COVID-19 Response

Developmental Services is working diligently to provide our individuals, staff and family with the most up to date information possible. Understanding that this crisis is a fluid situation and anything is subject to change at any given moment. We thank all of you for being so understanding and patient as we all work through this crisis.


As a guiding principle in all of this, our desire is and has been for people to remain healthy and safe. DSNWK will implement restrictions based on the positivity rate of counties where staff and persons served work or reside.


  • Temperatures will continue to be monitored for persons served, staff, and visitors, but will not be recorded/tracked (honor system).

  • DSNWK will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases in each of the counties where we have service sites. If the metric shows Blue or Yellow in your county, then no mask is required to be worn by staff or persons served (Norton County may be an exception). If the metric shows Orange or Red, a mask is required to be worn by all staff and persons served, as tolerated for persons served. Masks are required based on the level of community transmission of the county where one is woking and the level of community transmission of where one resides. The following procedures will be followed per metric:


    • Blue / Yellow

      • No mask is required, except where mandated by external polity (NEMT, KDOT, ICF/IID, etc.)

      • Weekly sanitizing spraying and routine disinfecting

      • Full community access allowed (honoring posted mask requirements)


    • Orange

      • Masks are required for staff and recommended for persons served as tolerated

      • Weekly sanitizing spraying and routine disinfecting

      • Heightened awareness

      • Full community access allowed (honoring posted mask requirements)

      • Visitors required to wear a mask

      • Consult your Director for any additional precautions


    • Red

      • Masks are required for staff and recommended for persons served as tolerated

      • Increased sanitizing spraying and disinfecting

      • Heightened awareness about community access/outings

      • Staff have the option to participate in DSNWK meetings virtually

      • Visitors are required to wear a mask

      • Consult your Director for any additional precautions


  • Continued Mask Requirements:

    • Norton as an ICF/IID

    • NEMT

    • Public Transportation drivers and KDOT vehicles

    • Entering businesses that require masks

DSNWK will continue to comply with all state, federal, and local requirements regarding COVID-19 and continue to test for COVID-19 as needed. Vaccinations and boosters continue to be provided in all locations through local health professionals.


Please see below links to websites for helpful information. If you have any questions regarding our policies with COVID-19 please give us a call 785-625-5678.

  • CDC website

  • KDHE website