IL Schools Corona Virus Update

IL School Corona Virus Update
Posted on 09/03/2020
This is the image for the news article titled IL School Corona Virus Update The following is a message from Superintendent Rob Underwood:

I want to thank our parents for your support and our staff for your flexibility during these changing times.  I especially want to express my sincere appreciation to our students for doing an extraordinary job.  You are following our new procedures, wearing masks, socially distancing, and adapting and adjusting while maintaining a positive mindset.  Please keep up the good work and do your part so that we can remain in school and involved in extracurricular activities!   

I also want to reiterate the importance of staying home and not going out into the community if you are sick.  If a student has one of the high-risk symptoms, including coughing, difficulty breathing, or changes in taste or smell OR two of the low-risk symptoms including a fever over 100.4, congestion, runny nose, nausea/vomiting/or diarrhea, sore throat, headache, or severe muscle weakness he or she will be sent home from school for a minimum of 72 hours.  If after 72-hours they are 24-hours fever-free without medication, their symptoms have disappeared and they have not had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they may return to school.  If your student visits the doctor during that 72 hours and is diagnosed with something other than COVID-19, he or she may return to school with a release from the doctor. 

If your child is absent, parents must call the school office and indicate the reason for the absence.  We ask that you provide the symptoms your child is experiencing so that we can begin contact tracing if necessary.  Additionally, if your child is experiencing any COVID symptoms, please contact your primary care physician and the Logan County Health Department. Finally, if physician orders your student to be tested for COVID-19, do not send your child to school until you have confirmation of a negative result. You must send that negative result to the school officebefore returning to schoolIf a student or staff member tests positive for COVID, the health department will conduct contact tracing.  The health department or school district will notify the parents of any students who may have been close to the person. 

The situation continues to change and the expectations can be confusing, so we ask for your continued patience, communication, and cooperation. The Logan County Health District has been terrific to work with in our daily conversations.  Together, we are collaborating to do everything we can to keep our students and staff safe while at school.  We realize that quarantining and being absent from school is an inconvenience, but it is necessary for the safety of all.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation!