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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

2021-2022 Frankfort School District 157-C
Frequently Asked Questions For Families
*Updated September 21

Please note, guidance for the 2021-22 school year continues to evolve. FSD 157-C will continue to follow guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Will County Health Department and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Please view our most frequently asked questions regarding COVID and FSD 157-C below.

1. My child is not vaccinated. When should I exclude my child from school due to COVID-19? An unvaccinated student should stay home from school if he/she has:

• any COVID-19 symptoms OR
• a close contact to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
• Anyone in the household with COVID-19 symptoms and has not undergone diagnostic testing or clinical evaluation household members (siblings, parents for example) should quarantine until test results and/or clinical evaluation has been completed. If household members are vaccinated or have had a positive COVID-19 diagnostic test in the past 90 days they do not need to quarantine

2. My child is vaccinated OR my child had COVID-19 in the last three months. When should I exclude my child from school due to COVID-19? A vaccinated student and/or a student who had COVID in the last three months should stay home from school if he/she has:

• any COVID-19 symptoms

If your child is vaccinated and asymptomatic, or if your child had COVID-19 within the last three months and is asymptomatic, he/she does not need to be excluded from school after a close contact. The nurse at your building will require proof of vaccination or a positive COVID-19 result in the past three months to avoid exclusion. However, the CDC recommends fully vaccinated and asymptomatic individuals get tested three to five days after the known exposure and wear a mask in all public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.

3. What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Please keep your child home if he/she displays any of the following symptoms:

• Fever 100.4 or higher
• New onset of moderate to severe headache
• Shortness of breath
• New cough
• Sore throat
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• New loss of taste or smell
• Fatigue from unknown cause
• Muscle/body aches from unknown cause

4. What does it mean to be a close contact of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case? Please keep your child home if he/she is unvaccinated and came in close contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case.

A “close contact” is considered:

• Living in the same household as a person with COVID-19
• Caring for a person with COVID-19
• For students in a classroom setting in which everyone is correctly wearing a mask: Being within 3 feet of a person with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes. When no masks are worn, people within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes.
• Being in close contact (as described above) in the 48 hours before a person with COVID-19 developed symptoms.
• Higher risk close contacts, including unmasked lunchroom companions, high and medium risk contact sports teammates and opponents, and music class participants may be assessed for contact less than 15 minutes, as determined by the Health Department.

Someone is “suspected” to have COVID-19 if:

• he/she is demonstrating symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (see list above)
  and
• he/she has had close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in the past 14 days
  and
• he/she has not yet received test results or doctor clearance.

Please reference the Illinois Department of Public Health decision tree for more information.
 
5. What should I do if my child has COVID-19 symptoms? Please keep your child home from school and let your school know that your child has COVID-19 symptoms.

If your child displays symptoms of COVID-19, you may choose to test your child for COVID-19, complete a 10-day school exclusion (starting from onset of symptoms), or seek an alternative diagnosis from your child’s doctor. If COVID-19 is suspected, siblings should also be kept home until an alternate diagnosis or negative COVID-19 test is obtained for the symptomatic individual. The Will County Health Department accepts negative PCR tests for families seeking to return their child to school once symptoms have subsided for 24 hours. Over the counter tests are not allowed; tests must be through a licensed provider.

6. Where can I test my child for COVID-19?
 
Please click here to view a list of nearby COVID-19 testing sites. The Will County Health Department accepts negative PCR tests for families seeking to return their child to school once symptoms have subsided for 24 hours. Students who present symptoms during school hours may be tested on site at FSD 157-C schools when parents wish for a test, and parents are present for the test. Over the counter tests are not allowed; tests must be through a licensed provider.

7. What should I do if my child is a close contact to a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case?
If your child is unvaccinated and meets the close contact school exclusion guidelines listed in #4 above, your child must complete one of the quarantine options below.

Option 1: Complete a 14-day school exclusion, starting from the most recent contact with the positive COVID-19 case.
 
Option 2: Complete a 10-day school exclusion, starting from the most recent contact with the positive COVID-19 case. According Will County Health Department, an individual may end their quarantine after 10 days if no symptoms have developed.
 
Option 3: Complete a 7-day school exclusion, starting with the most recent contact with the positive COVID-19 case only if no symptoms develop during that time period AND the individual obtains a negative SARS-COV-2 diagnostic test (PCR) collected beginning on the 6th day of exclusion or later. The test must be through a licensed medical provider and documented with the building nurse.

Option 4: Utilize the Test-to-Stay Strategy for students to avoid exclusion. As has been documented by CDC, if schools test close contacts, as defined above, on days one, three, five, and seven from the date of exposure by a PCR or rapid antigen or molecular emergency use authorization (EUA)-approved test, close contacts are permitted to remain in the classroom as long as the results are negative. The District will offer a COVID-19 rapid antigen test, BinaxNOW. This is a nasal swab test that can be administered in the nurse's office at each school. Parents must sign a consent form for their child to be tested for COVID-19 and be present during the time of the test. The Test-to-Stay mitigation layer is only applicable when both the COVID-19- confirmed student and close contact were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks, in the classroom setting, and the school requires masking for all individuals. Siblings who are close contacts of a positive individual in their household are not permitted to utilize Test-To-Stay per the Will County Health Department. Test-to-Stay is only applicable for students who are close contacts from an exposure in our schools. Students cannot test-to-stay if they are identified as a close contact outside of school to anyone else.

8. My child tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
 
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, please contact the school immediately so staff can determine whether there were any in-school close contacts. The child must stay home for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and have an improvement of symptoms. Siblings of positive individuals must also enter into quarantine. The student may enter temporary remote learning through the

9. My child has COVID-19 symptoms. What happens if I choose not to test my child?
 
If a child displays COVID-19 symptoms and does not take a test, the student must stay home for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and have an improvement of symptoms. Household members/close contacts would also need to quarantine for 14 days from the date of last close contact.

10. My child tested negative for COVID-19 and/or my child received an alternative diagnosis from the doctor. What should I do?
 
If your child received a negative result on a COVID-19 test, he or she must show proof of the negative test result before returning to school. Please submit this documentation to your building nurse.
If your child received an alternative diagnosis from the doctor, please ask the physician to provide proof of the alternative diagnosis. This medical documentation can be submitted to your building nurse.