COVID-19 Resources

Students 12+ Now COVID-19 Vaccine Eligible

The COVID pandemic has been challenging for all of us. We are thankful to be at a point where all of our students aged 12 and older are able to be vaccinated. While vaccinations are not required, we know that:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective.
  • People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to quarantine following a positive exposure (close contact) to COVID.
  • The more people who are vaccinated against COVID-19, the more likely we are to put this pandemic to rest.

Making Vaccination Appointments for Those Students 12+

Parents and families are encouraged to look for vaccines for their children at any one of the following sites right now:

Information from DuPage County Health Department and the CDC:

  1. Learn more about the benefits of getting a COVID vaccine by clicking here.
  2. Get the facts about the COVID vaccines by clicking here.
  3. See the difference between the three vaccines by clicking here.
  4. You may also wish to visit CDC’s FAQs web page on the vaccines at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html.

Screening for Symptoms

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher), 

  • New onset of moderate to severe headache 

  • Shortness of breath 

  • New cough

  • Sore throat

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Abdominal pain from unknown cause

  • New congestion/runny nose 

  • New loss of sense of taste or smell

  • Nausea

  • Fatigue from unknown cause

  • Muscle or body aches

Exceptions apply for people who have allergies and other chronic medical conditions.  The key factor here is to understand which symptoms are new or unusual to you/your child.

If a student or staff member exhibits any one of the above listed symptoms, they should contact the school nurse and contact their medical provider.  In all situations, people with any of the above listed symptoms should seek a test for COVID-19.

Returning to School/ Work

In order to return to school or work (following symptoms), one of the following must be true:

 

  • A minimum of 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND

  • 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND

  • COVID-19 symptoms have subsided (for example, cough, shortness of breath) 

OR

 

  • A person is tested and they test negative and s/he provides that test result to the District (NOTE:  The test must have been completed up to 48-hours prior) AND

  • S/he has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND 

  • COVID-19 symptoms have subsided (for example, cough, shortness of breath) 

OR

 

  • A person is able to produce a note from a health care provider with an alternative diagnosis AND

  • S/he has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND 

  • S/he has met return-to-work symptom criteria for the alternative diagnosis. 

For people who test positive for, or who have a clinical diagnosis of, COVID-19, return to school and work protocols are different:

 

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND

  • 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND

  • COVID-19 symptoms have subsided (for example, cough, shortness of breath) AND

  • You have received a letter or some other notification from your Local Health Department indicating that it is safe to return to work.