KSD eSpotlight

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Inclement Weather Information

Snow Days will remain the same for the 2020-2021 school year. Specifically, suppose KSD cancels in-person learning due to inclement weather. In that case, we will follow the current school calendar, and the cancellation will be a traditional snow day for in-person and at-home or virtual students. The communication protocol will remain the same.

This decision was made because, during inclement weather, we often experience power outages, and online classes may not be possible. If we use all of the snow days (six) included in the 2020-21 school calendar, we will consider transitioning inclement weather days to all virtual days.

We will suspend the two-hour late start process this school year due to the current schedule.

Kirkwood Teachers of Color Scholarship Established

In partnership with the Kirkwood School District Foundation, the Kirkwood Teachers of Color (KTOC) held the first successful “Glory Run” marathon. Participants pledged to walk or run 26.2 miles during the month of October and raise funds to establish a KSDF Named Award scholarship to a Kirkwood High School senior who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a People Of Color (BIPOC).

The community came together and raised over $30,000. The first scholarship will be awarded to a KHS senior in May 2021. Thank you to the people in our community who made this possible for our students.

In partnership with KTOC, please join the next Kirkwood Educational Equity Speaker Series on January 19. To register for this free virtual event, please visit kirkwoodschools.org/keess.

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KSD Installing Air Filtration System in All Schools and Buildings

Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) equipment will be installed on all of the District’s heating and cooling units over the next few weeks. Installation should be completed by mid-January.

Pollutants, dust, allergens, mold, bacteria, and viruses are all common types of particles in the air. In many cases, you can’t see them. Through the process of needlepoint bi-polar ionization (NPBI)™, ions collide with particles resulting in a charge that attracts additional particles of opposite polarity. As a result, the particle grows larger and becomes easier to capture in filtration systems. It is an ozone-free system and is certified by independent laboratory testing to be both safe and effective. The equipment will be paid for by funding received through the Coronavirus Response Act (CARES) and the operating fund. The installation will be limited to work outside of the school buildings so vendors inside of our schools will be limited.

Several school districts in the area have installed this technology including Clayton School District, Mehlville School District, and Lindbergh School District.

BOE Candidate Filing Opens on Tuesday, December 15

At its meeting on November 30, the Kirkwood School District Board of Education call for the annual school board of election to be held on April 6, 2021. For more information, please visit our website.