Q. Will students be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine prior to returning to school in the Fall?
Full COVID-19 vaccination status will not be required for students but is encouraged. The CDC is naming vaccination as the number one prevention strategy. To sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please visit KaneVax.org
or call 855-4-KANEVAX (855-452-6382). You may also have access to the vaccine from your family medical provider or local pharmacy. Q. If I choose to get my student vaccinated against COVID-19, do I need to inform the school?
It is not required that you inform the school, but it is requested. If your child has been fully vaccinated and you wish to share that information with the school, please make a copy of either their CDC vaccination card or a record from their physician and upload the file into Home Access Center by following these steps:
Log into Home Access Center at this link
Click on the “Registration” icon and then “Update Registration” tab
Click on the “***Click here for Data Verification*** link
Go to section labeled “Documents: Birth Certificate/Two Forms of Residency” and use the “Click here to upload new file” link to begin uploading documentation
Click “Submit” at the end for the form to be submittedFile Uploading Tips:
- Most file formats will be accepted when uploading into the system (.PDF, .JPG, .PNG, etc.)
- Before uploading, name the file according to the student and its content (Example: LastNameFirstNameVaxCard)
- Do not include any symbols or special characters in the file name
Please contact Home Access Center support via email at [email protected]
or by phone at 630-463-3097.
This option will be available in HAC throughout the school year, so if you are planning to have your child vaccinated in the future, you may follow these steps when their vaccination is complete.
Q. How do families report an absence?
Call to your school attendance line to report an absence. Parents/guardians should state the reason for absence, and if illness related, note the diagnosis and the current symptoms of illness being exhibited each day. For COVID-related absences, a contact tracer or nurse will reach out to families to further discuss their individual case and actions needed. Parents/guardians of students who are quarantined or isolated should stay in contact with nursing staff regularly.
Q. When do I need to keep my child home?
Keep your child home and report the absence for ANY of the following circumstances:
- Your child (vaccinated or unvaccinated) is experiencing a new onset of one symptom on the COVID symptom list which is not attributed to documented allergies or a pre-existing condition, OR
- Your child (vaccinated or unvaccinated) is subject to an isolation or quarantine protocol per the Kane County Health Department, OR
- Your unvaccinated child is in a household where any member is experiencing symptoms, is being evaluated by their medical provider or the health department, or has tested positive for COVID-19, OR -
- Your unvaccinated child is in a household where any member is awaiting results of ANY COVID-19 test (Antigen and/or PCR), OR
- Your vaccinated child is awaiting the results of ANY COVID-19 test (Antigen and/or PCR)
Q. What is the current COVID symptom screening list?
- Fever (100.4 F or higher)
- New onset of moderate to severe headache
- Shortness of breath
- New cough
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Fatigue from unknown cause
- Muscle or body aches from unknown cause
Q. Can I use an at-home COVID test kit?
The Kane County Health Department does not allow school districts to accept the results of an at-home COVID test. Therefore, using an at-home test kit may delay the health department’s investigation and delay the release for children to return to school.
However, if any member of a household is administered an at-home test and the result is positive, please contact the school and keep your child and other unvaccinated household member home. The Kane County Health Department will provide further guidance in these instances.
Q. What will happen if my child is identified as a close contact during the school day?
A building administrator or designee will reach out to let you know. You will need to pick up the child who has been identified as a close contact and will receive follow-up information from the Kane County Health Department.
Q. What will happen if my child is identified as a positive case?
If your child has received a positive COVID-19 test, please call the attendance line to report this information. You will be contacted by the school nurse with preliminary guidance and information, and the Kane County Health Department will follow up with specifics regarding isolation.
Q. What will happen if my child presents with COVID symptoms during the school day?
The school nurse will contact you to come and pick up your child. Upon presentation of a negative COVID-19 test or alternate diagnosis, and your child has been fever-free for 24 hours, your child may return to school. Unvaccinated household siblings of the symptomatic child will need to stay home from school the following school day until the symptomatic child has met the criteria for return.
Q. How will parents be notified of positive cases in the school setting?
Parents should refer to the COVID-19 dashboard on the District’s website, which will be updated weekly. Schools will no longer send emails to all families regarding positive cases in a particular school.
Q. What will happen if another member of the household is awaiting results of a COVID test?
If there is a member of the household that is awaiting the results, unvaccinated household members should remain home until a negative test result is confirmed. Vaccinated household members do not need to stay home in this instance.
Q. Do fully vaccinated individuals need to stay home if they develop COVID-19-like symptoms?
Yes, IDPH states that individuals who are fully vaccinated and develop COVID-19-like symptoms should stay home in isolation while they are medically evaluated and tested for COVID-19. They may return upon receiving a negative COVID test or alternative diagnosis and have been fever-free for 24 hours. If the person chooses not to pursue medical evaluation or testing, they will need to complete an isolation period at home.
Q. Will contact tracing be in place this school year?
Yes. In Illinois, contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine is required per Part 690 Control of Communicable Disease Code, Subpart 1. Further, the Communicable Disease Code also requires mandatory reporting of any suspect, confirmed or probably case of COVID-19 to the local health department. The school district will comply with the health department’s mandate in regard to contact tracing.