1. Do I still need to complete the daily certification form for my child?
Answer: A form does not need to be submitted, however you should still monitor your child for COVID-19 systems which include checking for fever before school EACH day. Parents/guardians should not send students to school who are sick. If a student presents COVID-19 symptoms during the school day, they will be placed in the quarantine room until picked up. Students who are close contacts to a positive case and symptomatic students will be in the quarantine room until picked up to go home.
2. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Answer: Symptoms include fever, new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue and muscle or body aches from unknown cause.
3. What if my child becomes sick during the school day?
Answer: If a student presents with COVID-19 symptoms during the school day, they will be placed in the quarantine room until picked up. Students who are close contacts to a positive case and symptomatic students will be in the quarantine room until picked up.
4. If my child has symptoms of COVID-19, do they need a COVID-19 test to return to school?
Answer: If your child has COVID-19 symptoms he/she should be tested (RT-PCR) test.If your child is not tested, he/she must stay home for 10 days.
5. What information is needed for test results?
Answer: Student’s name, birthdate, test type, and results all must be identified on the report.
6. If one of my children has symptoms, do the others need to stay home and quarantine?
Answer: Yes, unless fully vaccinated. If fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, he/she can attend school. Check with the nurse for further guidance.
7. Who should I contact if my child is ill?
Answer: All absences should be reported to the attendance line at your child’s school. If your child is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you should also contact the nurse at your child’s school.
8. What information should be reported to the nurse regarding COVID-19?
Answer: Please report if anyone in the home is waiting for COVID-19 results, has COVID-19 symptoms, or if a close contact to your child has COVID-19. In cases like this, please keep your child home from school.
9. What if my child has a runny nose or allergies?
Answer: If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms, he/she cannot attend school. A runny nose or nasal congestion is not a COVID-19 symptom in isolation. If you have questions about whether or not to send your child to school, please contact the building nurse for further guidance.
10. Will parents be informed if an individual in their child’s class tests positive for COVID-19?
Answer: Elementary parents will be informed if an individual tests positive for COVID-19 in the building and also if the individual is in their child’s class. Junior high parents will be notified if an individual in the building and also in the grade level tests positive for COVID-19.
11. Who gets notified of a case of COVID-19?
Answer: District 161 nurses will be notifying all students, staff, and parents deemed to be close contacts (possible exposure) of the individual.
12. What is the definition of a close contact?
Answer: CDC defines a close contact as 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. 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. 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.
13. When are close contact notifications sent out?
Answer: This depends on when we are notified that there is a positive case. For SHIELD testing, results generally arrive early in the morning, which means that individuals may receive phone calls or emails about quarantine notifications prior to the school day starting. Please make sure your contact information is updated in Skyward so we can reach you as quickly as possible.
14. Where can I find out how many cases each school has?
Answer: We track that information for the public as part of our D161 COVID-19 Dashboard.
15. If my child is in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, do I need to call in all absences daily?
Answer: No, daily calls will not be required.
16. What if my child is exposed to a COVID-19 case outside of school?
Answer: All close contacts must be reported to the nurse.
17. Can my child come to school if anyone in the home is waiting for COVID-19 results?
Answer: No, if your child or anyone in the home has been tested for COVID-19 and you are waiting for the results, your child may not come to school. Contact the nurse at your child’s school for further guidance.