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While COVID-19 continues to disrupt people's lives and entities operations and policies, our entities work together to keep our students learning in-person and participating in activities and ensuring the health and safety of our entire county. In a joint effort and message we want to share some important information and help to educate everyone regarding some COVID-19 related questions. These regulations come from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

  1. An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completion of their respective vaccine series.
  2. An individual cannot receive the vaccine if they are currently in isolation or quarantine.
  3. An individual who has been vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if they are considered a close contact to a positive case unless they become symptomatic, at which point they should be tested for COVID-19.
  4. An individual who has been released from isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 does not need to be quarantined after an exposure for a period of six (6) months.
  5. Results from other COVID-19 tests will only be accepted from KDHE reporting testing entities.
  6. If a student has opted-in for testing with their respective school district, Republic County Health Department may deem they are eligible for modified quarantine.
  7. If a student is deemed eligible for modified quarantine, remains asymptomatic, and only after a negative test result each morning, they may attend school and participate in their activities while wearing a mask at all times in the building during the duration of their modified quarantine. For a student to participate in competition, they may elect to wear a mask or be tested immediately prior to the competition. The modified quarantine does not permit them to go to work or engage in any other activity outside of the school day and activities in which they are an active participant.
  8. If students and their parents/guardians would like to get a few steps ahead in being eligible for modified quarantine in the chance they would become a close contact and have to quarantine at some point, they can go ahead and complete the opt-in form for the testing at school.

Please reach out to the respective entity for any questions that you may have at any time.

Steve Joonas - Superintendent USD 426

Danielle Swanson - County Health Nurse RCHD

Brent Martin - Chief Operating Officer RCH

Larry Lyder - Superintendent USD 109