21-22 COVID Protocols

UPDATE 11/15/21: At the November 15th Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to modify the current district-wide mask mandate to reflect the following:

Starting November 29, 2021, students in grades 9-12 would have the option to not wear a mask. With the goal of not spreading COVID and to avoid overloading staff working on quarantining/contact tracing, the following guidelines would be put in place:

5-Day Masking & Testing: If a student is exposed to COVID they will be allowed to stay in school if they wear a mask and test daily for five school days.


10-Day Quarantine: If the parent/student chooses not to wear a mask or test, the student would be required to quarantine at home for 10 calendar days, and will be able to return as long as they are not experiencing symptoms.

Important Notes/Definitions

  •  An exposure is defined as being within six feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more (over a 24-hour period) who tests positive for COVID.
  •  If a student who tested positive was wearing a mask, or if the close contacts were wearing masks, it will not be considered an exposure.
  •  Teaching staff will utilize seating charts within the classroom. P.E. and weights classes should have designated partners/groups for activities. The airplane model will be used for contact tracing purposes for classrooms. Students sitting directly next to, in front of, or behind will be considered close contacts.
  •  Due to a federal mandate, all students must wear a mask riding the school bus, whether to-and-from school or for extra-curricular events.
  •  If successful, the plan for grades 9-12 could be implemented at the middle school and elementary schools in the second semester.
  •  If a school reaches a 4% positive case rate, masks would be required for two weeks following the increase.
  •  Due to staffing and substitute issues, district administration is asking that all staff remain under a mask mandate when interacting with students in an effort to prevent prolonged absences.
  •  Masking for students and spectators at all school/district sanctioned athletic and activity events taking place on our school campuses will follow county/city guidelines.

Please remember it is imperative that parents/guardians notify their child’s school nurse of a positive COVID case in the home and continue to monitor for symptoms. For contact information click here.

UPDATE 10/19/21: The USD 204 Board of Education voted to continue under the current mask mandate and review further at the meeting scheduled for November 15, 2021.

UPDATE 9/21/21: The USD 204 Board of Education voted to continue under the current mask mandate and review further at the meeting scheduled for October 18, 2021.

UPDATE 8/17/21: The USD 204 Board of Education voted to review the current mask mandate at the meeting scheduled for September 20, 2021.

UPDATE 8/11/21: Superintendent Brungardt shared an update on masks via email on Wednesday, August 11th. The update included the following information:

On August 12th, 2021, USD 204 will enact a mask mandate that will include PreK-12 students, all district staff and all visitors to our school buildings. Masks must be worn while inside district facilities and when utilizing district transportation. USD 204 will also follow all KSHSAA protocols specific to competition. 

We anticipate the mandate will be in place through October 4th. An update on COVID activity in our community will be provided at each Board of Education meeting; evaluation of this issue will be ongoing, and any changes to current policies will be communicated as quickly as possible.  

It is also important to note that the district will be practicing other mitigation efforts (in addition to masking) such as physical distancing when possible, optional testing for students and staff, and consistent cleaning/sanitization of facilities. 

Please monitor your child for symptoms and do not send them to school if they are sick. Contact your child's school nurse with any questions.

Symptoms of COVID:

  • Fever
  • 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 
  • In children: poor appetite or poor feeding, especially in babies under 1 year old
  • **This list does not include all possible symptoms 
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