2019-2020 School Year Starts Strong

Thousands of students return to classes on Monday, Aug. 12


Classes for the 2019-2020 academic year in Kansas City Public Schools began on Monday morning, Aug. 12 at its six high schools, three middle schools, 23 elementary schools, two early learning schools, and one career and technical center.

KCPS is showcasing several exciting changes going into the new school year. These include the addition of a new fleet of 100 percent propane school busses that are more dependable, will operate more efficiently and will provide a better ride for students. The school system will be launching a new Family Empowerment Center and workshop series for parents and staff, located at Central High School. The KCPS Mentorship Program will be expanded to include all of the schools in the system.

The day started with a special prayer vigil by KCPS leaders and community members at the KCPS Board of Education building. There were special events throughout the morning, including celebrations to welcome students by City Year Kansas City at Central High School, and Mayor Quinton Lucas at East High School.

Superintendent Mark Bedell spent the day touring schools across the community. He ended up visiting 15 different schools. The day demonstrated that KCPS has made huge strides towards becoming the kind of high-quality public education system our community needs and deserves.

KCPS is asking parents to ensure that all students are at school on time and ready to learn every day that classes are in session. Families can call the KCPS Transportation Hotline at (816) 418-8825 if they have questions or concerns about bussing. School start times are available at www.kcpublicschools.org/belltimes.

Visit the KCPS Flickr site to view more photos from the first day of school.