Kansas City, Aug. 16, 2018: Kansas City Public Schools staff are “All In!” for students, and they helped make sure students were all in school for the start of classes on Monday morning, Aug. 13.
All of the neighborhood and Signature elementary, middle and high schools, plus two early learning centers, welcomed students back for the 2018-2019 academic year with enthusiasm and celebrations. Superintendent Mark Bedell visited nine schools that day to help greet students, including East High School, Manual Career and Technical Center, Central Middle School, Troost Elementary School and Success Academy at Knotts.
The first day was deemed a success by Dr. Bedell and his leadership team. School campuses, staffing, transportation, communications and enrollment were all in good working order.
“I want to express my gratitude for a job well done,” Dr. Bedell wrote in a letter to staff. “Today was perhaps the finest opening day of school that I have experienced. I want all of you to know that this is the result of intentional planning since January.”
Several schools had special events planned for that morning as busses arrived. East High School alumni were welcoming students at that building. City Year-Kansas City hosted its annual first-day celebrations with the Kansas City Chiefs’ KC Wolf at Central Academy of Excellence and Central Middle School. At Success Academy at Knotts, community mentors greeted students with a red carpet and photo booth to memorialize their first day.
Enrollment in KCPS has increased significantly. About 500 more students attended on the first day of the 2018-2019 academic year compared to the same day last year.
It is very important that all school-age children start the year strong by being at school on time and ready to learn from the first day of classes. Good attendance is one of the most important factors of student success. It’s also one of the factors used by the state to measure annual achievement in a school and/or school system.
KCPS parents can check their school’s start time by visiting www.kcpublicschools.org/belltimes. Visit www.kcpublicschools.org/transportation or call (816) 418-8825 for questions regarding school transportation.
Visit the KCPS Flickr site for more first-day photos.