Wellness & Illness: What do I do if...

The purpose of this posting is to provide guidance to our school community about reporting and responding to both symptoms and exposure to COVID-19.  If there are changes throughout this situation, we will update these documents. 

 

LeRoy CUSD#2 COVID-19 Protocols: Answering, what do I do if...?

IDPH Quick Reference: COVID-19 Exclusion Guide

 

Form for reporting "Demonstrating COVID-19 Symptoms"

Form for reporting "Exposure/Suspected Exposure to COVID-19"

 

McLean County Wellness Metrics

Region #2 Hospital Metrics

LeRoy CUSD#2 Wellness Metrics

Testing Site Information (subject to change, always call ahead or review the website)

 

With the increasing demand being placed on the McLean County Health Department, there is a reasonable assumption to be made that they will not be able to efficiently communicate with every positive case or every close contact.  As we have all been living with this virus and the associated protocols for several months, we are all becoming more able to understand and respond appropriately.  While there is uniqueness to every situation, here are the general procedures that we should all know.

 

  • If I test positive for COVID 19, I should be isolated for 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
    • I notice a loss of *taste on November 17.
    • I report that I am sick and stay home.
    • I get tested on November 19.
    • I get my results and they are positive on November 20.
    • I am isolated 10 days from November 17 through November 27 and can return to school on November 28, as long as I am fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine and symptoms are resolving.
    • *Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation  

 

  • If I test positive for COVID 19 because I was exposed but was never symptomatic, I should be isolated for 10 days after the positive test results.
    • I was a close contact on November 17.
    • I report that I was a close contact and stay home.
    • I wait 5 days post exposure to be tested, November 22.
    • I get my results and they are positive on November 24.
    • I am isolated 10 days from November 22 through December 2 and can return to school on December 3.  (If no symptoms develop during that 10-day time period)
    • If symptoms develop at any time during the 10-day isolation period, I am isolated 10 days from the onset of symptoms. For example:  I wake up with a sore throat and cough on November 26.  I am isolated for 10 days from November 26 through December 6 and may return to school on December 7, as long as I am fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine and symptoms are resolving.  

 

  • If I am a close contact to a positive but am not symptomatic and do not test positive
    • I was a close contact on November 17.
    • I report that I was a close contact and stay home.
    • I wait 5 days post exposure to be tested, November 22.
    • I get my results and they are negative on November 24.
    • I am isolated 14 days from November 17 through December 1 and can return to school on December 2.

 

Commitments that are necessary to keep our students in school and provide the greatest potential of a successful year.

  1. Commit to the daily check of wellness.  When students or staff do not feel well, they should stay home and follow the appropriate protocols.  If the illness is unrelated to COVID-19, the absence should be reported as expected in the past.
  2. No one should come to school with a fever.  Even in the absence of COVID-19, anyone with a fever should stay home.  A student or staff member should be fever free for 24 hours.  That condition must be accomplished without the benefit of a fever reducing medication.
  3. The current IDPH guidance prescribes that a student or staff member demonstrating "any" symptom of COVID-19 should be excluded and stay at home for 10-days.  We all know that we are entering the fall allergy season.  Anyone who is troubled by allergies knows that the symptoms they experience are similar to those who experience COVID-19 symptoms.  We are suggesting that you have proactive conversations with your family physician to determine the best way to differentiate between the typical rhythm of your wellness and the challenges of COVID-19.  Predictably, we will have students who come to school coughing or congested this fall.  When we call parents to come pick them up because of being COVID symptomatic, we will be told that they have allergies and they cough every year at this time.  In the absence of that proactive conversation with your pediatrician, we will be forced to exclude the student until the "alternative diagnosis" is confirmed.  Please be proactive in this effort so that your children can remain in school.
  4. Communicate with the School District in the event that there is an exposure to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, as well as being symptomatic of COVID-19.  We have provided links to on-line forms to make the reporting process as easy as possible.  There is one form for reporting "demonstrating symptoms" and one for "exposure/suspected exposure."   You can also report to your respective building office, ELE: 309-962-4771, JHHS: 309-962-2911, LPA: 309-962-4303