Coronavirus or COVID-19 Information

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Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Public Health Guidance for Schools
Current public health guidance for schools from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment may be viewed at the following link: March 22, 2021 Guidance Update

Summer 2021 Mitigation Plan
The 2021 Summer Mitigation Plan provides guidance for optional summer programs and summer work environments.

Employee Vaccine Information
All COVID19 K-12 vaccine clinics for district employees via Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and Children's Mercy Hospital  (CMH) have concluded.   

For any staff who still need a second dose and did not make it to a private CMH clinic: They will need to contact the school nurse for information. The second dose should be received within 42 days of the first dose.  Employees should schedule ASAP if they are at or past the dose 2 due date.

For any staff who did not start the vaccine series but would like to now, there are a variety of resources in the community, including JCDHE first dose clinics, the National Federal Retail Pharmacy program, and some doctor’s offices/hospital systems. There is information available at this link:

Any staff who have lost their vaccine record card and need a replacement: please make a records request through the state immunization database, WebIZ. Click on the link and follow the directions under the tab “request an official immunization record”

Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Employees
The following resource provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the employee vaccination process in the Shawnee Mission School District.  Please contact your school nurse or the district Health Services Team at 913-993-6200 with additional questions.  FAQ Document

Keeping our Community Safe
We have asked members of the Shawnee Mission School District community (students and staff) to avoid participating in large gatherings, particularly where mask and social-distancing guidelines are not being followed. If you have participated in a large gathering, either indoors or outdoors, where (either)

  • Masks are not worn, or
  • Social distancing is not observed 

Please quarantine for 14 days after the date of departure from the large gathering. We are seeing cases rise in our community and want to do all we can to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. Thank you for doing your part.

Signs & Symptoms
CDC Symptoms of COVID-19

Mitigating Measures
Mitigating measures include:

  • Social distancing of 3 feet at a minimum or greater as much as possible
  • Wearing a barrier mask that fits properly and covers your nose and mouth without falling down – no valves, etc.
  • Cohorting - small static groups that work/play together to limit exposure
  • Hand hygiene – frequently washing hands with soap/water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer if sink is not available
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • Cleaning/disinfecting highly touched surfaces frequently throughout the day

CDC Mitigation Framework

Temperature checks:
SMSD will not be performing mass temperature checks at this time at the advice of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.  The CDC as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics do not support mass temperature checks for schools. Instead we will ask staff, students, and parents to perform Daily COVID-19 Self-Monitoring.

3 to 6 feet of Personal Distance

  • COVID-19 is primarily spread in the respiratory droplets projected from a person’s nose or mouth when they sneeze, cough, or even speak. By remaining at least 3 to 6 feet away from others, those droplets fall to the ground between people.
  • Very tiny respiratory droplets may float in the air and could be picked up by the ventilation system. Wearing a mask may prevent those airborne droplets from escaping from a person’s nose/mouth and/or being breathed in by others.

CDC Stop the Spread of Germs


  • Cloth face coverings/masks will be required for all students, staff, and visitors.
  • No valves or other “holes” may be in/on the mask.
  • We will work on a case by case basis with those students/staff unable to wear a mask.
  • Masks will be provided to students/staff who soil/forget theirs.

CDC Use of Masks to Help Slow the Spread of COVID

Face Shields

  • Face shields do not offer the same level of protection as a barrier mask but do offer eye protection when used with a mask.
  • Classroom teachers can work through scenarios where a student/teacher’s lips need to be seen and a mask is not possible.

CDC Use of Face Shield When No Face Mask is Available

Hand Hygiene

  • Hand Sanitizer dispensers are being installed in every classroom and other common areas.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided by SMSD to all students and staff.

CDC Hand Hygiene Information

Gloves are not recommended specifically for COVID-19 unless you have open cuts on your hands as COVID-19 does not pass through the skin.

CDC Glove Guidance

Cleaning/Disinfecting of Surfaces

  • While it is important to wipe down highly touched surfaces on a frequent basis, hand hygiene before and after activities is more important.  (Washing hands before recess and after recess as opposed to wiping down playground equipment between use).
  • Cleaning supplies will be provided by custodial services.  It is not advised to use wipes and other products that are not approved for use in schools.

CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Information

CDC Ventilation Considerations for Schools

Limit groups in size and prevent mixing of groups as much as possible.

CDC Cohorting Information

Schools should limit visitors to essential personnel only.

CDC Gatherings, Visitors, Field trips


  • JCDHE will provide all districts in the county with protocols for isolation in a school building as well as follow up procedures after an isolation occurs.
  • Waiting on documents from JCDHE.


  • JCDHE will provide all districts in the county with protocols for quarantine as well as exclusion procedures related to COVID-19.
  • Waiting on documents from JCDHE.

COVID Point Person
School Nurses will be the point of contact in each building for COVID-19

7/10/20 Statement from American Academy of Pediatrics, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, and School Superintendents Association

CDC Guidance for Schools

CDC Considerations for Schools

Children's Mercy Guidance for School Re-opening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

KSDE Navigating Change 2020

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment School Re-opening Criteria