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Jackson County releases recovery plan phases 2 & 3

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Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. – in consultation with Jackson County Health Department Director Bridgette Shaffer, MPH – today is announcing guidelines for phases two and three of the Jackson County Recovery Plan. Phase two guidelines are scheduled to take effect on June 1 but is subject to change based on local data of COVID-19 transmission in our community and key metrics being satisfactorily met.

A start date has not yet been determined for phase three, however, each phase is estimated to last at least 14-28 days.

“Our community understands the serious nature of this virus and continues to be diligent in protecting themselves and others from further spread of COVID-19. Their actions are allowing us to continue the reopening of our economy,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “I want to specifically thank the Mayors of eastern Jackson County for their input and partnership over the past few weeks.  They are deeply connected to the residents of their cities and have played an instrumental role in allowing us to re-open as quickly, safely and effectively as we have.”

Highlights of phase two include:

  • Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed
  • Capacity limits for non-essential businesses, places of worship, weddings and funerals increase to 50% of the lowest occupancy load
  • Community centers, theaters, interior leisure venues, swimming pools and higher education campuses can reopen with limits
  • Graduations, organized/youth sports, overnight summer camps can resume with limits
  • Fairs, parades, festivals, playground equipment and K-12 schools remain closed

All open facilities are required to complete, post and follow social distancing procedures. In addition, the County strongly recommends that all residents stay six feet from others, encourages seniors and vulnerable populations to stay at home, working remotely if possible, and wearing a mask or face covering when in public.

 The Jackson County Health Department has prepared the phased-approach recovery plan that is focused on protecting the health and safety of residents, while beginning a safe and sensible path to economic recovery for all of Jackson County.

The Health Department will provide detailed guidance in the coming week. An overview guide of the Jackson County Recovery Plan can be found at www.jacksongov.org and www.jacohd.org.

 

MCPL Summer Library Program Kicks Off May 26

MCPL Summer Library Program Kicks Off May 26 

“Imagine Your Story” During 2020 Summer Library Program for Kids, Teens, & Adults 

Greater Kansas City, MO – Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its annual Summer Library Program, which encourages children to remain intellectually engaged while they are out of the classroom. From May 26 through July 31, participating kids and teens can earn free books and win great prizes by reading, attending virtual Library programs, and taking part in educational activities at home. Adults can also get in on the fun by modeling good reading behaviors.

This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Story,” invites participants to use their imaginations to explore new places and stories, allowing them to discover new worlds and perhaps gain inspiration for the future!

“Everyone knows that reading is important for growth and development, but stories can also serve in an aspirational capacity, showing kids different kinds of people and places that perhaps they could one day be a part of,” said Haley Lefholz, Youth Services Librarian at MCPL. “Whether their dream is to become a superhero or a super doctor, reading allows children to utilize their imaginations and explore new ideas.”

As in previous years, Summer Library Program participants can also win special prizes from the Library’s community partners, including the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Symphony, and Science City. Participants who earn 1,000 points will also have the choice of another free book or a free t-shirt from Big Frog Custom T-Shirts. Kids and teens can earn points by:

  1. READING! (Reading is required to complete the program.)
  2. Completing fun, age-appropriate, educational activities at home (A complete list of learning activities is available online.)
  3. Attending virtual programs on the Library’s MCPL360 Facebook page 

While the Library’s branches remain closed to the public, participants are encouraged to use MCPL’s new curbside service to obtain physical reading materials, or to access digital materials through the Library’s website.

To find out more about Mid-Continent Public Library’s 2020 Summer Library Program, including instructions on how to enroll and participate, visit mymcpl.org/Dream.