Pathfinder Press

Information For Pathfinder Families / August 6th


2021-22 School Opening Plans

As conditions around COVID-19 continue to fluctuate, PCR-3 will continue to seek guidance from health authorities regarding our mitigating measures. The Board of Education will be meeting for a special session on August 12 to review the most recent guidance. Please be looking for communication on the District's 2021-22 school opening plans on August 13, which will also be posted on the Parents section of the website here. (* Note: Current update regarding facecoverings can be found below.)


Update to Face Coverings for Barry and Pathfinder

Throughout the pandemic, the District has been seeking guidance from health authorities including the CDC, DHSS, Platte County Health Department, Clay County Health Department, and Kansas City Health Department. All of Platte County School District's schools are in Platte County; and Barry School and Pathfinder Elementary are also within Kansas City limits. Kansas City Health Department's guidance to our District during the 2020-21 school year was to follow Platte County Health Department's recommendations for all of our schools.

Our current guidance from the Kansas City Health Department is that our schools in Kansas City need to follow the City's Emergency Orders. Under Kansas City's current order, face coverings will be required indoors at Barry School and Pathfinder Elementary when six feet of separation is not feasible. To read the Mayor's Order, click here.

With staff returning to our building and back-to-school events occuring in the coming weeks, we wanted to make sure you are informed of the current measures in place.


Free Meals for All Students

The District has been approved to serve free meals to ALL students, as well as community members age 18 and under through the end of this school year (2021-22), regardless of meal status. Children can receive up to one breakfast and one lunch each day. Additional meals and a la carte items (extra milk, extra entrees, chips, etc.) are not included in the waiver. If you think you may qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, please fill out the form linked here, so that you are covered when this free program ends. This form is not required to receive the free meals under this waiver, but helps us assist families in various other ways.


Text Notifications

The District uses text messaging and automated phone calls to notify parents of upcoming events and days off, school closings due to weather, and during emergency situations. Newly enrolled families will automatically receive an opt-in message from 67587. If you missed it, simply text “Yes” to 67587 to receive text messages.


Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan; Parent Advisory

The District has recently finalized its Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. This plan serves as a guidance document for the District, and outlines strategies designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Goal 1 (Culture of Belonging): Develop and refine processes that ensure a culture of belonging as measured by survey results and participation data
  • Goal 2 (Equity of Access): Develop and refine processes that ensure equitability and inclusion in all schools and school-based activities as measured by survey results, process fidelity, participation data, and performance data

This plan was developed with the Superintendent's Cabinet, District leadership, the District's Parent Advisory and the Staff Equity and Inclusion Committee, and presented to the Board of Education for review and feedback. At this time, we are accepting additional interest to serve on our Parent Advisory. If interested, please complete the following form. After an initial informational and on-boarding session in September, the advisory will meet quarterly.

Parent Advisory Interest Form


2021-22 Substitutes Needed

A vital part of our continuous improvement efforts in the Platte County School District is to recruit and retain high quality staff. This extends to our substitutes that we utilize through out the school year. We are currently recruiting substitutes throughout our school district for the 2021-22 school year. If you are wanting to gain additional information please visit the following site:

Platte County School District Substitute Information

Substitute Teacher pay is $105.00 a day or $14.00 an hour. A full day for a Substitute Teacher is 7.5 hours a day. If a Substitute Teacher works 6.5 hours a day they are paid the full $105.00. If a Substitute works less than 6.5 hours a day, they are paid hourly.


Teacher Reveal Letters / August 11th

Teacher reveal letters will be mailed home to families on August 11th for those who have completed 2021-22 re-enrollment paperwork and provided proof of residency. The letter will notify families who their child's teacher is for the upcoming school year. Your child will not be assigned a teacher until you provide the needed re-enrollment or proof of residency paperwork.


Meet Your Teacher Night

Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM for Meet Your Teacher Night. This is an open house format where families are able to come to school to visit their child's classroom, drop off school supplies, and check out many of our community organizations.


2021-22 School Supplies

Below you will find a screenshot of our school supply list that links to the actual list. The list can also be found on our school website!


2021-22 School Dates and Events

I know we have a lot of planners out there and we wanted to provide you with some important dates for the upcoming school year.
  • New Student Enrollment: August 2nd - 13th (7:30-3:30) / August 10th (12:00 to 7:00)
  • Teacher Reveal Letters: August 11th mailed home
  • Meet Your Teacher Night: August 19th (5:00 to 7:00)
  • First Day of School: August 24th


Pathfinder Resource Checklist

Hello Pirate Families! At the beginning and middle of each school year, we ask parents and guardians to fill out our Resource Checklist on paper. This year we are asking you to complete the Resource Checklist electronically using this form. This brief questionnaire is your School Social Worker's first and primary way to help you access support services. It also lets us know if you are interested in giving back to your school community. Please do not hesitate to contact your School Social Worker if you have any questions.
Pathfinder Resource Needs Checklist

If you have further questions please contact our school social work, Heather Schuller, at


August & September Parent Calendars

Please click here to access our Pathfinder parent calendars for the months of August and September!


Keep In Contact With Us!

We want families to stay connected to all Pathfinder information. In addition, we invite you to visit our social media and platforms below.

You can always pick up the phone and give us a call anytime. The school number is 816.436.6670. If you have a specific question for administration, please email us at (Dr. Devin Doll, Principal) or (Mrs. Anna Bohn, Assistant Principal).