Helpful Tips Navigating a 2 Hour Late Start

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When the district determines it is necessary to utilize a two-hour late start to a school day here are some tips to help you navigate the change in schedule.

Why a Late Start Instead of Cancelling School?

Oftentimes the roads just need a few hours of sunshine and warmer temperatures to become safer for students to travel to school.

Schedule Changes

With a two-hour late start all schedules are pushed to two hours later including:

  • Bus Route Pick Up (Example: If the bus normally picks up students at 6:35 AM, it will now arrive at 8:35 AM)
  • Doors Open at School Buildings (Example: Doors normally open at 7:00 AM. Doors will now open at 9:00 AM)
  • Early Childhood Preschool (Mrs. Dillon’s class) and Puppy Pound (KSD employee childcare) will start 2 hours later (Example: If normal bus picks up student at 7:45 AM, the bus will now arrive at 9:45 AM).

Kids Club will be open at 7:00 AM for those families who are already signed up.

Please note that Early Childhood’s Acorn Patch classes are cancelled on late start days.

Before School Clubs & Activities

When the district has a two-hour late start, all before school clubs and activities are cancelled.  This is for student and family safety so they are not traveling on unsafe roads or battling winter conditions.


A light breakfast will be available at all school buildings. Students will pay for this the same way they normally pay for their meals. Lunches are served on the same schedule as a normal school day.

Important Notes

It is also important to know that on a late start day we dismiss at the same time as a regular day.

  • Early Childhood Preschool – 3:30 PM
  • Elementary – 3:30 PM
  • Secondary – KMS, KJH and KHS – 2:20 PM

We know that a change in the school day can cause some disruption for families. The decision to make a schedule change is done with the safety of students in mind. We appreciate the support from the community as we all work together to navigate the ever-changing Missouri weather!

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