Return to School FAQ - In Person
Please find the answers to frequently asked questions below. We anticipate updating the FAQ as new information becomes available. New information/updates are indicated with the most current date stamp.
Lisle 202 will be implementing a daily self-certification procedure for all students who are physically in our buildings.* Parents/guardians must submit the student daily health certification verification according to the following:
- Each parent/guardian will receive a daily health certification email from CrisisGo at 5am.
- Parents/guardians will screen their child and complete the online self-certification form at home on the days their student physically attends school.
- Students will scan their student ID upon entering the building to confirm certification.
- Students that are uncertified will be asked a series of health related questions and will require a temperature check before gaining entry to the building.
- If a student feels ill or exhibits any symptoms, he/she should stay home.
- Each student was provided a daily health certification ticket book. If you misplace your booklet, you may print copies of the form by clicking the button below.
- Each day, the parent will screen their child and complete and sign the health certification verification form.
- Students will bring the verification form for the day and submit it to the designated staff monitor prior to entering the school building.
- Students that are uncertified will be asked a series of health related questions and will require a temperature check before gaining entry to the building. Parents will be contacted for younger students.
If a student feels ill or exhibits any symptoms, he/she should stay home.
*Staff follow a staff-specific self-certification procedure.
Click the button above if you lose your booklet or need additional copies.
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 congestion or runny nose
- New loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
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.
Do I need to keep my child home for just one symptom like a runny nose?
Yes. A child should stay home if he/she exhibits ANY symptom until:
- Receive a negative COVID-19 test
- 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 in-person learning.
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
- Isolation - Individuals who have shown one or more symptoms and cannot participate in in-person instruction
Quarantine - Individuals who have been exposed to either positive or symptomatic individuals
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 if individuals are able to remain 6 feet apart from each other.
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. If a student continues to struggle with face covering compliance, the student may be enrolled in the Lisle Virtual Academy.
What health and safety measures will be implemented?
- Masks - Per Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education guidance, all individuals inside the buildings are required to wear masks.
- Social Distance - We will have a 6 ft. social distance requirement in our classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, and offices. The hallways and stairwells will have clear designations for traffic flow.
- Daily Symptom Checks - We will be implementing a daily health-certification process. All individuals entering our buildings will need to certify that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and are fever-free. Click the links below for the applicable procedure.
- 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.
- Grades 6-12 - Desks will be sanitized between each period.
Grades K-8 - Lunch areas will be sanitized between each use. (9-12) is not serving lunch at this time)
How will the district ensure social distancing?
The district will take every measure to practice social distancing and other safety measures. We will have a 6 ft. social distance requirement in our classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, and offices. The hallways and stairwells have clear designations for traffic flow. Visual reminders are posted throughout the building.
Will social distancing be implemented on the school bus?
The Illinois State Board of Education guidelines, a school bus may transport a maximum of 50 individuals including the driver. 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, 6 ft. of social distancing may not be able to be applied.
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:
- All desks and tables will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.
- Grades 6-12 - desks will be sanitized between each class period.
- Classroom surfaces will be kept empty or uncluttered to facilitate disinfecting.
- All items that cannot be easily disinfected (fabric etc.) will be removed.
- 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.)
Bus sanitization will be completed after each route completion.
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 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 and take direction from the health department.
A District COVID-19 Dashboard will be available on our website beginning the week of October 19.
What changes are being made to transportation?
Illinois Department of Public Health guidance states buses can transport a maximum of 50 students and requires all students and the driver to wear a mask 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.
The bus company will disinfect buses between routes and then again at the end of the day. Products used will be registered Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disinfectants with labeled claims that the product is EPA-approved against COVID-19.
Will students share individual school supplies?
No. Students will not be permitted to share their personal supplies. Some general class supplies may be shared on a limited basis, but will be cleaned between each use.
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 not be allowed in the school buildings. Visitors with appointments will self-certify 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!