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Employee and student quarantine protocols updated

Employee and student quarantine protocols updated

On December 7, the Sedgwick County Health Department adopted new protocol guidelines for situations involving travel and non-household close contacts, shortening the quarantine for individuals without symptoms, following CDC and KDHE guidelines.  

Click here to see the updated protocol guidelines for WPS employees and students. 

These two quarantine situations for employees not having symptoms can be addressed through our COVID hotline and through district testing if applicable.  Testing can be scheduled for these two situations through your initial intake with the COVID hotline at (316) 833-0074.  Testing for symptomatic individuals and those do not meet the modified criterion found at the link above will continue to contact (316) 469-3595 to schedule testing.

Key pieces to the protocol include:

Close Contact:

  • If you have no symptoms by day 6, get a PCR saliva test (antigen and antibody tests are not allowed for this purpose). If your test is negative and you remain symptom-free, you can end the quarantine after 7 full days which is on day 8. Staff may schedule a Saliva PCR test at the AMAC testing site on day 6 through the COVID Hotline at 833-0074.
  • If you choose not to test or have not tested by day 7 of your quarantine, you will continue to monitor yourself for symptoms daily for the full 14 days; however, you can come out of quarantine after 10 full days, on day 11.

Household Contact:

  • As a “household contact” you must quarantine along with positive person’s isolation period. This quarantine will run full 10 days from the point of the positive person’s symptoms as well as the positive person being fever free and feeling well for at least 72 hours. Once the positive person is released from isolation and if you still have no symptoms, you can can test at day 6 by getting a PCR saliva test (antigen and antibody tests are not allowed for this purpose). If your test is negative and you remain symptom-free, you can end the quarantine after 7 full days which is on day 8. Example: The positive person’s symptoms begin on November 1st (day 0), they feel well without fever by day 6, and they are released from isolation on day 10. Day 1 of your additional quarantine starts the next day. You can test on day 6.
  • If you choose not to test or have not tested by day 7 of your quarantine after the positive person in your household has come out of isolation, you will continue to monitor yourself for symptoms daily for the full 14 days; however, you can come out of quarantine after 10 full days (after your additional quarantine begins from the point the positive person in your house is out of isolation), on day 11.

Click here to watch the BOE presentation about the new protocols.

Additional information can also be found on Sedgwick County’s website.