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JCDHE releases updated guidance for the upcoming school year

On Friday, July 16, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) distributed a letter to school superintendents with guidance on COVID-19 prevention and control for the 2021-2022 school year. JCDHE’s primary goal remains to keep Johnson County schools open so that children can learn and benefit from interactions with others. JCDHE is committed to working with school districts to promote and maintain safe and healthy school environments.

The guidance includes a multi-layered approach with four primary evidence-based mitigation strategies:

  1. Promote vaccination.
  2. Require indoor mask wearing among those who are not fully vaccinated.
  3. Exclude persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
  4. Exclude close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

These strategies are consistent with the recently updated K-12 school guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC issued guidance allowing for most people who have been fully vaccinated to resume activities they did prior to the pandemic. However, substantial risks remain to those who are not fully vaccinated, including children under age 12 for whom there is no currently authorized vaccine.

Read the full news release.

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