Dear Beaubien Families,
It has been so exciting to kick off the 2021-22 School Year! Thank you for your partnership as we continue to navigate education during this global pandemic. It is wonderful seeing our students smile and laugh as they get back into the routine of school. A BIG shout out to our staff who make Beaubien such a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures to help protect our children, our families, and our staff and their families. We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID-19 cases. Screening testing for families who signed up will start tomorrow 9/20. The testing team will be at school from 9:00-10:30. If you are still interested in signing your child up for screening, please register HERE.
We have received several questions regarding individual circumstances and have categorized the concerns to address common questions below.
Michelle H. Ludford, Principal
COVID-19 Protocol Reminders
Please be reminded that if you do receive a positive test result, it is imperative that you report the positive results to the Office of Student Health & Wellness or call 773-553-KIDS. Only self-reported cases will indicate the need for next steps in our district. Transparency is key to ensuring all of our students remain safe.
2021-22 Opening of School Plans: The CPS external guidance will continue to be updated on SY22 External Guidance: Parents, Educators, and Partners as this year unfolds. Please review the varying scenarios:
Children with Symptoms at Home
- A child is sick with any COVID-19 symptoms (Fever 100.4 or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, new muscle or body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, runny nose or congestion, fatigue)
- Call your child’s healthcare provider
- Get child tested for COVID-19 and stay home while awaiting results
- Inform your childs’ teachers of any absence
- Negative COVID-19 results:
- Stay home until illness is over
- Symptoms have steadily improved
- Fever free for 24 hrs without medication
- No uncontrollable cough
- No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hrs
- Siblings should stay home until a negative test result or until an alternative diagnosis is received for the symptomatic child.
- Families will be asked to provide a Dr. note with an alternative diagnosis if a covid test was not given.
- Positive COVID results:
- The student must isolate for 10 days from start of illness
- Non fully vaccinated household members (siblings, etc.) must quarantine 14 days from the date of last contact or end of student’s isolation)
Child/Staff Exhibits Symptoms During School
- A child or staff member exhibits COVID-like symptoms at school, including a 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 unknown cause, Muscle or body aches from unknown cause
- Students and staff MUST remain home from school for at least 10 days AND improvement of symptoms OR until they receive negative test results OR alternative diagnosis.
- If negative, they can return to school following a negative test:
- 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. Other diseases have specific criteria for when a student or staff member can return to school.
- A doctor’s note documenting the alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test result should accompany a student or staff member returning to school with an alternative diagnosis after experiencing COVID-like symptoms.
- If diagnosed with an alternative diagnosis, they must meet the criteria for returning to school for the illness with which they have been diagnosed. A doctor’s note must accompany the child to return to school.
- If positive, please report their results to the Office of Student Health and Wellness cps.edu/COVIDresults.
- All students and staff sent home with COVID-like symptoms should be sent home and isolated until they are diagnostically tested.
- Vaccination status does not impact those experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Those experiencing COVID-like symptoms must stay home and get tested regardless of vaccination status.
COVID-19 Close Contact at Home
- Someone (household member, friend, or visitor) that the student was in close contact with has tested positive.
- Entire household must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure.
- Testing is encouraged between 3-5 days after the last date of exposure.
- COVID-19 positive person must isolate for 10 days from start of the illness (or 10 days from the date of test if no symptoms)
- Fully vaccinated household members who are not experiencing symptoms do not need to quarantine. It is recommended that they be tested 3-5 days after the last day of exposure.
COVID-19 Positive Exposure in Classroom
- A child or staff member tests positive for COVID-19
- It is imperative that the parent report the positive case to CPS at cps.edu/covidresults so that the contact tracing can begin.
- When a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified in school, the classroom will go to remote learning. The CPS contact tracing team will start their investigation and determine if the individual was in the building while contagious and establish who were close contacts. Classrooms exposed to a positive case will stay remote until the contact tracing team has completed their investigation and made a determination.
- After completing an interview with the individual who tested positive and reviewing entrance logs of the school, the contact tracing team will notify any individuals who were identified as close contact of the need to quarantine for 10 days and will be provided a return to school date.
- Quarantined students will be provided chromebooks for remote instruction Remote instruction will start on the second day after notification.
- The school will send a notification informing the community when a confirmed case was present in the building.
- Siblings of students in different classrooms are considered secondary exposure and will not be required to quarantine.
- A family decides to travel and is returning from a high-risk (orange) state
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
- Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
- If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
- Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine if they are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated. They must monitor their health for 14 days after travel and if they experience symptoms potentially consistent with COVID-19, they must self-isolate until clinical evaluation and COVID testing.