Health and Wellness Update

September 10th, 2021

Hello Zion 6 Staff!

Health related news is on the forefront of our daily lives. We still live in a Covid centered world, with the pandemic now going on it's 19th month. Variants are emerging, vaccines are being given, and now a booster shot is being delivered in it's early stages. There is so much information coming at everyone at a very fast speed. It is hard to understand and hard to keep up with. Information that was valid yesterday may be totally different today. The community is in a whirlwind of trying to discern and piece together what is right and wrong, good and bad.

The health and wellness department is dedicated to keeping the staff and students of this district safe, healthy, and informed. The school nurses and I are always available to answer any questions you may have or address concerns.

Covid Quarantine FAQ's

Q. Where do you receive your Covid guidance?

A. We receive directives from Illinois Department of Health and Lake County Health Department with the specific guidance on what constitutes a Covid quarantine. We are in constant contact with health departments to update us on changes in the guidance. We communicate via zoom, phone conference and email to make sure we are receiving all up to date information in real time. Only the guidance that is given to us by the health department can determine a quarantine.

Q. I am a contact to a close contact to a Covid positive case, what do I do?

A. There have been some concerns about tertiary contacts. If a student is a close contact to a positive person, he or she's siblings are considered a third party contact or tertiary contact. The siblings do NOT have to quarantine UNLESS they become symptomatic or the close contact sibling becomes symptomatic. Some parents want to quarantine tertiary contacts, but the county guidance doesn't recommend this. If you are a staff member who is a contact to a close contact, you do not have quarantine. Quarantine only applies to a Covid positive individual or a close contact to a Covid positive individual. Close contact is being within 3 feet for more than 15 minutes to a Covid positive person WHILE MASKED, or 6 feet for more than 15 minutes while UNMASKED. (i.e. while eating)

Q. I am vaccinated, how does the guidance affect me?

A. The health department guidance doesn't recommend vaccinated people to quarantine after a close contact. This has been a concern because of reports of vaccinated individuals contracting Covid. We understand taking the safest route for your family. If you want to quarantine above and beyond the health department guidelines, that is you choice, but it is not in line with the health department quarantine requirements at this time. You can choose to be Covid tested by your building's nurse on day 3, 4, or 5 after exposure the Covid positive individual.

District 6 Covid Protocols

  • 3-feet social distancing recommended at meetings, in work spaces, and in the break rooms.

  • Universal Mask Wearing among all staff in district buildings at all times, despite vaccination status. The only time you can de-mask is if you are in an office alone with the door closed, eating or drinking, or outside.

  • If you are an unvaccinated close contact to a Covid positive person at work and opted into the BinaxNOW testing program, you can continue to work and receive a Covid test by your buildings staff designated nurse on Day 1, 3, 5, and 7 as long as you remain symptom free.

  • If you are an unvaccinated close contact to a Covid positive person at home you must complete a 10 day quarantine.

  • Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if a close contact.

  • If you contract Covid, please isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms OR if asymptomatic, your test date. Please let your building administrator and the district nurse know right away so contact tracing can be initiated.

  • If you OR any of your household members are symptomatic with any of the below symptoms, you must stay home. The symptomatic person must either get a negative Covid test result or a doctors note clearing them of Covid, regardless of vaccination status. (The district requires a Covid test result or doctors note within 3 days time unless there is an exceptional reason. Please submit to HR and to your buildings designated staff nurse) Please DO NOT come to work with any of the below symptoms.

o Fever over 100.4

o Cough

o Shortness of Breath

o New Loss of Taste or Smell

o Body Aches

o Sore Throat

o Vomiting

o Diarrhea

Please contact HR with any leave questions.