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)

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Loss of taste and/or smell (if this occurs, presume you are COVID-positive regardless of results)

    Secondary Symptoms

    (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
    • Headache
    • Muscle or body aches

COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Ages 5 and Older

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has received emergency use approval for children ages 5 and older. Locally the vaccine will be available through healthcare providers (pediatricians), pharmacies, and the health department.

    The district has no plans at this time to provide the vaccine at school or through district-sponsored events.

    If a family has difficulty accessing the vaccine, e.g., due to lack of transportation, they may work with the school nurse and district Health Services to determine the best way to assist the family. No action is required by families who do not want the vaccine.

    Fully vaccinated students (two weeks after two properly spaced doses) will not be quarantined as long as they are symptom free. Students with a positive COVID-19 test from a lab or doctor's office are granted six months of immunity and will not be quarantined for that period as long as they are symptom free. Documentation of each must be provided to the school nurse to be considered when an exposure occurs. Providing this documentation in advance will streamline contact investigation and prevent unnecessary calls from the school nurse.

COVID-19 Vaccine Available