Geneva School District 304 actively reviews guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois School Board of Education, the Kane County Department of Public Health, the CDC, and the Kane County Regional Office of Education. Our district has outlined the following protocols related to COVID-19 in our schools for fall 2022-23. The guidance below is based on the State of Illinois’ Phase 5 protocol as established by the governor’s Restore Illinois plan. As such, the Geneva School District is planning a school year for 2022-23 that is as normal as possible, with the district focusing on educating students. Having said this, we will continue to observe and be responsive to changes.
We rely on our staff, students, and our families to make safe and thoughtful decisions by monitoring for symptoms and staying home when sick.
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Classrooms and lunchrooms will operate as normal with no formal distancing strategies implemented or enforced.
Students, staff, school visitors, and school volunteers have the choice of wearing a mask. Students and staff should respect each other regarding individual preference and choice.
It is strongly recommended that any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 wear a well-fitting mask for five full days after isolating at home for the initial five-days.
Testing is strongly recommended for all individuals with COVID-19 symptoms regardless of vaccination status.
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for a minimum of five calendar days from the onset of symptoms or positive test. The date of the test/symptom onset is Day Zero. At-home tests are acceptable. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, we ask that they follow these health practices:
- Notify the school attendance line when a child tests positive for COVID-19. If an at home test was used, communicate the diagnosis with the patient’s physician. The physician’s office will contact the Health Department.
- Remain home when sick for a minimum of 5 calendar days.
- Students and staff may return on day 6 if free of symptoms.
Those who return after day 5 are strongly encouraged to mask for days 6-10.
Contact Tracing is managed by the local health department. The district will not identify close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases.
All students and staff are now eligible for vaccination and are encouraged to get vaccinated.
Cleaning and Ventilation
Enhanced cleaning and hand hygiene will continue to be strongly encouraged. Enhanced ventilation strategies will remain in place. Hand sanitizer remains located throughout our buildings and classrooms.
Making Up Classwork
Students who miss school due to COVID-19 will:
- Access and complete all work assigned by their teachers.
- Follow any directions/expectations outlined by their teachers.
Connect with the appropriate teacher/staff member when necessary and/or appropriate.
Activities such as athletics, co-curriculars, assemblies, GHS (Geneva High School) student PLCs, field trips and evening events will continue as normal.