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 bring it to school.
Updated August 9, 2021These protocols may change based on Cass County Health Department guidance.Contact Tracing & QuarantinesWe will continue contact trace and quarantine individuals based on close contacts with a positive COVID-19 person. The Cass County Health Department has issued a standardized 10-day process for anyone in quarantine or isolation. The District’s COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated weekly.
When we are notified of a positive case:
Exclusion from SchoolHigh-risk symptoms: New cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smellLow-risk symptoms: Fever (> =100.4° F), congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat, headache, body achesStudents 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:
- District officials will contact trace based on seating charts to identify all close contacts.
- The COVID-19 positive individual needs to isolate for at least 10 days.
- Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine, but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the last day of exposure.
- Should the positive case and close contacts ALL are masked, close contacts do not need to quarantine.
- If the positive case is not wearing a mask, all close contacts must quarantine for 10 days after the last day of exposure.
- If the close contacts are not wearing masks but the COVID+ individual is, the close contacts must quarantine for 10 days after the last day of exposure.
- Documentation from a healthcare provider providing an alternate diagnosis.
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 negative COVID-19 test result.
- Students and staff must also be fever-free for 24 hours and with symptoms improving.
- At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
- Other symptoms have improved (for example, when cough or shortness of breath have improved);
*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.On-Site Antigen Testing
- At least ten (10*) calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Belton School District students can be tested at a Belton School District site. Parental/Guardian consent is required for student testing and Parent/Guardian must be present when a test is administered. COVID-19 Rapid Antigen testing will be performed by Belton School District RNs and LPNs. Please call your child's school nurse for more information.
What Happens When There is a COVID-19 Exposure:
- Someone Tests Positive for COVID-19. Please notify the school if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or have 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 10 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.
- 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 10 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 to 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.
- Fully vaccinated* people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine, but they do need to monitor for symptoms.
- If a close contact has had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, they do not need to quarantine, but they do need to monitor for symptoms.
- Always maintain social distance to avoid a potential 10+ 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: Shari KeckDistrict Health Room Contact NumbersBHS, Sarah Warren & Krishay Wright: (816) 489-7502BMS, Jacqlyn Mitsdarffer: (816) 489-7062Mill Creek, Alette Comstock: (816) 348-1596Cambridge, Morgan Hedrick: (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