Parent Newsletter

Larry D. Maynard, Ed.S - 3/7/2020

From the Desk of the Superintendent: Keeping Schools Healthy 1.0

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, so the district wants to share with you information that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published for schools regarding coronavirus throughout the state. The good news at this time is that the health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low. Currently, the IDPH recommends schools hold classes and events as usual and follow routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures. No special measures are necessary.

The IDPH also recommends the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general. These include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Staying home when you are sick

  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces

Keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees). Your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees without fever-reducing medications for a minimum of 24 hours

  • Vomiting (even once)

  • Diarrhea

  • Chills

  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness, or muscle aches

  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of the nose

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough

  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)

  • Headache

  • Mild stomachache

A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24/48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.

The district will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding the coronavirus and will update our plans/procedures as we receive new information from the IDPH and the Illinois State Board of Education for recommendations to schools. We will also keep you informed of any significant changes in recommendations for schools from ISBE and the IDPH. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community healthy.


Larry Maynard, Oakwood CUSD #76 Superintendent

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