Current Health HeadlinesCoronavirus (COVID-19)
As health information continues to evolve rapidly surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we wanted to provide our school community with an update and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions our schools and District Office are receiving.
Do we have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in District 200?
As of today, we are not aware of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in District 200 schools.
Where can the most up to date resources and guidance on COVID-19 be found?
Centers for Disease Control
Ilinois Department of Public Health
DuPage County Health Department
Illinois State Board of Education
U.S. Department of Education
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control website
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Use of Cloth Face Covering Fact Sheet
Surgeon General Video on Making Your Own Face Covering
Is the District working with partner agencies?
The District is in regular communication with the Illinois and DuPage County Health Departments as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What can I do to prevent the spread of illness?
The CDC recommends the following preventive actions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
What do I do if I think I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should immediately contact your local health department. Also, see the image below.
How can I contact the local health department?
The DuPage County Health Department can be reached at 630-221-7553 (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) or (630) 682-7400 (after hours), email@example.com or https://dupagehealth.org/ or the Illinois Public Health Department at 1-800-889-3931.
Can districts exclude students, staff, or volunteers for 14 days if they present at school after having visited a region affected by the virus?
Per Illinois Department of Public Health guidance, any student returning from a location with a sustained widespread transmission (CDC Travel Warning of Level 3) should not attend school for 14 days after the return date. Absences for this purpose should be excused. Further, family members of these students should not attend work if they also traveled to one of the locations with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning. Current information on travel warnings is available on the CDC’s website.
If a student, staff member or volunteer has returned from an affected geographic location within the past 14 days or is a contact to a COVID-19 case, and develops respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, school personnel should immediately report the matter to the local health department/IDPH. Please keep in mind there are other respiratory viruses like influenza currently circulating in Illinois. Schools should inform all individuals to call ahead before taking the student to a doctor’s office or emergency department to prevent any potential spread.
A district should not inquire as to a student’s travel history for enrollment purposes. Once enrolled, a district may screen students regarding recent travel but must screen all students equally. Any information obtained from the screening will be considered a school student record. Any students identified through a screening must be referred to the local health department/IDPH. All decisions regarding quarantine and exclusion must be made by state or local public health officials. Districts cannot, without first consulting the local health department/IDPH, exclude or deny enrollment or education to students who are residents of the district due to travel considerations. Districts must not apply standards that may be discriminatory for only one group of students.
Districts may make local determinations on whether it will prohibit volunteers in schools due to concerns about COVID-19. Districts should make local determinations on COVID-19-related working conditions of staff in accordance with any bargaining agreements and in consultation with any relevant bargaining entities.