What if someone in my child's school tests positive for COVID-19?
- The individual with a confirmed or probable case will be required to isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from the date of their positive or onset of symptoms, AND until 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medication AND improvement of symptoms
- As of 3/17/2021, the building principal will no longer be sending an email to notify all families of the confirmed case. Instead, our Case Monitoring Dashboard will reflect the increase in cases.
- Should your child be a close contact to the confirmed or probable case, you will be notified directly by the building administration or the health office and given additional instructions
What is a close contact and what happens if my child is identified as one?
- A 'close contact' is defined as any student who has been within 6 - feet of an individual who has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 for 15 or more minutes throughout the day, with or without a face covering
- Close contacts should quarantine at home for 14 days from the last date of the exposure to the confirmed or probable case
- Quarantine can end after Day 14 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during any day of
the daily monitoring period
- Close contacts should consider being diagnostically tested
- In addition to school personnel, a representative from the Kane County Health Department will call to speak with the parent or guardian of the close contact
What if my child becomes symptomatic?
Symptomatic with an alternative clinical diagnosis - Stay home until symptoms have improved or resolved. If no COVID-19 test is completed, a physician's note should be provided to the school for return.
For example, strep throat, sinus infection, or ear infection
Symptomatic without an alternative clinical diagnosis - Stay home for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms AND 24 hours fever free without fever-reducing medications AND until symptoms improve. Other household members who have been in close contact with the symptomatic person should also quarantine.
- Symptomatic with a negative COVID-19 test - Stay home until symptoms improve or resolve. A student with a negative test must be verified and documented by a physician's office or local health department.
- Symptomatic while at school - Any student with a COVID-19 Binax Testing Consent Form on file at their building is eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test should they develop symptoms while at school. Should your child test positive for COVID-19, all siblings will need to be picked up from school and quarantine for 14 days. If the result of the BinaxNOW test is negative, the child who was tested needs to go home, however, siblings can remain at school as long as they are asymptomatic.
In all instances described above, the school's health office will follow up with the student's parent/guardian.
For questions, please contact Kane County Health Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive a prompt response. Due to high volume of calls, it may take a couple days for a phone call to be returned.
If you are interested in Binax COVID-19 Testing for your child, please complete the consent form below (a fillable pdf) and return it to your child’s school nurse (either by sending it with your child to school or via email). Nurse contact information can be found by accessing our directory here.