TPS COVID Communicator

April 16, 2021

Message from Communications

Dear TPS Staff and Families,

What an exciting week this has been as we celebrate the Week of the Young Child! Our schools have participated in several activities this week to highlight our early learners and the many staff and educators who work tirelessly to ensure they have a solid foundation for success in post-secondary education and beyond. To view a clip from this week's event click here.

As a reminder, the online application for our preschool programs is now available! For more information, visit

Yesterday, Shawnee County Health Department released its COVID-19 Community Indicator, and the county has a Yellow rating. You may also view the TPS Positive Case Rate Scorecard by clicking on the link. As health conditions have improved over the last few months, our final COVID Communicator will be Friday, April 30th.

Thank you for your continued efforts as we have worked collaboratively to decrease the spread of the virus. Together we are making a difference! #WeAreTPS

Want to learn more and gain additional tools? Visit our parent resource page and continue reading below.

Translation Newsletter Tool

Please note that you can use the Translate Newsletter tool on the top right side of the Communicator to read the newsletter in other languages.

Por favor, tenga en cuenta que puede utilizar la herramienta Translate Newsletter en la parte superior derecha del Comunicador para leer el boletín informativo en otros idiomas.

Mask Mandate

Topeka Public Schools is proceeding with its approved safety protocols including mask requirements as we continue to assist in the decreased spread of COVID-19 in the community.

This Week's Edition

In this edition of the COVID Communicator, you will find:

  • TPS Positive Case Rate Scorecard
  • Shawnee County Community Indicator Rating
  • Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Administration Paused - April 13th
  • Misinformation and COVID-19

  • Find My Vaccine!

  • Take a Shot at Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • KDHE Amends Travel Quarantine List

  • Kansas COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

  • COVID-19 vs. Allergies

  • COVID Vaccine Now Available 16 Years and Older

  • Health Equity in Action

  • Moderna Vaccine Clinics

  • Shawnee County Vaccine Clinic

  • Grab & Go Meal Distribution
  • Food Banks / Pantries / Meals in Topeka - March 2021
  • Technology Repair
  • 2021 TPS Summer Enrichment Camp
  • High School Graduation Ceremonies
  • TPS Makes the News
  • Important Dates
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This tool provides information on the identified presence of the virus within the district and will not be used alone to determine remote learning. Small group and remote learning will be considered based on external and internal data as well as on-going collaborative conversations between Topeka Public Schools and health care officials. This scorecard covers all 38 facilities.

Topeka Public Schools has 38 facilities with 13,183 students and 2,360 staff.

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Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Administration Paused - April 13th

Topeka, Kan. – Following guidance from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the Shawnee County Health Department has requested all Shawnee County vaccinating partners to pause administration of Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine in our community and place all current supply into storage.

As of Tuesday, April 13, there have been no confirmed severe adverse reactions to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in Shawnee County. Johnson and Johnson vaccine has made up roughly 1% of the total vaccine doses administered in Shawnee County.

All currently scheduled SCHD mobile clinics will continue as scheduled and SCHD vaccine operations are preparing to be able to effectively transition to the Moderna vaccine. To read more click here.

Misinformation and COVID-19

Rumors, misinformation and scams can easily circulate in times of crisis, as we have witnessed on a global scale throughout the pandemic. The most recent round of misinformation involves the COVID-19 vaccine.

"The odds of dying after getting a COVID-19 vaccine are virtually nonexistent. According to recent data from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, you're three times more likely to get struck by lightning." Learn more, then do your part to stop the spread of misinformation online.

Find My Vaccine!

It’s your turn! Kansans 16 and older are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Find the nearest location in seconds. Choose where and when it’s convenient for you. #VaccinateKansas #RollUpYourSleeves #COVID19

Take a Shot at Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for ages 18 years and older while supplies last at St. Francis Campus Urgent Care’s 29th and Gage location. The vaccine will be given in two doses to those who qualify approximately 28 days apart from each other.

An appointment is required in order to receive the first dose. To schedule an appointment, visit and check-in online. Second doses are given at the same location a person receives their first dose and the appointment for the second dose will be made during the appointment for the first dose. Let’s work together for a healthier tomorrow!

KDHE Amends Travel Quarantine List

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has amended its travel quarantine list to add several states and countries – Connecticut and Pennsylvania and the countries of Andorra, Bermuda, Curacao, Poland, Serbia or Uruguay. To learn more click here.
Kansas COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

Questions around the COVID-19 vaccine safety? Kansas Department of Health and Environment has put together a vaccine website with FAQ's, Infographics, and more to help get you those answers and more:

COVID-19 vs. Allergies

Spring is in the air. Both seasonal allergies and COVID-19 can cause cough, fatigue, and headache, but symptoms like fever and chills are more common with COVID-19.

Use this chart to learn more similarities and differences between allergies and COVID-19. If you have symptoms, you might need a COVID-19 test to find out if you’re sick.

For more information, visit:

COVID Vaccine Now Available 16 Years and Older

The COVID vaccine is now available for anyone 16 and older. To make an appointment at the St Francis Vaccine Clinic, 801 SW Fairlawn (immediately south of Landon Middle School) call 785-295-8000 and press option 1. You can also complete the form on the website at We received information that St Francis has a lot of available appointments. You do not need insurance, it is covered. Sixteen & seventeen year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

La vacuna para el COVID ahora está disponible para todas las personas mayores de 16 años. Para hacer una cita en St Francis Vaccine Clinic, 801 SW Fairlawn (inmediatamente al sur de Landon Middle School), llame al 785-295-8000 y presione la opción 1. También puede completar el formulario en el sitio web en Recibimos información de que St Francis tiene muchas citas disponibles. No necesita seguro, está cubierto. Los jóvenes de dieciséis y diecisiete años deben ir acompañados de un adulto.

Health Equity in Action

Some racial and ethnic minority groups are at greater risk of getting sick, having more severe illness, and dying from COVID-19. CDC is leading public health efforts to ensure these groups have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more:

Moderna Vaccine Clinics

Fellowship Hi-Crest and the Shawnee County Health Department are partnering to offer the Moderna vaccine starting this month. They are offering multiple days and times.

We have some good news!

  1. We have made it easier to sign up for the Friday appointment days.
  2. The ID requirement is gone.

Fridays (every Friday)

For more information on the vaccine clinic schedule, please refer to the dates and times, visit their website or call Jennifer Bennett at (785) 431-0404.

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Shawnee County Vaccine Clinic

There are several community partners offering COVID-19 vaccines in Shawnee County. Contact specific providers or check out Shawnee County's Vaccine Webpage to learn more about specific eligibility and requirements:
Food Banks/Pantries/Meals in Topeka

Here is an updated list of food banks, pantries and meal opportunities in Topeka.

Technology Repair

If your child's Chromebook is in need of repair, please contact the district Information Technology department to make an appointment to have the device repaired. The technology department offers in-person technical support appointments each weekday, excluding holidays. Parents may schedule an in-person appointment through our appointment calendar or by calling technology at 785-438-4750

2021 TPS Summer Enrichment Camp

Registration for our Summer Enrichment Camp is now open! Engage in unique and exciting classes like robotics, art, virtual field trips, fitness and grade-level academic enrichment! Click here to register for the 2021 TPS Summer Enrichment Camp.
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Important Dates

April 23rd - Mobile Food Pantry, Capital City at Hummer Sports Park

April 24th - Topeka Sharefest

April 27th - Distinguished Staff Awards Ceremony

Learn more about Topeka Public Schools by visiting our website or Community News!