USD 294 Covid Update
Updated: February 10
CURRENT COVID NUMBERS:
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Due to the new home COVID testing kits, please be advised that your child will still need a letter from the Health Department, KDHE, or a physician to return to school and to be marked as a doctor-excused absence.
Please contact the school with any questions you may have.
Heather Kane, RN
The CDC and KDHE have changed their policies on quarantine. Below are the changes that USD 294 is now following:
•COVID positive staff/students can quarantine at home for 5 days and may return to work/school wearing a mask for an additional 5 days OR quarantine at home for 10 days. (After 10 days of quarantine, they wouldn't have to wear masks.)
•Close contacts can quarantine at home for 5 days after the last exposure to a positive COVID-19 case and may return to work/school wearing a mask for an additional 5 days OR quarantine at home for 10 days.
•If a parent (or sibling in the home) tests positive, the child will be quarantined a total of 15 days in the home and may return to school wearing a mask for an additional 5 days.
•All staff/students returning will need to be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and be asymptomatic.
•If students choose to return to school after 5 days with a mask, they will need to social distance when they can't wear a mask - such as at lunch.
DCHS Attendance Policy:
Students may miss 6 days a semester with parent excused absence. Doctor’s/Legal appointments count as excused absences and will not count against the six parent-excused absence days- if upon return, a student has a verifiable note explaining the time of appointment, days excused by the doctor, and location of the appointment.
After a total of 6 days have been accumulated in any one class, a doctor’s note will be required for the day to count as an excused absence. Any unexcused absence over the 6-day mark could result in ISS or loss of self-directed learning time. Each day unexcused will result in loss of credit for the day and will be reported to the county attorney when legally bound. Seniors in jeopardy of exceeding days excused may result in loss of graduation ceremony privileges.
From the OES Handbook:
Truancy is defined by state law. Every child who has reached the age of seven years and is under the age of sixteen years is required to attend continuously every school year. Students 13 and under shall be reported to the local office of 17 Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), and students over 13 shall be reported to the county attorney if it is determined he/she is truant.
Truancy is reported for 3 unexcused absences in a row, 5 unexcused absences in a semester, and/or 7 unexcused absences in a year. Parents will be notified by telephone (if possible) and mail.