Coronavirus or COVID-19 Information

The Shawnee Mission School District continues to work collaboratively with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) in the response and management of all communicable diseases. We are not the public health experts, so we rely on their public health expertise for guidance and direction. 

The previous mitigation procedures that the district has had in place for the management of COVID-19 expired at the end of June. We have always had plans in place related to communicable diseases, following state statutes (specifically K.S.A. 65-118 and K.S.A. 65-122). Our experience with COVID-19 has made those plans more explicit and visible. We will continue to have the following processes in place:

  • We will promote vaccination among students and staff
  • We will support students and staff that choose to wear a mask
  • We will exclude persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection for five days. The individual must be fever free with improving symptoms to return
  • We will recommend that persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection who return on day six wear a mask through day 10
  • As is the procedure with all infectious diseases, we will work with JCDHE regarding potential mitigation measures related to the spread of COVID-19 and any other infectious diseases
  • Enhanced air filtration continues to be a priority to ensure an optimal learning environment. The nurses’ offices will continue to maintain HEPA Air Scrubbers.

Community-based testing may be located at the following link: https://www.jocogov.org/schedule-covid-19-test  

Vaccine Information
Any staff or student 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” https://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/immunization_registry.htm

Signs & Symptoms
CDC Symptoms of COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fsymptoms.html

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

Resources

Shawnee Mission School District Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Public Health Guidance for Schools

11/5/21 Kansas COVID Workgroup for Kids - Vaccine Information (English) (Spanish) (Vietnamese)

11/1/21 Children's Mercy Hospital - Vaccine FAQ, Truth About Vaccines 

7/18/21 Statement from American Academy of Pediatrics
https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/