 12th grade families. Both are included below.

 

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Dear Senior Families,


We hope your family is continuing to stay as safe and as well as possible. The recent weeks have created a great deal of uncertainty for everyone, and we are tremendously proud of the incredible work our students have been doing on their online instruction, even in the face of this uncertainty. 


The end of your senior year is a special time of incredible celebration. You’ve heard a lot from us about our top priority of you completing your high school academic program as strongly as possible. Since student’s work is still counting for the grade on their High School transcript and towards their graduation requirements, we have begun our return from break working on our ‘virtual learning plan.’ Now that we have a couple of weeks under our belts on online-learning, we also want to provide an update on the events and experiences that are planned for seniors throughout the months of April and May. 


There is much that is still unknown and decisions we will not be able to make yet due to the ever-changing climate of COVID-19, and schools across the world are grappling with this uncertainty. All this being said, we want you to know that celebrating your student is incredibly important to us, and regardless of what happens over the next weeks or months, we will find ways to honor this important milestone for your student.


You and your student are likely wondering specifically about certain plans or events. While we have little to share here that is definite, we want to be as transparent as possible to help your family with their planning.

  • Prom: Prom was previously scheduled for April 25th, which is now at a time before we will return to school. Accordingly, we will not hold Prom on April 25th. It is our hope that we can reschedule Prom for a later date this year or this summer. We will send out information about rescheduling as soon as we are able to make a decision given city, state and federal health guidelines. If you have an appointment, tux rental, dinner reservation, etc. for April 25th, we recommend you cancel at this time. We are sharing this information with you to avoid students and families incurring non-refundable costs; it remains our hope that we will be able to reschedule this event. 
  • Graduation: When we think of senior events and milestones, we know our graduation ceremony is at the top of the list. We are committed to finding a way to celebrate your student’s graduation. We would ideally like to do this as we’ve planned to, but will do so creatively or at a different time if we must. Regardless of the plan for the ceremony itself, you will continue to hear from us about a variety of “pieces” of graduation prep (for example, confirming diploma names or projected ticket needs) so that we can be ready to move ahead quickly once we have more information. 
  • Josten’s Merchandise Payments and Delivery: We are in communication with Josten’s about the delivery of remaining Josten’s merchandise, including caps and gowns, and will communicate when we have a plan in that regard. You may be aware that you still owe a balance to Josten’s for outstanding items. We recommend families manage this bill just as they are managing all of their bills right now – pay what they can afford to pay right now and defer anything they can’t. If you have any questions or concerns at all about Josten’s merchandise or billing, do not hesitate to reach out to Josten’s at (816-628-6157) or Bailey Page at bpage@kauffmanschool.org.
  • College Access Support and Matriculation Planning: We will continue to offer college matriculation support throughout the spring, summer and early fall, including remote support starting soon. 

In general, for spring senior events scheduled after April 27, we are continuing to work on a “best case scenario” plan, while working on contingency plans for a variety of scenarios, considering the possibility of things like extended school closures or gathering size restrictions that could persist if school reopens. As soon as we know something will definitely need to look different, or we finalize a plan, we’ll tell you right away.


We know that you likely have more questions about your senior’s next two months. While much is up in the air, I am happy to speak or email with you about anything I may be able to help clarify. 


Best,

Bailey Page on behalf of the EMKS Senior Events Team

bpage@kauffmanschool.org

913-339-8153


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Dear 11th Grade Families,


We hope your family is continuing to stay as safe and as well as possible. We are tremendously grateful for your partnership over the past two weeks, and so proud of the work our community has done. We know many things are still unknown about the months ahead for us and schools across the nation, but we commit to sharing information and updates with you as soon as we have them. Many of you have been asking, and we’d like to give an update about Prom.


Prom was previously scheduled for April 25th, which is now at a time before we will return to school. Accordingly, we will not hold Prom on April 25th. It is our hope that we can reschedule Prom for a later date this year or this summer. We will send out information about rescheduling as soon as we are able to make a decision given city, state and federal health guidelines. If you have an appointment, tux rental, dinner reservation, etc. for April 25th, we recommend you cancel at this time.


We are sharing this information with you to avoid students and families incurring non-refundable costs; it remains our hope that we will be able to reschedule this event. 


Please continue reaching out to us with any questions you have - we are here for you and all in this together.


Best,

The Kauffman School Team

Dear Kauffman School Parent/Guardian:

 

We hope you all are staying safe during what we know is an unsettling time in our world. We’ve loved getting to talk with and see the progress of your students as they take on something new - and hope that having "school" back - even if it feels different - has provided some connection and stability. We are so thankful for all the energy and support you all have poured into your students. As we learn how to best provide learning opportunities to them over the next few weeks, we want to consistently communicate updates so that you all are clear on how we are approaching things moving forward.

One thing we wanted to ensure you feel in the loop on is how grading practices will work as we shift to virtual learning. Overall, our grading practices will remain largely the same with a few adjustments to match our new, online platform. Students’ daily assignments will be graded by the following guidelines, starting this week:

 

Earning daily credit

  • Work that is complete and turned in on-time will be able to earn full credit
  • Work that is complete but turned in after the deadline will be able to earn half credit
  • Students will have 24 hours after the deadline to complete the assignment for partial credit 
  • Students should text/email teachers when the assignment is resubmitted to flag that the assignment is turned in and ready for grading
  • Work that is incomplete or turned over a day late will earn a 0. 
  • Note: 
    • Students who proactively reach out to their instructor to communicate a barrier to completing the assignment on time may be granted an extension (per the instructor’s discretion).
    • To mirror practices that students will see in college, there is a cap to the number of late assignments a teacher will accept and still offer partial credit:
      • 9/10: 2 late assignments 
      • 11/12: 1 late assignment
      • After exceeding this cap, students will automatically earn “0s” for any subsequent late assignment and will not have the ability to earn partial credit.
 

Revision Practices- same practices that we used in quarter 3 

  • 9th and 10th grade students can resubmit their assignments for a revised score
    • Teachers will “return” assignment via google classroom
    • Student will have 24 hours to resubmit the assignment (once) to earn back partial credit (half of the points that were missed)
  • 11th grade
    • Students cannot resubmit their assignments
    • Students can complete a remastery assignment (at the teacher’s discretion) 
      • Teachers will upload a reteach video to address points of confusion
      • Teachers will upload a remastery assignment
      • Students who complete the remastery assignment will be able to replace their original grade with the grade they earn on their remastery assignment
  • 12th grade will maintain their revision and remastery practices (no revision, no remastery)
 

Frequency of Assignments

Below is the frequency at which your student(s) should be turning in assignments on a daily basis. 

 

9th: 

  • Algebra: 1-2 assignments per day
  • English 1: 1-2 assignments per day
  • Pre-AP Biology: 1 assignment per day
  • Pre-AP World History: 1 assignment per day
  • Spanish 1: 1 assignment per day

10th: 

  • Geometry: 1 assignment per day
  • ACT Math:1 assignment per day
  • Pre-AP English 1: 1-2 assignments per day
  • Pre-AP Chemistry: 1 assignment per day
  • AP World History: 1 assignment per day
  • Spanish 2: 1 assignment per day

11th: 

  • Pre-Calculus: 1 assignment per day
  • AP Lang: 1-2 assignments per day
  • AP Seminar: 1 assignment per day
  • AP Chemistry: 1 assignment per day
  • AP US History: 1 assignment per day
  • Art: 1 daily check point per day, project due on Fridays 
  • ACT: 
    • ACT English/reading- due on Tuesday
    • ACT Math- due on Wednesday
    • ACT Science- due on Thursday

12th: 

  • AP Calculus: 1 assignment per day
  • AP Lit: 1-2 assignments per day
  • AP Research: 1 assignment per day
  • AP Chemistry: 1 assignment per day
  • AP Gov: 1 assignment per day
  • Art: 1 daily check point per day, project due on Fridays
 

We appreciate your support during this time. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

 

Academic Dishonesty

The Kauffman School takes academics very seriously and believes that with effort and hard work all students will succeed.  As we discuss updates to our grading policy, we thought it would be important to also reiterate our practices regarding academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty threatens this core belief and the integrity and results of the academic program. The Kauffman School’s policy regarding academic dishonesty is outlined in the family handbook and code of conduct.  If an instructor should encounter an incident of academic dishonesty in their class, the following steps will be taken: 

 

Academic Dishonesty Procedures 

  • Instructors suspecting an act of academic dishonesty shall discuss the matter thoroughly with the student involved.  After discovering the alleged violation, an instructor will place a letter in the student’s permanent record if the violation occurred.
  • The student will be given zero credit on the assignment in question.  The instructor will submit a summary of the incident and evidence as well as recommendation for a consequence to the Dean of Students and the Principal.  The recommendation will be considered when a consequence is assessed.
 

Consequences

  • 1st Time - Dean Referral
    • Zero credit for the assignment
    • No opportunity to redo the assignment
    • Communication via phone to parent/guardian
  • 2nd Time - ISS
  • 3rd Time - OSS
 

Parents/guardians will be notified of violations received and any consequences. Please contact the High School Deans of Students with any questions or concerns.

  • Carolyn Gatewood: (816) 663-9782
  • Jamon Finley: (816) 832-7710
  • Nita Daniels: (816) 912-8900
 

Thank you very much.

 

Sincerely,

Kauffman High School Administration

Meal Pickup Location Updates:

  • Over the past three days, we have distributed nearly 3,000 breakfasts and 3,000 lunches through our meal distribution program! We will continue this program throughout the time that school is closed.
  • Based on limited numbers of pickups at our location at KC Urban Youth Academy, we will be discontinuing meal pickups at this location. This change begins tomorrow.
  • Mark Child and Family Development Center (2008 E. 12th St.) will now serve as an additional meal pickup location.
  • The Kauffman School (6401 Paseo Blvd) continues to be a meal pickup location via drive-thru service from our front driveway. (Enter through A gate off Meyer Blvd; families can pick up 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts per child at one time at this location; vegetarian options are available at this location.) Middle school work packets can also be picked up at this location.
  • The most up-to-date pickup locations and information about our meal distribution program can always be found on our website under the heading “Meal Distribution Information.”

 

Free Internet Offer:

  • While we have already communicated this information with most of our high school families, we wanted to make sure our middle school families also heard about Spectrum’s promotion of 2 free months (60 days) of internet with no installation fees or payments. Details of the offer and steps to move forward are below:
  • Spectrum Offer Details:
    • Number to call: 1-844-488-8395
    • When on the phone, name that you are asking for the Coronavirus Promotion
    • This will give you 2 free months (60 days) of internet with no installation fee or payment
    • Requirement to participate in this offer: You cannot currently owe a past balance to Spectrum.
    • Once you have signed up, Spectrum will send via FedEx the materials for you to set up at home (very easy process)
    • Note: wait times have been up to 1 hour on the phone so please be prepared for that wait time
    • Tip: If you sign up for this service, set yourself a reminder two months from your start date to cancel your internet service should you not want it to continue beyond that date.

As you likely heard over the weekend, Mayor Lucas and officials from surrounding counties have issued a stay-at-home order for the Kansas City area. Under this order, schools will remain closed through Friday, April 24.

 

We will continue to distribute meals, though we anticipate we may need to make some adjustments to distribution sites over the coming weeks. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date meals distribution information. Please also refer to our website and Facebook for the most up-to-date information about continued instruction during school closure.

 

You can reach us in several ways during the school closure:

·        Call us at 816-268-5660. We are fielding calls from off-site, so you may need to leave a message. Please leave a detailed message so we can track down the answer to your question before we call you back.

·        Email info@kauffmanschool.org. Please provide as much detail in your email as possible so we can track down the answer to your question before we respond.

·        Contact your child’s teachers. Teachers will be calling all families early this week.

 

We continue to be inspired by the resiliency of our community. We know this is an incredibly challenging time, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can provide support or answer questions.

Happy Monday, High School students!

 

As sad as I am to not be able to greet you all with a handshake, a smile, and a “Good Morning” in person today, I’m glad you all are able to stay home and safe in the midst of our crazy world right now. I know you all - like your teachers and school leaders - are dealing with a lot of uncertainty with school. I also know some of you are dealing with uncertainty outside of school. While I don’t know what the coming days and weeks will bring, I do know we’ll make it through together - and I’m thankful we have our Kauffman family to support one another.

 

A huge priority for our school is to make sure you all don’t fall behind in learning. You all are working towards amazing things: College Credit, rigorous exams, High School graduation, and leaving your mark and legacy on our school and community. In working towards those things, what none of us can afford to do is sit-by for weeks of time and lose out on learning. Therefore your teachers and school leaders have put together a plan to move your instruction onto an online platform so you can access your learning and schoolwork from home.

 

It’s going to take time get things up and running - but we’re doing so as quickly as we can. Today, you do not have new assignments - instead we’re asking you to confirm your technology is set up, because tomorrow you will have lessons posted. Attached/Linked Here is the list of things you should complete today to make sure you’re ready for tomorrow. If you’re having trouble accessing, please review the “FAQ” below for how you should move forward. Please review, and complete the steps below by 3:00 pm today so we can launch your lessons and assignments for tomorrow.

 

I know working from home requires a new type of flexibility, self-motivation, and accountability (I know it because I’m living it too right now!). This is a real opportunity for you to learn in a way that many college classes depend on - which you’ll need to take on after High School, and have a chance to practice now. As with school on a daily basis, your mindset will go a long way to determining your success. Because of that, I’m going to ask you to commit to a few mindsets:

  1. Know this won’t be perfect. You’ll make mistakes (as will your teachers and leaders) because we’re learning something new. You should remain flexible - it’s more important to learn from our mistakes than to beat ourselves up about them or get frustrated with one another.
  2. Communication is key. If you are confused or stuck, it’s your responsibility to communicate. Teachers will be readily available for certain hours each day to support - which means it’s on you to reach out by e-mail instead of giving up.
  3. Independence is great, but deadlines are real. Your personal organization and discipline will be necessary to meet them. What’s great about independent learning is you control your hours, time, and effort. At the same time, just like in a professional or collegiate environment, each day, you’ll have deadlines that you’re accountable to. If you miss them, it will be the same as if you miss an assignment in person and will hurt your grade. It’s your responsibility to plan your time so you can meet your deadlines.
  4. While we’re not physically in the same place, we’re all in this together.  Your teachers and school leaders are working hard through this time because we want to continue providing you the best education possible. Please show appreciation for them. While your relationships with staff may feel different without seeing them every day, we still care and want to foster strong relationships with you. Reach out if you need something - even if that’s someone to check in with on a given day.

 

I’m going to say it again: We’re all in this together. It will take work on all of our part to make this work - but you all are a brilliant, capable, and motivated group of people. Our team is here to support - and I know that we (and each of you) will do what it takes to succeed.

 

We’ll send more information by 7:30 am tomorrow for you to know exactly what to expect for assignments and classes on Tuesday. Get ready - we’re going to learn a lot together!

 

Thanks for reading, miss you all, and stay safe,

Mr. Carman-Brown

 

p.s. We’re keeping our school Facebook, Instagram, and website updated regularly - so if you’re wondering about an update or how we’re approaching things feel free to check there first!

Dear Kauffman Families,

We know there is a lot of uncertainty related to COVID-19, but we are certain that our school community is strong and will get through this together. Below please find details for the first few days of next week. We will continue to provide updates and additional information over the coming days and weeks.

School Closure

As we communicated on Monday, March 16th, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in collaboration with KCPS and other local districts, Kauffman School is canceling school after Spring Break and through April 3rd, 2020. We know that we must share in the responsibility of limiting the spread of this virus, and we believe school closures are an important step toward that end. We will evaluate the situation, under the guidance of Mayor Lucas and the Kansas City Department of Health, on or before April 1st, 2020.

Meal Distribution During Closure

Kauffman School will prepare and distribute student meals beginning Monday, March 23rd and throughout the school closure period. Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be prepared at the Kauffman School. Meals will be available to any person 18 or under in the community; children do not need to be Kauffman School students to receive a Kauffman-prepared meal. Many other Kansas City schools and organizations are also providing this service to all Kansas City children, so if the locations listed below are not ideal for your family, you may want to check the websites of schools and organizations in your neighborhood.

Meals will be distributed Monday – Friday from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the following locations:

  • Kauffman School, 6401 Paseo Blvd (drive-thru service from our front driveway; enter through A gate off Meyer Blvd; families can pick up 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts per child at one time at this location; vegetarian options are available at this location)
  • At the following bus stops (look for the parked Apple bus – meals will be distributed from buses; families can pick up 1 lunch and 1 breakfast per child at these locations)
    • 75th & Troost
    • 58th Ter & Swope Pkwy
    • 46th Ter & Paseo Blvd
    • Linwood Blvd & Cleveland Avenue (near the Linwood YMCA and now-closed De Lano Alternative School)
    • Operation Breakthrough (3039 Troost Ave)
    • KC Urban Youth Academy (1622 E 17th Terrace)
    • Sunrise & N Van Brunt Blvd
    • 40th Ter & Topping Ave

 

If you are unable to travel to the locations listed above or another school or organization providing this service in your neighborhood, you may also text “EMKS MEALS” to 816-832-1883. A member of our staff will follow up with you to coordinate door-to-door delivery. Please note that we will not respond to text messages until Monday, March 23rd.

Some meals are intended to be eaten cold, while others are intended to be heated in a microwave. Visit our website to view menus. Meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. If we run out of meals at a specific location, the Apple & AFV employees who will be on-site at each location will be able to direct you to the nearest location that has meals remaining.

We are grateful to our food services provider, American Food & Vending, and our transportation provider, Apple Bus, for their support of this priority.

Continued Instruction – Middle School

On Friday, March 20th, we mailed to the homes of all middle school students a packet of school work. This packet is intended to keep students engaged in learning through Wednesday, March 25th. Teacher contact information is included in each packet.  Electronic versions of these materials are also available on our website. Additional materials will be mailed on Tuesday, March 24th. Early next week, we will send additional details for continued instruction, including the teacher support that will be available during school closure. It is our expectation that students will be engaged in school work every day during school closure. We know that students, families, and our staff are all new to this type of education, and while we anticipate there will be some challenges, we are confident that we will be able work as a team to support our students. If you do not receive your packet by mail by Tuesday, March 24th and you are unable to print a copy from our website, please email info@kauffmanschool.org.

 

Continued Instruction – High School

On Wednesday, March 18th, we emailed high school families about continued instruction in the high school. This communication can also be found on our website. Additional information will be sent on Monday, March 23rd, but the following are headlines of our plan:

  • Classes will continue beginning Tuesday, March 24th. Lessons will be available prior to 7:30 that morning and due at 5 pm. In order to make sure your student is ready, we want to ensure the following:
    • All students have been able to log-into their Chromebooks.
    • All families have access to internet (and if they do not that we know who does not have access so we can provide temporary support).
    • All students and families know who to reach out to if having technical difficulties.
  • Internet Access – If you have not already done so, please complete this survey to report your family’s current access to Internet. If you do not respond, we will assume that you have reliable home Internet service and do not need support in obtaining Internet access.
  • Chromebooks – If your student was absent on Thursday, March 12th, you will need to make arrangements to pick up their Chromebook in order to participate in online learning. Please contact Cat Cain at 816-604-7920 or ccain@kauffmanschool.org to set up a pickup time.

 

Please reach out to our team at info@kauffmanschool.org if you have any other questions that arise. Although we won’t be able to see our students and families in person, we are committed to continue in this partnership to create college graduates throughout these uncertain times.

Thank you,

Kauffman School

Dear High School Parents and Students –

With school officially canceled across the area through April 3rd, we wanted to reach out with an update. We know this time feels uncertain – for teachers, students, and our families and community at large - and we want to provide support in order to ensure that students in our community are supported over the next few weeks. We’re working as well as we can in order to ensure we have all supports up and running as early as possible next week.

One thing you’re likely aware of is that we sent students home with Chromebooks on Thursday, March 12th. We did this in case school was canceled upon return. We did this to ensure students have access to online learning, knowing how much students are working towards this Spring: credits towards graduation, EOC assessments, finalizing college lists and college choices, and solidifying academic performance through GPAs, Dual Credit classes, Spring ACTs, and AP tests.

We’re currently putting together a plan for students to be able to take classes and complete assignments online using the Chromebooks we distributed. While there’s no replacement for having students in-person (we’ll miss them as long as school isn’t in session!), we feel confident in our teachers’ ability to continue strong instruction – and our students’ ability to learn and complete strong work – while school is not physically in session.

Classes will continue beginning Tuesday, March 24th. Lessons will be available prior to 7:30 that morning and due at 5 pm. In order to make sure your student is ready, we want to ensure the following:

  • All students have been able to log-into their Chromebooks
  • All families have access to internet (and if they do not that we know who does not have access so we can provide temporary support)
  • All students and families know who to reach out to if having technical difficulties.

 

Internet Access – Survey Required!
In order to make online learning successful for your student, you will need reliable internet within your household or easily accessible by your student during this time. The Kauffman School is committed to supporting families that do not currently have access to reliable internet in getting this set up for their family during this time.

We ask that all high school families fill out this survey (link: HERE) by noon on Friday (March 20th) regarding your family’s current access to internet.

Chromebook Pickup

If your student was absent on Thursday, they will need to receive their chrome book in order to participate in online learning. You can pick up your student’s chrome book from the Kauffman School between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Friday, March 20th. If you are unable to come to the school during that window to pick up your student’s chrome book, please contact Cat Cain at 816-604-7920 or ccain@kauffmanschool.org to set up an alternative pickup time.

Food Services

We are currently working with our food services and transportation vendors to create a plan to provide breakfast and lunch options to all students during the time school is closed. We will send information out to families about these services by end of day Friday, March 20th.

We know there’s a lot to look forward to in the last weeks of the school year. At the same time, our top priority is the safety of our students, teachers, and communities. Therefore, in the coming weeks, we’ll send out updates as soon as we have information. We’re thinking of you all – and looking forward to being able to resume normal classes/school as soon as it’s safe. In the meantime, we’ll keep working together as a team to make sure our students get what they need to learn and grow. 

Middle School Students

Separate communication related to continuing instruction for our middle school students will be sent by

Thanks – and be well,

Kauffman School Team

Kauffman Team and Family: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with KCPS and other local districts, and for the safety of our team and community, Kauffman School is canceling school after Spring Break and through April 3, 2020. We know this raises many questions, and we will share details about our continued support of students and families in the coming days. We know that we must share in the responsibility of limiting the spread of this disease, and we believe school closures are an important step toward that end. We know that our school community will get through this by supporting one another. Thank you for your continued support, and please look for updates from the Kauffman School in the coming days.

On Thursday, Mayor Lucas issued a State of Emergency for all of Kansas City.  We are already scheduled to be closed for Family Conferences on March 13th and for Spring Break from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. All EMKS athletics and other events will be canceled during Spring Break. We have moved our scheduled Report Card Conferences for March 12th and 13th to be held over the phone and have notified families accordingly.

At this time, it remains our intention to return to school as scheduled on Monday, March 23rd. We will continue to follow the guidance of local public health officials as we make school decisions related to COVID-19 and the local State of Emergency. 

As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to keep you updated through our email system, phone calls, our website and social media. You should expect to receive the next communication from EMKS no later than Sunday, March 22. With school closed for Spring Break, we do not anticipate being able to respond to individual questions until that time. 

Finally, we have created a page on our website to be a source of information, previous communications and guidelines. Please feel free to check for updates here: www.kauffmanschool.org/apps/pages/coronavirus

We appreciate your flexibility and patience, and wish for you a safe and healthy Spring Break.