Johnson County daycare facilities remaining open amid school closures and COVID-19 pandemic

Daycares like this one in Shawnee are staying open during the COVID-19 pandemic per recommendations of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Several daycares said they want to stay open to provide a safe place for children to stay while their parents are at work.

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While all schools — public and private — in Johnson County are closed until the end of the school year per a mandate from Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, daycare facilities in the Shawnee Mission area remain open during the pandemic under the advice of the county’s health department.