USD 489 Covid-19 Information for Fall 2021
Joe Denoyer - August 26, 2021 1:41 pm
USD 480 requests that any staff member or student who tests positive for Covid-19 or becomes a close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) to a positive case please notify the school nurse immediately. Anyone who tests positive or has a pending test result cannot and should not attend school.
In the event of classroom or school based contact with a positive case of Covid-19 parents will be notified via electronic messaging that a potential exposure occurred. True close contacts will not be identified within the school setting. Students/parents who receive the notification will be advised to monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 for 14 days. As long as the student remains without symptoms during those 14 days, he/she may continue to attend school. This is for classroom/school based contacts only. Anyone who has a quarantine order from a health department due to contact outside the school or a HOUSEHOLD CONTACT CANNOT attend school during their quarantine period. Those individuals will need a release letter from their local health department to attend school. If you receive a message from USD480 and have questions, please contact your school office/school nurse via the main number to the school.
It is recommended that anyone who is exposed to Covid-19 wear a mask and receive a Covid-19 test on or after day 5 of the exposure. Test results (positive or negative) via any home testing product will not be accepted for school purposes. Any home test is recommended to be followed with a PCR test. PCR testing is offered through Seward County Health Department and other local care providers. If assistance is needed in finding a test location please contact your school nurse, Seward County Health Department, or your healthcare provider of choice