Coronavirus or COVID-19 Information
FREE PCR COVID-19 Testing
- Can be scheduled through your school nurse or by calling 913-993-6218 OR
- Easy registration and scheduling at GoGetTested.com/Kansas
- No Eating or Drinking 30 Minutes prior to testing
- Results in 48-96 hours
The Shawnee Mission School District continues to monitor new cases of COVID-19 in our schools. We work closely with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) to monitor the spread of the virus and follow the recommendations of our public health department with respect to addressing positive cases, presumed positive cases, and exposures.
Maintaining safe learning environments requires partnership with local public health agencies and our families. We ask all families to help support the collective safety of our students and staff by following identified mitigating measures and reporting signs, symptoms, and positive cases of COVID-19 to the school.
SMSD received updated exclusion guidance from JCDHE for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, presumed positive, or have symptoms of COVID-19 like illness.
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: July 19, 2021 Guidance Update
Winter 2021-2022 Mitigation Plan
The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) continues to make modifications to its Covid-19 mitigation plans.
Decisions will be made based on data relating to the rates of infection and transmission in Johnson County and in
SMSD schools, vaccination rates among different age populations, and other factors. The mitigation measures
below go into effect on January 3, 2022.
Fall 2021 Mitigation Plan
At the August 5, 2021, special meeting of the Shawnee Mission School District Board of Education, the Board approved changes to the COVID-19 mitigation plan. These changes will require all children and adults in grades PreK-12 to wear masks in all district facilities.
The details of the approved plan are included here:
The vote passed with a 6 to 1 vote in favor. Keeping schools open and safe continues to be a top priority in the SMSD in the 2021-2022 school year.
Employee Vaccine Information
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: https://jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine/how-do-I-get-a-vaccine
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” https://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/immunization_registry.htm
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
As long as community transmission of COVID-19 is moderate to high, we recommend members of the Shawnee Mission School District community (students and staff) avoid participating in large gatherings, particularly where there are low vaccination rates, and where masking 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 monitor symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop. Thank you for doing your part to help us keep our children in school.
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 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 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
- Shawnee Mission School District Mask Guidance
- Cloth face coverings/masks will be required for all elementary students, staff, and visitors.
- Cloth face coverings/masks will be strongly recommended for all middle and high 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 installed in classrooms 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 while community transmission rates are moderate-high.
CDC Gatherings, Visitors, Field trips
- JCDHE will provide all districts in the county with protocols for exclusion in a school building as well as follow up procedures after an isolation occurs.
COVID Point Person
School Nurses will be the point of contact in each building for COVID-19.
7/18/21 Statement from American Academy of Pediatrics
07/09/21 CDC Guidance for Schools
7/27/21 Children's Mercy Guidance for School Re-opening During the COVID-19 Pandemic
KDHE COVID-19 Resources for K-12 Education
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment School Re-opening Criteria