Wichita and other schools warn of potential closures amid COVID spike

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The Wichita school district is warning parents that temporary school closures may be necessary because so many teachers are out sick amid a rise in COVID-19 cases.

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Superintendent Alicia Thompson told parents in an email that the district hopes to give parents two to three days’ notice before closing schools, but she couldn’t promise decisions won’t be made more quickly.

Valley Center Schools are closed Friday.  Beginning Tuesday students and staff will be required to wear masks inside Campus High in Haysville.

The Fairfield schools reports 39% of their teachers are out sick.  They are using a snow day Friday, and will begin remote learning on Tuesday.

The Bonner Springs and El Dorado districts already have canceled classes. And the Rock Creek district in Pottawatomie County said an elementary and middle school were closed Thursday and Friday because of staffing issues.

Meanwhile, the Johnson County cities of Roeland Park, Mission and Prairie Village are instituting mask mandates.

And in Wichita, Northwest High School announced they were postponing their homecoming Pep Assembly and dance, scheduled for Saturday because of rising COVID rates.  The basketball game will be played as scheduled.