Coronavirus or COVID-19 Information
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 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
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 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 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
KSDE Navigating Change 2020