As we transition to Stage 2 of our Return to Learn 2.0 plan, we want to continue the conversation with our families about the importance of symptom monitoring when you send your students to school each and every day. In order to maintain a healthy and safe environment it is extremely important that families are carefully monitoring the health of their student(s) and reporting any symptoms, close contacts or positive diagnosis of COVID-19 to their school nurse and following the guidance of the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) for self-isolation and self-quarantine when necessary. These measures are critical to controlling the spread of the virus within our school communities.
Families are asked to monitor their students closely for any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:
- Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
- New Cough;
- New onset of moderate to severe headache;
- Shortness of breath;
- Sore throat;
- Nausea and/or Vomiting;
- abdominal pain from a unknown source;
- New congestion or runny nose;
- New loss of taste or smell;
- Fatigue from an unknown cause;
- Muscle and body aches; and
- Any other COVID-10 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH
Students experiencing any of the above symptoms should remain home and caregivers should report the symptoms in writing to the school nurse. We are required by IDPH to consider any student experiencing one or more the symptoms of COVID-19 as a possible case unless we receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider. Students must meet Return to School criteria in order to participate in in-person learning or any other Naperville 203 sponsored event.
All Parents/Guardians are also required to complete the Student Self-Certification Form prior to a student participating in in-person instruction. Please complete the form and return to the school nurse no later than October 16, 2020. Students will not be allowed to participate in any in-person instruction until this form has been received.
Updates from the DuPage County Health Department
Due to the substantial community spread of COVD-19, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) has updated its requirements for excluding students who are exhibiting one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Students will be required to meet one of the criteria below before returning to any in-person instruction or participate in any extracurricular activities.
- Isolates for a minimum of 10 calendar days from the onset of symptoms and until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and there is an improvement in symptoms. OR
- Provides a physician letter that indicates:
- there is no clinical suspicion of COVID-19 and
- identifies the alternative diagnosis and identifies if any, exclusionary criteria that are consistent with the diagnosis; OR
- Receives a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test, as required by the DuPage County Health Department. Please note that the District is not allowed to accept a negative rapid COVID-19 test.
We recognize that the Return to School criteria is stringent, but it is so important that we all follow the guidelines that have been established by the Illinois and DuPage County Health Departments.
To learn more about our health and safety protocols, please watch this video. Thank you for helping us return to school safely.