News from the Health Office

  • COVID Update - 11/3/21

    Dear Jane Addams Families,

    Thank you so much for your continued cooperation and patience this year as we navigate this pandemic. As you may know, guidance is constantly changing. Below I have marked in red the new information we've received from Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH):

    COVID-19 SYMPTOM LIST:

    • Fever (100.4°F or higher)
    • New onset of a moderate to severe headache
    • New cough/shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • New loss of sense of taste or smell
    • Fatigue (feeling tired) from an unknown cause
    • Muscle or body aches from unknown cause

    If your child displays any one of these symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please call our absence line (847) 963-5001 and let us know what symptoms your child is displaying. Your child must meet one of the following conditions to return to school:

    • A written negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test (a rapid molecular test or antigen test is unacceptable) taken within 48 hours regardless of alternative diagnosis  OR
    • 10 days have passed with symptoms improved and fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

    If your child displays any of the above symptoms at school, they will be sent home and must meet the above conditions to return to school. A doctor’s note is no longer accepted for a child with COVID-like symptoms to return to school.

    As long as the student with COVID-like symptoms is PCR tested within 24 hours the student’s siblings may remain in school.

    If a PCR test isn’t administered within 48 hours, the student and their siblings will have to remain home for 10 days.

    If COVID-19-negative, your student should remain out of school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, 24 hours after diarrhea/vomiting have ceased, and symptoms have improved.

    As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

    Thank you,

    Haley Beck, BSN, RN
    Jane Addams School Nurse
    Phone: 847-963-5002
    Fax: 847-963-5006
    Email: beckh1@ccsd15.net

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    COVID Information - 8/24/21

    Dear Jane Addams Families,

    I hope this update finds you well. It has been great getting to know some of the Jane Addams students and families these past couple of weeks. Below I have outlined District 15's COVID policy. Hopefully this allows us to stay on the same page as we navigate through these tough times. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or call me at (847) 963-5002. 

    COVID-19 SYMPTOM LIST:

    • Fever (100.4°F or higher)
    • New onset of a moderate to severe headache
    • New cough/shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • New loss of sense of taste or smell
    • Fatigue (feeling tired) from an unknown cause
    • Muscle or body aches from unknown cause

    If your child displays any of these symptoms, please do not send them to school. Please call our absence line (847) 963-5001 and let us know what symptoms your child is displaying. Your child must meet one of the following conditions to return to school:

    • A written negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test (a rapid molecular test or antigen test is unacceptable) OR
    • A physician’s note stating the COVID-like symptoms is caused by an alternate diagnosis and there is no clinical suspicion for COVID-19 infection OR
    • 10 days have passed with symptoms improved and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

    If your child displays any of the above symptoms at school, they will be sent home and must meet the above conditions to return to school.


    Symptomatic students sent home for evaluation do not qualify for concurrent learning until they are placed under one of the scenarios below. Therefore, it is encouraged all students go for testing rather than wait 10 days to return.

    • Students who report a positive COVID case - These students will qualify for concurrent learning when the documentation is given.
    • Students who report close contact (not deemed by a member of the D15 health services team) must produce written documentation of this status.
      • Acceptable proof for a non-household member would be a CCDPH letter stating the student is identified as a close contact (must include dates of quarantine)
      • Household members who test positive may submit a positive test and the student could be deemed a close contact by the D15 health service team if the criteria are met.
    • Students who submit a positive COVID test are entered to determine isolation, thus making the student eligible for concurrent learning during that time.
    • Students deemed a close contact at school by D15 health services team members are determined to quarantine, thus making the student eligible for concurrent learning during that time.
    • Students who submit proof of close contact (letter from the local health department or other qualified contact tracing agency) are entered to determine quarantine thus making the student eligible for concurrent learning during that time

    If you have any questions regarding concurrent learning, please call or email your child's teacher.

     

    This is a difficult time for all of us, and I greatly appreciate your patience as we navigate the new school year together. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hestitate to reach out to me. 

    Sincerely,

    Haley Beck, BSN,RN
    Jane Addams School Nurse
    Phone: 847-963-5002
    Fax: 847-963-5006
    Email: beckh1@ccsd15.net

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