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Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103; Sept 29, 2020

In-Person Procedures for COVID-19

Dear Parents,


As we prepare for students to return to school starting October 5 for grades EC, K, 5, and 6, and all other grades (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8) beginning October 7, I would like to provide you with some additional information regarding COVID-19 procedures for in-person learning.


Regarding precautions for COVID-19, we have structured every space and classroom in accordance with the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education to ensure the lowest possible risk for infection and spread of COVID-19.


We ask for your cooperation in not sending your student to school if they have any COVID-19 symptoms (see below). Students are required to wear a mask, wash their hands often, and maintain 6 feet of distance from others while at school.


We require all parents to take a temperature reading and check for COVID-19 symptoms each morning your child will be present in our buildings. Students with a fever or any of the symptoms below should stay home and seek medical advice. By sending your child to school you are certifying the following:


  • That your child does not have a fever over 100.4 degrees.

  • That your child does not have any of the following conditions related to COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea


Regarding positive cases in the school:

We work closely with the Lake County Health Department who will be notified about any and every confirmed and probable case in the school. If your student is determined to be a “close contact” (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) of a presumed or confirmed case of COVID-19, you will be contacted directly by the Lake County Health Department with specific instructions for your student.


We ask for your cooperation with the Lake County Health Department and with contact tracing. Contact tracing can help prevent further transmission of the virus by quickly identifying and informing people who may be infected and contagious, so they can take steps to not infect others.


If you do not receive communication from school administration or the Lake County Health Department directly, your student has not been identified as a close contact and can continue to attend school.


We understand your concern about the identity of an infected staff member/student. However, federal privacy laws prevent administration or the school district from sharing the name of the staff member/student or providing any information that would otherwise lead to the identification of this staff member/student.


At this juncture, we should not be surprised when presumed positive or confirmed cases are identified within our school or community. We assume this will continue to happen, and this is a major reason why maintaining social distance, masking, and hand washing are all still very important.


The Lake County Health Department advises the following:

Remember that wherever you go, you should always follow public health guidelines - the 3 Ws - to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:

  • WEAR A MASK

  • WASH YOUR HANDS

  • WATCH YOUR DISTANCE


If you or someone in your family develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. For more information on when to seek emergency medical attention, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms- testing/symptoms.html


Do not walk into a healthcare facility, urgent care clinic, or hospital before calling. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If your doctor believes that you need to be tested for COVID-19, they should refer you to a COVID-19 testing site.


Set up a child care back up plan in the event your child cannot attend school or is sent home with symptoms.


If you have any COVID-19 questions, please call the Illinois COVID-19 hotline at (800) 889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov. You may also want to consider signing up for updates from the Lake County Health Department at http://bit.ly/lccovid-19.


Please watch your email this week for additional information regarding:

  • School Specific In-Person Procedures

  • Transportation/Busing

  • Quest Food Service


Thank you for your partnership as we begin in-person instruction the week of October 5.


Sincerely,


Scott Warren, Ed.D.

Superintendent of D103

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