Watch the report from the July 28 Board of Education meeting regarding COVID protocols or read below:
NO DAILY COVID CERTIFICATION
Families are required to report any potential COVID symptoms to their building nurse and await guidance prior to sending their child to school.
SHIELD testing will be offered in a take-home format with tests distributed to students on Fridays. No testing will happen during the school day.
Positive cases stemming from SHIELD testing will receive a phone call from a DPS 109 official outlining next steps.
Negative results will not receive any sort of notification.
Symptomatic/rapid same-day testing will no longer be offered outside the District Office (at home tests still accepted for symptomatic individuals).
Masking is not required except for when visiting the nurse’s office and for recent COVID positive cases
Masks available in the front office of each school
Hand sanitizer will remain available at entrances
POSITIVE COVID TEST = OUT FOR 5 DAYS
COVID positive individuals continue to have required isolation for 5 days
Upon their return for days 6-10 following a positive test, individuals will be required to mask at all times, aligning with IDPH guidance
NOTIFICATIONS & STREAMING CHANGES
Families will still be notified if there is a situation in their child’s class that potentially could be identified as a COVID outbreak.
According to IDPH and the CDC, this would be defined as (1) multiple cases comprising at least 10% of students, teachers, or staff within a core group or (2) at least three cases within a specified core group.
The COVID dashboard will be retired now that we are moving to take-home testing. The SHIELD positivity rate will be heavily impacted by fluctuations in number of students testing.
Zoom live streaming will no longer be offered for students who are absent.
We are working with the school administrators to create a normed system for collecting missed work.
WE WILL ADAPT BASED ON CONDITIONS
DPS 109 retains the ability to dial up/down mitigations based on local conditions and changes in local, state, and federal guidance