8-16-21 — District Welcomes Students for 2021-22 Year
Aug. 16, 2021 ~ On Thursday, Aug. 12, the Olathe Public Schools kicked off the 2021-22 school year as elementary students, sixth graders and freshmen returned to class for a half day. They were joined the next day by their peers in grades K-12 for a full day of learning and rounded out the start of the new school year on Monday, Aug. 16 by welcoming all early childhood learners to school.
The first day of school is always an exciting time, but this year there was even more anticipation as the district welcomed back students who had not been in school buildings for more than a year due to the pandemic.
“Last year, we had nearly 7,000 students who chose to learn remotely due to the pandemic, and our educators and staff are beyond excited to welcome these students back into our buildings for in-person learning,” said Superintendent Brent Yeager. “Our focus as we begin this school year is on rebuilding those connections with students and focusing on the moments that matter. That applies to both our in-person students, as well as our virtual learners.”
In addition to welcoming in-person learners back to school, the district also launched the Olathe Virtual School (OVS), serving nearly 300 virtual students in its inaugural year. OVS was developed because the district recognized that some students thrived in or need a virtual learning environment and there was a long-term need. It is an independent school within the Olathe School District, with its own Olathe staff, curriculum, resources and schedules adapted for the virtual learner.