Health Office Updates: COVID
Per the State of Illinois and local Department of Public Health, students need to remain home if ANY of the following symptoms are present: fever of 100.4 or above, new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain for unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches. If your child experiences any one of these symptoms while at school, they will be sent home. Additionally, siblings within the district will also need to be picked up from their schools and follow the protocol.
To return to in-person classes you will need to get one of the following:
- A doctor's note with an alternative diagnosis (must be an actual diagnosis) AND state that covid is not suspected.
- A negative COVID test (not the "rapid" type) that was taken within 48 hours of the start of symptoms. This documentation must be provided to the school nurse.
- If you cannot obtain either, unfortunately per protocol, your child will need to remain home, in isolation for 10 days and must be fever free to return after that point.
Further, if you, your child, or someone who has had close contact with the child is symptomatic and/or confirmed positive for COVID. IDPH indicates that symptomatic persons should stay home and isolate for 10 calendar days from the start of symptoms, and for 24 hours fever free without medication, and improvement in symptoms.
If you, your child, or someone who has had close contact with the child does not have symptoms, IDPH indicates that the person should stay home and quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the COVID case because symptoms can develop from day 2 to 14 days. Student may not test out of quarantine.
We appreciate your understanding of the importance of student and staff safety. Any questions feel free to reach out to me.
Julie Tropp, R.N.
North School Nurse