Families can still enroll their children in the Olathe Virtual School, a K-12, full-time online education program through the public school system launching this fall. The enrollment deadline has been extended to July 10, according to Brent Yeager, assistant superintendent for learning services.
“Our goal as a school district is to provide opportunities for all students and families,” said Becky Grubaugh, communications and media manager for Olathe Public Schools. “Through the pandemic, we saw that there was a group of Olathe students and families that we could better serve using the virtual environment.”
Grubaugh said students enrolled in the virtual school will be required to “commit to a fully virtual learning experience,” which means they won’t be able to participate in KSHSAA activities, like athletics, debate, scholars bowl and student council. This also means hybrid education models won’t be available, which would allow a student to attend classes both in-person and virtually.
“OVS is committed to building a strong school climate based on relationships and opportunities so that all students, whether virtual or in person, know that they are a part of our Olathe community,” she said.
As of June 8, about 285 students were enrolled in the virtual school. Yeager said the school is hoping to enroll at least 300 students.
“The student interest and excitement was not as great as the staff interest and excitement,” he said. “We’re at a good spot in terms of providing that for our community and our students in Olathe.”
Information about applying to and enrolling at the Olathe Virtual School is available here. To attend, you must live in the Olathe School District boundaries. Students enrolled at the OVS are subject to the same district-wide registration and course fees, Grubaugh said. Synchronous and asynchronous options are available.
Yeager expects more families to enroll their students in the Olathe Virtual School now that the Olathe Public Schools’ Board of Education has adopted its formal COVID-19 policies for the 2021-22 academic year.
“Based on the decision from the board,” he said, “community members that now want to make that choice will have that option.”
Though the board recommended masking in USD 233 buildings, it will no longer be required starting on July 2.