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When should I keep my child home?

about 1 month ago


COVID-19 FAQs for Parents


1. When does my student need to stay home?

Your student should stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19, have been tested for COVID-19 (while waiting for results), or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.


Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include:


  • Fever (100.4 or higher) or chills

  • Cough (new cough that is not allergy or asthma related)

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • New fatigue (extreme tiredness)

  • Muscle aches or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose (not allergy related)

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea


2. How long does my student need to stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19, or a doctor said they likely have COVID-19?

Every person with symptoms should be evaluated by their healthcare provider on a case-by-case basis. Decisions to test for COVID-19 should be based on their personal health history. If your student has symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay at home and away from others as much as possible until all three of the following have happened: 1. At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms started, and 2. They haven’t had a fever (100.4F or higher) in at least 72 hours without using any medication to lower fever, and 3. Their symptoms have improved.


3. What if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, they must complete 14 calendar days of home isolation from the date of first symptom onset, and be fever-free for 24 hours without using medications to lower fever, and other symptoms have improved before returning to school. The local health department will be in contact with you about your child’s positive test.


4. What if my child tests positive for COVID-19, but doesn’t show symptoms?

The local health department will contact you if your student tested positive. Even if they don’t have symptoms, they will be required to isolate as above due to their positive test. This is because even if they don’t have symptoms, they can still spread the virus. 


5. What if my student develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school and is sent home by the nurse, but we decline to have them tested for COVID-19?

If your child is sent home with COVID-19 symptoms, it is strongly recommended that the child be evaluated by their doctor or healthcare provider. If you decide not to have them evaluated by your doctor, the student must complete 10 calendar days of home isolation from the date of the first symptom onset, and be fever-free for 24 hours without using medications to lower fever, and other symptoms must have improved before returning to school. 


6. What if my student develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school and is sent home by the nurse, and I take my child to the doctor, but my doctor says it isn’t COVID-19?

If the child’s doctor gives a diagnosis other than COVID-19 for your child, you need to bring a doctor’s note to school documenting the alternative diagnosis. You must meet the doctor’s criteria for returning to school for that alternative illness. At a minimum, the individual must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and have had no diarrhea or vomiting in the previous 24 hours before returning to school.


7. If a student is sent home sick with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, must all their siblings/household members be sent home as well?

Yes, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, if one of the household members is sick and being evaluated for COVID-19, the rest of the household must be quarantined until a diagnosis is made and/or a test result received. If the child is confirmed to be positive for COVID-19, the local health department will contact you, and the whole household will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.


8. What if my child or a family member is in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case? (Either at school or in the community)

They should stay home (self-quarantine) for 14 days since the last time they were around that person, to see if they develop symptoms. If they do develop symptoms, then: 1.Call their doctor. 2. Ask to get tested. 3. Follow their instructions for staying home while you wait for test results.


9. What is a “close contact”?

A close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of a confirmed COVD-19 case, for at least 15 minutes. (Even if one or both of them were wearing face masks.) Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 are required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 calendar days starting from the last day of contact with the confirmed case. Example: Person A has COVID-19. Person B is a close contact with person A due to being within 6 feet of them for over 15 minutes. Person A must quarantine. Person B must quarantine. Another Person C is a close contact of Person B, but was not in contact with person A at all.  Person C just follows regular precautions such as wearing a face mask, social distancing, and hand-washing. Person C does not have to quarantine unless person B is also confirmed to have COVID-19. 


*Notice: Recommendations may change due to changes from Illinois Department of Public Health, CDC, or Illinois State Board of Education.


By Donna Williams BSN RN, Jonesboro School Nurse

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PreK Health Requirements

3 months ago

PreK Health Requirements

A health exam and age-appropriate immunizations are required for your PreK student. Please schedule appointments as soon as possible to avoid the rush that happens right before school starts. You can turn in paperwork to school anytime or at your required summer registration date. Please hand in all paperwork by the first day of school!

  • Health Exam and Immunizations (shots) by your health care practitioner are required within one year prior to your student starting PreK. Parents must complete and sign the health history questions on the top ⅓ of the page. All immunizations must be up to date and recorded on the front of the form. Separately printed immunization pages" are acceptable.

*** All forms available on this page under HEALTH FORMS:  "Health Exam Form"

Kindergarten Health Requirements

3 months ago

A health exam, age-appropriate immunizations, a dental exam, and an eye exam are required for all Illinois kindergarten students. Please schedule appointments as soon as possible to avoid the rush that happens right before school starts. You can turn in paperwork to school anytime or at your required summer registration date. Please hand in all paperwork by the first day of school!

  • Health Exam and Immunizations (shots) by your health care practitioner are required within one year prior to your student starting 6th grade. Parents must complete and sign the health history questions on the top ⅓ of the page. All immunizations must be up to date and recorded on the front of the form. Separately printed immunization pages are acceptable. Deadline: October 15, 2020.

  • Dental Exam by a dentist is required for all kindergarten students in Illinois. You may use any dentist you choose, just ask them to fill out the required Illinois form. Dental Safari will come to Jonesboro school in March of 2021. You may sign permission for your child to receive an exam and cleaning at that time. Dental Safari will satisfy the dental exam requirement if you choose this option. Due May 1, 2021.

  • Eye Exam by an optometrist or opthamologist is required for all kindergarten students in Illinois. Please call your choice of eye doctor early; these appointments fill up fast. School-based vision screenings do not count for this exam. Due October 15, 2020.


*** All forms available on this page under HEALTH FORM:  "Health Exam Form,"  "Dental Exam Form," "Eye Exam Report"

2nd Grade Health Requirements

3 months ago


  • Dental Exam by a dentist is required for all 2nd grade students in Illinois..  Exams are good for 18 months, and are due May 1, 2021.  You can choose to use your own dentist, or utilize a Dental Safari dentist that will come to Jonesboro School on March 1, 2021.


*** All forms available on this page in the HEALTH FORMS block:   "Dental Exam Form"
                                                                                                             

6th Grade Health Requirements

3 months ago

6th graders in Illinois are required to have a new health exam, two shots, and a dental exam

  • Health Exam and Immunizations (shots) by your health care practitioner are required within one year prior to your student starting 6th grade. Parents must complete and sign the health history questions on the top ⅓ of the page. All immunizations must be up to date and recorded on the front of the form. 6th grade immunizations are 1) TDap (tetanus), and 2) MCV4 (meningitis). Separately printed immunization pages are acceptable. Deadline: October 15, 2020.

  • Dental Exam by a dentist is required for all kindergarten students in Illinois. You may use any dentist you choose, just ask them to fill out the required Illinois form. Dental Safari will come to Jonesboro school in March of 2021. You may sign permission for your child to receive an exam and cleaning at that time. Dental Safari will satisfy the dental exam requirement if you choose this option. Due May 1, 2021.



*** All forms available on this page in the HEALTH FORMS block:    "Health Exam Form,"   "Dental Exam Form"
                                                                                                                     

By Donna Williams

Covid-19

3 months ago

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. For more information, please visit the US Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or the Illinois Department of Public Health at dph.illinois.gov.

By Donna Williams

Sports Physicals

3 months ago

A new sports physical must be on file in the nurse office for each school year that a student participates in sports. Physicals are valid for 395 days. Applies to students joining interscholastic sports. Students will not be permitted to tryout if they do not have a current sports physical. *The 6th grade physical exam covers sports participation for one year.

***     Forms available on this page in the Health Forms block:     "Sports Physical"

Medications at School

3 months ago

Our school medication policy states that medications are to be given by the nurse to a student only with the written prescription of a physician and the written request of a parent. All medications sent to the school must be properly labeled by the pharmacy that dispenses the medication, with the name of the student, name of the physician, name of the medication, dosage, and time to be dispensed.

Over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough syrup, etc.) must be in the original package/bottle. A written prescription from the physician must be on file to dispense any prescription medication OR over-the-counter medication to your child. Please complete the Medication Authorization form found on this page, obtain signatures, and return the form to the school nurse. This information needs to be on file before any medications can be given to your child during school. All information will be kept confidential.

***     Form available on this page in Health Forms block:

            "Medication Administration Permission Form"


By Donna Williams

Vision and Hearing Screening

3 months ago


Vision and hearing screening are conducted annually at Jonesboro Grade School by an Illinois certified vision and hearing screener. Parents will be notified if their child needs a follow-up exam with their personal doctor. 

Illinois requires vision screening for the following students, preK, kindergarten, 2nd grade, 8th grade, special education, and transfer students. 

Illinois requires hearing screening for the following students: preK, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, special education, and transfer students.


By Donna Williams

Dental Safari

3 months ago

Dental Safari Company, a mobile dental corporation, travels to schools to provide dental wellness checkups, and urgent care treatment, for children of all ages. They will come to Jonesboro Grade School on Monday, March 1, 2021.


To take part in this service, please complete and return the consent form to the school nurse.  New registration option: to register online or on your phone, please visit the following link Dental Safari Registration form. If you have any questions, please call the Dental Safari office at 618-993-8333.

***   This form is available on this web page in the Health Forms block:
          "Dental Safari new consent"

By Donna Williams

Head Lice

3 months ago

Students will be screened intermittently for head lice and nits. A student found with lice will be sent home. The student may return to school after proper treatment has been completed. Students will be excused for one full day to allow time for proper treatment, per occurrence. The child will be screened upon returning to school, and re-admittance will be at the discretion of the school nurse or designated staff member.


By Donna Williams

Bed Bugs

3 months ago

Bed Bugs have become more common in the United States and in our community in recent years. Jonesboro School has an effective pest control contract with a professional pest company. Please visit the following web sites for up-to-date, accurate information concerning bed bugs: 

1) www.cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs/ and 

2) www.epa.gov/bedbugs.



By Donna Williams

Clothes Closet

3 months ago

The nurse office maintains a clothes closet for students who need a change of clothes at school due to spills or accidents. If your child does not have their own change of clothes at school, he or she will be offered clean clothing to make it through the day. If you would like to donate to our clothes closet, we can always use the following items: Elastic-waist pants, elastic-waist shorts, short-sleeve and long-sleeve t-shirts and comfortable shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, clean socks, and new underwear. We give away all sizes from 4t all the way through men’s and women’s XL. Clothing that we cannot use will be donated to other local charities.


By Donna Williams