Updated NCHD Guidance

Newton County Health Department


812 W. Harmony/PO Box 447
Neosho, MO  64850
 Telephone: 417-451-3743Fax: 417-451-1852


January 10, 2022


In response to updated CDC COVID-19 guidance, the Newton County Health Department Board of Trustees has voted to adopt the following school guidelines that become effective immediately:


1. Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 will be excluded from attending school and school activities as authorized by 19 CSR 20-20.030 and Title XI Education and Libraries, Chapter 167, Section 167.191.


2. Students or staff members who are excluded from school and school activities due to a positive COVID-19 test will be required to isolate at home for a period of 5 days from either the date of test or the date of first symptoms, whichever occurs first. An Isolation Letter will be issued by the Newton County Health Department. The isolation period will end after 5 days if there has been no fever and no fever reducing agents taken in the previous 24 hours and symptoms have disappeared or have dramatically improved.


3. Students or staff members may be readmitted to school and school activities with either a certification in writing from an attending physician attesting to the person’s non-infectiousness or an Isolation Release Letter from the Newton County Health Department.


4. All students and staff members who are contacts to a positive COVID-19 case, determined by being within 3ft of a positive case for more than 15 minutes , will be contacted by school personnel or the Newton County Health Department so that the contact may monitor for development of COVID-19 symptoms over a period of 5 days from the last date of contact to the positive case. 


5. Contacts to a positive COVID-19 case may continue to attend school and school activities including actively participating in extracurricular activities as long as they remain symptom free.


6. There will be no mask requirement or social distancing requirement for individuals who are contacts to a positive COVID-19 case.


The Newton County Health Department, in cooperation with our local school districts, will continue to provide assistance to achieve positive health outcomes while also providing the best educational opportunities.


Please contact Larry Bergner, Administrator, Newton County Health Department at (417) 451-3743 for more information. 




Larry Bergner
Newton County Health Department