COVID-19 Parent Basics

Below is a summary of what we do regarding COVID-19 investigations, notifications, and quarantines.

Quarantines for Exposed Students

Below are the steps school officials take and what parents need to know about student's who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.

1. School officials are notified of a positive COVID-19 case in the school.

This includes students and staff and could happen from various sources:

  • The Health Department,

  • A doctor's office,

  • The individual or family themselves.

2. School officials determine who is a "close contact" to the positive COVID-19 case.

"Close contacts" are defined as anyone who is unvaccinated AND either:

  • was within 3 feet of a positive case for 15+ minutes with or without a mask during the last 24 hours OR

  • was within 6 feet of a positive case for 15+ minutes without a mask during the last 24 hours (this is most likely to happen during lunch).

In order to not be considered a "close contact," families will need to provide proof of full vaccination.

  • This can be done by showing the CDC vaccination card.

  • If the vaccination card has been lost, school nurses may be able to verify vaccination status through the state vaccination database.

  • If vaccination status cannot be verified, the district will assume the student is not vaccinated.

3. School officials notify "close contacts" they need to stay home for 14 days.

Notification will initially come from a school nurse or other school official. They contact families to let them know a child was exposed and needs to quarantine.

  • The school office will follow up within 48 hours to finalize daily tutoring options.

  • The school will also notify the Boone County health department of the quarantine notification.

Administrators will offer a daily tutoring option for students.

  • The tutors help students navigate their daily assignments.

  • Tutors don't replace the teacher.

Sometimes shorter quarantines may be offered. These have additional requirements, such as:

  • Staying symptom free

  • Being tested for COVID-19

  • Cooperating with the Health Department

  • Ability to social distance in the classroom

We do not notify families of quarantines or positive cases unless their child is considered a "close contact."

4. Teachers will post daily lessons and learning activities online.

Students will receive their daily class work from their teacher via email or through online learning platforms like Canvas or Empower.

  • In most cases, this will happen within 2 school days of the start of the quarantine.

If families signed up for daily tutoring, they will receive daily live support to help their child navigate learning assignments from home.

5. Families may choose to have their child tested.

A negative COVID-19 test may provide an opportunity for "close contact" students to return to school before 14 days.

  • School officials will discuss this with families when it is an option.

When approved by the state and when materials allow, testing may be available at a school.

  • School officials will discuss this option with families when it is available.

Here is a link to testing centers in Illinois.

Quarantines for Symptomatic Students

Below are the steps school officials take when a student has symptoms.

  • Guidelines change regularly during the pandemic. These are subject to change.

1. A nurse verifies that a student has COVID-19 symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher),

  • New moderate to severe headache, cough, loss of taste or smell,

  • Sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea,

  • Shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle, or body ache from unknown cause.

2. School officials notify symptomatic student they need to stay home.

The student may be able to return sooner than a 14-day quarantine if multiple criteria are met. This will be discussed with the family per the unique circumstance and may include things like:

  • Symptoms have improved,

  • A COVID-19 test results is provided,

  • A healthcare provider confirms a non-COVID-19 diagnosed condition.

Administrators may offer a daily tutoring option for students.

  • The tutors help students navigate their daily assignments.

  • Tutors don't replace the teacher.

Siblings of symptomatic students may be required to quarantine as well.

We do not notify families when a classmate is sent home for being symptomatic.

  • We will notify families of "close contacts" if a symptomatic child tests positive.

3. Teachers will post daily lessons and learning activities online.

Students will receive their daily class work from their teacher via email or through online learning platforms like Canvas or Empower.

  • In most cases, this will happen within 2 school days of the start of the quarantine.

If families signed up for daily tutoring, they will receive daily live support to help their child navigate learning assignments from home.

4. Families may choose to have their child tested.

A negative COVID-19 test may provide an opportunity for symptomatic students to return to school before 14 days.

  • School officials will discuss this with families when it is an option.

When approved by the state and when materials allow, testing may be available at a school.

  • School officials will discuss this option with families when it is available.

Here is a link to testing centers in Illinois.

Quarantines for Students Tested Positive for COVID-19

When students test positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 10 days from the testing date.

Please notify your school immediately if your child tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Students usually must quarantine for 10 days from the day of the test.

  • Notifying the school helps school officials determine who else may need to quarantine.

Administrators will offer a daily tutoring option for students.

  • The tutors help students navigate their daily assignments.

  • Tutors don't replace the teacher.

We do not notify families of positive cases unless their child is considered a "close contact."