Private schools across northern Johnson County focus on in-person learning whenever possible this fall

Johnson County is prioritizing teachers and licensed childcare providers during Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Above, a file photo of Maranatha Christian Academy elementary students in Shawnee. Photo courtesy Maranatha Christian Academy.

Many private schools across northern Johnson County are starting classes with a combination of in-person, virtual and hybrid learning over the next few weeks. The emphasis on in-person or hybrid learning across private schools stands in contrast with the Shawnee Mission School District, which is opting for remote learning for all students. Shawnee Mission administrators have indicated there are plans in the works for elementary students to return to in-person learning — that’s coming later this week.

School administrators at Pembroke Hill, Maranatha Christian Academy, The Barstow School and the Johnson County area elementary and high schools under the Archdiocese of Kansas City, all shared plans for mitigation measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 within their school buildings, as well as contingency plans for known positive cases.