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Updated Health & Safety Protocols Beginning 1/3/22

At the December 14, 2021 Board meeting, the Board endorsed and approved the District’s move to the newly released Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance. This new guidance will go into effect on January 3, 2022, upon return from winter break. This timing aligns with the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals age 5 and over.  

While our District will make the recommended shifts to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols, we want to emphasize that our county is still experiencing high community transmission. COVID-19 remains prevalent and it is imperative that we continue to utilize precautionary measures to help control the spread.

Below we have outlined our District’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols beginning January 3, 2022.

Masks
Our District will continue to require 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.

Vaccines
Our District strongly encourages eligible individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. For individuals 5 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.

Quarantine/Isolation
Our District will no longer require quarantine when an individual is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual at school. As such, contact tracing will no longer be conducted within our schools when positive COVID-19 cases are identified, and based on JCPH recommendation, we will not send notification calls or emails to a school community when a positive COVID-19 case is identified. However, we will continue to require a 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated individuals who are exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the household, which is also consistent with JCPH and CDC guidance. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home for 10 days and must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before returning to school. Students and staff should follow our Stay-At-Home Guidelines when ill.

Community Use of Buildings
Our District will allow community use of our facilities outside of the school day based on our facility use guidelines. Building visitors and community facility use during the school day will continue to be restricted at this time.

These updated protocols take effect upon return from winter break on January 3, 2022. While we are optimistic about these shifts in our health and safety protocols, we will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 positivity rates in our schools to ensure that our numbers remain low. 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.