COVID-19 guidance for students/families (2023-24)

  • Effective August 23, 2023 Updated: March 7, 2024

    Community Consolidated School District 89 will continue to follow current state and federal recommendations for any students or staff members who test positive for COVID-19.

    If you test positive for COVID-19: It is recommended that children who test positive for COVID-19 stay home and away from others for at least 24 hours after both their symptoms are improving and they have not had a fever (without fever-reducing medication). This policy was updated in March of 2024.

    Because a respiratory infection can have several symptoms - some of which can last past when a person is infectious - having a single symptom is not as important as a person having an overall sense of feeling better and resuming activities. Fever is mentioned because people tend to be more infectious when they have a fever.

    This guidance is a change from the previous recommendation of a five-day absence. More information:

    When your child will be absent from school, please call the school’s main number, then press “1” to report the absence. The district does not require a negative test or doctor’s note to return to school.

    While at home, the CDC recommends keeping separate from others when possible, monitoring symptoms, practicing good hygiene, and wearing a mask around others.

    When the student returns to school, it is recommended they wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose while indoors for days six through 10. A mask can be supplied to anyone who needs one. Staff members will not be tracking mask use.

    The district continues to encourage children to monitor for symptoms, frequently wash hands, and cover their nose and mouth when sneezing to prevent the transmission of all communicable diseases.

    Close contact: There are no longer restrictions on anyone who is a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19. If a family is unable to obtain a COVID-19 test, they can contact the school to supply (but not administer) the test. If symptoms subsequently develop and a student tests positive, they can follow the recommendations above.

    The district will continue to monitor local hospital data and respond accordingly, if the need arises.

    We hope that your student is feeling well soon. If you have additional questions, contact your school nurse by dialing the main number, then pressing 3.