2021-2022 Back to School Information

Posted July 20, 2021


You can find important back-to-school information listed below. If you have any questions, you can call our Admissions Office at 816-521-5588.

Residency Verification/Schedule Pick-Up/Bus Pass Pick-up for K-12 (all grade levels)

  • August 11-18th (weekdays) at your student’s school
    • 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Thursday, August 12th extended hours from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

*Please be aware that schedules, teacher assignments and bus passes will not be given until obligations are met. If you have questions about outstanding obligations, please contact your child’s school.

In order to enroll in the Independence School District, each family must prove residency annually. To prove residency, the following documentation is needed:

  • An Electric or Gas Bill from the current address (no more than 30 days old)

AND one of the following

  • Copy of Mortgage Payment, Deed of Trust, or Housing Contract
  • Copy of Rental Agreement,
  • Copy of Lease Agreement,
  • Copy of Jackson County Paid Personal Property Tax Receipt

If you do not have the appropriate documentation, you may be asked to make another appointment so you can provide the documentation before student(s) will be enrolled. Please have a Photo ID with you also to verify name on bill matches parent/guardian enrolling student. If you are unable to provide documents in your name as proof of residency, please see Residency Affidavit information or call Admissions at 816-521-5588.

Residency Affidavit

Proof of residency is required for families on Residency Affidavits. Please renew your residency affidavit at the Independence Arts and Technology Building, located just north of the Independence Square at 315 N Main. You must have the residency affidavit, two required homeowner proofs of residency and the parent/guardian proof of residency at that address. We will assist you with verifying your documents and notarizing your affidavit document on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please complete your student’s online registration at https://registration.isdschools.org/#/ prior to renewing your affidavit. If you do not have Internet access or need assistance, Chromebooks will be available at Independence Arts & Technology. If you have any questions, please call 816-521-5588.

Elementary Meet the Teacher Night

Thursday, August 19th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Bus Passes

The ISD is now using a program called ZPass for K-8 bus riders. ZPass is a student identification system designed specifically for school bus transportation. The ZPass System allows the District to see where and what time students get on and off district buses, helping to ensure student safety. All K-8 bus riders will swipe their ZPass each time they board the bus and each time they disembark.

Click here for additional transportation information.


In order to register into the Independence School District, Missouri law requires all students be up-to-date on their immunizations. Click the link below for information on immunizations required for all public school students in the state of Missouri. Proof of immunizations must be submitted at the time of registration.

Vaccination Requirements for Incoming 8th and 12th Grade Students

​The state of Missouri requires all incoming 8th and 12th-grade students to have the MCV vaccine. Tdap vaccinations are required for all incoming 8th-grade students. Schedules will be held until proof of immunization is received.

State of Missouri Minimum Immunization Requirements

ISD Payment System

The Independence School District uses the MySchoolBucks payment system for school meals, activities, fees and obligations at www.MySchoolBucks.com. You can add your students using their school name and student ID. MySchoolBucks allows you to make payments for all of your students, even if they attend different schools within the district.

For cafeteria purchases, students will continue to use their student ID number. You can use MySchoolBucks to receive low balance alerts, set up automatic payments, and set daily/weekly spending limits. Cash and check payments will also be accepted at our schools in August. If your student has qualified for free or reduced meal prices, this information is noted in the system and the meal will be processed as it is for all other students. 


ISD students will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch for the 2021-2022 school year thanks to ISD Nutrition Services and a federally funded program. Breakfast and lunch menus are available to view online here and via the MealViewer mobile app. MealViewer provides a nutrition calculator for breakfast, lunch and snacks served at their student’s school and allows families to record food allergens in order to view which items on the menus contain those allergens.

Please submit a Free and Reduced Meals application to ensure continued funding to support all students in our district. The completion of this application is one way funding is determined for the school district through the state. You can fill out an application online here or call 816-521-5371 with any questions. Although free breakfast and lunch is available for all ISD students for the 2021-2022 school year, submitting an application can increase funding to support all ISD students for things like district-provided dental, vision and mental health services, discounts on fees for ACT, SAT and AP courses and discounts on college application fees.


Middle and high school students will check-out a Chromebook during schedule pick-up. A parent/guardian must be present to checkout the Chromebook. Chromebooks will be checked out to elementary virtual students during residency verification. Elementary in-person students will utilize their Chromebook at school and not take them home. However, they will have an assigned Chromebook that only that student uses and if they need or want to transition to virtual learning, will take that assigned Chromebook home. If you have questions about Chromebooks or technology, you can email helpme@isdschools.org

Important Links

2021-2022 Student Calendar

ISD Safety Protocols

Before and After School Services

School Supply Lists

Kids Safari

Kids’ Safari before and after care is available.  If you would like to utilize Kids’ Safari and are not currently enrolled, please call 816-521-5599 ext. 10007 or your Kids’ Safari Site Coordinator at your school.