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Reporting A Student Absence

Please call the main office of your child’s school or use the “Report an Absence” button in the upper right-hand corner of our website to report your child’s absence. The District has procedures in place to ensure the collection of information necessary to properly report positive COVID-19 cases to the health department, engage in contact tracing, as well as to provide concurrent learning to eligible students. Please do not contact your child's teacher(s), as they are working with children and often do not receive email or phone messages until the end of our school day. Additionally, our teachers cannot assess symptoms or quarantine orders to determine eligibility for concurrent learning. Per ISBE, concurrent learning is provided for students under quarantine order due to COVID-19 exposure, students demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms, and students who are COVID-19 positive. Calling the main office of your child’s school or using the “Report an Absence” button in the upper right-hand corner of our website will help us accurately and efficiently complete the many steps required to process your child's absence and secure any needed support. 

If you child is sick with the following symptoms - fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from an unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause:

  • Keep your child home.

  • Call the main office of your child’s school or use the “Report an Absence” button in the upper right corner of our website to report your child’s absence. Indicate your child’s symptoms and the start date of those symptoms.

  • It is RECOMMENDED that your child have a negative COVID-19 test to return to school.  

  • Your child MUST be free from fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and free from diarrhea/vomiting for 24 hours prior to returning to school.  

If your child is found to be COVID-19 positive:

  • Keep your child home for a minimum of five days.  The date of symptom onset counts as day zero.

  • Isolate your child.

  • Call the main office of your child’s school or use the “Report an Absence” button in the upper right-hand corner of our website to report your child is COVID-19 positive and the start date of symptoms and/or the date of the positive test. Please email the positive test result to your school nurse and building administrator.

If your child is deemed a close contact outside of school:

  • He/she may stay at school as long as your child does not exhibit any COVID-19 illness symptoms.

OR

  • Quarantine for 5 calendar days if exposure was at school, and participate in remote learning.

OR

  • Quarantine for 10 calendar days if exposure was at home, and participate in remote learning.

  • Call the main office of your child’s school or use the “Report an Absence” button in the upper right-hand corner of our website to report your child is a close contact and the date of exposure. This information will help determine your child’s return to school date.

If you are calling your child out for reasons other than those listed above, and   unrelated to COVID-19:

  • Keep your child home.
  • Call the main office of your child’s school or use the “Report an Absence” button in the upper right-hand corner of our website and report the reason for the absence (i.e. family emergency).