Shawnee Heights USD 450 takes the health of its students and employees very seriously. We want families to know that we are closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and proactively working with state and local health partners for guidance on preventative measures for the Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19. District leaders, school administrators, and school nurses are working together to make the best decisions possible for our schools. In an effort to continue to communicate with our community in light of the rapidly developing Coronavirus situation, district leaders are sharing the following reminders and updates:

As needed, leaders will work with professionals at the Shawnee County Health DepartmentKansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), and other public health and educational agencies to make the best decisions possible for schools.

One of the most important things for the Shawnee Heights community to do right now is to remember to take every day preventative actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.

  • Stay home if you are sick.

  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.

Shawnee County residents should first call their Primary Care Provider to see if testing is available through that clinic location. Individuals experiencing two or more symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible for testing if supplies are available. Always call ahead before entering a primary care clinic.

COVID-19 Symptoms include:

  • Fever of 100.4 (F) or higher

  • Chills

  • Rigors

  • Muscle pain and aches

  • Malaise

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Diarrhea

If you have two or more of the above symptoms, see the COVID-19 Testing Flyer for information on how to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in Shawnee County.