Notes from the Principal's Desk. .
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Olathe Schools Parents and Staff,
We wanted to provide more information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and steps the district is taking to ensure the safety of staff and students. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) are actively monitoring this situation and communicate collaborative guidance to school districts. Olathe Public Schools collaborates with JCDHE in measures necessary to contain communicable diseases, including COVID-19. Additionally, we have created a website with additional information about COVID-19, including resources from CDC, KDHE and JCDHE at www.olatheschools.org/COVID19.
The management of COVID-19 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 CDC recommends the following prevention actions:
District custodial staff continue to focus on cleaning with disinfecting cleaners and decontamination cleaning systems that sanitize both hard and soft surfaces killing viruses and bacteria. Our staff is prepared to follow all directions provided by public health agencies to prevent and limit the spread of the virus, up to and including potential cancellations of activities, events or even the potential shut down of schools for a period of time. We will take direction on the latter from public health officials and we will communicate accordingly.
We know that many families have questions regarding travel this spring. We encourage our families to review the latest notices and travel recommendations from the CDC, KDHE and JCDHE. As of today, we have not canceled any district-sponsored student travel, but will notify parents if that changes. Parents are encouraged to make the best decision for their students and family on whether their child participates.
The support and assistance of our school community when working to contain communicable disease 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.
John Allison, Superintendent