21-22 COVID Protocols

UPDATE 02/08/22: During the February 7th Board of Education meeting, a new masking protocol and timeline was approved. Please see the timeline below. It is important to note that if any one building has a 4% Covid positive rate OR a 15% absentee rate, that building will return to masking for a two-week period. 

  •  Feb. 22 - Clark Middle School Mask Optional 
  •  March 7 - Elementary Schools & McDanield Preschool Mask Optional
  •  March 7 - All Staff Mask Optional

For building visitors, masks will be required throughout the Parent-Teacher Conference sessions next week in ALL buildings. Following those dates, visitors will be mask optional based on building protocol (2/22 for CMS, 3/7 for elementary/preschool). 

The high school resumed optional masking protocol February 8th, this was approved at a prior BOE meeting. 

The district will continue to monitor positive Covid cases weekly. Please continue to monitor your child daily for symptoms and keep them home if they are sick. 


UPDATE 01/04/22: During the January 3rd Board of Education meeting, the School Board approved updated quarantine guidelines (based on CDC guidance) which are outlined below. 

If a person becomes sick or reports symptoms of COVID:

  • Send home and/or take COVID test.

Negative Test: Return to class unless assessed a need to go home and/or return when fever-free 24 hrs. 

Positive Test: Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or positive test date if no symptoms and 24 hours fever free, without medication, whichever is longer. May return to school if symptoms are resolved or improved. 

**For high school students (current policy allows for optional masking): A mask will need to be worn for 5 days upon returning to school after 5 days of isolation. If unable or refusal to wear a mask, then a 10-day isolation is required. 


If Exposed to COVID: 

  • Students/Staff will need to self-monitor for symptoms and testing is recommended on day 5. If symptoms develop, stay home and seek testing. **For high school students (current policy allows for optional masking): A mask will need to be worn for 10 days.

UPDATE 12/08/21: To better address contact tracing, exposure and testing under the modified masking policy at Bonner Springs High School, administration will now require students to self monitor and wear a mask if they are exposed to a positive COVID case while at school. The following guidelines will go into effect immediately:

  • Students who are exposed at school will be required to wear a mask for 10 school days.
  •  USD 204 recommends testing 5-7 days following your students exposure at school. If you would like your student tested, notify your school nurse AND fill out this consent form.
  •  Students should self monitor for 14 days post exposure. If symptoms arise, they should stay home and notify your school nurse.

If there is concern that your child is at risk, they may continue to wear a mask daily at school and activities.


USD 204 will continue to offer drive-up testing to students who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to a positive case. If you are interested in drive up testing, please call your school nurse or the district COVID Nurse at 913-422-5115 (x3250).


UPDATE 11/15/21: At the November 15th Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to modify the current district-wide mask mandate to reflect the following:

Starting November 29, 2021, students in grades 9-12 would have the option to not wear a mask. With the goal of not spreading COVID and to avoid overloading staff working on quarantining/contact tracing, the following guidelines would be put in place:

5-Day Masking & Testing: If a student is exposed to COVID they will be allowed to stay in school if they wear a mask and test daily for five school days.


10-Day Quarantine: If the parent/student chooses not to wear a mask or test, the student would be required to quarantine at home for 10 calendar days, and will be able to return as long as they are not experiencing symptoms.

Important Notes/Definitions

  •  An exposure is defined as being within six feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more (over a 24-hour period) who tests positive for COVID.
  •  If a student who tested positive was wearing a mask, or if the close contacts were wearing masks, it will not be considered an exposure.
  •  Teaching staff will utilize seating charts within the classroom. P.E. and weights classes should have designated partners/groups for activities. The airplane model will be used for contact tracing purposes for classrooms. Students sitting directly next to, in front of, or behind will be considered close contacts.
  •  Due to a federal mandate, all students must wear a mask riding the school bus, whether to-and-from school or for extra-curricular events.
  •  If successful, the plan for grades 9-12 could be implemented at the middle school and elementary schools in the second semester.
  •  If a school reaches a 4% positive case rate, masks would be required for two weeks following the increase.
  •  Due to staffing and substitute issues, district administration is asking that all staff remain under a mask mandate when interacting with students in an effort to prevent prolonged absences.
  •  Masking for students and spectators at all school/district sanctioned athletic and activity events taking place on our school campuses will follow county/city guidelines.

Please remember it is imperative that parents/guardians notify their child’s school nurse of a positive COVID case in the home and continue to monitor for symptoms. For contact information click here.

UPDATE 10/19/21: The USD 204 Board of Education voted to continue under the current mask mandate and review further at the meeting scheduled for November 15, 2021.

UPDATE 9/21/21: The USD 204 Board of Education voted to continue under the current mask mandate and review further at the meeting scheduled for October 18, 2021.

UPDATE 8/17/21: The USD 204 Board of Education voted to review the current mask mandate at the meeting scheduled for September 20, 2021.

UPDATE 8/11/21: Superintendent Brungardt shared an update on masks via email on Wednesday, August 11th. The update included the following information:

On August 12th, 2021, USD 204 will enact a mask mandate that will include PreK-12 students, all district staff and all visitors to our school buildings. Masks must be worn while inside district facilities and when utilizing district transportation. USD 204 will also follow all KSHSAA protocols specific to competition. 

We anticipate the mandate will be in place through October 4th. An update on COVID activity in our community will be provided at each Board of Education meeting; evaluation of this issue will be ongoing, and any changes to current policies will be communicated as quickly as possible.  

It is also important to note that the district will be practicing other mitigation efforts (in addition to masking) such as physical distancing when possible, optional testing for students and staff, and consistent cleaning/sanitization of facilities. 

Please monitor your child for symptoms and do not send them to school if they are sick. Contact your child's school nurse with any questions.

Symptoms of COVID:

  • Fever
  • Chills or shaking
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue or extreme tiredness
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea, abdominal pain or vomiting 
  • In children: poor appetite or poor feeding, especially in babies under 1 year old
  • **This list does not include all possible symptoms 
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