Belton School District Health Services wants to ensure all students are healthy and ready to learn! Health Services provides screenings, referrals, administer medications and treatment, and basic first aid care.
Missouri State Law requires all children attending school and daycare programs within the district to be adequately immunized or have a written exemption from immunization on file. Current lists of required immunizations by grade are available on this page. If your child’s immunizations are not up-to-date or signed off as in progress or exempt by a physician by the first day of school, your child MAY NOT attend until his or her immunizations are compliant.
Health rooms DO NOT stock any Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums, Midol, or cough drops. Students in grades 7-12 may carry their own cough drops. If students need to take medication during school, parents/guardians have to provide the medication in a small unopened bottle, and parents/guardians MUST bring it to school. Students are not allowed to carry medication ON THEM or TO SCHOOL.
Exclusion from School-COVID (Updated August 26, 2020)
These guidelines will change based on the health department and CDC guidance.
Exclusion from School and Return After Exclusion Guidelines
Students and staff will be screened for potential COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. Students and staff will be excluded if they:
- test positive for COVID-19 resulting in an isolation period of at least 10 days from date of symptom onset, or date of positive swab** if asymptomatic.
- have had known exposure* to a person infected with COVID-19 resulting in a quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the positive case. If symptoms develop, obtain swab**.
*Exposure is defined as close contact with a positive case: within 6 ft for 15 minutes or more.
**Swab refers to COVID-19 test specimen collection
High-risk symptoms: New cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell
Low-risk symptoms: Fever (>=100.4 degrees F), congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat, headache, body aches
Students and staff with 1 low-risk symptom and no known exposure to a person infected with COVID-19 may return to school 24 hours after symptom resolution.
Students and staff with 2 or more low-risk symptoms or 1 high-risk symptom and no known exposure to a person infected with COVID-19 require evaluation by a healthcare professional in order to return to school. Return after exclusion will require
- documentation from a healthcare provider providing an alternate diagnosis
- OR negative COVID-19 test results.
- Students and staff must also be fever-free for 24 hours and with symptoms improving.
Students and staff with 2 or more low-risk symptoms or 1 high-risk symptom who choose not to be tested may return if the following three conditions are met:
a) At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
b) Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
c) At least ten (10*) calendar days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
*For patients with severe illness, duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset may be warranted. Consider consultation with infection control experts.
Students and staff who never develop symptoms but test positive for COVID-19 may return 10 days after the date of their first positive COVID-19 test.
What Happens When There is a COVID-19 Exposure:
The Importance of Maintaining 6-Foot Social Distance
- Someone Tests Positive for COVID-19. Please notify your school principal if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been identified as a close contact to someone who is infected with COVID-19.
- The infected person is sent home on isolation for at least 10 days (not to leave their home)
- Anyone living in the same household with the infected person is automatically sent home to self-quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure to the infected person. Last exposure means close proximity to the person in the household who tested positive, not the date of the positive test result.
- Close contacts are also identified - these people had direct exposure to an infected person.
- Note: You are still considered a close contact even if you were wearing a cloth face covering while you were around someone with COVID-19. Cloth face coverings are meant to prevent someone from transmitting the disease to others, and not to protect someone from becoming infected.
- For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 calendar days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 calendar days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
- A close contact needs self-quarantine: To stay home and maintain social distance from others (at least 6 feet) until 14 days after their last exposure to the infected person, in case they also become ill.
- If you have been around someone who was identified as a close contact with a person with COVID-19, you should closely monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19. This is indirect exposure. You do not need to self-quarantine.
- Always maintain social distance to avoid a potential 14+ day quarantine
- Create a contingency plan for your family in case you will need to endure a long quarantine due to exposure
Gretchen Sullivan, RN BSNSupervisor, Health Services(816) 489-7301
Float Nurse: Jacqlyn MittsdarfferDistrict Health Room Contact NumbersBHS, Sarah Warren & Denise Wittkopp: (816) 489-7502BMS, Tammy Murry: (816) 489-7062Mill Creek, Alette Comstock: (816) 348-1596Cambridge, Haley Stewart: (816) 348-1009Gladden, Teresa Knoll: (816) 489-7531Hillcrest, Katherine Christian: (816) 348-1132Kentucky Trail, Lynn Aswegan: (816) 348-1102Scott Educational Center, Regina Miles: (816) 489-7041Grace, Gretchen Sullivan: (816) 489-7301
Certified Athletic Trainer, Jordyn KempSports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Matthew Cullen, DO