COVID FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions - USD 428 Employees

Employee - Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me about the Covid-19 Vaccine. Where can I get it and how much does it cost?

The COVID-19 Vaccine is free and readily available in Barton County.

The Barton County Health Department is offering walk-in services, including COVID vaccines and testing. All three vaccine types are being offered, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Click here to view their schedule.

COVID testing (15 minute rapid test and PCR Test) is also being offered at the Barton County Health Department. Call 620-793-1902 to schedule.

Vaccines are also available from various pharmacies and doctor’s offices within the area. Dillons, Walgreens, and the Medicine Shoppe are also offering vaccines. You might check out available locations at: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/


Important facts to note:

  • Vaccinations will be provided to employees free of charge.

  • Vaccinations are not required. They are simply offered as one more mitigation strategy.

  • Vaccinations fall under HIPAA protected information. Your preference to be vaccinated or not will only be shared within the Human Resources (HR) Department and with those medical professionals who need to know.

  • More information about the COVID-19 Vaccination can be found on the Mayo Clinic's website - https://tinyurl.com/y83rgh5k

Other questions may be directed to John Popp at the DEC, but understand that there is not a lot of information available at this point.

Where can I find more information about the safety of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

More information about the COVID-19 Vaccination can be found on the Mayo Clinic's website - CLICK HERE

Will USD 428 require me to get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

USD 428 will not mandate that you are vaccinated. However, unvaccinated employees will be required to quarantine if they are a close contact to a person with Covid-19 and will be required to use their personal leave.

Important facts to note:

  • Employees who are vaccinated will NOT be required to quarantine for close contact/exposure unless symptoms develop.

  • Vaccinations will be provided to employees free of charge.

  • Vaccinations are not required. They are simply offered as one more mitigation strategy.

  • Vaccinations fall under HIPAA protected information. Your preference to be vaccinated or not will only be shared within the Human Resources (HR) Department and with those medical professionals who need to know.

  • More information about the COVID-19 Vaccination can be found on the Mayo Clinic's website - https://tinyurl.com/y83rgh5k

I am not feeling well and am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, what do I do?

If you are sick, stay home. Consult a medical professional as needed. If you choose to get tested here are some testing options:

  • Barton County Health Department

  • Univ. of KS Hospital, St. Rose Convenient Clinic

  • Heart of Kansas Healthcare - patients only

  • Clara Barton Hospital

  • Express Wellness

  • Walgreens

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, you should not come to school/work. Please see the Self-Screen information for a list of COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is the decision of the employee. The district, in most cases, will not mandate testing for an employee. If you choose to get tested, notify your supervisor to let them know while you await test results.

If you choose to get tested, here are some testing options:

  • Barton County Health Department - 15 min. rapid test and PCR tests available, please call 620-793-1902 to schedule. Clinic Times

  • Univ. of KS Hospital, St. Rose Convenient Clinic

  • Heart of Kansas Healthcare - patients only

  • Clara Barton Hospital

  • Express Wellness

I tested positive for COVID-19, what do I do next?

Notify your immediate supervisor immediately. The supervisor will discuss your position and the opportunities available to you. Some positions allow for working from home while others do not.

Q: I (or a family member) am waiting for test results. What do we need to do?

If you, or someone in your household is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and have been tested, all members of your household should stay home until the results are received.

  • If results are positive - the positive individual will need to isolate for 10 days or until 72 hours symptom-free, whichever is greater. Family members will begin a household quarantine which extends 10 days beyond the initial quarantine for the positive individual. Please refer to the BCHD for additional information or contact your school nurse if you have questions.

  • If results are negative - you and your family members can return to work/school

Will I receive FFCRA (Pay for COVID leave) if I have to miss work due to COVID?

No. FFCRA was a federal program that is no longer in effect. If you miss work due to Covid-19 or to care for a child who is quarantined or ill due to Covid-19, employees will be required to use their personal leave time.

How long will I be quarantined after being a “close contact”?

Below are guidelines for various quarantine scenarios. Please consult the Barton County Health Department, your school nurse, or principal with questions specific to your scenario.

  • Close Contact - Quarantine for close contact (defined below), is now 10 days assuming no symptoms develop. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolate for 10 days or until you are 72 hours fever free, whichever is greater.

  • Family Contact - This quarantine period is roughly 20 days from the date your household member develops symptoms. Due to continued exposure to the positive individual for the duration of their 10-day quarantine, an additional 10-14 day quarantine is then required to monitor the potential incubation of the COVID-19 virus before symptoms would appear.

How do I know if I am a “close contact?”

You are a "close contact" if any of the following situations happened while you spent time with a person with has COVID-19 (and 48 hours prior to their symptoms developing):

  • Were within 3 feet of the person for 10 cumulative minutes or more in a 24 hour period

  • Had contact with the person's respiratory secretions (for example, coughed or sneezed on; kissed; contact with a dirty tissue; shared a drinking glass, food, towels, or other personal items)

  • Live with the person or stayed overnight for at least one night in a house with the person

Does wearing a mask prevent quarantine from classroom exposure or "close contact" at school?

While wearing a mask is shown to reduce the risk and slow the spread of Covid-19, a mask does not prevent a student/teacher from being quarantined if they fall within the following description of "close contact."

  • Student/staff member was within 3 feet of the positive person for 10 cumulative minutes or more

  • Student/staff member had contact with the person's respiratory secretions (for example, coughed or sneezed on; kissed; contact with a dirty tissue; shared a drinking glass, food, towels, or other personal items)

Contact tracing is conducted by the school nurse and building administration using seating charts and other investigative tools, all while protecting the individuals' privacy.

Can teachers work remotely if quarantined or experiencing mild symptoms?

If the teacher is quarantined because of close contact, and they are not experiencing symptoms (or in the case they are experiencing mild symptoms), they may be able to work remotely. Please discuss this with your building principal.

Can staff work remotely if quarantined?

Most classified staff will be unable to work remotely as the nature of the positions cannot be completed from home. If staff members are quarantined because of a close contact, and the direct supervisor gives tasks to be completed from home, then they can clock in and out while completing those tasks. Please speak with your direct supervisor or building principal about this matter.

What is Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was a federal program that expired at the end of the 20-21 school year. this is no longer in effect.