COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information:
On June 23rd 2020, ISBE Released Guidance on reopening schools for Fall. At this point in time, Illinois is in phase 4 of the Illinois Reopen Plan.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has published a Frequently Asked Questions to explain what the virus is, how it is spread, who is at risk and how to protect yourself from the virus. It explains the risk to the general public for contracting this virus is low, while travelers to and from certain areas of the world may be at an increased risk.
There is also a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Frequently Asked Questions document that specifically addresses concerns about children and the virus. It explains that so far there is no evidence that children are more susceptible to the virus than the general population
The National Association of School Nurses and National Association of Psychologists have published this Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) resource for parents. It provides some talking points and guidance to use when talking to children about the outbreak.
According to public health officials, the way COVID-19 is spread is very similar to the flu and common colds. The CDC recommends the following preventative actions:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The health and well being of our students is our primary importance. We will continue to monitor and follow the guidance issued from ISBE and our public health officials.