With school back in session, protecting the health and safety of students and school staff is a top priority. Clay County Public Health Center is always in close communication with school district leaders and staff to help provide evidence-based guidance to make the school environment as safe as possible.
March 3, 2021: Full Opening Guidance for Schools
After evaluation of several studies on in-school transmission of COVID-19, as well as evaluation of local in-school transmission data based on case investigations & contact tracing, school districts may consider returning to on site learning for 3, 4, or 5 days per week, provided in-school transmission rates remain low, community transmission remains below 100 new cases per 100,000 population over the course of 7 days, and schools are able to successfully implement active mitigation measures. CCPHC recognizes that each school district may have additional planning and/or safety requirements they choose to implement before expanding their current in-person learning schedule.
- Does this new guidance recommend more restrictive measures for elementary schools?
- Does this new guidance recommend more restrictive measures for sports?
- What if social distancing of six feet in classrooms is not possible with all students attending?
- Is there any data that would indicate differences in transmission based on school being in session three, four, or five days per week versus two?
- Will the Clay County dashboard be updated to reflect the updated CDC guidelines? Why is the positivity rate no longer being used as a criterion?
- Why are you adopting DESE/MO DHSS masking guidance now instead of when it was released?
Previously Published Guidance
Clay County Public Health Center Responds to Missouri's Updated Quarantine Guidance for Schools (11/13)
Clay County Public Health Center Offers Three Options for Consideration for Winter Sports (11/13)
Interim Return-to-School Guidance here. (updated 10/1; featuring gating criteria)
Additional Tools for Parents & Educators
School COVID-19 Data
Clay County Public Health Center's COVID-19 Hub now features a Gating Criteria Dashboard. It provides the latest status for each criterion used in the Kansas City Regional Gating Criteria Considerations for Elementary, Middle and High Schools.
The largest school districts in Clay County have also created their own district-specific dashboards, providing updates on student/staff cases and quarantines.