FAQs for Parents/Guardians

  • COVID-19 related guidelines for returning to school in person school/sports/activities at EPCHS.
    Remember the 3 W’s…   Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance

    Testing Update from IDPH

    The RT-PCR molecular test (usually sent to a lab for testing) is the “gold standard” for clinical diagnostic detection of COVID-19. Rapid tests usually provide quicker results than the RT-PCR, but they have a higher probability of missing an active infection. Therefore, it may be necessary to confirm a rapid test result with a RT-PCR test. 

    What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

    • Fever of 100.4 degrees or greater or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

     What are the procedures for students or staff with COVID-19 like symptoms?

    • ALL students and staff sent home or absent with any of the above COVID-19 like symptoms should be medically evaluated and/or diagnostically tested for COVID-19 and remain home until they receive the results. Additionally, all household members must stay home until COVID-19 is ruled out by the RT-PCR test or a physician's note. Please do not send other children to school/sports/activities until COVID-19 is ruled out in the household. Please see the EPCHS COVID-19 Health Protocol for more information and optional form for the healthcare provider to complete. 
    • If well enough, the student(s) should attend classes remotely.  

    If my child is a confirmed/probable case of COVID-19 or a close contact to a person with COVID-19, do I need to report this to the school? (Probable case: close contact who develops symptoms, but has not been tested for COVID.)

    • Yes! Please report a positive/probable COVID-19 case or close contact to a positive/probable COVID-19 case to the school as soon as possible. Please be prepared to speak with the District nurse or another member of the contact tracing team from EPCHS. This allows prompt communication from EPCHS to the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and promotes mitigating the spread of COVID-19 infection, surveillance, and contact tracing. The CCDPH may follow up with you via an electronic survey. When isolation or quarantine are completed a letter or verbal release to the nurse may be issued from CCDPH releasing the student to return to school. 


    What if my child is a Confirmed or Probable case of COVID-19?

    • Confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 must complete a minimum 10 calendar days of isolation from the date of first symptom onset (or specimen collection date, if asymptomatic). They must also be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved before returning to school. A letter of release or verbal confirmation to the District nurse will be issued from the Cook County Department of Health. 


    Who is considered a close contact?

    • Anyone who was within 6 feet of a confirmed/probable case of COVID-19 (with or without a face covering), for at least 15 minutes throughout the course of a day. The period of close contact begins 2 calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person) or 2 calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person). Close contacts to a confirmed/probable 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. A negative COVID test does NOT release a close contact from quarantine. 


    What if my child is sick, but it is not COVID-19?

    • Students and staff diagnosed with a non-COVID illness must, at minimum, provide a negative COVID-19 test result (physician note stating the test is negative is acceptable) OR a healthcare provider's note documenting that there is no clinical suspicion of COVID-19 and indicate the alternative diagnosis, AND be fever and symptom free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Additionally, all household members must stay home until COVID-19 is ruled out with a negative RT-PCR test or a physician note. 
    • If well enough, the student(s) should attend classes remotely. 


    Please click on the link below for additional information related to COVID-19 in Schools (subject to updates as more data becomes available) 

    https://www.isbe.net/Documents/IDPH-COVID-19 Exclusion-Decision-Tree.pdf