- West High School
Junior High and High School Quarantine Protocols Update
At the September 7 Board Work Session, we discussed a transition in our District’s quarantine protocols at the junior high and high school levels. Beginning immediately, 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. Please notify your school attendance office if you choose to quarantine your child and inform them of the reason for the absence. Absences related to a COVID-19 exposure will be approved.
If your quarantine is due to an exposure outside of school, please follow the quarantine recommendations that you received from Johnson County Public Health.
These new protocols take effect immediately at the junior high and high school levels. Due to the fact that elementary-age students are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, quarantine protocols at the elementary level will remain the same. You can find full details on our District’s Quarantine Protocols webpage. This shift in protocols allows us to minimize the number of individuals impacted by a positive COVID-19 case in a school and the amount of time spent away from the classroom. This change does not minimize our commitment to health and safety. We remain diligent in our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure schools remain a safe and healthy environment for students and staff.
Our District continues to strongly encourage universal indoor 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.