OLATHE, KS (KCTV) – Elementary and early education students at Olathe Public Schools will be returning to full-time in-person classes before the end of the month, the district said Wednesday.

In a letter to parents, district officials said that the five-day in-school learning will start on September 28.

The change applies to students who were registered for in-person learning and will not affect those students who opted for the remote learning option. Those students will remain in remote classes through the rest of the semester.

The returning students will still be following safety guidelines including wearing masks, regularly washing hands and social distancing as much as possible.

District officials are still evaluating changes for middle and high school students and will provide more information on those plans for return during the October 1 school board meeting.

The health director says coronavirus cases in the county have been decreasing, and if everyone, students included, continue to follow guidelines, things should be fine.

“Current science and data tells us that while children under 10 might carry a high viral load they don’t seem to transmit it as much,” Johnson County Health Department Director Dr. Sanmi Areola said.

Health officials say one of the other reasons for doing this is that younger students have a tougher time learning virtually.

KCTV5 News spoke with a couple of parents with kids within the school district who are excited to have the option for in person learning.

“I think it’s great because I know that there’s a lot of parents who are struggling with schedules and they have to work and it’s hard to have the kids all the time at home,” parent Carolina Torres said.

“I know that he has really missed his friends and just the schedule of five days off two days on it’s kind of hard that way so going all five days a week will be great,” parent Frances Nordin said.

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