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Olathe Public School board votes to return secondary students in-person

Olathe Public Schools
Posted at 9:46 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 22:51:21-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Secondary school students in the area's largest school district will return to the classroom on March 1.

The Olathe Public Schools Board of Education voted 5-2 on Thursday night to bring middle and high school students back to in-person instruction.

Elementary school students already attend class in-person in the Olathe district, but middle and high school students have been using a hybrid plan.

Families who would prefer to continue having students learn remotely will continue to have that option.

The board cited a decline in community COVID-19 transmission coupled with declining school absences and COVID-19 cases in school buildings, according to a statement from the school district.

Olathe Public Schools will continue to monitor the impact of the virus and watch for trends in its buildings, the district said.

Olathe has more than 29,000 students at its 36 elementary schools, 10 middle schools and five high schools.

Its graduation rate is 91.2%, according to the district's website, which also boasts an attendance rate of 98.4%.