Message from Superintendent Tingley October 13, 2020Tuesday, October 13, 2020
In an effort to abide by confidentiality and privacy laws, but also keep families informed, I would like to elaborate on the procedures for communicating confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The district has and will continue to directly contact all individuals who have come into “close contact” with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) defines “close contact” as follows:
A close contact is anyone (with or without a face covering) who was within six feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (with or without a face covering), for at least 15 minutes throughout the course of a day.
The period of close contact begins two calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person) or two calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person). If the case was symptomatic (e.g. coughing, sneezing), persons with briefer periods of exposure may also be considered contacts.
All individuals confirmed to have been in close contact must quarantine for 14 days, following the recommendation of the IDPH COVID Exclusion Guidance
Moving forward, the district will notify parents if an individual in your student's classroom has been diagnosed with COVID-19. An example of the letter sent home can be found here
As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms 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 healthcare provider, school personnel, and your local health department.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
R. Scott Tingley