Nurses Corner

September 10th, 2021

Good Afternoon Zion 6 Families!

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. We are in a whirlwind of trying to discern and piece together what is right and wrong, good and bad.

At Zion District 6 we understand the frustration a lot of parents have just trying to do what's best to keep their children safe. I am always available to answer questions and help guide you through the protocols and procedures our district follows. In this newsletter I am going to outline in more detail what our process is related to Covid protocols.

Also, a strong reminder that wearing masks in the school is MANDATED by the State of Illinois. It is mandatory to wear a mask while in the school buildings. Please send your child with a mask to school. If there are issues with your child wearing a mask, the nurse will provide mask education once. If it becomes a chronic issue, the principal will be involved. Not wearing masks in school is not acceptable and can lead to disciplinary action.

Where Does Our Covid Protocols Come From ?

I receive a lot of calls from parents with questions and concerns. I always like to address some of the questions in this newsletter.

I've been asked, "How does your district determine your Covid protocols and quarantine guidance?"

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.

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.

Also, 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 acceptable, but if it is not in line with our quarantine requirements, there may not be remote learning available.

District 6 Protocols

District 6 Covid Protocols

  • 3-feet social distancing recommended within the classroom where possible.
  • Masks must be worn among all students and staff in buildings with children present anywhere in the buildings, despite vaccination status.
  • Covid testing of symptomatic students regardless of vaccination status. (If a consent to test is on file.)
  • If your child is a close contact to a Covid positive person at school while masked, they must quarantine for 10 days from last exposure to that person IF they are unvaccinated. If the contact comes from within the household they still must quarantine. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if a close contact.
  • If your child contracts Covid, please isolate them for 10 days from the start of their symptoms OR if asymptomatic, their test date. Call your school's nurse so contact tracing can be initiated.
  • If your child OR any of your household members are symptomatic with any of the below symptoms, they must stay home and either get a negative Covid test result or a doctors note to return, regardless of vaccination status. Call your school and speak to the nurse if your child has Covid like symptoms.

Covid symptoms are as follows:

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