In Person Learning FAQ
Please find the answers to frequently asked questions below. A date stamp will be added to items that are adjusted as new information and guidance becomes available.
The Lisle 202 2021 Return to School Plan provides parent information and details about the protocols the schools follow to protect the health and safety of our learning community.
The Lisle 202 COVID-19 Dashboard provides information about the district, zip code (60532), and county wide metrics. District data is updated daily, zip code and county data is updated weekly.
When can my child return to in-person learning if he/she shows symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19? If your child shows symptoms, please keep him/her home.
Parents are encouraged to check their child/ren each morning before the child leaves for school. If a child shows any symptoms or is ill for any reason, the child should stay home. The parent should then report the absence to the school's attendance line.
Lisle Elementary School - 630.493.8199
Lisle Junior High School - 630.493.8299
Lisle High School - 630.493.8399
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever (100.4 or higher)
- New cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fatigue from unknown cause
- Muscle or body aches
- New onset of moderate to severe headache
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
Removed from list: runny nose, congestion, abdominal pain from unknown cause
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
What are some of the key terms?
There are many terms associated with tracking COVID-19; however, there are three main categories that are important to understand.
- Current Positive Case - Individuals who have reported an active positive COVID-19 case
Quarantine - Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated individuals will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days if identified as a high-risk close contact. Vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine if they are more than three feet apart from the positive case.
Isolation - Any symptomatic individual, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the symptom onset unless documentation of an alternate diagnosis or negative COVID-19 test is obtained and submitted to the school nurse. A positive (+) case will be required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days and cannot test out of isolation.
- Close Contact -
- High-risk close contact - An unvaccinated adult in the indoor PK-12 classroom setting who was within 6 feet of a positive case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- High-risk close contact - An unvaccinated student in the indoor PK-12 classroom setting who was less than 3 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period or an unvaccinated student less than 6 feet from a positive case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- Low-risk close contact - A student in the classroom setting who was within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student and was consistently masked for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. (ISBE/IDPH Guidance August 2021, p.17)
Do I need to keep my child home for just one symptom like a sore throat?
Yes. A child should stay home if he/she exhibits ANY symptom until:
- Receive a negative COVID-19 test. Please note, please confirm with the test provider that it is a RT-PCR COVID-19 lab based test. Rapid, antibody tests, and at home tests are not accepted per the DuPage County Health Department.
- Receive an alternate diagnosis from your healthcare provider
- The 10 day isolation period passes, symptoms have improved, and he/she is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Do all children in the household need to stay home if one child shows a symptom?
Yes. Siblings in the same household are considered close contacts. This means that until one of the conditions is met for return to school, the siblings must Quarantine for 14 days. A close contact sibling should stay home until:
- The symptomatic sibling receives a negative COVID-19 test
- The symptomatic sibling receives an alternate diagnosis from your healthcare provider
- The 14 day quarantine period passes and no symptoms develop
Do I need to let the school know if my child tests positive or if he/she shows symptoms?
Yes. It is important the the school knows if a student tests positive or is symptomatic so we can perform the appropriate contact tracing. In either case, the child should not come to school and the parent should report the absence to the school attendance line.
If your child has been absent due to a positive COVID-19 test, isolation from symptoms, or quarantine due to exposure, please refer to the information below.
What are the hours of attendance for students?
How long does my child have to stay out of school if he/she shows COVID-like symptoms?
If a student shows any symptom and , he/she may return after:
- A negative RT-PCR test is confirmed and documentation is provided. Rapid, antigen, and at-home tests cannot be accepted.
- Symptoms have improved
- At least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications
OR, if no test
- At least 10 days since symptom/s first appeared
- At least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications
- Symptoms have improved
OR, if a healthcare provider provides an alternate diagnosis
- Symptoms have improved
- Documentation from the healthcare provider
How long does my child have to stay home if he/she is identified as a close contact to a confirmed or probably COVID-19 case?
If a student is identified as a close contact , he/she may return after:
- A minimum of 10 days from the last exposure to the COVID-19 case
- If he/she begins to show symptoms, the return date will adjust to the date the individual becomes symptomatic. See descriptions above or in the Return to School Protocols below.
How will my child access academic content if he/she has to isolate or quarantine?
If a student is in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, the student will be able to join the class via video classroom access. Video classroom access will be available approximately 24 hours after the student enters isolation or quarantine.
Video classroom access is a one way access where the student may watch the instruction. The teacher will not be providing one-on-one online instruction. Students who need assistance should email or contact the teacher directly outside of class time. Please contact the school office for specific instructions.
Will staff and students be required to wear masks?
Yes. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, when staff and students wear masks the spread of COVID-19 is significantly reduced. However, medical exemptions and other special circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis to create viable options and alternatives when needed.
Do students and staff need to wear masks outdoors?
Face coverings are not required on school property outside of the buildings. Individuals are encouraged to maintain physical distancing.
Will the school provide face masks for students and staff?
Students and staff will be given a disposable face mask daily or as needed. Masks will also be available in each classroom. Students and staff may wear their own mask as well. If using a cloth mask, wash your cloth face covering after each use in the washing machine or by hand using a bleach solution. Allow it to completely dry.
Can a face shield be worn instead of a face mask?
Clear face shields are not an appropriate substitution for face masks as they do not offer the same level of protection against the COVID-19.
Face shields may be worn in addition to a face mask if desired.
What happens if a student does not keep his/her mask on while indoors?
Wearing a face mask will fall under the Lisle 202 Dress Code Policy. Students will be reminded to keep the face mask in place. Assistance will be provided if necessary.
What happens if my child or I am vaccinated?
FULLY vaccinated individuals (14 days past the final dose in the series) do not need to quarantine if exposed to a symptomatic or positive case if he/she remains asymptomatic.
If a vaccinated individual begins to show symptoms, then the standard COVID protocols apply for testing and isolation.
What health and safety measures will be implemented?
- Masks - Per Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education guidance and the Governor's Executive Order Number 18, all individuals inside the buildings are required to wear masks.
- Social Distance - We will have a 3-6 ft. social distance requirement in our classrooms, hallways, and offices. Some hallways and stairwells may have clear designations for traffic flow. Six (6) feet of social distancing will be maintained in cafeterias during lunch periods when masks are removed for eating.
- Cleaning Procedures- We have enhanced our cleaning procedures to meet or exceed CDC and IDPH guidelines. Products used are Environmental Protection Agency approved disinfectants for use against coronavirus.
How will the district ensure social distancing?
The district will take every measure to practice social distancing and other safety measures. We will have at least 3 ft. social distance requirement in our classrooms, hallways, and offices. Some hallways and stairwells may have designations for traffic flow. Visual reminders are posted throughout the building. Six (6) feet of social distancing will be maintained in cafeterias during lunch periods when masks are removed for eating.
Will social distancing be implemented on the school bus?
The updated Illinois State Board of Education guidelines no longer has limits for the number of riders due to COVID-19. All bus riders and the driver will be required to wear a mask while on the school bus. Depending on the number of bus riders, students may be able to physically distance. If the bus has full ridership, physical distancing will not be possible and quarantine for unvaccinated individuals is more likely if there is a positive case.
NO OPEN FOOD OR DRINK IS PERMITTED ON THE SCHOOL BUS.
What are the cleaning procedures for classrooms?
All cleaning, disinfecting and ventilation practices will follow the procedures and expectations outlined in the ISBE, IDPH and DCHD guidelines and will be updated as needed. Practices that support the cleaning and disinfection of classrooms/buildings/buses include:
- Frequently touched surfaces and objects will be routinely cleaned. This may include cleaning objects not ordinarily cleaned daily (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops.)
Will students be able to wash their hands more frequently?
Yes. Students will be encouraged to frequently wash their hands and hand sanitizer is available in each classroom.
What about the building ventilation?
HVAC schedules will be expanded to start earlier than in previous years to allow flushing of fresh air into schools. The buildings will also increase outdoor air ventilation rates to maximize dilution of the return air, change all filters and clean coils, drains and the interior of all air handling units and unit ventilators on a more frequent basis, and open windows to allow for more fresh air.
Will students be able to use the water fountains?
Students and staff are encouraged to use the touch-less filtered water bottle filler where available. These stations will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. Drinking fountains will be turned off wherever possible.
What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health have provided guidance for opening schools. They have directed school districts to work with local health departments for day-to-day guidance. In matters of public health, the district works closely with and takes direction from the DuPage County Health Department. Should a positive case occur, the district will follow DuPage Health Department guidance and the district's health services staff will work with the health department on contact tracing to identify individuals who need to be notified and who will need to self-quarantine or self-isolate. We recognize circumstances are fluid which is why it is critical to work closely with the health department.
How will families be notified if there is a positive case in my child’s classroom/school?
Following DuPage Health Department guidance, should a positive case occur, the district's health services staff conduct contact tracing to identify individuals who need to be notified and who will need to quarantine or isolate. We recognize circumstances are fluid, which is why it is critical to work closely with and take direction from the health department.
What changes are being made to transportation?
Illinois Department of Public Health guidance no longer has maximum ridership, but does require all students and the driver to wear a mask at all times on the bus. State guidance recommends members of the same household who ride the bus together should also sit together while on the bus. Parents are encouraged to provide their own transportation if possible. Six ft. of social distancing may not be able to be implemented. The degree of social distancing is dependent on the number of riders.
What are the protocols if a student or staff member exhibits symptoms?
Please click this link for a description of the symptom/exposure/confirmed case protocol. The protocols are based on the Center for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health's guidance.
Will visitors be permitted in the school buildings?
Unscheduled or non-essential visitors and guests will be limited in the school buildings. Visitors with appointments should ensure they are symptom free prior to entering the school buildings.
What if I have additional questions?
We ask for your patience as we work through the details of planning for the fall. Please be sure to visit the Return to School FAQ often as it is updated daily to reflect new information as it becomes available. If you have feedback or questions for the District, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!