• 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. 

    The following procedures, based on the IDPH COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance, are 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

    Any student presenting or reporting via attendance line ANY of the following symptoms: Fever (100.4 °F or higher), headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, congestion, runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue, muscle or body aches will be sent home (during Hybrid), denied entry, and held from in-person extra-curricular activities and athletics until return to school criteria are met. 

    The following scenarios have been provided to help inform and guide parents in what to expect. 

    SCENARIO 1

    My child has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a RT-PCR test or by a health care provider’s evaluation.

    a) Notify school nurse

    b) Student to stay home and isolate at least 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms AND for 24 hours with no fever and without fever reducing medications AND until improvement of symptoms

    c) Quarantine household members for 14 days from last exposure

    d) School nurse along with the local health department will help identify and advise close contacts of a COVID-19 positive individual

    e) A close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated

    f) Parents will need to provide the school with a "Release from Isolation" letter that they will receive from DCHD prior to returning to in-person instruction, activities and athletics

    SCENARIO 2

    My child has one or more COVID-19 symptoms and has a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test that was collected no more than 48 hours prior to symptom onset or anytime after.

    a) Notify school nurse

    b) Student to stay home until symptoms have improved/resolved

    c) Provide documentation of negative test result or a health care provider’s note indicating a negative result to school nurse prior to returning to in-person instruction, activities and athletics

    SCENARIO 3

    My child has one or more COVID-19 symptoms and has been determined to have an alternative diagnosis.

    a) Notify school nurse

    b) Student to stay home until symptoms have improved/resolved

    c) Provide a health care provider’s note clearing the student for a return to school documenting that there is no clinical suspicion for COVID-19 infection and indicating an alternative diagnosis with an exclusion consistent with the stated diagnosis

    SCENARIO 4 

    My child has one of the COVID-19 symptoms and I do not want my child to see a health care provider or receive COVID-19 testing.

    a) Notify school nurse

    b) Student to stay home and isolate at least 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms AND for 24 hours with no fever and without fever reducing medications AND until improvement of symptoms

    c) Quarantine household members for 14 days from last exposure

    d) Provide written documentation to school confirming that the ill student and/or household contacts are afebrile without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved prior to returning to in-person instruction, activities and athletics

    SCENARIO 5

    My child does not have symptoms but has been identified as a close contact to a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case.

    a) Notify school nurse

    b) Student to stay home and quarantine for 14 days from last exposure

    c) A negative COVID-19 test during the 14 day quarantine will not shorten the quarantine period 

    d) Contact school nurse if symptoms develop

    e) Parents will need to provide the school with a "Release from Quarantine" letter that they will receive from the school nurse or DCHD prior to returning to in-person instruction, activities and athletics

    SCENARIO 6

    My child has symptoms that are attributed to allergies or a pre-existing condiiton.

            a) Provide supporting physician documentation to the school nurse

    These guidelines are evolving as we learn more about COVID-19.  Medical evaluation and COVID-19 diagnostic testing are strongly recommended by IDPH for all persons with COVID-19 symptoms.  Stay informed and do your part to keep our community safe. 

    Your school nurse contacts are:

    Central

    Missy Geibel, CSN         ph) 630-570-8595          mgeibel@hinsdale86.org

    Leah Block, RN             ph) 630-570-8597          lblock@hinsdale86.org

    South

    Karen Banks, RN           ph) 630-468-4595          kbanks@hinsdale86.org

    Mary Baumbach, RN      ph) 630-468-4596          mbaumbac@hinsdale86.org

    Transition

    Christine Barnoski, RN   ph) 630-468-4573          cbarnosk@hinsdale86.org

     

    Helpful Resource Links

    COVID-19 Interim Exclusion Guidance

    https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/home-quarantine-guidance

    https://www.isbe.net/Documents/IDPH-School-FAQs.pdf

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html