Update as of Nov. 1, 2021
Naperville 203 continues to use a layered mitigation strategy to ensure the safety of our students and staff members.
As a result of a recent update from the DuPage County Health Department, we are providing you with the following updates/points of clarification to our protocols.
• A student sent home with COVID-19-like symptoms can now return to school if the student tests negative for COVID-19 on a PCR, rapid PCR or antigen test. PCR tests are strongly recommended
- This rule does not apply to students who have been identified as close contacts.
• The sibling of a student who is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms will no longer be immediately sent home. The symptomatic student should be tested within 24 hours, and the sibling can remain in school as long as the symptomatic student tests negative and documentation of the testing is provided to the school health office.
- If the symptomatic student tests positive, the sibling will be required to follow the district's quarantine procedures.
• Testing is required for symptomatic individuals with symptoms not attributed to known or chronic conditions. The DuPage County Health Department does not allow for letters of alternative diagnosis. Please discuss any specific conditions or concerns with your certified school nurse as decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
• For the purpose of transportation, close contacts are considered seatmates.
• Finally, as a reminder, please keep students home from school if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Fever (100.4 or higher) or chills
- New onset of moderate to severe headache
- Shortness of breath
- New cough
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Fatigue from unknown cause
- Muscle or body aches from unknown cause
Except in certain circumstances, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine. However, the following people with recent exposure may NOT need to quarantine:
- People who have been fully vaccinated
- People who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last three months (IDPH, August 2021)
Students/families will be notified if/when there is a need for a student to quarantine (see Building Communication with Families).
The district will follow the Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals in Pre-K, K-12 Schools and Day Care Programs to determine the length of time necessary for each person to quarantine. The district will support a 10 day quarantine, if no symptoms exist.
Building Communication with Families
Building administrators will continue to communicate low-risk and close contact messages with students and parents/guardians. Due to additional mitigation measures in place, the messaging has been slightly revised. Students and parents/guardians should expect to receive the following communication when the following circumstances arise:
- Limited close proximity and a limited duration of time exposed to the individual diagnosed with COVID-19
- Reported student vaccination
- Reported diagnosis with COVID-19 within the last three months (IDPH, August 2021)
Close Contact Communication
- Close proximity (within 3-6 feet) of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period, where both people did not engage in correct and consistent mask-wearing
- No reported student vaccination
- No reported information of being previously diagnosed with Covid-19 within the last three months