As the district continues to monitor the incidence of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are following the guidance provided specifically for schools by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Their current recommendations note that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, as well as everyday preventive actions, which we have included below. One of the most important recommendations is for students to stay home when sick. To that end, we are altering our 12-day absence policy for illnesses as follows:
Effective tomorrow, March 4, and for the rest of this semester, as long as a parent/guardian calls the Attendance office to report a student is absent due to illness, the absence (1) will be excused and (2) will NOT count toward the 12-absence limit.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-4 days after exposure to the virus and can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your healthcare professional if someone in your family develops symptoms and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or has recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
Other recommendations to prevent illness include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
For much more information from the CDC about COVID-19, please click here.
We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide any updates if needed. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community healthy.
Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams