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RLAS-116 Start of Year Health Updates: August 9, 2022

Below is important health information as we head into the 2022-2023 school year. If you have any questions about this information, please contact your child’s health office

Who To Contact When Your Child is Sick?

If your child is ill, do not send them to school. Please report all illnesses to your child’s health office. Specific instructions will be provided depending upon the illness. Our District continues to follow guidance related to COVID and other communicable diseases from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Lake County Health Department (LCHD).

Quarantine & Isolation Measures

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or is a close contact to someone with COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status), please contact the school health office. Your child should not attend school until guidance has been provided by the school nurse. Below are some general points related to quarantining and isolation guidelines.


Isolation

  • Students and staff with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should isolate for five days from the onset of symptoms.
  • Students and staff should wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 following isolation.

  • Students and staff should be fever and symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school.


Quarantine

  • Asymptomatic students and staff who were exposed to COVID-19 will not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic.

  • Asymptomatic students and staff should take a COVID test on day 5 and wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days following exposure.

  • Symptomatic close contacts will quarantine for five days and will wear a well-fitting mask on days 6-10.

  • Immunocompromised students and staff will quarantine for five days following exposure to COVID-19.

Remote Instruction

Students required to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 will be provided with remote instruction. Once a child is placed in isolation or quarantine, the school nurse will notify the classroom teacher(s) and building administration so that appropriate instruction access can be arranged. Remote learning will be provided for up to five days. Some students may require remote instruction for longer periods of time depending on the end of symptoms.

Masking

Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 will continue with a similar masking protocol for the start of the 2022-23 school year.


Masking protocols will follow a set of thresholds and are dependent upon the number of active COVID-19 cases within each individual school or office building. If active positive cases reach a specific threshold, students and staff may be asked to wear masks in certain situations or universally. A description of masking definitions and protocols may be viewed on the District’s website.


Families and staff are asked to report all COVID-19 and other communicable diseases and seek additional guidance. A COVID-19 Dashboard is posted on the District’s website and will be updated daily.


Should the need to mask in situational and/or universal cases, a communication will be sent to families and staff members via email and text.

Physicals & Immunizations

A comprehensive list of health requirements are available on our District’s website. All immunizations must be completed and on file prior to the first day of school. Students who do not comply with these requirements will be excluded from school after October 15.


Physical and immunization forms must be completed in their entirety for all students entering grades preschool, kindergarten, 6, 9, and new to District. Eye examinations are required for children in grades kindergarten, 2 and 6. Dental examinations are required for students in grades kindergarten, 2, 6, and 9.

Local Health Resources

The Lake County Health Department operates the Round Lake Lake Area Health & Wellness Center, located at Round Lake High School. Any student of RLAS-116 may be treated at this medical office. Families seeking assistance with medical care (e.g., physical, immunizations) may contact their office at 847-257-1200. Additional information about the Round Lake Area Health & Wellness Center may be accessed on the District’s website.