COVID FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions - Students/Family

Student/Family - Frequently Asked Questions

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, Drive-Thru testing (recently expanded)

    • Mondays - 1pm - 3pm

    • Wednesdays & Fridays, 9am - 12pm

    • Complete the COVID-19 testing form in advance - CLICK HERE

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

  • Heart of Kansas Healthcare - patients only

  • Clara Barton Hospital

  • Express Wellness

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 student/family. Consult your physician.

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

  • Barton County Health Department, Drive-Thru testing (recently expanded)

    • Mondays - 1pm - 3pm

    • Wednesdays & Fridays, 9am - 12pm

    • Complete the COVID-19 testing form in advance - CLICK HERE

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

  • Heart of Kansas Healthcare - patients only

  • Clara Barton Hospital

  • Express Wellness

My student (or someone in our household) tested positive for COVID-19, what do I do next?

After testing positive, the 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.

Our family (student, parent, sibling, etc) is waiting for test results. What do we need to do?

If you, your student, 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

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 6 feet of the person for 10 cumulative minutes or more

  • 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

  • If "close contact" occurred at school, you will be contacted by a school representative with additional information

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

No, a mask does not prevent quarantine when a person is defined as a "close contact." USD 428 adheres to the guidance and recommendations of the Barton County Health Department. 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 6 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.

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.