Johnson County public health officials and school district leaders met today, Aug. 18, to review the most recent science and data regarding the spread of COVID-19 infections within the county. School districts will use this information as guidance to make decisions for each of their districts regarding the safest learning mode to begin the 2020-2021 school year.
Consistent with the gating criteria released earlier and based on the number of new infections and the trajectory of positivity rate, Johnson County is in the Red zone and is recommending:
- Elementary schools should make available in-class learning, with safe opening principles
- Elementary extra and cocurricular activities should be remote only
- Middle and high schools and all extra and cocurricular activities should be remote only
“The spread of the virus is still increasing in Johnson County. The risk of exposure to the virus is low in schools when community transmission is low,” said Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola. “Unfortunately, we have not met the threshold in the school gating criteria for a safe return to in-person learning, even for a hybrid model.”
JCDHE stressed that while this is the current state of the data, it is possible for circumstances to change, if people are willing to make it happen. Physical distancing, mask use and avoiding large crowds are vital steps to stop the spread of the virus.
Learn more about today's meeting and current data on COVID-19 in Johnson County, including a new gating criteria data point being used.
Read a letter from Johnson County public health officials to families.
JCDHE is providing recommendations only. For details on your school's reopening plan, contact your school or district.