2022-23 Health and Illness Guidelines

For the 2022-23 school year, it is our intent to build off how we finished the 2021-22 school year and continue to work towards offering the least restrictive learning environment that promotes health and safety for our students and staff.

In order to address the frequently asked questions that our nurses receive regarding illness protocols, the following is a non-exhaustive overview of the guidelines created in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education and first shared in July 2022.

It is important that you keep your child(ren) home if they are sick. The following guidelines apply to all illnesses:

Upon return from illness, students should meet all of the following that applied to their illness:

  • Fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.
  • Not experiencing vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours.
  • Symptom improvement (not excessively coughing, sneezing, etc.) and without the help of medication.
  • Any illness requiring an antibiotic is given a full 24 hours to start the treatment before returning.

COVID-19: Students who test positive should stay home and the school nurse should be notified.

In accordance with the school board decision made in early 2022:

  • Masks will remain optional in school and on buses.
  • There will be no contact tracing done by school personnel.
  • Covid-19 testing is not required to return to school.
  • Regarding quarantine, as long as they meet the requirements listed above for illnesses, students can return to school.
  • Members of the same household do not need to stay home from school unless they are also symptomatic.
  • A doctor’s note is required to return after 4 or more consecutive days absent.

As always, feel free to contact your child’s school nurse if you have questions or concerns.

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