Free KCKPS childhood school immunization clinic to be held Wednesday

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools district has partnered with Vibrant Health to help bring a free childhood school immunization clinic to Harmon High School from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13.

Childhood immunizations are necessary for kindergarten to 12th grade students to attend classes during the academic 2022-2023 school year in the KCKPS.

This clinic is an opportunity for students to get caught up on their required and recommended vaccines, such as measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, rotavirus and more.

Childhood immunizations help protect children from deadly diseases and keep them safe by decreasing the spread of dangerous diseases from child to child. They contribute to ensure a safe and healthy school environment, according to a spokesman.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages. The most common side effects are typically very mild.

Children who attend the KCKPS clinic must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Families must also come with all available copies of their child’s shot records.

Health care providers will also offer the Covid-19 vaccine and booster shots at the immunization clinic.

Everyone who takes part in the immunization clinic will be given a free meal and qualified to enter a raffle (the first 100 people).

The event will feature music, food trucks, ice cream, a live raffle and more.

There is no charge for the immunization clinic. It’s free.

For more information about the childhood immunization clinic, visit the district website at

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KCKPS convocation to be online this year

The annual opening of schools convocation that is held each year by the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools will be online at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24.

According to a spokesman for the school district, the annual event welcomes teachers, support staff and administration back to school. School leaders set the agenda for the year, giving it positive energy, purpose and a direction.

Speakers will incude Randy Lopez, president of the KCKPS Board of Education; Dominick DeRosa, NEA-KCK president; and special guests.

Because of the risk of COVID-19, the district will show the annual event on video, according to the spokesman. While more than 2,500 teachers and staff will not gather for the convocation this year, they will be able to participate remotely.

The convocation will be shown on the school district’s cable television channel, KCKPS-TV, on Google Fiber channel 145 and Spectrum Cable channel 18.

Those who don’t have cable access may watch the convocation on the KCKPS website at, on the home page under Live On-Demand.

The video also will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel at 9 a.m. Aug. 24.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools will start the school year on Sept.8, and classes will be held remotely for the first nine weeks.