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Daily Symptom Screening Process and Verification from Parents/Guardians

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our school community, Joint Guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health requires that every student undergo a daily symptom screening prior to utilizing School District transportation or entering any School District building. Parents/Guardians will be conducting this daily symptom screening prior to their student departing for school and reporting consistent with the parameters outlined below. 

Required Action for Parents of In-Person Students

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All Geneva 304 parents/guardians of students who will be in our schools must conduct a daily symptom screening of their student at home and certify that your students are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. This responsibility includes: 
  1. Read the Student Symptom Screening Agreement on this page and complete the acknowledgement form required by your child's school before they start school.
  2. Print a student symptom screening form below. CLICK TO PRINT: Daily Student Symptom Screening - Verification Form.pdf  Para español, haga clic aquí.
  3. Before your student attends school on on-site days, conduct the daily screening steps outlined in the agreement and sign the form for your student to bring to school.
  4. If your child, or anyone in your household, is experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19, please have all students or staff in the household remain home and contact their primary care physician. Report the absence to each school as COVID-related.
  5. If anyone in the household is being evaluated for COVID-19 or has a pending test, everyone must remain home.

Student Symptom Screening Agreement

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Must be Read and Approved in Home Access Center by Parent/Guardian before 12:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24. 

I verify that prior to utilizing District transportation and/or entering a District building, my student will receive a daily symptom screening at home by an adult caregiver to determine if my student is experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms outlined below. 

By sending my student on District transportation and/or to school on any given day, I am certifying and verifying that my student has received a daily symptom screening and is not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.  
If my student has experienced any of the below symptoms within 24 hours of conducting the daily screening, I will notify the school of my student’s absence by calling the school’s attendance line and indicating the symptoms that my student is experiencing. If District staff contacts me to gather additional information related to the results of my student’s daily screening, I will provide the necessary information as requested.
By sending my student on District transportation and/or to school on any given day, I am certifying and verifying that my student is not subject to an isolation or quarantine protocol related to COVID-19. 

Daily Symptom Screening Process

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Symptoms to screen for: Below is the current list of symptoms that need to be checked on a daily basis. It is important to note that these symptoms are subject to change, and it is incumbent upon the parent to stay updated on the latest symptoms: 

  • Fever or chills (100.4 F or higher without the use of fever-reducing medications)
  • New onset of moderate to severe headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • New cough  
  • Sore throat  
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue from unknown cause
  • Muscle or body aches from unknown cause

Please keep your child home and call your school’s attendance line if:
  • Your child, or anyone in your household, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation, OR
  • Your child is a close contact to a confirmed case/ has been told to quarantine, OR
  • Your child, or anyone in your household, is awaiting results of a pending COVID-19 test, OR
  • Your child, or anyone in the household, is experiencing a fever (100.4 F or higher without the use of fever-reducing medications), chills, new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell,, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause, OR
  • Any household member has experienced the above COVID like symptoms within the preceding ten days and has not been evaluated by a medical provider or been tested.
"When in doubt, please stay out.” Our Certified School Nursing staff would like to remind families conducting the screening to err on the side of caution at all times and to contact your child’s school to report any student absence. We continue to encourage all families to promote healthy habits — continue to wear masks, wash hands, limit congregating, and stay home when sick. Please reach out to your building level RN or building administration with questions.

Other important information per the Illinois Department of Public Health:
  • Students who may have COVID like symptoms due to documented allergies or a pre-existing condition should have information on file in the health office.  
  • For symptomatic individuals, if testing is not performed due to the clinical judgment of the healthcare provider, a medical note is needed to return to school documenting that there is no clinical suspicion for COVID-19 infection and indicate an alternative diagnosis
  • Rapid tests are currently acceptable unless a person has been in close contact to a confirmed case.  In those instances, a rapid positive test is accepted but a rapid negative test would need a follow up PCR test for confirmation.

VIDEO: Symptom Screening Process


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Frequently Asked Questions

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For answers to a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the symptom screening process, please click here and scroll down to Health & Symptoms
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