By the Associated Press & KFDI.
Schools in Olathe and Kansas City, Kansas, have canceled classes for two days as COVID-19 cases surge among staff and students in the districts.
Olathe Public Schools and Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools canceled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Olathe Superintendent Brent Yeager said more than 800 school employees – about 20% of Olathe schools’ staff – were out sick heading into this week. Yeager says more than 1,500 students had the virus last week.
Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools reported it had 200 teaching positions unfilled Friday.
The Herington School District, USD 487, also cancelled classes Tuesday and Wednesday because of staffing issues.
Meanwhile, Wichita district officials say Cessna, Linwood and Spaight will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 18th. The district warned parents last week that closures were possible. Officials said this was due to ongoing staff shortages and the district’s inability to cover those absences.