COVID-19 Information

Illustration of COVID virus

This dashboard is designed to share a weekly snapshot of new COVID-19 cases and new quarantines in the district. Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has over 20,000 students and more than 3,500 full-time, part-time and temp staff members.

The district will post cumulative (total new case and total new quarantine) district data on a weekly basis for staff and students. The school-by-school dashboard (coming soon) covers a 7-day window at each school.

Mask Policy

Effective April 27, 2022, and for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year, the KCKPS Board of Education approved optional face masks for students and staff as long as the total COVID-related absences remain below five percent (5%). In the event that an individual building (school) exceeds this threshold, that building (only that building) will temporarily return to the mask requirement and will need to drop below five percent (5%) of COVID-related absences for one week before moving back to optional masking.

The district respects that some students and staff may continue to wear masks for personal, safety, or other health reasons. Please be respectful and supportive of all choices.

Student COVID-19-Related Absences Staff COVID-19 Related Absences
13 N/A

Data updated June 27, 2022; Data reflects numbers through June 23, 2022
ADDITIONAL NOTE: there may be variations in the data reported as we have enhanced our tracking process to increase accuracy.

*DISCLAIMER: Data subject to availability. Positive cases are self-reported and confirmed through testing. Quarantined individuals are identified through district-affiliated exposure to a positive case.

Click Here to See COVID-19 Data By School.

Quarantine is for people who don’t currently have symptoms but were exposed to COVID-19. USD 500 will follow a 5-day Quarantine period:

  • After exposure, monitor yourself for symptoms daily for 5 full days.
  • If you have no symptoms during the 5 days, you can be released from the quarantine , but you must wear a mask.

Isolation is for people who DO have symptoms and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness). Isolate at home for 5 days from the beginning of symptoms or the date of the test (if no symptoms). Home isolation can end after 5 days with a negative PCR test or 10 days have passed without a PCR test or symptoms have significantly improved, AND fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications in the last 48 hours.

Testing for COVID-19 should be performed by a healthcare provider. “At-home tests” will not be accepted for return to work or school clearance if symptoms of illness are present. 

  • Do I need to be in isolation if I am waiting for test results
    • Yes, if you are suspected of having COVID-19 because of symptoms or exposure (travel-related or exposure to a known case). A person who is being tested for COVID-19 because they are suspected of having the disease is required to be in isolation until test results are received. Do not attend school or school activities while waiting for test results, whether you are a staff member or a student.
    • No, if you are being tested for another purpose, such as a test before surgery (i.e. pre-operative screening test) you are not required to isolate while waiting for results. 

A Close Contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 10 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes), live with the person or stayed overnight for at least one night in a house with an infective person. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for people without symptoms, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

  • CDC and the local health department have provided an allowance that in the indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within  6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
  • This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include, cough, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, headache, body aches, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell. A person may say that food “tastes bad” or “tastes funny.”

Less common symptoms of COVID-19 include: shortness of breath, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is recommended that you keep in contact with your primary care provider if you experience any of these symptoms. Symptoms that are due to a pre-existing medical diagnosis that is under the care of a medical provider are not subject to this guidance.

COVID-19 Regulations for KCKPS

 

For Parents/Guardians For Staff
Student COVID Flowchart PDF (updated January 26, 2022) Staff COVID Flowchart PDF (updated January 13, 2022)

COVID Testing Consent Form PDF
COVID Testing Consent Form (Spanish) PDF