Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The management of 2019 Novel Coronavirus is, as expected, evolving with time and research. There is a global response to contain this virus and we will receive specific guidance from public health organizations. If there is any information that relates to Olathe Public Schools, staff and parents will be informed.
The district is collaborating with public health officials around this issue to ensure that current practices are appropriate.
The CDC recommends the following prevention actions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The support and assistance of our school community when working to contain communicable diseases is vital. Teaching the foundations of healthy habits in the home, self-reporting illness, and keeping sick individuals home are important elements in the success of containing communicable diseases within a community. The diligence of our family partners in this effort is greatly appreciated.
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 be returning to school in order to be evaluated.
Primary Symptoms of COVID-19
(test recommended if one symptom occurs)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste and/or smell (if this occurs, presume you are COVID-positive regardless of results)
(test recommended if two or more symptoms occur)
- Fever of 100 degrees or more
- Extreme fatigue
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Sore throat
- Muscle or body aches
COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Ages 12 and Older
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and Children's Mercy are offering COVID-19 vaccines to everyone age 12 and older.
Clinics Within Olathe Schools
The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers a free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for anyone age 12 and older, first or second doses. Parent or guardian should accompany children ages 12-15. Teens age 16 and older need a parent's signature. Free tacos and drink for anyone vaccinated at Olathe South or Olathe North. Meals for purchase at a cost of $6 (at South and North clinics). Families welcome.
- 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, Olathe South High School black box theatre, 1640 E. 151st Street. Enter through Door X on northwest side of school.
- 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, Olathe North High School commons area, 600 E. Prairie Street. Enter through the athletic entrance on the north side of the school.
- 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, Olathe East High School commons area, 14545 W. 127th Street. Enter through the front doors near the circle drive.
- Make an appointment via their website
- Walk-ins welcome
- Call 913-715-2819 with questions
Location: 15500 W. 108th Street, Lenexa, Kansas
- Appointments required by visiting MyChildrensMercy patient portal or calling 816-302-6300
- No walk-ins
- Accepting ages 12-22
Hours and Locations:
Comunity Vaccine Clinics
- Learn more on the Johnson County government website
- Check the Vaccines.gov website for vaccines available nearby
Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for children ages 12-17. Teens need a second booster dose three weeks after the first dose.