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    Dear Families:

     

    On 9/28/2020, an email was sent to families of the students who are involved with the Girls Volleyball cohort who attended practice on 9/21/2020, who may have come in close contact with a student who tested positive for COVID-19. 

     

    This notice is to inform you that an individual(s) at Hinsdale Central has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with DuPage County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual(s) to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of Hinsdale Central High School students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

     

    To prevent further spread of the disease, Hinsdale Central High School is taking the following steps:

    ·         Remaining in our Remote 2.0 School Environment as we assess our ability to monitor close contacts.

    ·         Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case(s) in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the DuPage County Health Department

    ·         Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.

    ·         Cleaning and disinfection of the areas impacted by potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

    We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

    ·         Staff are required to wear face coverings at all times while in contact with children and other staff in the facility.

    ·         We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.

    ·         We are teaching staff and students the importance of face coverings, social distancing, and proper handwashing:

    o        Students are discouraged from sharing personal items, e.g., water bottles.

    o        Students are reminded to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and to cover coughs and sneezes.

    o        Students will be taught to wash their hands frequently and properly, following CDC guidelines on handwashing.

    ·         As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

     

    As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms[1]. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms[2] should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Hinsdale Central School Nurse, and your local health department. 

     

    We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.

      

    Sincerely,

    William C. Walsh, Principal

    Hinsdale Central High School

     

     

    [1] 1 Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

    [1] 2 Severe symptoms of COVID-19 include: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face.

     

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  • Picture Retake Day

     
    Picture retakes are scheduled for October 21, 2020 from 12-3 PM. Senior portrait sessions are from 3-9 PM by appointment that day as well.
     
    Students need to arrive with a mask on as they enter the building, through Door 1 (the main entrance only) and check-in with the greeter. Students will be able to remove their mask for the portrait only.
     
    Only current students can enter the building through Door 1 where masks will be required and temperatures will be taken. Students will report directly to the community room and be asked to leave through Door 1 once their picture has been taken. 
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  • COVID -19 Exposure Procedures and Guidance for Parents

     
    The health and well-being of our community remains a top priority. Our District is committed to being as prepared as possible and thus provides the following updates on our health procedures. Access the Health Service COVID-19 web site for more information on the IDPH COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance that is in effect for any student who is:
    • EXPERIENCING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOM
    • TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
    • EXPOSED IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
    • EXPOSED TO SOMEONE SUSPECTED OF HAVING COVID-19
    • EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
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  • Hinsdale Central Bus Drop-Off, Parent/Guardian Pick-up and Entering School

    Due to ongoing construction on the southside of campus, we are relocating the bus zone to the northside and eastside of campus. This relocation of the bus zone complicates what is already a complicated drop-off and pick-up process for parents who drive their children to school. Please note the changes to before school Drop-Off and after school Pick-Up of your children.
     
    AM Drop-Off
    Front Circle Drive (55th Street Circle Drive) – Student drop off 
    Gymnasium Circle Drive (Grant Street Circle Drive) – Bus drop off only
    *Students should not exit the vehicle on 55th Street or on Grant Street due to safety concerns.
     
    PM Pick-up
    Front Circle Drive (55th Street) & Gymnasium Circle (Grant Street) – Bus loading zone 
     
    The after school pick-up cannot take place on campus until after the buses depart campus. We need this time to stage the 19 buses on campus and load students into the buses safely. Parent/Guardians will need to pick up students 20 minutes after dismissal to allow buses to leave campus. An alternative option is to have parents/guardians pick-up their child off campus: for example at the Community House or Hansen Center. Students can walk to and be picked up at these locations.
     
    Entering School
    Students will not be allowed to enter the building until 7:30 AM. The exception to this time will be students taking an Early Bird Class. Please see your Dean of Students if this presents an issue for your family.
     
    As we work to check students and staff for symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, students can only enter the building at the Main Entrance, Door #1, or the Pool Doors, Door #5.
     
    Students and staff will have their temperatures screened as they enter the building with a High Throughput Thermal Screening system. After walking through the temperature scanners students must proceed directly to their first period class. Students will not be permitted to use their lockers this year due to social distancing guidelines. Students and staff will need to wear their school ID, lanyard and mask while on campus.
     
     
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