COVID Mitigation in the Schools

Return to school Safely
  • Appropriate Masks
    One of the most important mitigation strategies is a good mask that fits properly. This CDC graphic provides information on the proper type and way to wear a mask. Please be sure that the mask covers the nose and mouth, is 2-3 layers, and does not have valves. Gaiters are not approved face coverings. If your child does not have a proper mask, they will be provided one for the day.

    Contact Tracing and Quarantine
    Per federal and state health guidelines, vaccinated students do not need to quarantine following COVID-19 exposure unless they contract COVID. If your child is 12 years old or older and is vaccinated, please email a copy of the record to the Daniel Wright nurse, Marissa Pastori at mpastori@d103.org, or drop off a paper copy at the Daniel Wright school office so we can identify which individuals do not need quarantine if they are identified as a close contact based on the current guidance from the Lake County Health Department. If we do not receive a copy of the vaccination card, your child will be quarantined if he/she is identified as close contact. Again, this guidance may change and we will keep you informed of any changes.

    Students who are quarantined due to having contracted COVID or are a close contact will receive remote learning during the quarantine period only. Specific information regarding the format of remote learning will be provided at a later date.

    Optional weekly COVID-19 testing
    To help keep our schools as safe as possible, we will be implementing optional weekly COVID testing for unvaccinated staff and students. Staff and students will be able to take home a simple nose/cheek swap kit on Mondays and return the swab on Tuesdays. Test results will be emailed to parents. If the test is positive, information on the next steps will be sent to each family. 

    • Watch the brief videos in Google Docs for instructions on using the PCR testing.
    • Watch the brief videos on our D103 YouTube channel for instructions on using the PCR testing

    How the PCR Testing Works
    Your child will arrive home on Monday with a plastic bag containing a swab and a vial. Please administer the PCR test to your child by either swabbing their mouth or nose. Directions for administering the test to your child can be found in the short informational videos below:

    On Tuesday, your child will return to school with the test kit and place it in a bin near the nurse’s office. You will receive an email from O'Hare Clinical Lab Services with your child’s test results regardless of whether they are positive or negative. If the test is positive, you will also receive a follow-up email from communications@d103.org, a text, and an automated phone call from 847-295-4030 with additional information. 

    Bussing Update
    We have a bussing update regarding our Test to Stay and quarantine procedures when students are identified as close contacts at school. We now have permission from the Lake County Health Department to allow our Tests to Stay students to ride the bus on the days they are not testing. A parent or guardian will still need to drive their students to school on the days when the test is required. Students will be able to ride the bus home from school everyday. For students who are under quarantine, they will be able to ride the bus immediately when their quarantine is over.