What if someone in my child's school tests positive for COVID-19?
- The individual with a confirmed or probable case will be required to isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from the date of their positive or onset of symptoms, AND until 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medication AND improvement of symptoms
- The building principal will send an email to notify all families of the confirmed case, while withholding the individual's identity.
- Should your child NOT be a close contact, you will NOT receive further communication and school attendance should continue on a regular schedule
- Should your child be a close contact to the confirmed or probable case, you will be notified directly by the building administration or the health office and given additional instructions
What is a close contact and what happens if my child is identified as one?
- A 'close contact' is defined as any student who has been within 6 - feet of an individual who has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 for 15 or more minutes throughout the day, with or without a face covering
- Close contacts should quarantine at home for 14 days from the last date of the exposure to the confirmed or probable case
- Close contacts should consider being diagnostically tested
- In addition to school personnel, a representative from the Kane County Health Department will call to speak with the parent or guardian of the close contact
What if my child becomes symptomatic?
Symptomatic with an alternative clinical diagnosis - Stay home until symptoms have improved or resolved. If no COVID-19 test is completed, a physician's note should be provided to the school for return.
For example, strep throat, sinus infection, or ear infection
Symptomatic without an alternative clinical diagnosis - Stay home for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms AND 24 hours fever free without fever-reducing medications AND until symptoms improve. Other household members who have been in close contact with the symptomatic person should also quarantine.
- Symptomatic with a negative COVID-19 test - Stay home until symptoms improve or resolve. COVID 19 tests are not valid for school exclusion determination if taken 48 hours or more after the onset of symptoms.
In all instances described above, the school's health office will follow up with the student's parent/guardian.