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RQS Update: Changes to Mandates and Recommendations 5.19

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Jackson County Health Department recommended that schools and school districts:

  • Continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies for the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Five key prevention strategies are essential to safe delivery of in-person instruction and help to prevent COVID-19 transmission in schools:
      • Universal and correct use of masks
      • Physical distancing
      • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
      • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities
      • Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine

Under the recommendation of these health organizations, the Raytown C-2 School District will continue to uphold the procedures put in place on May 5, 2021. This means that until May 28, 2021: 

  • Masking and social distancing is not required outdoors for students and staff.
  • Masking is still required for all students and staff indoors and on school buses (or district-provided/public transportation). 
  • Social distancing is no longer required indoors with the exception of lunch, on school buses (or district-provided/public transportation) and other large group gatherings.
    • Practicing social distancing at lunch, on school buses (or district-provided/public transportation) and other large gatherings allows us to maintain current and consistent practices for the remainder of the school year to avoid disruption to the school environment.
  • Even with these procedures in place, if anyone is identified as positive for COVID-19, then depending on the activity, duration, and location, those who are unvaccinated and identified as close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the day of last exposure. Fully vaccinated individuals are only required to quarantine after exposure if they develop symptoms. If asymptomatic, proof of being fully vaccinated is required to ensure you do not need to quarantine after exposure.

After May 28, 2021:

  • Masking will be optional for all students and staff with the exception of on the school bus (or district-provided/public transportation) as this is still required by the Jackson County Health Department.
    • All students and staff will be required to wear a mask on school buses (or district-provided transportation), regardless of vaccination status.
  • Social distancing will no longer be required.
  • Quarantine is still required by local health authorities. If anyone is identified as positive for COVID-19, then depending on the activity, duration, and location, those who are unvaccinated and identified as close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the day of last exposure. Fully vaccinated individuals are only required to quarantine after exposure if they develop symptoms. If asymptomatic, proof of being fully vaccinated is required to ensure you do not need to quarantine after exposure.

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