OLATHE, Kan. — As of Monday, four Olathe high schools have returned to temporary universal masking due to daily absence rates above 7%.
The schools include:
- Olathe North High School
- Olathe Northwest High School
- Olathe South High School
- Olathe West High School
Olathe North, Northwest and West all returned to universal masking on Jan. 6. Olathe South’s absence rate exceeded 7% on Monday.
Universal masking is implemented when building isolations and quarantines reach 4% or higher or when absentee rates meet or exceed 7%.
When universal masking is implemented, it remains in place until "both measures maintain below gating levels for two weeks," according to the Olathe Schools website.
The district's most recent numbers show that Olathe Northwest had the highest percentage Wednesday with 10.16%.
Also on Wednesday, Olathe South was at 8.37%, Olathe West was at 8.85% and Olathe North was at 9.19%.
The only high school not included is Olathe East, which had a 3.79% absence rate Wednesday.
All high schools observe optional masking when building isolations, quarantines and absentee rates are not met or exceeded.