If your student is absent based on the COVID-19 protocols listed below, please contact your school office. This will allow us to properly plan.
- Student is COVID-19 positive
- Student has come in close contact as defined by IDPH with an individual that has been diagnosed COVID-19 positive
- Student is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (fever is considered 100.4 degrees or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Student has a household member that is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
Students and staff are asked to report international travel to building administrators. Quarantine and testing requirements for international travel are set by the state department and the CDC. We will reference those requirements to determine required testing and quarantine based on individual countries and locations. At this time, the Illinois Department of Public Health does not require a quarantine for domestic travel.
School Phone Numbers for Reporting a Student Absence
|Bannes Elementary||(708) 532-6466|
|Fernway Park Elementary||(708) 349-3810|
|Helen Keller Elementary||(708) 532-2144|
|McAuliffe Elementary||(708) 429-4565|
|Millennium Elementary||(708) 532-3150|
|Virgil Grissom Middle School||(708) 429-3030|
|Prairie View Middle School||(708) 532-8540|
Missed or Make-Up Assignments
Students can make up all work missed during a quarantine period. Due dates for classwork, quizzes, tests, projects, and papers will be reasonable and mutually agreed upon between teachers and students. Students should access missed work from each day’s lesson through Seesaw/Google Classroom or by emailing their teacher(s).
Student Learning While Quarantined
Students (health-permitting) may continue learning at home while quarantined. Your child’s teacher will provide work via Seesaw/Google Classroom and any necessary textbooks or workbooks can be picked up in the school office. Parents of special education students will be contacted by their students’ case manager to discuss services during quarantine.
Additionally, students will have the opportunity to be an observer in their classroom via Zoom. This is a window into the classroom where the student has the ability to observe the lesson as presented by the teacher. Please be aware that the teacher will continue to teach to in-person learners and will not be available to answer questions during the course of the lesson. Zoom links and student learning schedules will be provided by the building principal and/or classroom teacher(s).
Please reach out to your child’s teacher via email or contact the school office if you have any questions.
COVID-19 Quarantine Information
- CDC and IDPH guidelines for students who were suspected of having COVID-19, whether they were tested or not, state that 24 hours must elapse from resolution of fever without fever reducing medication, 48 hours after resolution of vomiting or diarrhea, and 10 days must pass after symptoms first appeared.
- If the student is not tested for COVID-19, the soonest the student may return is 24 hours after resolution of fever without fever reducing medication, 48 hours after resolution of vomiting or diarrhea and other symptoms AND 10 days must pass after symptoms first appeared.
- Determined NOT to have COVID-19 - To return to school sooner than 10 days since symptoms first appeared, the student must present a negative COVID-19 test result. Without the negative COVID-19 test result, a student may not return until 24 hours have elapsed from the resolution of fever without fever reducing medication, 48 hours after resolution of vomiting or diarrhea, and 10 days must have passed after symptoms first appeared.
- Determined to have COVID-19 Student - If a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the administrator is to relay that the soonest a student can return is after 10 days from the onset of symptoms, when fever is resolved (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) for 24 hours, 48 hours after resolution of vomiting or diarrhea, AND all other symptoms have improved.
- If a student has been in close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, and are unvaccinated, they should quarantine and monitor for symptoms daily for the entire 14 days following the last day of close contact with the positive individual.
- A close contact is an individual not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period from 2 days before the infected person began symptoms (or 2 days before the positive sample was collected if no symptoms). For students in the indoor classroom setting, contacts who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student do not require quarantine as long as both the case and the contact were consistently masked.
- Individuals who are solely exposed to a confirmed case while outdoors should not be considered close contacts.
- Unvaccinated students who have ongoing exposure to an individual who is positive and cannot isolate will be required to quarantine for 24 days (positive individual is contagious for ten days, incubation period is 14 days, totaling 24 days). (11/30/21)
- This 24 day quarantine period can be shortened for students to seven calendar days after the end of the isolation period (17 days total) if no symptoms developed during daily monitoring AND the individual has a negative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test (PCR) that was collected on day 16 or day 17. (11/30/21)
- Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections occurring within 14 calendar days of each other in individuals in the same classroom would meet the case definition for an outbreak if the cases are epidemiologically linked (known exposure to) with respect to place (same classroom) and time (within 14 calendar days). This would prompt an investigation by the Cook County Department of Public Health that may result in recommendations for testing and quarantining all students/staff in the affected classroom. (11/30/21)
- If more than 10% of the school population, or another large group, (such as Band or sports teams), are COVID-10 positive, it is considered an outbreak even if they are not epidemiologically linked. (11/30/21)
- Nurse will assess the student, and an administrator will relay the soonest date that a student can return to school.
- If one child goes home symptomatic of COVID-19 and will be tested within 24 hours, the asymptomatic unvaccinated siblings CAN stay in school. If the child is not tested within 24 hours, unvaccinated household members must be excluded. If the ill household member tests positive for COVID-19, then any unvaccinated household members should be removed from the school immediately.
- If one child in the household is diagnosed with COVID-19 the other unvaccinated siblings need to be quarantined if they are determined to be close contacts.
- Quarantine requirements for international travel are set by the state department and the CDC. We will reference those requirements regularly and update guidelines to determine required testing and quarantine based on individual countries and locations. At this time, the Illinois Department of Public Health does not require a quarantine for domestic travel.
Test to Stay
- Following any indoor exposures between a confirmed case and close contact at school when both parties were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks, the District may test close contacts on days one, three, five, and seven from date of exposure using LTE Preventative Health Systems. Close contacts are permitted to remain in the classroom as long as the results are negative. (11/30/21)
- If the close contact is identified five days or more from the date of exposure, adjust testing accordingly, ideally on days five and seven after the last exposure. (11/30/21)
- When testing in the outlined cadence is not possible due to weekends and holidays, students who are not fully vaccinated should be tested at the earliest possible opportunity. (11/30/21)
- While engaged in Test to Stay after an exposure, students who are not fully vaccinated may participate in extracurricular activities. (11/30/21)
- If at any time the student who is not fully vaccinated tests positive or becomes symptomatic, they should be immediately isolated and sent home, and the local health department notified. (11/30/21)
- Symptoms of COVID-19, include fever (fever is considered 100.4 degrees or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting, or diarrhea. Vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals with symptoms may not enter school buildings.
- Individuals who are symptomatic within 48 hours of receiving a flu or COVID-19 vaccine do not have to get tested for COVID-19 as long as their symptoms can be attributed to the flu or COVID-19 vaccines and resolve within 48 hours. (11/30/21)
- Removed exposure- defined as our student who has been in contact with an individual who has been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Our student is asymptomatic - the student may come into the school.