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Q: There has been different information given by nurses in different schools. Why?
A: No two families or situations are identical and every case may be somewhat different. Parents should always contact the nurse in your child’s building with specific information pertaining to your child and the nurse can help answer those questions.
Q: Why would a student be told that they need to stay home for 10 days when the current guidance is 5 days?
A: Although updated guidance requires a student to complete a minimum of five (5) days at home with a transition to remote learning after testing positive for COVID-19, students may need to stay home for 10 days for multiple reasons.
A student may need to remain home for up to 10 days if symptoms are not improving. They must be fever free and have no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without medication prior to returning to school. No restrictions when cleared on day 10 to return to school.
A student may need to remain home for up to 10 days if the student is not a consistent mask wearer, or if they have a medical exemption to wearing a mask at school. No restrictions when cleared to return on day 11.
Q: Does my child need to have a negative test in order to return to school after testing positive for COVID-19?
A: A negative test is not required prior to your child returning to school after being home for five (5) days.
Q: Does my child need to stay home from school if someone at home tested positive for COVID-19?
A: No, as long as your child is not experiencing symptoms of Covid.
Q: Can I send a copy of my child’s COVID vaccination card to the nurse at school?
A: While the vaccination is not a required one, you may submit a copy of the record to the school. This information is only necessary for contact tracing purposes and for providing IDPH guidance to parents.
Q: My child has symptoms of Covid. What should I do?
A: Keep your child home. You may choose to have him/her tested for COVID with a home test, rapid or PCR test, or obtain another diagnosis from your child’s physician. If you choose not to test your child for Covid-19 and do not provide an alternative diagnosis, your child will need to remain home for 5 days after the onset of symptoms and can return on day 6. We ask that your child wear a mask at school on days 6-10.
Q. What type of face coverings will be required?
Masks are optional and not required.
Q. Will students be required to wear face coverings at all times?
Q. What if a student forgets to bring a face covering?
Disposable face coverings will be available for all students, staff, or visitors who would like one.
Q. Will students need to take a COVID-19 test every time they exhibit one or more symptoms?
The family will be contacted by the District nurse to discuss specifics related to the child’s symptoms.
Q. Will schools be offering COVID-19 testing?
No. We will not be testing students for COVID-19.
Q. Should children be kept home if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19?
Children exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19 should remain at home. If your child has seasonal allergies or something that could mimic any of the symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you reach out to the school directly.
Q. What if a parent sends their child to school with a fever? How would you know?
If a student arrives at school or develops a fever at school, the student will be evaluated in the Health Office. The school will contact the parents immediately and have the parents pick up the child. The CDC defines a fever as a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more.
Q. If a student has year-round allergies and sneezes frequently, will that be problematic?
No. Documentation of other health conditions will be taken into account when assessing student symptoms.
Q. Will there be hand sanitizers in each room?
Q. How often will cleaning/disinfecting occur?
High-touch surfaces in classrooms will be cleaned regularly. Bathrooms, hallways, cafeterias, gyms, and entryways will be cleaned on a regular basis or as used/needed. Buses will be cleaned by the transportation company.
Q. Will students be permitted to have water bottles at school?
Students are able to bring individual water bottles from home. Bottle-refilling stations will be available, and water fountains are available.
Q. Will frequent hand-washing be mandated?
Students and staff will have frequent opportunities to use hand sanitizer or to wash their hands with soap and water.
Q. Will schools allow visitors into the building?
Yes, visitors are allowed in school buildings. All school visitors should self-screen for the following symptoms prior to each visit: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a loss of taste or smell, and sore throat.
If visitors exhibit symptoms or test positive for Covid within 48 hours of their visit to the school, the visitor should notify the school nurse about their symptoms/test results.
Q. Will playgrounds be open?
Yes. Playgrounds will be open for student use.
Q. How will the District accommodate high-risk students with pre-existing conditions or immunocompromised students?
Given the ISBE Declaration to return to in-person learning, the District will support medically compromised students through our Homebound/Hospital Instruction policy. Students would be assigned a teacher of record at their home school, and a highly qualified teacher/tutor would provide direct instruction and/or support. Homebound/Hospital Instruction to student when a physician certifies that 10+ days of school will be missed due to a medical condition. Homebound/Hospital Instruction requires 5+ hours per week of instruction unless the physician certifies a need for less.
Q. Can my child access remote learning if they are excluded?
For the start of the 2022-23 school year, live streaming during the school day for students who are out with an exclusion will not be provided. With the use of a variety of applications such as SeeSaw or Google Classroom, our students can access missing assignments this way.
Q. Can my child access remote learning for non-COVID-related reasons?
For the start of the 2022-23 school year, live streaming during the school day for students who are out with an illness will not be provided. With the use of a variety of applications such as SeeSaw or Google Classroom, our students can access missing assignments this way.
Q. Are there any changes regarding immunizations for this year?
There are no changes to grade-level immunization requirements for this year. All students must meet immunization requirements.
Q. Will face coverings be required to be worn on the bus?
No, face coverings are not required to be worn on the bus.
Q. Will students who take the bus be health screened before they get on the bus?
Parents will self-certify the health screening before students board the bus.
Q. Will extracurricular activities or sports be allowed?
Extracurricular activities and sports are allowed.
Q. Will band/orchestra/choir be offered this year?
Yes. Masks are optional.