Health and Wellness Update

August 27th, 2021

Hello Zion 6 Staff,

This week flew by! We had a lot more students register and everyone has been really busy getting into the school year.

Everyone's hard work and dedication is amazing to be a part of!


Yesterday, the governor of Illinois passed a mandate for all staff of P-12 schools to either be vaccinated or participate in weekly Covid testing. The district will send out more clarification and updates surrounding this new mandate. If you are not vaccinated, it is required you either get vaccinated by September 5th or you participate in the districts BinaxNOW covid testing program. If you are vaccinated, but you don't want to disclose your vaccination status, you must participate in the Covid testing.


Please send your CDC vaccinations cards to nmurray@zion6.org, OR if you don't want to disclose, then contact me about BinaxNOW testing.


Thanks again!

WHAT IS A COVID SYMPTOM?

Children can often present with many different symptoms, the most often with headache and/or stomach ache. If a student has a headache or stomach ache, best practice is to encourage them to use the bathroom, drink some water, or have a snack. Just resting their eyes in a quiet place for 5 minutes can be beneficial.


What type of Covid related symptom constitutes a visit to the nurse?


Teachers and staff are still using thermometers provided by the district to check temps as needed for children that seem ill. If you check your students temperature and it is over 100.4, please send to the nurse.

If your student has one or more of the below Covid symptoms, please send to the nurse.



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


Also, your school's nurse should have supplied you with bandaids for any cuts or scrapes that can be easily covered.

Headaches and stomachaches are not Covid related and most often will resolve with a good meal, a trip to the bathroom, some water, and some quiet time.



District 6 Covid 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.