Health and Wellness Update

September 3rd, 2021

Hello Zion 6 Staff

This week there has been a lot of discussions surrounding the State of Illinois Covid Vaccine Mandate. It is unfortunate that the Governor didn't give much time for districts to follow through with the mandate, making the original requirement date Sunday, September 5th. ISBE just put out a follow up message that the Governor has now PUSHED BACK the date to start on Sunday, September 19th. Please still continue to send your CDC vaccination cards to be via email or fax. I will keep you posted about BinaxNOW testing and when it will be resumed, as a part of the Governors order.

I appreciate so many of you following up with me and doing your part to come together during this time.

It hasn't been easy, but you have been coming to work and dedicating yourselves to these students. I am proud to work with such an incredible group of people.

Please continue to practice the districts health mitigations and work with your buildings nurse to ensure a safe and healthy environment.

District 6 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.