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3-17-20 — 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.

“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.