Family and Student Services

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The Department of Family and Student Services supports the improvement of the quality of life of families that directly supports the educational success of children. By connecting families with necessary school and community resources, we are able to support families as they work toward goals of self-sufficiency and stability.  

Dr. John McKinney
Director of Family & Student Services
johnmckinney@smsd.org

 

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Transgender & Gender Diverse Youth Information
Transgender and gender diverse youth often face stigma, violence, and discrimination in their families, schools, communities, and society, resulting in increased risk of depression and suicide, among other mental, physical, and behavioral health concerns. Gender affirming practices are associated with improved self-image and better mental health. The Shawnee Mission School District is committed to fostering an educational environment that is safe, welcoming, and free from stigma and discrimination for all students, regardless of gender identity or expression, and to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to express themselves and live authentically.  Please reach out to your building principal, social worker, counselor or nurse for resources, support or more information.