January 14, 2022
To Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members:
Johnson County School District #1 board, in partnership with Dr. Schueler, our local Public Health Officer, has approved a new protocol for school-related close contact tracing and quarantine. It aligns with updated CDC guidance and continues to provide flexibility to schools, parents, staff and students in regards to close contact quarantine when exposure has occurred at our schools.
New Close Contact Protocol (Effective 1/14/2021)
Note: This Close Contact Quarantine Protocol is intended for School Exposures only. All COVID-19 exposures outside of school will be addressed on an individual basis in collaboration with the county health officer.
JCSD#1 will continue to track and monitor ALL students and staff health status.
Dr. Schueler supports this new protocol, which is similar to what has been updated and adopted in other Wyoming districts and surrounding states. It does not violate any Law, Rule, Order, or Policy. In addition, the Wyoming Department of Education has made a similar request to the Department of Health to adopt similar close contact protocol.
We will continue to support all isolation or quarantine orders issued by Johnson County Public Health and/or Wyoming Department of Health. Those are legally binding, and we are obligated to help enforce them when issued by the county or state. Meaning, if you get a letter from Public Health stating you must isolate or quarantine, you will not be allowed in our buildings for the duration stated in that letter.
You must stay home if you are showing signs of COVID-19 or are ill.
Please monitor your students daily and choose to keep them home if they are presenting ANY of the symptoms consistent with COVID-19. If you are unsure of what those are, please visit health.wyo.gov, or call your school nurse. Let’s all do our part to help to keep our schools open and keep our local health care system from being overwhelmed.
If you have any other questions, reach out to your teachers, principals, school nurse, or myself. Thank you for your support.
Charles Auzqui, Superintendent JCSD#1