Health & Safety Information

ReOpening of Schools Plan

When children are healthy, they can learn better.

At Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, we are committed to the health and wellness of our students and our community. School Nurses at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools support student learning by promoting health and safety at each preschool, elementary, middle and high school. School nurses function as part of the school’s multidisciplinary team to bridge the gap between health, wellness, and learning.

We have provided answers to some of the most common questions asked about the District’s plans to address the health and safety of our students and staff. KCKPS will maintain a safe and healthy school environment by following best practices and recommendations from the Wyandotte County Public Health Department.

Health & Safety Reopening of Schools Questions

What actions can I take at home to help prevent my family and my child from contracting COVID-19?

Coronaviruses, including COVID-19, spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughing or sneezing. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. The same good health habits that prevent other viruses like the flu also prevent the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the risk of getting sick:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a cloth face covering or a mask in public spaces to prevent the spread of droplets that carry the virus.
  • Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand), then throw tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Keep students home if they are running a temperature or they report not feeling well or appear weak or ill.
  • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has health conditions that put you at increased risk.
Will students and staff members be required to wear a face mask?

All students and staff members must wear a mask or cloth face covering while inside and in outdoor groups at all times. Masks must be worn outdoors when 6ft distance cannot be maintained. Masks may be removed temporarily while eating, drinking, and sleeping.

Does everyone have to wear a mask, or are there exceptions?

Some people are exempt from wearing masks for health, safety, or accessibility reasons. Exemptions include:

  • Those who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Children younger than five years old. Please note: the CDC recommends masks for anyone over the age of two. Children under age two should never wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation
  • People with medical conditions, mental health conditions, or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering. This includes individuals for whom a face covering would obstruct breathing, and people who are unable to remove a face covering without assistance. Contact your health care provider regarding medical exemptions. Documentation is required.
  • Those participating in solitary outdoor exercise where 6 foot social distancing can be guaranteed are exempt.
My child has a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. Will they need a doctor’s note so they do not have to wear a mask?

Speak with your child’s medical provider to determine if your child’s condition requires special precautions to attend in-person school. Your child’s school nurse will need documentation from a medical provider if accommodations are being requested.

My child has asthma. Can they wear a mask? What happens if they have an asthma attack at school?

People who have asthma can protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by wearing a mask or face covering. It is especially important to keep your child’s asthma under optimal control. Students who are experiencing acute asthma attacks should not attend school without approval by a medical provider. The school nurse must have a new Asthma Action Plan on file for 2020-2021. A new Medication Authorization and Treatment form and a new inhaler and spacer should be brought to the school nurse by appointment prior to the first day of in-person class. The use of nebulized medications should be avoided, especially in a school setting. The use of an inhaler with a spacer is the preferred method of inhaled medication delivery. Please speak with your child’s medical provider and the school nurse about your child’s asthma prior to the first day of in-person class.

Since my child is attending school remotely, do they still need their immunizations?

Yes. Please continue to focus on your child’s immunizations just as you would for in-person learning. State immunization requirements have not been waived for the 2020-2021 school year. Families are encouraged to make an appointment with their medical provider or the health department so they are compliant with state requirements by the first day of school.

Should my child get a flu shot this year?

Students should be up to date on their immunization schedule and their annual flu vaccination to prevent outbreaks of preventable contagious disease.

When in-person class resumes, will students have their temperatures taken?

Parents are advised to take their child’s temperature and observe their child for any symptoms of illness each morning. If a child has any one symptom of illness, including a temperature above 99.0o F they should remain at home. Students will have a temperature screening when they enter their school and at any time when their health status may be of concern.

What are symptoms for which my child should stay home from school?

There are several symptoms and conditions that would require a child to remain home from school, which can be found in the Parent Handbook. Children exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without other obvious explanations are prohibited from coming to school, and will be sent home immediately. The current known symptoms are:

  • Fever (we will use 99.0oF as a sign of possible illness)
  • Chills or shaking
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue or extreme tiredness
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea, abdominal pain, or vomiting
  • The following symptoms are concerning for a complication of a previous exposure of infection of COVID-19 known as Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). Children with the following symptoms of PMIS should not attend school. Parents should contact their child’s doctor or primary care provider for further guidance and evaluation:
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Skin rash—diffuse, red rash that may be on the inside of the mouth, the inside of eyes, on the palms of hands, or on the soles of the feet
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Feeling extra tired
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Neck pain
What happens if my child is sick at school or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Teachers will monitor students for signs and symptoms of illness at school as they have in the past. If your child does not feel well or shows signs of illness, they will be sent to the school nurse for an assessment. If they are identified as having symptoms, you will be contacted for immediate pick-up from school. Due to the pandemic, sick children must be picked up within 45 minutes of being identified as being ill. Parents should have a back-up plan if they cannot pick up their child within 45 minutes. Your child will be placed in a separate area and will wear a mask until they are picked up. This is for the protection and health of your child and those caring for him/her. We recommend that you contact your child’s medical provider and follow their specific guidance regarding next steps.

What if my child has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting test results?

A child who is awaiting test results must be excluded from in-person school and must stay home until results are
available.

What if my child has tested positive for COVID-19?

If a student/child has tested positive for COVID-19, the parent must notify the school of the positive result and must be excluded from in-person school for 10 days since symptoms first appeared and remain fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, whichever is longer. Siblings and other household members must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days and will be excluded from in-person school.

Please note, in accordance with state and local laws and regulations, schools are required to notify the local health department immediately of any case of COVID-19. For the safety of our staff and students, if your child or another family member receives a positive COVID-19 test result, do not send them to school.

What is my child has tested negative for COVID-19?
  • If a child has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, they must complete the 14-day quarantine before they can return to school.
  • If a child has not been identified as a close contact and does not have any symptoms, they may return to school.
  • If a child has symptoms of illness, but received a negative test result, they may return when they are free of all symptoms and are fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
What if my child has symptoms of illness but does not get tested for COVID-19?

They may return when ten (10) calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and they have been fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, whichever is longer.

What if someone in our home has tested positive?

If someone in your home is confirmed as having COVID-19, household family members, including children, will be required quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact. It is important for the positive person to isolate within the home, because the 14-day quarantine period for household contacts begins once the case is released from isolation by the health department.

Please note, in accordance with state and local laws and regulations, schools are required to notify the local health department immediately of any case of COVID-19. For the safety of our staff and students, if your child or another family member receives a positive COVID-19 test result, do not send them to school.

What isolation and quarantine procedures will KCKPS follow?

KCKPS will follow quarantine and isolation guidelines as recommended by the Wyandotte County Health Department.

What happens if there is a positive case of COVID-19 in a school or district building?

If a person is identified as being positive for COVID-19, the school nurse and principal will begin contact tracing to determine if there are close contacts who need to quarantine for 14 days. Student and staff confidentiality will be protected in accordance with HIPPAA and FERPA laws. Custodial Services will be notified to perform cleaning of any exposed areas. In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, the Health Services Coordinator will notify the local health department immediately of any case of COVID-19. In all situations, the Health Services Coordinator and the Wyandotte County Health Department will be consulted as the final decision-makers regarding COVID-19 related decisions.

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