COVID-19 Info

  • The Olathe Public Schools will not be tracking or requiring reporting of COVID cases. Please stay home if you are sick. The following information is being provided as a resource:

    Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has updated its Disease and Exclusion Recommendations/Regulations (PDF) to come into line with the recent CDC recommendations for COVID, and other respiratory viruses. Under the new Johnson County guidelines, the exclusion for “Respiratory Virus Illness” (COVID-19, RSV) will be to exclude until both are true: symptoms are getting better and no fever for 24 hours without aid of medication. Upon return to normal activities, take additional precautions over the next five days. It is important to note that K.A.R. 28-1-6 supersedes the CDC’s recommendation, and thus, people in Kansas who are diagnosed with influenza are still required to stay home for five days.

    If you have tested positive for COVID, these are recommendations provided by the Johnson County Health Department:

    • You can go back to your normal activities and return to school when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:
      • Your symptoms are getting better overall, and
      • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).
    • When you go back to your normal activities, take added precautions over the next five days, such as taking additional steps for cleaner air, hygiene, masks, physical distancing, and/or testing when you will be around other people indoors.
    • Keep in mind that you may still be able to spread the virus that made you sick, even if you are feeling better. You are likely to be less contagious at this time, depending on factors like how long you were sick or how sick you were.
    • If you develop a fever or start to feel worse after you have gone back to normal activities, stay home and away from others again until, for at least 24 hours, both are true: your symptoms are improving overall, and you have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication). Then take added precaution for the next five days.
    • Free Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test kits are available at no charge and can be picked up at all district buildings. If you have questions about your test kit, please contact the manufacturer's customer support line at 1-800-838-9502.

    Communication with JCDHE (Johnson County Department of Health and Environment):

    The district will not be providing names of positive cases to JCDHE, district staff will be reporting the number of COVID cases to JCDHE each week as is done with the other communicable diseases like flu, etc.

    The district does not plan to actively enforce the information outlined above, but will rely on our community to keep all of us as healthy as possible.