The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority at D45. Please refer to the guidance below for information regarding the health and safety of our students and staff at all District 45 buildings. If you have a question, please contact the district office.
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Health and Safety Guidance Frequently Asked Questions
Parents, caregivers, or guardians (“caregivers”) should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening.
Students who are sick should not attend school in-person.
The District will follow the Illinois Department of Public Health decision tree (see below).
If the District identifies your child as a “close contact*” through internal contact tracing, the building nurse will contact parents/guardians directly. They will provide information regarding exclusion from school, for a period of 14 days, transitioning your child to temporary remote learning and what is needed in order to return to in-person learning.
In accordance with current IDPH guidance; when a student, teacher, staff member, or a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19 and has exposed others at the school, the local health department will be notified as required by the Illinois Infectious Disease Reporting requirements issued by IDPH. If the child or parent discloses a positive case in the household the teacher will forward that information on to health staff for follow up with the parent.
Close contacts must stay home for 14 calendar days. Date of last exposure is considered day 0.
If another household member is symptomatic, even without receiving diagnostic testing or clinical evaluation, the members of the same household are considered to be a “close contact” and are required to transition to temporary remote learning for 14 calendar days from the onset of symptoms if the symptomatic child is not tested within 24 hours of notifying the school of symptoms. If an individual in your child’s household is symptomatic, please keep your child at home and call your building nurse or principal immediately for guidance.
Local and state health official’s recommendations for notifying close contacts will be followed, while we remain sensitive to student and staff confidentiality interests.
Individual names will not be shared while contact tracing under any circumstances with other staff members or individuals.
Only the DuPage County Health Department will be notified per requirements.
Definition of a close contact: According to the new CDC close contact definition, classroom students who were within 3 to 6 feet of the infected student are not treated as close contacts as long as both the infected student and exposed student were engaged in consistent and correct use of a well-fitting mask and other K-12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, increased ventilation) were in place in the K12 setting. In other words, only classroom contacts within 3 feet require quarantine as long as both the case and the contact were consistently masked. If they were not consistently masked, then close contacts are classroom students who were within 6 feet of the infected student for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
Parents who walk or drive their children will be asked to drop them off and not to congregate on school grounds.
Parents and guardians are required to perform daily symptoms screening with their child before allowing them to enter any building.
Students must wear face coverings when waiting to board the bus and when on the bus.
All buses will be disinfected before every route.
Parents and guardians are required to perform daily symptoms screening with their child before allowing them to board the bus.
Buses will be ventilated when weather allows.
When possible, siblings will be seated together.
Confirmed cases or suspected cases of COVID-19 will be excluded from school and transition to temporary remote learning for 10 days. Day 0 is onset of symptoms or date of test, days 1-10 at home, and can return to school on Day 11.
IDPH COVID-19 Exclusion Decision Tree.pdf
Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be made available to and used by staff, as needed, based on exposure risk.
The District will provide building based training to staff prior to the start of student attendance on the proper use of PPE, including putting on and removing PPE. In addition, training will include directions on the proper disposal of PPE since inappropriate application or removal of PPE can increase the transmission. The District will be providing the following:
Sneeze guards for front office staff and small group tables
Face shields for staff as needed based on job description
Gloves for staff as needed based on job description
Gowns for staff as needed based on job description
Face coverings must be worn at all times in District buildings even when social distancing is maintained per Governor J.B. Pritzker’s mandate on August 4, 2021.
The District will require physician’s notes and authorization for exchange of medical information for students and staff who are not able to wear a face covering. The district will update policies to require wearing a face covering while on school grounds and handle violations in the same manner as other policy violations.
All individuals in District buildings, including all public and nonpublic schools that serve students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, must wear face coverings at all times unless they are younger than 2 years of age; have trouble breathing; or are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
Face coverings do not need to be worn outside if physical distance is maintained.
Face coverings must have two or more layers.
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines: Individuals who have a condition or medical contraindication (e.g., difficulty breathing) that prevents them from wearing a face covering are required to provide documentation from the individual’s healthcare provider. These persons may wear a face shield in lieu of a face covering; however social distancing must be strictly enforced. Measures to reduce risk of exposure for these persons should be implemented where possible. The District will require physician’s notes and authorization for exchange of medical information for students and staff who are not able to wear a face covering.
Ensure that the face covering fully covers the mouth and nose, and that the covering fits snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps.
The District will maintain a limited supply of disposable face coverings in the event that a staff member, student, or visitor does not have one for use.
Personal cloth face coverings should be taken home and laundered daily.
Face coverings must be changed immediately if soiled, wet, or torn.
Families are responsible for providing the children’s face coverings/masks.
Language or pictures/depictions on face coverings may not interfere with the educational environment and therefore should not be offensive, provocative, or disruptive to instruction.
Face coverings may not be constructed of material that is sheer or resembles mesh or netting.
Face coverings with exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape are not permitted to be worn.
Students will be educated on the wearing and use of masks/face coverings including using signage from the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC Use of Face Coverings provides helpful explanations about the use and care of face coverings.
Pay special attention to putting on and removing face coverings for purposes such as eating. After use, the front of the face covering is considered contaminated and should not be touched during removal or replacement. Hand hygiene should be performed immediately after removing and after replacing the face covering.
Per CDC guidance, 2 ply neck warmers/gaiters are permitted to be worn as a face covering.
Students may quickly lift their face covering to take a drink of water during the day and quickly place their face covering back in the proper place. Individuals should perform hand-washing or use hand sanitizer before and after touching their face covering to take a drink.
District 45 will be disinfecting all buildings on a regular schedule with an electrostatic spray gun and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved chemical.
In addition to normal cleaning schedules, all high touch surfaces will be disinfected as needed.
Restrooms will be cleaned regularly and as needed.
Cleaning and disinfecting should not take place near children or individuals with asthma.
Hand sanitizer is available throughout each building and in each classroom.
Additional cleaning supplies have been provided to each classroom.
The District’s goal is to maximize as many of these opportunities as possible. The District team is working to modify music opportunities in alignment with the most current health and safety guidelines. Additional updates will be provided.
Per ISBE guidance, CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with universal indoor mask wearing, to reduce transmission risk. Because of the importance of in-person learning, schools where not everyone is fully vaccinated should implement physical distancing to the extent possible within their structures (in addition to masking and other prevention strategies), but should not exclude students from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement.
Sanitation of restrooms will be completed on a regular schedule and as needed.
Signs are posted encouraging proper hand hygiene procedures in bathrooms.
Students will be encouraged to properly wash hands following restroom use. Supplies, such as soap and paper towels, are available.
Drinking fountains are turned off but the water bottle refill is functional.
The District will promote the use of reusable water bottles. Staff will show students the appropriate use of drinking fountains:
Do not allow the water bottle to come into contact with the nozzle when refilling.
Maintain social distancing while filling up water bottles by using floor markers and signage around fountains.
The water bottle refill will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.
Water bottles must not be shared with any other individuals.
Food service will be provided.
Students will be permitted to remove their masks while eating.
The District will encourage frequent and proper hand-washing. The District has ensured the availability of supplies, such as soap and paper towels, hand sanitizer, etc., in all classrooms and in common areas of the building.
Cloth towels will not be used.
Hand-washing with soap and water is always recommended, but where this is not feasible or readily accessible, the use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used. Hands should be washed often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
It is recommended that hand hygiene is performed upon arrival to and departure from school; after blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing; following restroom use; before/after routine care for another person, such as a child; after contact with a person who is sick; upon return from the playground/physical education; and following glove removal.
The District will adhere to recommendations for safe hand sanitizer use, including:
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers will be used under adult supervision with proper child safety precautions and stored out of reach of young children to reduce unintended, adverse consequences. It will be necessary to ensure that students do not ingest hand sanitizer or use it to injure another person.
Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not remove allergenic proteins from the hands.
Staff preparing food in the cafeteria/kitchen should ALWAYS wash their hands with soap and water.
District staff will help educate students on healthy hygiene and hand-washing to prevent the spread of infection.
Hand-washing posters have been posted in bathrooms, hallways, classrooms, and other areas, as appropriate.
Visitors will be limited to those individuals who are essential or have a scheduled appointment to be in a building and must wear a face covering.
Visitor information will be maintained in visitor logs, including contact information, reason for visit, and locations within the school visited in case contact tracing is required.
Visitors that are experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 should not enter the building. Please contact the school office to reschedule the appointment or arrange for the school to provide a virtual meeting.
Buildings will keep the number of people in the office/school to a minimum and ensure that social distancing is maintained.
Sneeze guards have been installed in the main office at each school.
Drop boxes have been set up outside at each school to limit the need for contact.
For domestic travel guidance, please visit this page on the CDC website.
For international travel guidance, please visit this page on the CDC website.
If a building receives information of a student or staff member who has or is suspected of having COVID-19 or a student or staff member gets sick during the school day they would immediately report this to the Building Nurse or designee.
Students or staff returning from illness related to COVID-19 or due to “close contact” should call to check in with the Building Nurse or Health Assistant following the exclusion period before returning to school.
When interacting with students or staff who may be sick, Building Nurses and personnel will follow CDC guidance on standard and transmission based precautions.
Windows will be opened to increase air circulation in an exposed area. It is advised by the CDC to wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting; if 24 hours are not possible, wait as long as possible. Clean and disinfect all areas, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment, etc., used by the person who is sick. Vacuum the space, if needed, with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, if available. Do not vacuum a room or space that has people in it. Wait until the room or space is empty to vacuum, such as at night, and temporarily turn off room fans and the central HVAC system that services the room or space, so that particles that escape from vacuuming will not circulate throughout the facility.
The area can be opened for use once it has been appropriately disinfected. Cleaning products will be stored and used a safe distance away from children and staff. Individuals who did not have “close contact” with the person who is sick can return immediately after disinfection.
The District will notify the DuPage County Health Department for all cases of COVID-19 that occur within our district and follow their guidance.