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Attendance Guidance

August 31, 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians:


This letter is to provide you guidance regarding absence reporting for your student(s). During eLearning, you only need to report your student absent should they be unable to attend class virtually. This should be done as in years past by calling our attendance line at 630 848-5372.


Once your student begins attending school in-person, D203 will be following IDPH and ISBE guidance and requiring each student to undergo a daily symptom screening prior to utilizing D203 transportation or entering any D203 building. Parents/guardians will be responsible for conducting daily symptom screening and temperature check prior to their student departing home for any in-person instruction or any other D203 sponsored event. 


All Parents/Guardians are required to complete the Student Self-Certification Form prior to a student participating in in-person instruction.  Students will not be allowed to participate in any in-person instruction until this form has been signed and returned to the school nurse. 


As an additional precaution, temperature checks will be conducted each morning at student entrances.  Temperatures will not be recorded daily.  However, any student exhibiting a temperature at or above 100.4  will be required to be picked up from school and may not return until the Return to School criteria have been met and the student is fever free without medication for 24 hours. 


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;
  • Uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Chills;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle and body aches;
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever;
  • Sore throat; 
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Nausea and/or vomiting;  
  • Diarrhea; or
  • Any other COVID-19 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.  Students must meet Return to School criteria in order to participate in in-person learning or any other D203 sponsored event.


During Stage 1 or 2 of the Return to Learn 2.0 Plan, students may be invited to participate in-person instruction determined by student need and course learning outcomes. Parents/Guardians will be asked to certify that a student: 

  • Has not experienced any of the above symptoms (without an alternative diagnosis) in the 10 previous days;
  • Has not had close contact with any individual that has tested positive or has a presumed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days; 
  • That no one in the household is currently being evaluated for COVID-19; 
  • Has not tested positive COVID-19 in the last 10 days; and
  • Has not been asked to self-quarantine or self-isolate for any reasons associated with COVID-19. 


Thank you for your ongoing support to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. Please contact our school nurses should you have any questions.




Andrew J. McCree