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Current Situational Guidance for Families and Staff

Geneva School District has received questions regarding school exclusion. 

Below are the current protocols that Geneva 304 has been communicating to families for what to do if your child is sick, has tested positive for COVID, or is a close contact to an individual who has COVID. 

Given the increased demand for this information, we are providing it to families and staff should you need it in a timely manner. 

Please take the time to carefully read the sections that pertain to your family’s situation. 

Symptomatic (vaccinated or not vaccinated) - CLICK TO EXPAND

Contact your primary health care provider to discuss your child’s plan of care/ COVID testing. If you do not have a health care provider, contact the VNA (630-892-4355) for assistance.  

Tests should be completed within 48 hours of symptom onset. 

You may schedule a COVID test without a medical appointment. However, before you pursue any testing understand what the location's turnaround time is for results and what tests are being administered.  If there are any pending COVID tests, the symptomatic student may not return to school, vaccinated or unvaccinated (ex. a rapid test was negative, but a PCR is still pending). 

For information related to free COVID testing sites, visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing.

Important information:
  • Home tests: home tests can be helpful; however, negative home tests are not allowed to return to school; if you have a positive home test consider this a positive test, refer to the positive case guidance on the website, let your school know, and stay home (IDPH does also recommend a confirmatory ‘point of care’ test for home test positives). 
  • Medical providers may NO longer write for an alternative diagnosis without COVID testing for acute illnesses or a new onset of a symptom not attributed to a documented pre-existing condition.
  • All unvaccinated household members need to stay home if the ill person was not tested within 48 hours of symptoms starting or there is a high suspicion the ill person has COVID. The school nurse, health department, or medical provider may determine if there is a high suspicion.
  • If there are any pending COVID tests, the symptomatic individual may not return to school, vaccinated or unvaccinated (ex. symptomatic and a rapid test was negative, but a PCR is still pending; or, symptomatic and vaccinated but tests are pending).
  • If the individual is symptomatic and had close contact with someone who was positive for COVID, the individual MUST have a PCR test (negative rapid antigen or home tests cannot be accepted in these instances). 
Requirements to return to school if COVID test is negative:
  • Provide all COVID test results for the symptomatic individual to the nurse’s office.
  • With a negative COVID test and continuing symptoms, individuals need to follow the parent/student handbook regarding a return to school (example, the ill person must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications or you may not return to school for 24 hours if you have vomiting or diarrhea).  Please call the nurse’s office if needed.
  • Families who do not seek medical attention or testing will be excluded from school for at least 10 days depending on circumstances.  Speak to your building nurse regarding return.

Confirmed COVID case - CLICK TO EXPAND

Exclusion from school/work is required.

Per IDPH, schools are required to exclude students or staff who test positive for at least 5 calendar days after their symptom onset or, if asymptomatic, 5 days after their positive test. Cases are reported by the school to the KCHD as per public health reportable disease requirements. 

Return-to-school criteria:
  • 5 full days have passed (the first day of symptoms is considered day zero; for those without symptoms the test date is day 0).
  • You can end isolation on day 6 and return to school if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay an individual returning to school).
  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of your 5-day isolation period. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to stay home from school for a full 10 days.
  • If you continue to have fever or your other symptoms have not improved after 5 days, you should wait until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. Continue to wear a well-fitting mask. Contact your healthcare provider if you have questions.
  • If symptoms started more than 2 days before an individual’s positive test, talk with your school nurse and the health department to determine return date. 
Severely immunocompromised or severely ill persons may need to be excluded longer.

What to do after a positive test:
  • Contact your primary health care provider to discuss your plan of care. If you do not have a health care provider, you can contact the VNA (630-892-4355).
  • Info from CDC: CLICK HERE
  • Talk with the Kane County Health Department: You should receive a text or phone call from the Kane County Health Department. If you receive a text, you will need to give them a call directly if you have questions or if you have any unvaccinated household members who have not tested positive. Their phone number is 312-777-1999. This step is especially very important if you have any unvaccinated/ not fully vaccinated close contacts in your household as this is the only way to get those children cleared to return to school. Once established with them, you will receive a daily health assessment survey request via email or text message.
  • If you have not been contacted by the health department, email the KCHD to get your case established. You will need to submit a request through https://redcap.link/parentreport. Your request will not be addressed if the form is not completed.  
Return-to-school documentation:
  • Individuals may return to school on day 6 if they meet the criteria noted above. Documentation from the health department is not required for an individual who was positive to return to school. 
  • If you are out of school on day 6 or longer, please call the attendance line daily. 
Additional questions/when to contact your school:
  • If your child is severely ill and unable to learn, call your school’s attendance line. 
  • If you have questions about a return date or the illness is severe/persisting beyond 6+ days, call your school nurse. 
  • If you have academic questions, contact your teacher.

Close contact, unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated - CLICK TO EXPAND

Per IDPH, schools are required to exclude unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students or staff when they are close contacts to an individual with a confirmed or probable COVID case. Cases are reported by the school to the KCHD as per public health reportable disease requirements.

If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you must be excluded from school if you are in one of the following groups:
  • You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series. 
Return-to-school criteria: 
  • 5 full days have passed (the most recent day of contact to the positive individual is considered day 0).
  • You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home, at school, and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10).
  • If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, consult your school nurse office for a return date.
What to do if you are deemed a close contact: 
  • Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 full days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID. The date of your last exposure is considered day 0. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.
  • For 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID, monitor for symptoms.
  • If you develop symptoms, IDPH recommends testing, isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow positive case recommendations.  For information related to free COVID testing sites, visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing.
  • If you do not develop symptoms, it is recommended to get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact.
  • Info from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html.
  • Talk with the Kane County Health Department: You should receive a text or phone call from the Kane County Health Department. If you receive a text, you will need to give them a call directly if you have questions or if you have any unvaccinated household members who have not tested positive. Their phone number is 312-777-1999. This step is especially very important if you have any unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated close contacts in your household as this is the only way to get those children cleared to return to school. Once established with them, you will receive a daily health assessment survey request via email or text message.
  • If you have not been contacted by the health department, email the KCHD to get your case established. You will need to submit a request through https://redcap.link/parentreport. Your request will not be addressed if the form is not completed. 
Other important information: 
Geneva School District Contact Tracing Liaison, Wendy Paradise, is available to assist families who are close contacts in the home. Email: [email protected]; Phone: 630-444-8751 

Return-to-school documentation: 
  • Individuals may return to school on day 6 if they meet the criteria noted above. Documentation from the health department is not required unless the close contact is within the household. 
  • If you are out of school on day 6 or longer, please call the attendance line daily.
When to contact your school: 
  • If your child develops symptoms or tests positive, call your school’s attendance line.
  • If you are a close contact in the household and need assistance, contact Wendy Paradise. 
  • If you have academic questions, contact your teacher.

Close contact, fully vaccinated or recent COVID illness w/in last 90 days - CLICK TO EXPAND

Per IDPH, if you came into close contact with someone with COVID and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to be excluded from school unless you have symptoms of COVID:   
  • You are ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
  • You are ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • You had confirmed COVID within the last 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test). 
What to do next - fully vaccinated:
  • You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 full days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).
  • Monitor for symptoms.
  • Testing is recommended 5 days after the close contact.
  • Asymptomatic, vaccinated individuals may attend school while a test is pending, if the test is positive or if they develop any symptoms they should stay home from school and follow the appropriate protocol.
  • If you test positive or develop COVID symptoms, isolate yourself from other people and follow recommendations for symptomatic individuals.
What to do next - confirmed COVID infection within the last 90 days: 
If you tested positive for COVID with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself from other people and follow recommendations from your health care provider.

Other information:
Students and staff need to continue to follow universal masking requirements in the school setting as determined by state and local health authorities.

Continue to Report to Us

Call your school’s attendance line if:    
  • Your child is sick (vaccinated or unvaccinated)
  • Your child is unvaccinated and there is a pending test in the household not taken within 48 hours of symptom onset
  • Your child has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Your unvaccinated child is a close contact to a confirmed case (in the home, outside the home in the community, or at school)
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