St. Joseph Catholic School

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COVID-19 Information and Sick Student Guidelines

For the most up to date and valid information please visit the Center for Disease Control Website, Illinois Department of Public Health and The Lake County Health Department websites. I have included some helpful information below.
SJCS Sick Student Guidelines
All individuals must remain at home when sick or when experiencing any symptoms to minimize the chance of spreading COVID-19 or other germs and viruses.
Symptomatic or COVID-19 Positive Individuals 
    • All symptomatic individuals must remain home, regardless of vaccination status. Families are obligated to report COVID-19 diagnoses, or close contact cases, to the SJCS school nurse or principal. SJCS staff must report cases to OCS’ COVID Task Force.
    • If a student develops symptoms while at school, the student (and any unvaccinated sibling(s)) will be sent home immediately. Parents, guardians, or other authorized individuals should pick up ill students within a reasonable amount of time. If a parent cannot be reached, SJCS will call the emergency contact on file for immediate pick up.
    • If symptom(s) last less than 24 hours, the individual (and siblings) may return to school on the next school day as long as they are fever-free.
    • If symptom(s) last longer than 24 hours, the individual must receive a negative COVID-19 test or an alternative medical diagnosis prior to returning to school. If that individual chooses to not visit their doctor or take a COVID test, they will quarantine for 10 days from the onset of symptom(s), and the sibling(s) will quarantine for 14 days from the onset of the sibling’s symptom(s).
    • Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days from the date symptoms first appeared or the date of a positive test result. Additionally, the individual must be fever-free for at least 24 hours with a 75 percent decrease in COVID-like symptoms before returning to school.  (There is no opportunity to test out of isolation or to reduce the time of isolation for a positive case.)

  • Quarantine Procedures for Close Contacts 
    • Students/faculty/staff who are masked and maintain three feet of physical distancing from the positive individual are not considered close contacts, and therefore, do not need to quarantine. 
    • Vaccinated students/faculty/staff do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. Proof of vaccination must be on file with the SJCS nurse to avoid a quarantine. Parents may upload their child’s vaccination card HERE
    • An unvaccinated student/faculty/staff member who is identified as a close contact to positive household member(s), including siblings, must quarantine. 
      • 10 days from the last contact of the positive person
      • 7 days and obtain a negative COVID-19 test no earlier than day 6 after the last date of exposure
      • 10 days from the date of the positive test of onset of symptoms AND one of the following below:
        • Quarantine for an additional 10 days after the previous 10-day period (20 days in total). As long as the close contact remains asymptomatic, they can return to school after the additional 10-day period without a test   OR
        • Quarantine for an additional 7 days after the previous 10-day period (17 days total) and obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test no earlier than 6 days into the 7-day quarantine period and within 48 hours prior to returning to school.
      • The length of the quarantine for a close contact depends upon whether or not the positive individual completely isolates from other members of the family. 
      • Complete isolation: If the positive individual is in complete isolation, the close contacts will quarantine for either: 
      • Not complete isolation: If the positive individual is not in complete isolation, the close contact will quarantine for the following number of days:
      • School administration will notify parents of the return date in all quarantine cases. 
    • Parents are responsible for notifying the SJCS office when their student has been exposed to COVID or when their student has tested positive for COVID.
    • Quarantine guidelines are fluid and may changeCOVID-19: Things To Follow In Home Quarantine; People Around Should Take  Precautions