Update Regarding Students at School with Symptoms

Additional rules were released by IDPH two days ago, and this information was communicated yesterday via email, but we also included a video version as that is sometimes a preferred format.

If a student is sent home by school personnel, because of a symptom of covid-19, which can include a fever of 100.4 degrees, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, that student, along with any siblings that live in the same household, must stay home for 10 days per new IDPH guidelines. That student and siblings may return sooner if a doctor's note indicating the symptom was from a different known medical condition or if a negative covid test result is presented to the school.  We understand this is a significant burden, which makes it even more important that students are healthy when they are sent to school.  It is far better to keep a student home who is feeling slightly under the weather for a day or two than for them to come back to school too soon and have to miss multiple days.  We understand that those who have chosen in-person instruction want to be at school as much as possible, and the best way to accomplish that is to make sure students are healthy upon arrival.  These rules are extremely strict, but we are required to follow them if we are to provide in-person instruction.

We have been planning for Monday for months and months, and we cannot wait to welcome our students back into our buildings.  It will look a little different, but we are committed to providing the best education for our students.  Thanks for your continued support of Sullivan Schools.

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Ted Walk - Superintendent