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 FAQs: Health Screenings

new!  Do students still need to complete immunizations, physicals and health screenings if they are choosing full-time remote instruction?
Yes. We need all families to complete required back-to-school screenings so they’re ready if and when we return to full-time in-person instruction. 

new!  What does reentry to school look like for staff/students who are in quarantine? What about someone who has recovered from COVID-19?
RPS 205 will continue to work closely with the Winnebago County Health Department for all staff/students who are quarantined. We will follow the guidelines developed by the WCHD.

What is the policy for contact tracing?
The District’s nursing supervisor works closely with the Winnebago County Health Department to provide contact tracing and to determine whether an exposed individual needs to isolate or self-quarantine. The decision is made based upon the extent and nature of the exposure.

If a student in our class tests positive, will families be told and what does it mean for the students in the class?
Exposed individuals will not be told the name of the individual who has tested positive for COVID. However, the district’s nursing supervisor works closely with the Winnebago County Health Department to provide contact tracing and to determine whether an exposed individual needs to self-isolate or quarantine. Exposed individuals will be informed of the  need to self isolate. This decision is made based upon the extent and nature of the exposure. 

Will staff and student temperatures be checked when they enter school each day?
Yes. We're working through protocol to perform random screenings on students and staff each day as they enter the building. No-touch thermometers will be available at each school for staff and students who wish to check their temperature throughout the day. We'll share more information about our protocol when it's finalized. 

The CDC does not currently recommend universal testing for students or staff entry into school. Viral testing only determines infection at the point in time the test occurs, and it might miss cases in the early stages of infection. It is not known whether previous infection and recovery from COVID-19 illness protects people from reinfection.

We’re asking parents/guardians to confirm each day that their student is free of any COVID-19 symptoms and has not been in contact with someone with COVID-19. By coming to work and school, the staff member or parent/guardian of that student confirms that there is no sign of symptoms of COVID-19, and attending school will cause no public health concern.

Will all staff be tested for COVID-19? Will teachers be required to be tested on a regular basis as a requirement for working?
Staff will not be tested prior to the school year, and they will not be required to participate in regular tests. If faculty/staff are concerned about exposure to COVID, they can take advantage of free testing sites in the area. 

Will students or staff who exhibit symptoms be required to show a negative COVID-19 test to return to school or work?
Students or staff who are ill should not return to school until they have met the CDC’s criteria.

How will contact tracing be handled for staff and students?
RPS 205 is working closely with the Winnebago County Health Department to finalize protocol for a suspected or positive case of COVID-19. This includes contact-tracing, close-contact notification, guidelines for self-quarantine and symptom monitoring. 

If a student is out for several days after being sent home with symptoms consistent with COVID, will parents be required to provide proof that the child has been tested before they are allowed to return?
The district’s nursing supervisor works closely with the Winnebago County Health Department to provide contact tracing and to determine whether an individual needs to self-isolate or quarantine. Absences of staff and students will be monitored. If someone refuses to provide necessary documentation to determine exposure, the Winnebago County Health Department in conjunction with the district’s nursing supervisor will make the determination as to whether to treat the situation as a positive COVID. They will then follow the county’s protocol for contact tracing and determine whether an individual needs to self-isolate or quarantine.

Will there be a nurse in the building every day?
Yes, unless there is an absence we are unable to fill with a substitute nurse. The nurse will screen symptomatic students in the nursing office.


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