COVID-19 FAQs

Before Coming to School
Q: How is SMSD making sure students aren’t coming to school sick?
A: SMSD is asking that a Daily COVID-19 Assessment be completed prior to coming to school. We have purchased digital thermometers for our in-person families ensuring they have the tools they need to complete the assessment. SMSD will not be conducting mass temperature screenings or COVID screenings.

During School
Q: What happens when there is a positive case of COVID in my student’s classroom?
A: All students in that classroom will be notified of a positive case in their classroom with appropriate guidance given for quarantine if necessary, or low risk exposure notification.

Q: How is my child’s health going to be kept private?
A: Personally identifiable information will not be revealed when reporting cases of COVID.

Q: What is quarantine?
A: Quarantine is when a person is asked to stay home for 14 days due to exposure to a positive case of COVID.

Q: What is isolation?
A: Isolation is when a person is asked to stay home for 10 days due to having the signs/symptoms of COVID, testing positive for COVID, or being exposed to a positive case of COVID and subsequently developing symptoms. A doctor’s note with a diagnosis of something other than COVID and/or a negative test can eliminate the need to isolate.

Q: What is low risk exposure to COVID?
A: Low risk exposure may occur when all parties are appropriately masked and 6 feet of personal distance is observed.

Q: What is high risk exposure to COVID?
A: High risk exposure is when people are not masked, within 6 feet of each other, for 10 minutes or more.

Q:  What if a student gets sick at school?
A: The student will be evaluated by the nurse. If the student is showing signs/symptoms of COVID that cannot be attributed to another cause, he/she will be placed in the CARE Room until a parent/guardian can pick them up per JCDHE protocols. Students with COVID symptoms will be asked to stay home for 10 days. Students may return prior to the 10 days with a doctor’s note and/or a negative COVID test.

Q: How will spacing in the halls, lunchroom, bathroom, recess, and classroom be observed?
A: Principals and teachers have planned for 3-6 feet of personal distance to be observed. Best practice is 6 feet but when that is not possible 3 feet is allowed. When masks properly worn there will be no need for quarantine if someone tests positive.

Q: What is cohorting?
A: Cohorting is where small groups of the same students are assigned to sit together, eat lunch together, play at recess together, etc. Cohorts minimize the number of students who would need to quarantine when a student tests positive.

Q: How can students socially distance while waiting to wash hands, etc.
A: Teachers can limit the number of students in and out of bathrooms to avoid overcrowding. Markers on the floor remind students to stay 6 feet apart.

Q: How often are students washing their hands/using hand sanitizer during the day?
A: Each time students transition to a new environment they should wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, they should use hand sanitizer.

Q: How many cases in a class, school, or district would occur before closing?
A: Closures would be determined by Johnson County Department of Health.

Q: Who do I call if I have questions or concerns about COVID?
A: Contact your building principal and/or building nurse with COVID questions/concerns.

Masks
Q: What type of mask should students wear?
A: Students should wear a mask that is comfortable, covers their nose and mouth, and does not fall down. The mask should fit snug to their face and can be made of any tightly woven fabric. Masks should meet school dress code rules. Gators and bandanas are acceptable, but masks with valves are not.

Q: What happens if I forget my mask or soil it during the day?
A: Students will be provided a surgical mask should they need one.

Q: What if my student can’t/won’t wear a mask?
A: Students will be allowed to build mask tolerance over time and mask breaks outdoors will be allowed. Students who can’t mask due to a medical condition may complete a mask exemption form to be kept on file with the school nurse.

Bus
Q: Do bus drivers have to wear a mask?
A: Bus drivers are required to wear a mask while loading and unloading the bus, but not while driving. Drivers are encouraged to leave the first seat or two open to ensure 6 feet of distance.

Staying Well
Q: What can I do to keep my child well during COVID?
A: Avoid gatherings where people are not socially distanced and are not wearing masks. Wear a mask and observe 6 feet of social distance. Wash hands, avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth. Clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Encourage hydration, eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, and exercise.