Johnson County schools report thousands of students out due to COVID-19 — See 3 local districts’ numbers

Johnson County COVID schools

Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission school districts are reporting higher than normal student absenteeism and, at the same time, are warning parents about the potential for school closures as a result of staff absences. Above, a Shawnee Mission elementary students in school last semester. File photo.

The three Johnson County school districts in the Post’s coverage area are all reporting unusually high student absences amid the recent surge fueled by Omicron.

The warnings from Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission were sent Friday, the same day that USD 232 in De Soto canceled class because nearly 100 teachers were absent.