Symptoms & Testing:
As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your medical provider to discuss evaluation and testing.
For severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, difficulty waking up, or bluish lips or face, please seek the closest emergency department or call 9-1-1 immediately.
- If your child shows ANY symptoms of illness, DO the following:
- Keep your child home
- Phone or email to report an absence
Any individuals who are sick with or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and away from others for at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared and at least 1 day (24 hours) with no fever (without using fever-reducing medications) and improved symptoms, whichever is longer.
If anyone in your household has been exposed to someone who has tested positive, or is feeling ill and considering getting tested, please keep ALL children at home until results are in. This can make a difference between having your child out of school for a couple of days vs. having the entire class out for 14 days.
- If your child has been exposed to COVID 19 or tests positive for COVID 19, DO the following:
- Keep your child home and report their absence
- Call to discuss your child’s exposure to understand whether there is a need for quarantining
- Quarantine your child for the proper amount of time
- Exposure or close contact - 14 Days
- Tested positive for COVID 19 - 10 Days
- Please note: Even if you receive a negative test on Day 6 of your quarantine your child must STILL remain quarantined for the entire 14 days. Symptoms can arise all the way until Day 14.
- Quarantine time for a positive test (10 days) is LESS THAN exposure (14 days) because of the time needed to see if symptoms develop in your child.
Updated Emergency Travel Order Information
We are staying up-to-date on recently released health department guidance. The City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order designates hotspot states into “red” and “orange” categories. CDPH requires a 14-day quarantine following travel to red hotspot states.
However, for orange states, CDPH is allowing pre-arrival negative test results (no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival) in lieu of a quarantine. Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the order if they travel with others who have received a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test. Children who travel alone are required to follow the order for pre-arrival testing or quarantine. We expect our faculty and families to adhere to these guidelines.