Health & Wellness

December 17th, 2021

Hello D6 Staff!

Winter break is just several days away! It is my hope that we all are able to use this time to rest and recharge. Take some me time and think about how you can take care of yourself as well as you take care of others! We often forget that we need cannot care for others if we do not care for ourselves first!
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COVID-19 Booster Shots

COVID-19 Booster shots are recommended for anyone who it has been 6 or more months since their second dose. For those that received the Jassen shot, it is recommended to get a booster 2 months after your shot. Mixed dosing is approved for booster shots.

Important things to know:

  1. Omicron variant has been detected in 33 states, including Illinois and Wisconsin.
  2. Fully vaccinated persons have reduced protection to the Omicron variant. A booster shot increased your protection.
  3. Vaccines still significantly reduce the possibility of severe illness and death even with the Omicron variant.
  4. The 3 W's will still protect you from this variant.

The most common symptoms with the Omicron variant:

  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
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D6 Protocols

  • 3-feet social distancing whenever possible. 6-feet while eating.

  • Masks are required to be worn at all times when in the building, despite vaccination status. You may remove your mask if you are in an office alone with the door closed, eating or drinking, or outside.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be required to quarantine. Please contact your building nurse or the district nurse to determine your return date and any potential close contacts.

  • If you are unvaccinated, a close contact to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 at work, and opted into the BinaxNOW testing program, you can continue to work and receive a COVID test by your building nurse on Day 1, 3, 5, and 7 as long as you remain symptom free.

  • If you are an unvaccinated close contact to a person who tested positive for COVID-19, and the exposure was outside of the school setting, you will need to complete a 10-20 day quarantine. The specifics of the situation will determine how long you quarantine.

  • Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if a close contact regardless of where the exposure occurred.

  • If you are unvaccinated and 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-19 test or a doctor's note stating their illness is not due to COVID-19.

  • The district requires the COVID-19 test result or doctor's note within 3 days, unless there is an uncontrollable reason. Please submit to your building nurse or the district nurse.

  • Symptomatic staff (regardless of vaccination status) are required to get a negative COVID-19 test or doctor's note clearing them to return to work if they have 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 (this can be sore legs, a back ache, or just a general overall soreness)

o Fatigue (this is more than a normal tired that has no other cause)

o Sore Throat

o Vomiting

o Diarrhea

Please contact HR with any leave questions.

COVID-19 Numbers

Below are the number of positive staff and students for the 21/22 school year, as of today.

Staff: 32 Students: 103

Cheri Sinkovec BSN RN

District Nurse Administrator