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.

Anyone testing positive for COVID should remain out of school for *five (5) calendar days following onset of symptoms and be fever free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication - whichever is longer. You can see all readmittance policies following contagious diseases on our Student Health page.

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

On-site Testing at School

Covid-19 testing is available at most school locations. Administered by the School Nurse/Nurse Aid, an Abbot BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test can be administered with parent/guardian consent and results provided within 15 minutes.

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.