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
Additional symptoms that may be considered: 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
School Exclusion - Close Contact - Unvaccinated/partially vaccinated individuals will be excluded from school for a minimum of 5 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.
School Exclusion - Showing Symptoms - Any symptomatic individual, regardless of vaccination status, will be excluded from school for a minimum of 5 days from the symptom onset unless documentation of a negative COVID-19 test is obtained and submitted to the school nurse. A positive (+) case will be excluded from school for a minimum of 5 days and cannot test to return.
- 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 when masks are not consistently worn.
- 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)
Up to Date Vaccination -
- Individuals 18 and over who have received the primary dose COVID-19 vaccination series and the booster shot
- Individuals ages 5-17 who are 14 days past the primary vaccination series
- Primary series is the first two doses of Moderna and Pfizer, and the single dose of Johnson & Johnson
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 or rapid PCR/NAAT test. IDPH/DCHD recommends a lab-based test for the most accurate results. Antibody tests are only accepted in specific situations, and at home tests are not accepted per the Illinois Department of Public Health and the DuPage County Health Department.
- The 5 day isolation period passes, symptoms have improved, and he/she is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, and diarrhea/vomiting has subsided for 24 hours.
Do all children in the household need to stay home if one child shows a symptom?
No. Siblings may remain in school if no symptoms emerge for them. The health department does suggest that household members stay physically distanced from the person identified as a high-risk close contact while at home.
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 or is excluded from school due to symptoms, 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 lab test or negative Rapid PCR/NAAT test is confirmed and documentation is provided. Antigen are only accepted in specific situations, and at-home tests cannot be accepted.
- Symptoms have improved
- At least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications
- 24 hours after vomiting/diarrhea subsides
OR, if no test
- At least 5 days since symptom/s first appeared
- At least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications
- Symptoms have improved
- 24 hours after vomiting/diarrhea subsides
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 , they may remain in school if they remain symptom-free.
- If they begin to show symptoms, the return date will determined by 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 is excluded from school due to COVID-19?
If a student is excluded from school 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?
It depends. Lisle 202 will base mitigation strategies, including face coverings, on the positivity rate at each school as shown in the Mitigation Framework.
Face masks are required on the school buses.
In addition, if a student is in a COVID-19 protocol, they must wear a mask at all times (except while eating/drinking) for the duration on the protocol timeline.
Do students and staff need to wear masks outdoors?
Face coverings are not required on school property outside of the buildings if they are not currently in COVID-19 protocols. Individuals are encouraged to maintain physical distancing.
Individuals who have returned after 5 days must wear a mask at all times, including outdoors, through day 10 of the COVID-19 protocol period.
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?
Yes. However, please note that public health guidance states that 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.
If a student is in a COVID-19 protocol, face shields may be worn in addition to a face mask if desired.
What happens if my child or I am vaccinated?
Individuals who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccine dose schedule (14 days past the final dose in the series for ages 5-17 and boosted for individuals ages 18 and older) may remain in school as long as they remain symptom-free.
If a vaccinated individual begins to show symptoms, then the standard COVID protocols apply for testing and school exclusion.
What health and safety measures will be implemented?
- Masks - Center for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education guidance strongly recommend that all individuals inside the buildings 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 school exclusion 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 be excluded from school. 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. Three feet 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 email@example.com. Thank you!