A COVID-19 testing program used since August in the Eudora school district aims to reduce quarantines. Students and staff exposed to a positive case can “test out” of quarantine as long as they don’t have symptoms and continue to test negative for the virus.
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will discuss a possible extension of the countywide mask mandate for kids put into place last month.
Kansas education commissioner Randy Watson says at least 31 Kansas schools are reporting outbreaks of COVID-19, forcing more school districts to close temporarily.
The Times has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help community members understand the guidelines for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine protocols.
Gov. Laura Kelly is urging a new COVID-19 school safety workgroup to focus on policies that will not only keep Kansas children and staff healthy but in the classroom, after hundreds of infections were reported in school districts across the state.
The Lawrence school district has added to its website a table of current COVID-19 cases and quarantines for students and staff. As of Monday, it showed a total of 309 in quarantine.
A Lawrence school has landed on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s list of coronavirus clusters. KDHE on Wednesday placed Quail Run Elementary, 1130 Inverness Drive, on its public listing of active outbreaks along with eight other Kansas schools.
School districts across the state independently reported hundreds of infections of COVID-19 among students and staff in the first two weeks of school, while the state’s official ledger showed just two small outbreaks.
Updated to add video: Lawrence police were investigating Thursday after a reported altercation involving signs near an elementary school, where an anti-mask protester and pro-mask counter-protesters have been stationed often since school began last month.
A protester has added his anti-mask message to the morning routine at Sunset Hill Elementary School, leading some in the Lawrence community to express concerns for safety.
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