Health & Wellness Updates: COVID-19

USD 428 has developed this page to provide updates on the status of COVID-19 and our school community.

  • Our goal is to protect the health and safety of students and staff in Great Bend Schools and our community.

  • Updated information will be provided as it becomes available. Parents/guardians can watch for updates via email. This site will also be updated regularly.

  • The USD 428 District Education Center will be available by phone, email, or stop by the District Education Center during office hours, Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 4:30pm.

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Vaccine Information

Covid-19 Vaccinations are now fully approved and widely available for anyone 5 years old and above. The Covid-19 vaccine is an option for parents and families. Please contact the Barton County Health Department with any questions.

Barton County Health Department: 1300 Kansas Ave, Great Bend, KS · (620) 793-1902

Modified Quarantine Option - Test to Stay

UPDATE as of 1.18.22 - Temporarily suspended with revised recommendations from Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), along with the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), support schools implementing a 30-day temporary suspension on all contact tracing activities.

In an effort to keep students in school learning and staff in school teaching, the USD 428 Board of Education has approved a Modified Quarantine - Test to Stay procedure and protocol for those exposed to a positive Covid-19 case. USD 428 continues to monitor the health of our school community, inform parents and families, and now, provide an alternative to a 10-day quarantine at home.

The testing strategy is intended to support safe, in-person learning and activities while providing another layer of protection for students, teachers, and staff. USD 428 Great Bend schools are not required to conduct COVID-19 testing but are offering it as a free service for our school community.

In the event that a staff member or student is identified as a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 (exposure within 3’ for a cumulative 10 minutes within 24 hours), the Modified Quarantine - Test to Stay option will soon be available as a modified quarantine. This is an alternative to the 10-day, at-home, quarantine.

Who can “Test to Stay” and when?

  • Classroom/School Activity Contacts - If a student is determined to be a close contact (within 3’ of a positive case for a cumulative 10 minutes within 24 hours) they can return to school under the Test to Stay Modified Quarantine as an alternative to a 10-day at home quarantine.

  • Household Contacts - When there is a positive case within a household, students will remain at home for the 10 days of isolation for the positive case. On day 11, if no symptoms are present, the student can return to school under the Test to Stay protocol.

USD 428 Test to Stay Program Overview:

  • Full Test to Stay Process and Protocol - Click Here

  • Type of Test: Abbot BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test

    • Rapid test will be administered at your student’s school

    • Shallow nasal swab

    • 15 minute Rapid Test Results

  • A student will only be tested for COVID-19 with documentation of consent from the student’s parent or legal guardian.

  • A parent, or legal guardian, is allowed to accompany students through the daily testing process at the student's school.

  • Daily testing will be administered at the student’s school from 7am - 8am, and conducted for 7 school days from the date of exposure.

  • Students will be required to wear a mask while at school during testing days.

  • Designated staff (school nurses, nurse aides, or other identified staff) will be trained to administer the rapid test to staff and students who fit the Test to Stay criteria. All supplies and staffing will be provided at the school sites with protocols below being administered as effectively and efficiently as possible. Only USD 428 administered tests will be recognized in the Test to Stay program.

  • All results will be reported to KDHE through the LabXchange Program.

Everyone can help protect the family

Everyone can help maintain a healthy community and reduce illness with simple healthy practices, adhering to travel guidelines and reducing contact with others when sick.

  • Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Continue practicing preventive actions. This includes washing your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds; cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and avoiding touching your face.

  • Practice Social Distancing - Avoid large gatherings and maintain 6' of distance from others whenever possible.