District COVID-19 Updates to Parents, Staff

  • May 17 - Continuous Learning Update

    Before we begin this week’s message, we wanted to say thank you. We have appreciated you feedback, support and engagement during this unique end of the school year. We also wanted to thank the teachers who worked tirelessly to ensure there was area content for students at each grade level.

    The last week of new continuous learning opportunities will be available for each grade level and content area at www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning beginning tonight at 5 p.m. Continuous Learning materials we be available all summer on the website.

    Students who are off-screen learners will be provided paper packets with new content each week to continue learning. These packets will be available to print from the website or to pick up at the food distribution sites on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington and Westview elementary schools. Read more about food distribution.

    In order to provide another opportunity for access to the Continuous Learning Plan opportunities, we will have an evening packet pick-up. This will be on Mondays from 6-7 p.m. at Havencroft Elementary (1700 E. Sheridan St., Olathe, KS 66062).

    District technology support is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technology will be providing support via email. Parents can email our Help Desk helpdesk@olatheschools.org for district-related technology support.

    Teachers and principals will be available to answer questions related to continuous learning and will respond within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). For questions related to Continuous Learning, please contact your teacher or principal or click on the contact us button located on the main page of the Continuous Learning Site.

    Olathe will not be hosting ACT testing sites in June. However, a July 18 ACT test scheduled at Olathe North High School, will be held as scheduled, with a July 25 makeup date. We will continue to work closely with state and county health officials regarding the safety of staff and students.

    Thank you for your patience during this school year.

    Again, visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started.

     

    Antes de comenzar con el mensaje semanal, quiero decirles “Gracias”. Apreciamos la información que nos han brindado, el apoyo y el compromiso durante este año escolar tan único. También queremos agradecerles a los maestros que trabajaron incansablemente para asegurarse que todos los estudiantes tuvieran material para aprender según el área de contenido y el grado.

    La última semana de oportunidades de “Aprendizaje continuo” de los estudiantes se encuentran disponibles a partir de hoy a las 5 p.m. por grado y área de contenido en www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning beginning. El material de aprendizaje continuo estará disponible todo el verano en el portal electrónico.

    Aquellos estudiantes que no están aprendiendo a través de medios electrónicos se les proveerá un paquete impreso con nuevo contenido de aprendizaje. Estos paquetes se pueden también imprimir desde el portal electrónico o, pueden ser recogidos en los sitios de repartición de alimentos los lunes de 11 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en las siguientes escuelas primarias: Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington y Westview. Lea más acerca de la distribución de alimentos en https://bit.ly/2VbXppk.

    Para poder proveerle una oportunidad extra de acceso al paquete de Aprendizaje Continuo, hemos decidido también repartir dichos paquetes impresos los días lunes de 6-7 p.m. en la Escuela Primaria Havencroft (1700 E. Sheridan St., Olathe, KS 66062).

    Apoyo tecnológico por parte del distrito está disponible de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. de lunes a viernes. Dicho departamento proveerá apoyo tecnológico a través de correo electrónico. Los padres pueden enviar un correo electrónico a helpdesk@olatheschools.org para cualquier tipo de ayuda tecnológica relacionada con el distrito.

    Los profesores y directores estarán disponibles para responder a cualquier tipo de preguntas relacionadas con el Aprendizaje Continuo, en un periodo de 24 horas (lunes a viernes). Para cualquier pregunta relacionada con aprendizaje continuo, contacte a su profesor o director o presione el botón de contacto localizado en la página principal del portal de Aprendizaje Continuo (Continuous Learning).

    Olathe no efectuará pruebas del examen ACT durante el mes de junio. Sin embargo, el examen ACT programado para el 18 de julio en la Escuela Preparatoria Olathe North, se llevará a cabo como estaba previsto. En caso de que el 18 de julio necesite cancelarse, se reprogramara para el 25 de julio. Seguiremos trabajando estrechamente con los funcionarios de salud del estado y del condado en lo que respecta a la seguridad del personal y de los estudiantes.

    Gracias por su paciencia durante este año escolar.

    Nuevamente, visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar.

    May 11 - COVID-19 Impacts Summer Activities

    We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on current and future programming and events, including summer programs. We are writing to provide an update on the status of summer programming for 2020. We are committed to taking all steps necessary to help maintain the well-being of students and staff. As such, we are following Governor Laura Kelly's plan to reopen Kansas, along with guidance from Johnson County health officials, as well as cooperating with all Johnson County public school districts.

    At this time, all in-person student activities such as events, camps and summer programming scheduled for June will not take place including:

    • In-person summer activities such as summer school, weights, and in-person driver’s education classes.
    • Athletic, activity or music camps that would have taken place at a school building.
    • All facility rental for the month of June will be canceled as well.

    JCPRD will resume childcare at selected Olathe School sites. JCPRD will share information related to childcare opening to families in need of those services.

    Decisions made about in-person activities during the month of July will be shared at a later date.

    More information will be shared with employees about how the summer work environment will look for those who work in the summer.

    Students participating in e-Academy online courses or credit recovery will be able to continue the courses, but any in person activities or classes will be canceled. Extended School Year (ESY) will be held virtually during the scheduled dates of June 3-June 25.  More information will be communicated to the families of students who qualify for ESY special education services as outlined in their IEP soon. For certified and classified staff members who are interested in working ESY, work agreements and plans for ESY will be initiated early next week.

    As this is an evolving process, as soon as we have finalized details on future items, it will be communicated with our staff and families. Understand that information and practices are subject to change. Thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility during this unprecedented time in our community. Please stay safe and healthy. 

    May 10 - Continuous Learning Update

    New continuous learning opportunities are now available for each grade level and content area at www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning beginning tonight at 5 p.m. The last week of Continuous Learning will launch on Sunday, May 17. Continuous Learning materials we be available all summer on the website.

    Students who are off-screen learners will be provided paper packets with new content each week to continue learning. These packets will be available to print from the website or to pick up at the food distribution sites on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington and Westview elementary schools. Read more about food distribution.

    In order to provide another opportunity for access to the Continuous Learning Plan opportunities, we will have an evening packet pick-up. This will be on Mondays from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. at Havencroft Elementary (1700 E. Sheridan St., Olathe, KS 66062).

    District technology support is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technology will be providing support via email. Parents can email our Help Desk helpdesk@olatheschools.org for district-related technology support.

    Teachers and principals will be available to answer questions related to continuous learning and will respond within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). For questions related to Continuous Learning, please contact your teacher or principal or click on the contact us button located on the main page of the Continuous Learning site.

    Thank you for your patience as we work to engage learners during an unprecedented time. Again, visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started.

     

    Las nuevas oportunidades de “Aprendizaje continuo” de los estudiantes se encuentran disponibles a partir de hoy a las 5 PM por grado y área de contenido en www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning. La última semana en que lanzaremos Aprendizaje continuo será el domingo 17 de mayo. El material de aprendizaje continuo estará disponible todo el verano en el portal electrónico.

    Aquellos estudiantes que no están aprendiendo a través de medios electrónicos se les proveerá un paquete impreso con nuevo contenido de aprendizaje cada semana. Estos paquetes se pueden también imprimir desde el portal electrónico o, pueden ser recogidos en los sitios de repartición de alimentos los lunes de 11 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en las siguientes escuelas primarias: Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington y Westview. Lea más acerca de la distribución de alimentos en https://bit.ly/2VbXppk.

    Para poder proveerle una oportunidad extra de acceso al paquete de Aprendizaje Continuo, hemos decidido también repartir dichos paquetes impresos los días lunes de 6 p.m.-7 p.m. en la Escuela Primaria Havencroft (1700 E. Sheridan St., Olathe, KS 66062).

    Apoyo tecnológico por parte del distrito está disponible de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. de lunes a viernes. Dicho departamento proveerá apoyo tecnológico a través de correo electrónico. Los padres pueden enviar un correo electrónico a helpdesk@olatheschools.org para cualquier tipo de ayuda tecnológica relacionada con el distrito.

    Los profesores y directores estarán disponibles para responder a cualquier tipo de preguntas relacionadas con el Aprendizaje Continuo, en un periodo de 24 horas (lunes a viernes). Para cualquier pregunta relacionada con aprendizaje continuo, contacte a su profesor o director o presione el botón de contacto localizado en la página principal del portal de Aprendizaje Continuo (Continuous Learning).

    Gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos para involucrar a los estudiantes en estos tiempos sin precedentes. Nuevamente, visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar.

    May 3 - Continuous Learning Update

    New continuous learning opportunities are now available for each grade level and content area at www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning beginning tonight at 5 p.m. We wanted to let you know that fourth-quarter grade cards will be available on ParentVUE on May 27.

    Students who are off-screen learners will be provided paper packets with new content each week to continue learning. These packets will be available to print from the website or to pick up at the food distribution sites on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington and Westview elementary schools. Read more about food distribution.

    In order to provide another opportunity for access to the Continuous Learning Plan opportunities, we will have an evening packet pick-up. This will be on Mondays from 6-7 p.m. at Havencroft Elementary (1700 E. Sheridan St., Olathe, KS 66062).

    District technology support is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technology will be providing support via email. Parents can email our Help Desk helpdesk@olatheschools.org for district-related technology support.

    Teachers and principals will be available to answer questions related to continuous learning and will respond within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). For questions related to Continuous Learning, please contact your teacher or principal or click on the contact us button located on the main page of the Continuous Learning website.

    Thank you for your patience as we work to engage learners during an unprecedented time.

    Again, visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started.

     

    Las nuevas oportunidades para el aprendizaje continuo de los estudiantes  se encuentran disponibles a partir de hoy a las 5 PM por grado y área de contenido en www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning. También queremos hacerles saber que las calificaciones del cuarto trimestre se encontraran disponibles en ParentVUE el 27 de mayo.

    Aquellos estudiantes que no están aprendiendo a través de medios electrónicos se les proveerá un paquete impreso con nuevo contenido de aprendizaje cada semana. Estos paquetes se pueden también imprimir desde el portal electrónico o, pueden ser recogidos en los sitios de repartición de alimentos los lunes de 11 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en las siguientes escuelas primarias: Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington y Westview. Lea más acerca de la distribución de alimentos en https://bit.ly/2VbXppk.

    Para poder proveerle una oportunidad extra de acceso al paquete de Aprendizaje Continuo, hemos decidido también repartir dichos paquetes impresos los días lunes de 6-7 p.m. en la Escuela Primaria Havencroft (1700 E. Sheridan St., Olathe, KS 66062).

    Apoyo tecnológico por parte del distrito está disponible de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. de lunes a viernes. Dicho departamento proveerá apoyo tecnológico a través de correo electrónico. Los padres pueden enviar un correo electrónico a helpdesk@olatheschools.org para cualquier tipo de ayuda tecnológica relacionada con el distrito.

    Los profesores y directores estarán disponibles para responder a cualquier tipo de preguntas relacionadas con el Aprendizaje Continuo, en un periodo de 24 horas (lunes a viernes). Para cualquier pregunta relacionada con aprendizaje continuo, contacte a su profesor o director o presione el botón de contacto localizado en la página principal del portal de Aprendizaje Continuo (Continuous Learning).

    Gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos para involucrar a los estudiantes en estos tiempos sin precedentes. Nuevamente, visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar.

    April 27 - Continuous Learning Update

    New continuous learning opportunities are now available for each grade level and content area at www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning beginning tonight at 5 p.m. New high school resources are now available under the Health tab. Additionally, we are still processing how end of year report cards will be handled and we will communicate more in the coming weeks with this information.

    Students who are off-screen learners will be provided paper packets with new content each week to continue learning. These packets will be available to print from the website or to pick up at the food distribution sites on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington and Westview elementary schools. Read more about food distribution at https://bit.ly/2VbXppk.

    In order to provide another opportunity for access to the Continuous Learning Plan opportunities, we will have an evening packet pick-up. This will be on Mondays from 6-7 p.m. at Havencroft Elementary (1700 E Sheridan St, Olathe, KS 66062).

    District technology support is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technology will be providing support via email. Parents can email our Help Desk helpdesk@olatheschools.org for district-related technology support.

    Teachers and principals will be available to answer questions related to continuous learning and will respond within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). For questions related to Continuous Learning, please contact your teacher or principal or click on the contact us button located on the main page of the Continuous Learning Site.

    Thank you for your patience as we work to engage learners during an unprecedented time.

    Again, visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started.

     

    Las nuevas oportunidades para el aprendizaje continuo de los estudiantes se encuentran disponibles a partir de hoy a las 5 PM por grado y área de contenido en www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning. También tendremos nuevos recursos para la escuela preparatoria bajo la pestaña “Health” (Salud). A su vez, estamos procesando cómo entregaremos los reportes de calificaciones de final de año. Les haremos saber más al respecto en las próximas semanas.

    Aquellos estudiantes que no están aprendiendo a través de medios electrónicos se les proveerá un paquete impreso con nuevo contenido de aprendizaje cada semana. Estos paquetes se pueden también imprimir desde el portal electrónico o, pueden ser recogidos en los sitios de repartición de alimentos los lunes de 11 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en las siguientes escuelas primarias: Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington y Westview. Lea más acerca de la distribución de alimentos en https://bit.ly/2VbXppk.

    Para poder proveerle una oportunidad extra de acceso al paquete de Aprendizaje Continuo, hemos decidido también repartir dichos paquetes impresos los días lunes de 6-7 p.m. en la Escuela Primaria Havencroft (1700 E Sheridan St, Olathe, KS 66062).

    Apoyo tecnológico por parte del distrito está disponible de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. de lunes a viernes. Dicho departamento proveerá apoyo tecnológico a través de correo electrónico. Los padres pueden enviar un correo electrónico a helpdesk@olatheschools.org para cualquier tipo de ayuda tecnológica relacionada con el distrito.

    Los profesores y directores estarán disponibles para responder a cualquier tipo de preguntas relacionadas con el Aprendizaje Continuo, y responderán dentro de las 24 horas de haber recibido la pregunta (lunes a viernes). Para cualquier pregunta relacionada con aprendizaje continuo, contacte a su profesor o director o presione el botón de contacto localizado en la página principal del portal de Aprendizaje Continuo (Continuous Learning).

    Muchas gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos para involucrar a los estudiantes en estos tiempos sin precedentes.

    Nuevamente, visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar.

     

    April 22 - Lunch Balances and Personal Items

    Thank you for your patience as we have worked through a variety of issues and questions during this unprecedented time. We wanted to provide you with an update on a few outstanding questions we have received.

    Lunch account balances for students Kindergarten through 11th grade will automatically be rolled over to the 2020-21 school year. As is the regular practice each year, senior lunch account balances over $5 will be refunded to families. All meal refunds will be made by check and mailed. Questions related to lunch balances can be directed to Cynthia Hall challec@olatheschools.org.

    We know that many families have questions related to the retrieval of student personal items. At this time, while the Stay at Home order is in place, we are unable to begin this process. Once the Stay at Home Order is lifted, we will begin to communicate about what this plan will look like. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

    Thank you for your patience and support during this time.

     

    Gracias por su paciencia, mientras trabajamos en una variedad de temas y preguntas en estos  tiempos sin precedentes.  Deseamos proporcionarles informacion actualizada sobre algunas de las preguntas que hemos recibimos.

    Los saldos de las cuentas de almuerzo de los estudiantes desde Kindergarten hasta el onceavo grado se transferirán automáticamente al año escolar 2020-21. Como lo hacemos cada año, los saldos de las cuentas de almuerzo de los estudiantes de último año (Seniors) de más de 5 dólares serán reembolsados a las familias. Todos los reembolsos de comida se harán por cheque y se enviarán por correo. Las preguntas relacionadas con los saldos de los almuerzos pueden ser dirigidas a Cynthia Hall: challec@olatheschools.org.

    Sabemos que muchas familias tienen preguntas relacionadas con la recuperación de artículos personales de los estudiantes. Mientras la orden de permanecer en casa esté vigente, no podremos iniciar este proceso. Una vez que la "Orden de Permanecer en Casa" sea levantada, comenzaremos a comunicarnos acerca de cómo será este plan. Estén atentos para más información en las próximas semanas.

    Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo durante este tiempo.

     

    April 19 - Continuous Learning Update

    New continuous learning opportunities are now available for each grade level and content area a www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning beginning tonight at 5 p.m.

    Step-by-step instructions lead online learners through grade level or course specific continuous learning opportunities. Visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started. Students who are off-screen learners will be provided paper packets with new content each week to continue learning. These packets will be available to print from the website or to pick up at the food distribution sites on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington and Westview elementary schools. Read more about food distribution.

    In order to provide another opportunity for access to the Continuous Learning Plan opportunities, we will have an evening packet pick-up. This will be on Mondays from 6-7 p.m. at Havencroft Elementary, 1700 E. Sheridan Street beginning on April 20. We hope this may be helpful to support the various needs of our community.

    District technology support is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technology will be providing support via email. Parents can email our Help Desk helpdesk@olatheschools.org for district-related technology support.

    Teachers and principals will be available to answer questions related to continuous learning and will respond within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). For questions related to Continuous Learning, please contact your teacher or principal or click on the contact us button located on the main page of the Continuous Learning Site.

    Thank you for your patience as we work to engage learners during an unprecedented time.

    Again, visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started.

     

    Ya se encuentran disponibles las nuevas oportunidades de aprendizaje continuo por nivel de grado y área de contenido en www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning a partir de hoy a las 5 p.m.

    Las instrucciones paso a paso conducen a los estudiantes en línea a través de oportunidades de aprendizaje continuo específicas por nivel de grado o curso. Visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar. Aquellos estudiantes que no utilizan la tecnologia para continuar su aprendizaje se les proporcionarán paquetes impresos con nuevo contenido cada semana para que continúen aprendiendo. Estos paquetes estarán disponibles para que usted mismo los imprima en el portal electrónico del distrito o, para recogerlos en los sitios de distribución de alimentos los lunes de 11 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en las escuelas primarias Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington y Westview. Lea más sobre la distribución de alimentos en el siguiente enlace: https://bit.ly/2VbXppk.

    Para poder proveerle otra medio para recoger el paquete de Aprendizaje Continuo, tendremos repartición de paquetes de aprendizaje durante la tarde entre las 6-7 p.m. en la escuela primaria Havencroft, 1700 E. Sheridan Street a partir del 20 de abril. Esperamos que esto les ayude en las diferentes necesidades que nuestra comunidad tenga.

    El apoyo tecnológico del distrito está disponible de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. de lunes a viernes. Dicho apoyo se proporcionara a traves de correo electrónico. Los padres pueden enviar un correo electrónico a nuestra mesa de ayuda helpdesk@olatheschools.org para recibir apoyo tecnológico del distrito.

    Los profesores y directores estarán disponibles para contestar preguntas relacionadas con el aprendizaje continuo y tendrán un plazo de 24 horas para responder (de lunes a viernes). Para preguntas relacionadas con el Aprendizaje Continuo, por favor contacte a su profesor o director o haga clic en el botón de contacto ubicado en la página principal del Sitio de Aprendizaje Continuo.

    Gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos para involucrar a los estudiantes durante este tiempo sin precedentes.

    Nuevamente, visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar.

    April 13 - Continuous Learning Updates Coming on Sundays

    New continuous learning opportunities are now available for each grade level and content area at www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning beginning tonight at 5 p.m. Based on feedback we’ve received, new Continuous Learning content will be released on Sundays at 5 p.m. moving forward. Thank you for your feedback as we work to make Continuous Learning work for Olathe families.

    Step-by-step instructions lead online learners through grade level or course specific continuous learning opportunities. Visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started. Students who are off-screen learners will be provided paper packets with new content each week to continue learning. These packets will be available to print from the website or to pick up at the food distribution sites on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington and Westview elementary schools. Read more about food distribution.

    We do have one small change to our meal distribution program. Beginning Monday, April 13, for families driving to pick up meals, we ask that they pull forward and open their trunk so that staff members can place meals into the trunk. This will further limit person-to-person contact as an additional precaution to keep families and staff members safe.

    We are also thrilled to report that this week’s lessons include challenge boards for PK-8, an additional educational tool to keep our students learning and growing.

    District technology support is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technology will be providing support via email. Parents can email our Help Desk helpdesk@olatheschools.org for district-related technology support.

    Teachers and principals will be available to answer questions related to continuous learning and will respond within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). For questions related to Continuous Learning, please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for your patience as we work to engage learners during an unprecedented time.

    Again, visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started.

     

    ¡PAREN LAS ROTATIVAS! Tenemos una actualización que añadir.

    Padres con estudiantes en Olathe,

    Las nuevas oportunidades de aprendizaje continuo ya se encuentran disponibles por grado y área de contenido en www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning a partir de esta tarde a las 5 p.m. En base a las opiniones que hemos recibido, el nuevo contenido de aprendizaje continuo será lanzado los domingos a las 5 p.m. Gracias por sus comentarios mientras trabajamos para que el aprendizaje continuo funcione lo mejor posible para las familias de Olathe.

    Las instrucciones paso a paso conducen a los estudiantes en línea a través de oportunidades de aprendizaje continuo específicas por nivel de grado o curso. Visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar. Aquellos estudiantes que no utilizan la tecnologia para seguir estudiando se les proporcionarán paquetes impresos con nuevo contenido cada semana para que continúen aprendiendo. Estos paquetes estarán disponibles para que usted mismo los imprima en el portal electronico del distrito o, para recogerlos en los sitios de distribución de alimentos los lunes de 11 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en las escuelas primarias Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington y Westview. Lea más sobre la distribución de alimentos.

    También estamos emocionados al informarles que las lecciones de esta semana incluyen tableros de actividades para aquellos estudiantes entre el Prekinder hasta el octavo grado. Esta es una herramienta educativa adicional para mantener a nuestros estudiantes aprendiendo y creciendo.

    El apoyo tecnológico del distrito está disponible de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. de lunes a viernes. El Departamento de Tecnología proporcionará apoyo a través del correo electrónico. Los padres pueden enviar un correo electrónico a nuestro escritorio de ayuda: helpdesk@olatheschools.org para recibir apoyo tecnológico del distrito.

    Los maestros y directores estarán disponibles para contestar preguntas relacionadas con el aprendizaje continuo y responderán dentro de 24 horas (de lunes a viernes). Para preguntas relacionadas con "Aprendizaje Continuo", por favor contacte a su profesor o director.

    Gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos para involucrar a los estudiantes durante este tiempo sin precedentes.

    Nuevamente, visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar.

    April 8 - Update on Meal Distribution

    We wanted to make you aware of a change to the Food Distribution plan for providing on-the-go meal packs for students. Beginning on Monday, April 13, the food distribution site will only be open on Mondays and Wednesdays. This change comes out of an abundance of caution to families and staff members working meal delivery. Families driving to pick up meals should pull forward and open their trunk so that staff members can place meals into the trunk. Reducing the number of person-to-person contacts each week will help to keep our school communities safe and healthy. Two breakfasts and two lunches will be distributed to each child on Mondays and three breakfasts and three lunches will be distributed to each child on Wednesdays. These meal packs will be provided for students 18 and under from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the following sites:

    • Central, 305 E. Cedar Street
    • Fairview, 600 N. Marion
    • Havencroft, 1700 E. Sheridan Street
    • Indian Creek, 15800 Indian Creek Parkway
    • Northview, 900 N. Woodland Road
    • Ridgeview, 1201 E. Elm Street
    • Rolling Ridge, 1500 W. Elm Terrace
    • Washington, 1202 N. Ridgeview Road
    • Westview, 500 S. Troost Street

    Children must be present to pick up a meal. This will be set up as a drive thru site as they have been in the past.

    Two important notes:

    • Learning packets will be available on Mondays only beginning April 13.
    • The weekend back snack program for students who were already on the distribution list will be changed to Wednesdays at each of the food sites, staring on April 15. Families involved in this program will be contacted by their principal to receive more information.

    The meals will be prepared and distributed under strict sanitation procedures by the district’s Food Services staff, following all food safety requirements of the Kansas Food Code plus additional protocols specifically to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Note: families will have to monitor food allergies on their own; no special food and diet restrictions will be able to be maintained at this time.

    Thank you for continuing to partner with us to support our children. We appreciate your patience as we make changes to better serve our community.

     

    Información actualizada sobre la distribución de alimentos

    Familias con estudiantes en Olathe

    Queremos hacerles saber acerca de un cambio en el plan de distribución de alimentos para los estudiantes. A partir del lunes 13 de abril, el sitio de distribución de alimentos sólo estará abierto los dias lunes y los miércoles. Este cambio se debe a la gran cautela de las familias y los miembros del personal que trabajan en la entrega de alimentos. Reducir el número de contactos personales cada semana ayudará a mantener nuestras comunidades escolares seguras y saludables. Dos desayunos y dos almuerzos serán distribuidos por cada niño los lunes y tres desayunos y tres almuerzos serán distribuidos por cada niño los miércoles. Estos paquetes de comida se proporcionarán a los estudiantes de 18 años o menores desde las 11 a.m. hasta las 12:30 p.m. los lunes y miércoles en los siguientes sitios:

    • Central, 305 E. Cedar Street
    • Fairview, 600 N. Marion
    • Havencroft, 1700 E. Sheridan Street
    • Indian Creek, 15800 Indian Creek Parkway • Northview, 900 N. Woodland Road
    • Ridgeview, 1201 E. Elm Street
    • Rolling Ridge, 1500 W. Elm Terrace
    • Washington, 1202 N. Ridgeview Road
    • Westview, 500 S. Troost Street

    Los niños deben estar presentes para recoger los alimentos. Esto se establecerá como un sitio de paso como se ha hecho en el pasado. No baje de su vehiculo

    Dos notas importantes

    Los paquetes de aprendizaje estarán disponibles solamente los dias lunes a partir del 13 de abril. El programa de merienda de fin de semana para los estudiantes que ya estaban en la lista de distribución se cambiará a los miércoles en cada uno de los sitios de comida, comenzando el 15 de abril. Las familias involucradas en este programa serán contactadas por su director para recibir más información.

    Las comidas serán preparadas y distribuidas bajo estrictos procedimientos de sanidad por parte del personal de Servicios Alimenticios del distrito, siguiendo todos los requisitos de seguridad alimenticia del Código alimentario de Kansas, además de protocolos adicionales específicos para protegernos contra la propagación de COVID-19.

    Nota: las familias tendrán que monitorear las alergias a los alimentos por su cuenta; no se podrán mantener restricciones especiales de alimentos y dietas en este momento.

    Gracias por seguir colaborando con nosotros para apoyar a nuestros niños. Apreciamos su paciencia mientras hacemos cambios para servir mejor a nuestra comunidad.

    April 6 - Continuous Learning Update

    New continuous learning opportunities are now available for each grade level and content area at www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning.

    Step-by-step instructions lead online learners through grade level or course specific continuous learning opportunities. Visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started. Students who are off-screen learners will be provided paper packets with new content each week to continue learning. These packets will be available to print from the website or to pick up at the food distribution sites, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington and Westview elementary schools. Read more about food distribution.

    District technology support is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technology will be providing support via email. Parents can email our Help Desk helpdesk@olatheschools.org for district related technology support.

    Teachers and principals will be available to answer questions related to continuous learning and will respond within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). For questions related to Continuous Learning, please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for your patience as we work to engage learners during an unprecedented time.

    Again, visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started.

     

    Ya está disponible el nuevo material para el aprendizaje continuo para cada nivel de grado y área de contenido en: www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning.

    Las instrucciones paso a paso conducen a los estudiantes en línea a través de oportunidades de aprendizaje continuo específicas segun su grado o curso. Visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar. Los estudiantes tambien pueden recibir paquetes impresos con nuevo contenido cada semana para seguir aprendiendo.

    Estos paquetes estarán disponibles para imprimirlos en el portal electronico o, para recogerlos en los sitios de distribución de alimentos, de lunes a viernes, de 11 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en las escuelas primarias Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington y Westview. Lea más sobre la distribución de alimentos.

    El apoyo tecnológico del distrito está disponible de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. de lunes a viernes. Se proporcionará apoyo por correo electrónico. Los padres pueden enviar un correo electrónico a nuestro departamento de ayuda a traves de: helpdesk@olatheschools.org para cualquier tipo de pregunta relacionada con los servicios de tecnologia del distrito.

    Los profesores y directores estarán disponibles para responder a las preguntas relacionadas con el aprendizaje continuo y responderán en un plazo de 24 horas (de lunes a viernes). Para preguntas relacionadas con Aprendizaje Continuo, por favor, póngase en contacto con su profesor o director.

    Gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos para involucrar a los estudiantes durante un tiempo sin precedentes.

    De nuevo, visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar.

    April 3 - Continuous Learning Update

    We want to thank you for the overwhelming patience and support you have provided the district as we have worked to navigate our current reality and the implementation of our Continuous Learning Plan. We are proud of our staff for the hours they have dedicated to creating high quality content at every age level. We’re proud of our families and communities for putting such a great emphasis on education, even if it looks different than the traditional classroom. I’m proud of our students for the resilience they are showing during this difficult time.

    The first week of Continuous Learning has been a great success. Students are keeping engaged in learning, while staying safe with their families. We look forward to launching new content each Monday morning for the next seven weeks. Packet learning has also been a great success. These packets, with new content, will continue to be available each week to print from the website or to pick up at the food distribution sites, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington and Westview elementary schools. Read more about food distribution.

    It’s important to note that at this time, no additional assignments on top of what is available on the Continuous Learning website and in packets will be given to students in grades PK-8. The exception would be specific situations at the high school level. Based on feedback we receive, we will work to enhance each week’s materials to make sure we are continuously striving to meet the needs of all of our students. With this in mind, we will have challenge boards, with additional learning opportunities for students PK-8, beginning on April 13.

    As a reminder for those of you with students in grades PK-8, please feel free to reach out to your student’s teachers for feedback, while remembering that grades cannot be adjusted. For our students in high school, please continue to work with teachers and school staff related to contracts, Advanced Placement, College Now, and Quickstep.

    If you have any questions regarding the Continuous Learning Program, please contact your classroom teacher.

    Thank you for being a partner with the Olathe Public Schools. We look forward to sharing new content on Monday at www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning.

    Sincerely,

    Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services Brent Yeager

    April 2 - District Offers Tele-Counseling

    The Olathe Public Schools is pleased to offer tele-counseling from your school’s mental health providers as a part of the continuous education services being provided from March 30-May 22, 2020. All counseling sessions will be virtual through a platform called Zoom. Zoom is HIPAA and FERPA-compliant. All providers will be in a room in their house that is away from all other family members, providing confidentiality between them and your student. School mental health providers who may have been seeing your student prior to Spring Break may be in contact with you about continuing services. If you would like your student to speak with a mental health professional, please provide consent by clicking this online consent form.

    After your consent is given, a mental health professional (school counselor, social worker, school psychologist, or student wellness advocate) will be in contact to schedule sessions. Most contact should occur within 48 business hours.

    For any general questions, please contact your school’s principal, school counselor, or Director of Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Services Angie Salava at email anssalava@olatheschools.org.

    April 1 - Graduation Set for Late July

    The Olathe Public Schools is excited to announce the rescheduling of our senior commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020. 

    The revised commencement plan reschedules the May 15-17 ceremonies to the last weekend in July 2020, to give as much time as possible to allow for the necessary restrictions and precautions of COVID-19 to be lifted by local and state health officials. The ceremonies will take place outdoors at the College Boulevard Activities Center (CBAC), with the Olathe Northwest High School gym as the alternative site for inclement weather. The revised schedule will be as follows:

    Friday, July 24: Olathe West at 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, July 25: Olathe North at 10 a.m. and Olathe South at 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, July 26: Olathe East at 10 a.m. and Olathe Northwest at 7:30 p.m.

    “We feel it is very important to do everything in our power to recognize our seniors, especially given the devastating change to their final semester, which included losing prom, sports, activities and performances, student trips, and commencement in May,” said Jim McMullen, Assistant Superintendent of High School Education. “The Board of Education and our Superintendent John Allison have been incredibly supportive of the concept to honor our seniors; it’s just a little later than originally planned.”

    The rescheduled dates will be held pending clearance from both the county and state health departments, which have both been an essential partner with the Olathe Public Schools during this challenging time. All Alternative Education graduation ceremonies will be held during the same weekend, with more details to come.

    More information will be shared in the next few weeks from the high school principals to their respective communities.

    March 31 - District Grounds Closed to Patrons

    As mandated by the State of Kansas and Johnson County, all district playgrounds, fields, tracks and courts are closed. We appreciate your help in working together for community health. Signs will be posted.

    March 30 - Continuous Learning has Launched

    The Olathe Public Schools has developed resources for online and off-screen learning opportunities for students to focus on key concepts, knowledge and skills. Each week, on Monday mornings, between March 30 and May 18, 2020, new continuous learning opportunities will be available for each grade level and content area.

    Step-by-step instructions lead online learners through grade level or course specific continuous learning opportunities. Visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started. Students who are off-screen learners will be provided paper packets to continue learning. These packets will be available to print from the website or to pick up at the food distribution sites, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington and Westview elementary schools. Read more about food distribution.

    District technology support is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technology will be providing support via email. Parents can email our Help Desk at helpdesk@olatheschools.org for district related technology support.

    Teachers and principals will be available to answer questions related to continuous learning and will respond to students within 24 hours (Monday through Friday). For questions related to Continuous Learning, please contact your teacher or principal.

    We appreciate your patience and grace. No online curriculum can replace the learning opportunities provided by the classroom; however, we look forward to keeping students engaged in the learning process.

    Again, visit www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning to get started.

     

    Las Escuelas Públicas de Olathe han desarrollado recursos de oportunidades de aprendizaje en línea y fuera de la pantalla para que los estudiantes se concentren en conceptos, conocimientos y habilidades clave. Cada semana, los lunes por la mañana, entre el 30 de marzo y el 18 de mayo de 2020, habrá nuevas oportunidades de aprendizaje continuo para cada nivel de grado y área de contenido.

    Las instrucciones brindadas en línea conducen a los estudiantes a través de instrucciones de acuerdo a su nivel de grado u oportunidades de aprendizaje continuo específicas por curso. Visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar. A los estudiantes que aprendan fuera de la pantalla se les proporcionarán paquetes impresos para que continúen aprendiendo. Estos paquetes estarán disponibles para imprimirlos en el portal electrónico o para ser recogidos en los sitios de distribución de alimentos, de lunes a viernes, desde las 11 a.m. a las 12:30 p.m. en las escuelas primarias Central, Fairview, Havencroft, Indian Creek, Northview, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Washington y Westview. Obtenga más información acerca de la distribución de alimentos

    El distrito escolar brindará apoyo tecnológico de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. de lunes a viernes. El Departamento de Tecnología proporcionará dicho apoyo a través de correo electrónico. Los padres pueden enviar un correo electrónico a nuestro centro de ayuda (Help Desk) helpdesk@olatheschools.org para cualquier tipo de ayuda relacionada con la tecnología del distrito.

    Los profesores y directores estarán disponibles para responder a las preguntas relacionadas con el aprendizaje continuo y responderán a los estudiantes dentro de las 24 horas (de lunes a viernes). Para preguntas relacionadas con “Aprendizaje Continuo”, por favor contacte a su profesor o director.

    Apreciamos su paciencia y tolerancia. Ningún plan de estudios en línea puede reemplazar las oportunidades de aprendizaje que ofrece el salón de clases; sin embargo, esperamos mantener a los estudiantes involucrados en el proceso de aprendizaje.

    Nuevamente, visite www.olatheschools.org/ContinuousLearning para comenzar.

    March 27 Update for High School Parents

    As we all begin to manage our “new normal,” the Olathe Public Schools is as committed as ever to focusing on students and their futures. Although our buildings are closed and we have all been asked to remain at home with our families, district administrators and teachers have been tirelessly working on a Continuous Learning Plan that will allow students and teachers to stay connected while providing students with weekly activities and engaging lessons. 

    Knowing that students, staff and all of our families are facing a situation that is constantly evolving, we acknowledge that providing education in the same way as normal during the fourth quarter is not realistic. Likewise, parents working from home cannot be expected to be the sole providers of their children’s learning. Our number one goal right now is for your students to feel safe and supported during this time, while offering them the opportunity to advance their learning and create an environment that is predictable and meaningful. Next fall, as we have always done, the Olathe Public Schools teachers and staff will meet students where they are and provide instruction as needed.

    If you have questions about the content available online or in the learning packets, please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher by email. All emails will be responded to within 24 hours (Monday through Friday).

    We look forward to offering the first week of the Continuous Learning Plan, beginning March 30.  Some key points to know: 

    • The Continuous Learning Plan link will be shared on Monday, March 30 at 9 a.m.
    • Lessons will be released each Monday morning, starting March 30 through May 18, 2020. All lessons will remain online through the end of the school year.
    • Web-based and packet-based options are available to families with similar activities in each option. The packet-based option will be available online to print, as well as in a printed form that may be picked up at the district’s food distribution sites during food distribution times. Read more about food distribution.
    • Students thrive on a schedule. Recommended home schedules are listed under each grade level on the website.
    • Olathe teachers will continue working to create weekly lessons in all academic content areas, including a comprehensive section of additional resources available for students and families. Students will continue to have the opportunities to engage in learning, extending their knowledge of all subject areas.
    • In addition to academic content, lessons in physical fitness, online safety and social-emotional learning will be available each week through the online resources.
    • At present, Olathe administrators are working with JCCC (College Now and Quick Step) and College Board (AP course) on the expected changes from those organizations. At this time, College Board is developing options for students who wish to take AP exams this spring as well as resources to support continued learning. JCCC is working with our district to develop a plan to support the continued learning for students in dual-enrollment courses. Updated information will be sent out by schools and teachers as it becomes available.

    Grades and Teacher Contact

    • On March 30, third quarter grades will be posted for all students. Students will essentially freeze their third quarter grade; making their third quarter grade the semester grade for that class. The work that will be available online or through packet learning will be important for students to take part in, but will not directly impact their grade at this time.
    • However, if the student with a D or above wishes to improve the grade by up to 10%, the student should contact the teacher by email by April 17. We ask that students copy a parent on the email. If the student has an IEP, the student will also copy the case manager for the IEP. The teacher will determine through assessing the student’s ability against priority standards what the student will do to improve the grade.  A contract will be created for each individual student based on the individual situation with activities specific to the student’s current situation to provide grade improvement possibility. These activities may include some of the learning opportunities provided by the district in fourth quarter, or personalized assignments for the individual student.
    • If a student has an F in a course, the student and parent will be contacted by the teacher via email. If the student is a senior and the course is ELA or Government, the teacher will copy the counselor and the assistant principal. Counselors will play an active role in communicating with teachers of seniors who need a class other than ELA or Government for graduation. If the student has an IEP, the teacher will also copy the case manager on the email.
    • Teachers will respond to all emails from students or parents within one normal school day (Monday through Friday) to confirm receipt. All student work must be completed and submitted to teachers by May 15. Second semester grades will be submitted for each student on May 22.

    Special Services

    • Students who receive special education services will be contacted by case managers to outline the individualized learning necessary for students, based on the IEP, and the Olathe Continuous Learning Plan opportunities. This will occur during the week of March 30-April 3, 2020.

    Thank you for your partnership in keeping our children engaged in learning during this time.  

    Sincerely,  

    Dr. Brent Yeager, assistant superintendent for Learning Services

    March 27 Update for Preschool through Eighth-grade Parents 

    As we all begin to manage our “new normal,” the Olathe Public Schools is as committed as ever to focusing on students and their futures. Although our buildings are closed and we have all been asked to remain at home with our families, district administrators and teachers have been tirelessly working on a Continuous Learning Plan that will allow students and teachers to stay connected while providing students with weekly activities and engaging lessons. 

    Knowing that students, staff and all of our families are facing a situation that is constantly evolving, we acknowledge that providing education in the same way as normal during the fourth quarter is not realistic. Likewise, parents working from home cannot be expected to be the sole providers of their children’s learning. Our number one goal right now is for your students to feel safe and supported during this time, while offering them the opportunity to advance their learning and create an environment that is predictable and meaningful. Next fall, as we have always done, the Olathe Public Schools teachers and staff will meet students where they are and provide instruction as needed.

    If you have questions about the content available online or in the learning packets, please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher by email. All emails will be responded to within 24 hours (Monday through Friday).

    The first week of the Continuous Learning Plan will be March 30. Some key points to know: 

    • The Continuous Learning Plan link will be shared on Monday, March 30 at 9 a.m.
    • Lessons will be released each Monday morning, starting March 30 through May 18, 2020. All lessons will remain online through the end of the school year.
    • Web-based and packet-based options are available to families with similar activities in each option. The packet-based option will be available online to print, as well as in a printed form that may be picked up at the district’s food distribution sites during food distribution times. Read more about food distribution.
    • Teachers have been working to create lessons each week for computer safety, social-emotional learning, English/language arts, math, science and social studies. There are also learning options each week for specials and electives such as music, art, library, physical education, Career and Technical Education and world language.
    • Additional optional resources are available on each grade level page of the website to provide extension and enrichment activities.
    • Students thrive on a schedule. Recommended home schedules are listed under each grade level on the website.
    • Students do not need to turn in their work from the Continuous Learning lessons. However, students and families may request feedback from teachers via email.
    • Third quarter grades will be posted on March 30. If you have questions regarding grades, please contact your child’s teacher. Third quarter grades will become the fourth quarter and semester grades. There will not be an opportunity to change these grades at the elementary or middle level.
    • Students who receive special education services will be contacted by case managers to outline the individualized learning necessary for students, based on the IEP, and the Olathe Continuous Learning Plan opportunities. This will occur during the week of March 30-April 3, 2020.

    Thank you for your partnership in keeping our children engaged in learning during this time. 

    Sincerely,  

    Dr. Brent Yeager, assistant superintendent for Learning Services 

     

    March 19 Update for Parents

    We appreciate the patience and support as we work through many of the questions we all have. We’ve been closely monitoring your questions and working with leadership officials across the state. We hope the answers below help clarify some of your questions. Please keep monitoring your email as subsequent messages will be coming in the following days and weeks.

    Student Grades and Plans for Continuous Learning

    Our intent is to use third quarter grades as a starting point for fourth quarter and semester grades. Based on our continuous learning plan which will begin on March 30, students at risk of not graduating or who would like to enhance their second semester grades will have opportunities to positively impact their final grades. Keeping in mind that students’ lives have changed dramatically in the recent days, we are going to focus learning opportunities in the coming weeks on the critical standards we know our students need to understand.

    The district continues to develop plans for student learning opportunities and will be prepared to begin delivering them to students the week of March 30. We will continue to provide additional information as plans are finalized. 

    AP Courses and College NOW

    We are working with College Board related to AP Courses and AP Exams, and the Kansas Board of Regents and Johnson County Community College about College Now courses and will communicate more as it becomes available.

    Technology Information

    Starting on Monday, March 23, district technology support will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technology will be providing support via email. Parents can also email our Help Desk helpdesk@olatheschools.org for district-related technology support. High school students can continue to submit work orders for their devices using their student help desk web link. (Every high school student device has a web help shortcut on their desktop.) At this time we are not providing physical device support.

    Below is some repeated, but important information from yesterday’s message.

    Reunification with medicine and medical supplies

    We are working on a plan to connect families with their child’s medicine and medical supplies and will communicate with more information when that plan has been put into place.

    Reunification with staff and student personal items

    Collecting personal items for staff and students will also be addressed at a later date. They are not accessible at this time.

    Food for Students in Need

    District staff are working on a plan to help our most vulnerable students receive meals. This plan will begin on Monday, March 23 and we will communicate with our most vulnerable families about this plan.

    Events and Activities

    All district student activities, athletics, competitions, travel, and trips are canceled through the end of the school year. We do not know what this looks like for key events like graduation, but we are hopeful that we can hold a delayed graduation ceremony later in the summer. 

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we are working through this unprecedented situation. We will continue to communicate more as we have more information.

    I encourage our community to adhere to the guidelines and recommendations put in place by our local, state, and national government agencies.  It is imperative that we do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

    Respectfully,

    Superintendent John Allison

    March 18 Update for Parents

    I hope this message finds you and your family safe and healthy. As we communicated yesterday, the Governor of Kansas directed the closure of all Kansas schools through the end of the school year. The impact of COVID-19 has affected so much more than our district, and we are prepared to do what we can to help minimize the spread of the virus. This is an unprecedented time with many questions and we are working on getting you answers.

    Our plan is to provide you with updates during our school closure to communicate any new information and answer pertinent questions. We are still working through important issues related to this closing and what it looks like. We aren’t able to answer all of those questions now, but below is what we can answer. Please keep monitoring your email as subsequent messages will be coming in the following days and weeks.

    Reunification with Medicine and Medical Supplies

    We are working on a plan to connect families with their child’s medicine and medical supplies and will communicate with more information when that plan has been put into place. Collecting personal items for staff and students will also be addressed at a later date. They are not accessible at this time.

    Food for Students in Need

    District staff are working on a plan to help our most vulnerable students receive meals. This plan will begin on Monday, March 23 and we will communicate with our most vulnerable families about this plan.

    Events and Activities

    All district student activities, athletics, competitions, travel, and trips are canceled through the end of the school year. We do not know what this looks like for key events like graduation, but we are hopeful that we can hold a delayed graduation ceremony later in the summer.

    Student Learning

    At this point the district is working on what supplemental learning opportunities will be available for students. We would anticipate some continuous learning opportunities for students starting the week of March 30. More information will be forthcoming.

    Community Health Resources

    • Johnson County has established the Johnson County Community COVID-19 hotline scheduled to be open as of March 18. Health professionals can be reached at 913-715-2819 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. While there are many more questions and unknowns at this point in time, I wanted to provide as much pertinent information as possible.  We will be sending updates to our staff on a weekly basis, and more frequently as needed.
    • More information can be found at www.olatheschools.org/COVID19.

    Other Important Resources:

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we are working through this unprecedented situation. We will continue to communicate more as we have more information.

    I encourage our community to adhere to the guidelines and recommendations put in place by our local, state, and national government agencies. It is imperative that we do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

    Respectfully,

    Superintendent John Allison

     

    Governor Orders Schools Closed through End of School Year

    March 17, 2020 

    Johnson County school superintendents support Kansas governor’s order to close schools through end of school year.

    In order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Kansas, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly ordered all public schools in Kansas to remain closed through the end of the school year.

    “The steps we're announcing today will create the space we need at the state level, to develop a more strategic resilient infrastructure so that we can get ahead of this threat and limit its long-term impact,” Gov. Kelly noted. 

    You can view the governor’s press conference online or read recent press releases issued on the governor’s website. Read the executive order in PDF format.

    “We are in an unprecedented time,” Superintendent John Allison said. “It requires all of us to work together in support of our community. We know that everyone is looking for answers and we are looking to provide guidance for our students and community as best we can. We appreciate everyone’s patience and support and we will continue to keep them informed as we are able to address the numerous issues that are before us.”

    The Olathe Public Schools will work to provide regular updates to the plan as they develop. At this time, we don’t have all the answers but will continue to provide communication when we have more information.

    This is unchartered territory for all of us — health officials, government officials and education officials. Please grant each other a measure of grace as we work to better understand our new normal. We are working to provide clear communication to staff and families. We appreciate your patience as we thoughtfully respond, as quickly as possible. Please check your email daily for updates and additional information.

    Schools Closed through April 5

    March 16, 2020

    In an abundance of caution, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment directed Johnson County districts, including the Olathe Public Schools, to keep schools closed through April 5. This action is designed to stem the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to the Olathe Public Schools being closed through April 5, all school activities, practices and events are also canceled during this time. There will be no facility rental or Johnson County Parks and Recreation care during this time.

    No employees will report to work during this time unless needed to complete time-sensitive tasks or as directed by their supervisor, who will consider whether work tasks could be performed from home. As this situation presents significant disruption, we wanted staff members to be reassured that they will be paid during this time.

    Additional information will be shared in the coming days, including information about online learning resources and details related to providing food for students in need in the district.

    The district strongly encourages social distancing during this time, to mitigate the spread of this virus.

    Again, the Olathe Public Schools are closed through April 5. We will continue to inform staff and families of updates as available and will communicate should this closure need to continue past April 5.

    Thank you for being our partner in protecting the health of our community.

    COVID-19 Update from Johnson County School Districts

    March 15, 2020

    The following is a joint message from the Olathe Public Schools, Blue Valley Schools, DeSoto School District, Gardner Edgerton School District, Shawnee Mission School District and Spring Hill School District.

    The Kansas State Department of Education issued the following statement on Sunday, March 15:

    As of Sunday, March 15, Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson strongly recommends that those schools currently coming off of spring break, suspend operations for the week March 16-20. All schools scheduled for spring break the week of March 16-20 will continue as planned.

    Closing all schools during this same period of time provides Kansas officials the time needed to finalize a comprehensive plan for how to address COVID-19.

    It is critical that we all follow a coordinated response to this situation. 

    This announcement does not directly impact districts in Johnson County, as all districts are on Spring Break from March 16-20, 2020; however, we commend Commissioner Watson on making this important recommendation.

    As we are all well aware, proactive measures to combat COVID-19 are important to community health and safety. All Johnson County school districts will continue to work closely with Johnson County government, including the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, to take proactive steps to address student, staff and community safety. Families should continue to proactively make plans for the very real possibility of a school closure beyond Spring Break. 

    As this remains a fluid and evolving situation, we will keep families updated as more information becomes available from Johnson County officials and the Kansas State Department of Education.

    Joint Message Regarding COVID-19

    March 13, 2020

    The following is a joint message from the Olathe Public Schools, Blue Valley Schools, DeSoto School District, Gardner Edgerton School District, Shawnee Mission School District and Spring Hill School District.

    As partners in community health, the six school districts of Johnson County, Johnson County Government and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment are in the process of collaborating and accumulating data regarding the continuation of school following spring break.

    The districts are currently deep cleaning and disinfecting buildings while students and staff members are on spring break.

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Education advised against school closures at this time. Although they have advised against a closure, we would like parents to be aware that a closure may become necessary in the future. 

    Before we return from spring break, we will continue to evaluate the implementation of the interim guidance from the Kansas Department of Health and the Environment Kansas Department of Education.

    As we collaborate with local health officials, we will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.

    March 13 Cancellation Information

    March 12, 2020

    In an abundance of caution, Olathe Public Schools will be closed Friday, March 13. We understand this is an inconvenience, but with the guidance we have been provided from local health departments and the amount of time necessary to deep clean the number of buildings in our district, this is a precaution we are willing to take.

    When dealing with community health and prevention from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), our top priority is the health and safety of students, staff and families. As a community, we have a shared responsibility in protecting our community from COVID-19.

    Additionally, all student practices and activities over Spring Break will be suspended and we will be canceling any outside facility rental and usage of our buildings. This includes Johnson County Parks and Recreation consolidated sites, which will be closed beginning March 13.

    During spring break, we implore our families to follow travel guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE).

    As a reminder, we continue to ask our staff and families to remain home if ill. Students should not return to classes, practices/games or any co-curricular activities until they are symptom-free (without the aid of medication) for 24 hours. The district also encourages families to practice preventative hygiene when traveling including:

    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Pay attention to your health during travel and for 14 days after you return.

    Be mindful that if you experience any symptoms of illness (fever over 100.4 or higher, cough, difficulty breathing), it will be important to contact your healthcare provider prior to returning to school in order to be evaluated.

    Johnson County Health Department advises the following:

    • Keep your child home if they have a fever >100.
    • If you have severe/significant symptoms, contact your Primary Care Provider for evaluation. If you do not have a doctor, contact a walk-in clinic.
    • Questions related to the need for testing may be directed to JCDHE at 913-477-8343 during regular business hours or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 1-877-427-7317 after business hours.

    We will provide further communication and additional information as it becomes available.

    Thank you for being our partner in protecting the health of our community.