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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. The information provided via this site is updated on Monday of each week based on the information available to the district through individual reporting and contact tracing.
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. We ask all students to complete a daily COVID-19 Assessment prior to coming to school. Staff are also asked to complete a daily COVID-19 Assessment (staff version). Additional mitigating measures include wearing masks to protect each other, social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying home when ill.
SMSD received updated quarantine guidance from JCDHE for individuals who have been identified as close contacts to a positive case of COVID-19. These recommendations follow the recently announced CDC quarantine protocol. New quarantine guidance is effective 12/8/20 for SMSD students and staff.
Key Terms with respect to reported data:
Isolation: Occurs when a positive/presumed positive case of COVID-19 is diagnosed. Symptomatic cases are isolated for 10 days or until a negative PCR test or alternate physician diagnosis is provided.
Recommendations have not changed for 10-day isolation.
Confirmed positive: Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are asked to isolate at home for 10 days.
Presumed positive: Individuals who develop symptoms after an exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 are presumed positive and may return to work/school/activities 10 days from symptom development.
Symptomatic: Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay home 10 days, or provide a doctor’s note stating their symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19, or provide documentation of a negative PCR (not rapid antigen) COVID-19 test.
Quarantine: According to the CDC 14 days quarantine after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case remains the gold standard. Last day of exposure to a positive case is day 0.
10 Days – return on day 11
Individuals who remain asymptomatic after exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, may end quarantine after 10 days with return to work/school/activities on day 11. If an individual develops symptoms within the 14-day quarantine period, they should stay home, call the school to report the symptoms and absence, and go for testing for COVID-19 or call their doctor.
7 Days – return on day 8
Individuals who remain asymptomatic after exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, with a negative PCR test (not rapid antigen) performed on/after day 5 of exposure, may end quarantine after 7 days with return to work/school/activities on day 8.
If an individual develops symptoms between the test on day 5 and day 14, they may not return to work/school/activities and are presumed positive.
Exposure locations are determined during case investigation and contact tracing.
- School exposures occur within the school setting and include bus transportation to/from school.
- Community exposures occur outside of school (family, club teams, weddings, etc).
- Extracurricular exposures occur in school sponsored athletics/activities.
- Unknown exposures are listed when location cannot be determined.
2021 data reported represent new active cases on the weekly reporting date. Data reported prior to January 1, 2021 represent all active cases for the report period. The change in reporting aligns the data with reporting methodology at the county level. No personally identifiable information will be reported in alignment with the JCDHE data practices. In the event a data set includes fewer than 6 cases, an image will represent the data for the given metric.
The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment website provides updates for COVID 19 for our county-wide community. Please visit the JDCHE site to receive current county data and school gating criteria. JCDHE COVID-19 Update
When a school becomes aware of a positive case or individual exposure to a positive or presumed positive case, per JCDHE, communication will be provided to those immediately impacted by the case. Great care will be taken in all instances to protect the privacy of individuals and families. The school will provide communication via the JCDHE regarding public health steps that must be taken to ensure the continued safety for those in our schools. Sample letters are provided below.
Students/staff exhibiting signs/symptoms of COVID-19 at school will be requested to isolate for 10 days or provide a physician's alternate diagnosis, or a negative PCR COVID-19 test per JCDHE guidance.
Students/staff identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual will be notified of the exposure and requested to quarantine per JCDHE guidance.
Spanish High Risk Exposure with Calculations letter HighriskletterSpanishwithcalculations.pdf
Students/staff having had low risk contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19 will receive notification of low risk exposure per JCDHE guidance.