Please click here to view the current exclusion guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Click here for the interim mask and social distancing guidance for schools updated May 19, 2021.
The revised public health guidance for schools was released on Tuesday, March 9th. This updated joint guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) prevails in the event that any of it is in conflict with the guidance previously received by IDPH and ISBE. One of the major changes is related to exclusionary COVID-like symptoms. Our updated screening policy is below as well as the exclusionary symptoms:
- The district is still requiring self-certification and verification for all staff, students, and visitors prior to entering school buildings.
- Students must be excluded from attendance if they or anyone in their family are currently exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as:
- Fever (Temperature of 100.4 degrees or above)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle and body aches
- Headache (moderate to severe)
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Students and family members no longer need to isolate if they or a family member exhibit symptoms that include:
- Stomach pain
- Abdominal pain from unknown cause
- Runny nose
- Students exhibiting the above symptoms may still need to be excluded from school if they are not well enough to participate in school activities.
Our Central 301 nurses and administrators are aware of the change to the guidance and we are implementing it immediately. Please contact your building administrator or school nurse if you have questions related to COVID-19 symptoms that require the exclusion of a student from school.
If your student does need to be excluded due to COVID-like symptoms or exposure, please remember the documentation requirements to return to school:
- If an individual is a close contact to a confirmed case, the school is experiencing an outbreak, or the local health department is requiring validation due to community transmission levels, documentation of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result is needed. In other situations, a negative rapid molecular (rapid PCR) or a negative antigen test is acceptable.
- Negative COVID-19 diagnostic tests are valid only for the date on which they are collected; specimens collected 48 hours prior to symptom onset, after symptom onset, or while symptoms are present are acceptable for determining school exclusion status.
- For symptomatic individuals with an alternative diagnosis but no testing, the documentation required to return to school is a medical note documenting that there is no clinical suspicion of COVID and indicating an alternative diagnosis, with exclusion consistent with the diagnosis, and providing a date for return to school.
The Kane County Health Department recommends the RT-PCR test whenever there is a high probability or high suspicion of COVID-19. In other situations the rapid molecular or antigen test is acceptable for a return to school once symptoms have improved/resolved.
This guidance is subject to change. We will communicate any additional changes when they occur.