In the Event of a Confirmed COVID-19 Case

Sycamore Community School District 427 will take all precautionary measures to ensure that your child and all staff are safe and healthy at school. If your child is exposed to someone who has COVID-19, the following procedures must be followed.

Staying Home

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Who needs to quarantine?

Any student who has not been fully vaccinated, and has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine.

What counts as close contact?

We anticipate revised guidance regarding quarantines from the Illinois Department of Public Health prior to the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

Based on the most current guidance, a close contact is:

  • A person was within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or symptomatic for a cumulative 15 minutes.
  • A person shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • Another person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on a person.

Communication Regarding COVID-19 Illness

Individual schools will implement a tracking process for monitoring students who have been excluded from school due to having COVID-19 like symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID19 and are in quarantine.
 
  • All students who have been medically excluded for any of the above reasons must check-in and be cleared by the school nurse prior to returning to class.
  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be reported to the local health department by the school nurse or designee as required by the Illinois Infectious Disease Reporting requirements issued by the IDPH.
  • Families will immediately be informed of any possible exposure their child may have had to a person with a confirmed COVID-19 case while maintaining student and staff confidentiality rights.