COVID-19 Parent Basics

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

Guidelines change regularly. These guidelines are subject to change.

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 confirmed or probable COVID-19 case.

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.

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

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.

  • Booster status is not taken into consideration.

School officials notify "close contacts" they need to stay home for 5 days.

Notification will initially come from a school nurse or other school official. They contact families to let them know a child was exposed. A 5 day quarantine at home from the last day of contact to the positive case is recommended per CDC and IDPH guidelines for students that are unvaccinated. Testing on day five is recommended.

Your student is encouraged to mask through day 10 after exposure. Masking is optional.

Day 0 is the last day of contact, day 1 is the day after the last contact with the positive case.

If at any time your student develops symptoms, they must immediately isolate and get tested. Please call your school nurse if you have questions.

If choosing to quarantine, please notify the attendance office at your child's school.

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

Elementary students can join daily virtual lessons.

Secondary students can join their classes via a google stream during their normally schedule periods. If you do not have them, please contact your students teacher(s) for their individual Google Meet codes. Students must be logged into their District 100 Google Account to join the Google Meet.

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

Quarantines for Symptomatic Students

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

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

Symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher),

  • New moderate to severe headache, cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, loss of taste or smell,

  • Sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea,

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

Students can return to school when they produce a negative lab-based test (home tests are not acceptable).

Symptoms must be improving, no new symptoms develop, and student must be fever, vomiting, and diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medication prior to returning to school.

Without a negative COVID-19 lab-based test result, students stay home for a 5-day isolation period from symptom onset. Students can return to school after their quarantine period per the following guidelines:

  • Symptoms must be improving, no new symptoms develop, and student must be fever, vomiting, and diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medication prior to returning to school.

  • Unvaccinated household members will also be excluded from school if the symptomatic child is not tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours.

  • If symptoms are not improving, please call the school nurse to determine extension of the isolation period.

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

Elementary students can join daily virtual lessons.

Secondary students can join their classes via a google stream during their normally schedule periods. If you do not have them, please contact your students teacher(s) for their individual Google Meet codes. Students must be logged into their District 100 Google Account to join the Google Meet.

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.

Quarantines for Students Tested Positive for COVID-19

When students test positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for 5 days from the start of symptoms.

Please notify your school immediately if your child tests positive for COVID-19. Notifying the school helps school officials determine who else may need to quarantine.

Day 0 is the first day of symptoms, day 1 is the day after symptom onset. If asymptomatic, day 0 is the day of testing.

Students may return to school after day five if:

  • COVID-19 symptoms are improving and no new symptoms are present.

  • They are fever, vomiting, and diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

  • They are able to maintain physical distancing and masking at all times when returning to school.

  • If symptoms are not improving, please call the school nurse to determine extension of the isolation period.

Students returning after day five will be subject to strict masking wearing requirements (day 6 through day 10), including all athletic activities.

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

Elementary students can join daily virtual lessons.

Secondary students can join their classes via a google stream during their normally schedule periods. If you do not have them, please contact your students teacher(s) for their individual Google Meet codes. Students must be logged into their District 100 Google Account to join the Google Meet.

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

Testing Information

If your child becomes symptomatic anytime during the quarantine period it is important to get him/her tested with a lab-based test. You can find testing information by visiting boonehealth.org.

Some of the local testing sites are also listed below where appointments may be needed:

  • Walgreens Pharmacy: 230 W. Chrysler Dr, Belvidere (walgreens.com) 7 days/week, 8-4pm. (815) 544-4790

  • Physicians Immediate Care: 1663 Belvidere Rd, Belvidere (physiciansimmediatecare.com) Mon-Fri 8-4:30pm. (815) 544-0040

  • National Guard and Winnebago County (PCR), 1321 Sandy Hollow Rd., Rockford, Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday - 8-4pm.

  • UIC SHIELD Community Based Testing Site, 1601 Parkview Ave. Rockford (shieldillinoisportal.pointnclick.com) Monday – Friday, 8-5pm. Walk-ins available.

If you have any medical/COVID-19 questions, please contact the school nurse. If you have any learning questions, please contact the school office.

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