I want to inform you of the way in which our school will manage notifications of reported COVID-19 cases this year.
When our school receives a report that a student or adult tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify only those affected. Our school nurse works closely with the local health department to conduct contact tracing. They will identify anyone with close contact or at risk of exposure to the respiratory particles of the infectious individual and directly notify them by phone and/or email of the notice to quarantine.
If you do not receive direct notification to quarantine, your student is not a close contact or at risk of exposure. Families may find a list of reported COVID-19 cases and Lawrence Public Schools' COVID-19 prevention measures at www.usd497.org/COVID19.
Please also note that the Kansas Legislature passed House Bill 2134 in May, and the Governor signed it into law. This law limits remote learning in public schools. Our teachers will provide homework assignments for students who are absent due to illness or a quarantine order from the health department.
Thank you for monitoring your child for symptoms of illness and keeping them home from school when they are sick. Please notify us if your child will be absent due to illness or exposure, if they are awaiting test results, or if they have tested positive for COVID-19.
Working together, we can continue to maintain safe learning environments for all students and staff.