COVID quarantine orders overstep of health officials, judge says

A district court judge ruled the Shawnee County Health Department overstepped its authority in issuing…

A district court judge ruled the Shawnee County Health Department overstepped its authority in issuing two quarantine orders for area students last year, a decision which could have implications for the COVID-19 protocols in schools at a county and state level.

In an opinion issued late Monday, Shawnee County District Court Judge Teresa Watson said the county’s practice of sending form quarantine orders rubber-stamped by the local health officer to students suspected of having COVID-19 ran afoul of state statute.

In September, Shawnee Heights Unified School District 450 parent Jill Foster-Koch challenged quarantine orders issued to her two daughters, arguing school districts in the county were improperly serving as an extension of the county health department in ordering quarantines.

Quarantines are required after an individual is believed to be a close contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Schools have traditionally handled their own contact tracing and case investigation, though this has waned as virus case counts have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

https://www.cjonline.com/story/news/coronavirus/2022/01/25/school-covid-quarantine-shawnee-county-health-officials-overstepped-judge-says/9210557002/