WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Cessna, Linwood and Spaght elementary schools will be closed Tuesday.

USD 259 said the decision to close schools is due to a number of staff absences and the inability to have enough people to cover those absences. 

Data from the district last week showed weekly COVID-19 data shows cases have rapidly increased in the district. Superintendent Alicia Thompson told parents to have a child care plan in place.

Have a child care plan. Please know that temporary school closure is a possibility due to the impact of COVID on school staffing. Before we would make such a decision, we are employing many other measures to provide a safe learning environment for students. We know that a transition like this may have a negative impact on our families. However, it is vitally important that you have a plan in place now in the event that data indicators at your school cause us to send all students home for several days. It is our hope that we will be able to give you 2-3 days’ notice before we have to make such a transition, but the reality is that based on what we see happening in our district and our community, that notification could be provided one day to take effect the following day.”

Dr. Alicia Thompson, USD 259 superintendent

If you or your WPS student needs a COVID-19 test, call 316-973-4790. Your test must be scheduled in advance. Learn more online.

Also, three Catholic schools will be closed in Wichita. Christ the King Catholic School is closed Tuesday. Magdalen and Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School are closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The Catholic Diocese of Wichita said more than 1,000 students were out because of COVID last week.

“It’s really a matter of, when you have a lot of kids out, you cannot do school. You just can’t. It’s not fair to any educator. It’s not fair to the other students, and it’s certainly not fair to the kids that are gone,” said Janet Eaton, Catholic Diocese of Wichita superintendent.