COVID-19 Resources

What Happens If Someone Tests Positive?

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Screening for Symptoms

Each day, students and staff are required to self-certify that they do not have any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19:

  • 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, self-certify that they have symptoms of COVID, 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.

References

Illinois Department of Public Health Exclusion Document (9/10/2020)

What Happens if Someone Tests Positive?

If someone tests positive in your child’s school, we will work collaboratively with the DuPage County Department of Public Health to conduct contact tracing so that we can notify (via phone call and letter) close contacts of the person who has tested positive.  Close contacts are defined as:

  • Anyone (with or without a face covering) who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (with or without a face covering), for a cumulative period of at least 15 minutes over the course of 48 hours.  Additionally, a close contact could be a person who had physical contact or had contact with the bodily fluids of a COVID-positive individual.

  • The period of close contact begins 2 calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person) or 2 calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person).

  • If the person was symptomatic (e.g., coughing, sneezing), people with briefer periods of exposure may also be considered close contacts.

For people who are close contacts to people who have tested positive for or who have a clinical diagnosis of COVID-19, current CDC Guidance requires individuals to quarantine.

When you quarantine, you are taking the following actions:

 

  • Stay home for at least 14 days from the date of your last exposure to the person with COVID.

  • If possible, stay away from others who are at higher risk for COVID-19.

  • Monitor for symptoms.

Your return to work could be a later date IF:

  • You have additional or ongoing exposure to COVID-19

  • You develop symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19.

People who are not close contacts, but who may have come into contact (i.e. passed the person in the hallway, been in the same room, etc.) with the infected individual will be notified.  However, those people (non-close contacts) are not required to quarantine.  In all situations, if you believe that you or your child are a close contact (using the definition above), please let us know so that we can assist you in quarantining.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will the entire class need to quarantine if one person in the class tests positive?

It depends on where the student or staff member is in the classroom and how many close contacts the student had.  This is where the contact tracing and notification of the close contacts is so crucial.  In all situations, as mentioned, if you have received a non-close contact letter and believe that you/ your child is a close contact, please contact your child’s principal so that we can assist you in quarantining.

Will the entire school need to close if a person tests positive?

It depends on the situation and where the person has been in the building.  We are working with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the DuPage County Department of Public Health in situations that may involve school closures.

References

Illinois Department of Public Health Frequently Asked Questions (9/10/2020)

COVID-19 Testing Sites in DuPage County

DuPage County is now offering community-based COVID-19 testing at the DuPage County Complex. Testing is free but limited tests are available per day. This is a drive-thru testing site where individuals will give themselves a nasal swab test with instructions from staff. 

The entrance is located on County Farm Road a few blocks North of Roosevelt Road at a stoplight. Follow the signs through the campus to the test site.

Hours of Operation

The testing site opens at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday - Saturday and will close when the daily test capacity of 400 is met. 

New Hours Beginning Aug. 31, 2020

Beginning Monday, August 31, 2020, the DuPage County COVID-19 Testing Site will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to noon or until the daily test capacity is met.

Additional testing resources:  

Travel Outside of the United States Voluntary
Self-Reporting Form

District 205 is asking all parents to share with the school district if you or your student has recently traveled overseas or plans to travel overseas.

This request is voluntary but is being made out of an abundance of caution. Should we have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we want to have all the available information on hand to share with health officials to help District 205 leaders make the most informed decisions.

Please click here to access the form.