• Elementary Quarantine Protocols

    According to Johnson County Public Health guidance, individuals exposed to a positive COVID-19 case will be asked to quarantine for 10 days and monitor for the development of symptoms. Please review the quarantine exceptions listed below for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Parents/guardians have the option to keep their child in quarantine for the full 14 days and those absences would be excused. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate at home for 10 days.

    Guidance for individuals identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual:

    • Stay home until Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) contacts you with quarantine guidance, this could take a few days for them to complete their investigation process. 
      • Students and staff will be required to follow the quarantine guidance and recommendation from JCPH.
      • Students that are fully vaccinated and don’t have COVID-related symptoms can follow the JCPH guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.
      • Questions should be directed to JCPH at (319) 688-5920
    • Call your school's attendance secretary to report the absence due to quarantine.
    • You should closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow the District’s stay-at-home guidelines.
    • Individuals identified as close contacts should be referred for COVID-19 testing.

    Quarantine exceptions and options for a shortened quarantine period: 

    Fully Vaccinated individuals:

    • If the fully vaccinated exposed individuals wore a mask consistently and correctly in district buildings, they can return to school and activities during their quarantine period while monitoring for symptoms.  If mask-wearing is not an option they should follow at-home quarantine guidance. 
    • If a negative test is received 3-5 days after exposure, they may return to school.  A negative test result will need to be provided to the school nurse.

    Unvaccinated Individuals: 

    • A 7-day quarantine period may be considered if:
      • Individuals identified as close contacts receive a negative COVID-19 test after day 5 of their exposure, and  
      • If the exposed individuals wore a mask consistently and correctly in district buildings, they can return to school and activities after day 7 of their quarantine period while monitoring for symptoms.  If mask-wearing is not an option, they should follow the full at-home quarantine guidance, and
      • The exposed individual will need to continue to closely monitor for COVID-9 symptoms for 14 full days after their exposure. 
    • Unvaccinated close contacts do not have to quarantine if both the COVID-19 positive individual and the close contact wore well-fitting masks consistently and correctly the entire duration of the exposure.

    Past COVID-19 Positive Individuals:
    Someone who has had COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and has recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath) does not need to quarantine after an exposure. 

    Junior High and High School Quarantine Protocols

    When a positive COVID-19 case is identified in one of our secondary schools, communication will be sent to all students and staff who are determined to have been in a class with the positive individual during their contagious period.  The communication will inform individuals/families of the potential exposure and offer the choice to self-quarantine should that be the individual’s/family’s preference.  Absences related to a COVID-19 exposure would be approved.  These protocols are based on guidance from Johnson County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

    If your quarantine is due to an exposure outside of school, please follow the quarantine recommendations that you received from Johnson County Public Health.

    Our District requires universal mask use for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools, regardless of vaccination status.  This is based on guidance from the CDC.  In addition, the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation requires students and staff to wear a face-covering while on a school bus or while utilizing other District-provided transportation.

    In addition, our District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 12 years of age and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine locator may be used to find a provider near you.