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Update Regarding LDCPH's Return from Isolation Plans

As you may know, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health (LDCPH) has served to provide guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, LDCHP has updated their guidance, which impacts our response regarding positive cases and those considered close contacts. In addition, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) made adjustments to its policy regarding the testing of close contacts. The information below is intended to help explain the changes being implemented by our schools as a result of this new guidance beginning Tuesday, January 18, 2022.



Those who test positive to COVID-19 are to isolate themselves for at least five (5) days and may return to school or work if, and only if:

  1. Symptoms have improved,
  2. Are fever free for 24-hours, and
  3. Have tested negative nasal PCR test for COVID-19 on day six (6) as required by LDCPH.
    1. A letter from LDCPH noting the negative nasal PCR result must be provided.


If a person is to return to school or work after day five (5), they must wear a mask until their original ten (10) day isolation period is concluded.


For those wishing to isolate for the entire ten (10) day period, no PCR test is required to resume school or work.


Close Contacts

As a result of policy changes by KDHE, all close contacts will be tested according to KDHE Test-to-Stay Policy and individual home situations. Close contacts will continue to be required to wear masks through day ten (10).


If the past two years have taught us anything, it is that change is constant. Thank you for your support as we work to implement these practices. By working together, we will get through this.