Preparing for Sickness
Update as of 10/6/20:
The local departments of public health in Illinois, Cook County and Chicago have recently updated their guidance concerning COVID-19 testing and return-to-work/school admittance.
Based on this new guidance, any individual (student or employee) who experiences COVID-like symptom(s):
- Should be sent home immediately with any siblings
- All students in the home may return to school if the symptoms dissipate within 24 hours and they have not been exposed to any individual infected with COVID-19
If symptoms do not dissipate within 24 hours, the individual should be:
- Referred to their healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing (it is important to note the type of test administered)
- Quarantined with the entire family while awaiting the test result.
The individual may return to school if both of the following criteria are met:
- Documentation of a negative test for COVID-19
- 24-hours with no fever (without fever-reducing medication)
If symptoms persist, the individual should obtain an alternate diagnosis from a medical provider in addition to the negative COVID-19 diagnosis (e.g., strep throat diagnosis and negative COVID-19 result). If an alternative diagnosis of a communicable illness is provided, the individual should stay home until symptoms have receded per doctor’s instruction.
As a reminder, a doctor’s note is not required for individuals who are:
- Confirmed COVID-19 positive: For the individual to return to school he or she must have: a) remained at home for 10 days, b) no fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication), and c) A general reduction of other symptoms by 75% or more.
- Quarantined, but not symptomatic, due to COVID-19 exposure: Individuals may return to school if they have been quarantined for 14 days and not developed symptoms of COVID-19 during that time.
DePaul Prep will implement several strategies to prepare for when a student or faculty or staff member gets sick:
Home Isolation Criteria for Faculty & Staff, and Families of Sick Students
Sick staff members or students should not return until they have met CDPH’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.
Identify & Isolate Those Who Show Symptoms
- If a faculty/staff member or student becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been identified as a Close Contact of, or exposed to, someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case: that faculty/staff member or family of the student needs to notify our Nurse immediately.
- We will Immediately separate faculty, staff and students with COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath) at school. We have identified an isolation room or area to separate anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms.
- Individuals who display COVID-19-like symptoms will be sent home or to a healthcare facility depending on the severity of their symptoms.
- Parents will be expected to pick up their student IMMEDIATELY from school if a student presents with COVID-19 symptoms. Faculty and Staff will go home if they experience COVID-19 symptoms as well.
- If a student or staff member has an alternative diagnosis that is similar to COVID-19 symptoms, then they need to provide a healthcare provider's note to our Nurse and the school. These persons must also stay home until their symptoms have resolved or improved.
- Symptomatic students or faculty/staff without a healthcare provider's note and who refuse to do diagnostic testing must stay home at least 10 days from onset of symptoms and for 24 hours with no fever, and improvement of symptoms.
Clean and Disinfect
Classrooms or offices used by a sick person will be closed and will not be used until these areas have been cleaned and disinfected. Ideally, these spaces will not be used for 24 hours.
Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts
In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, Dr. Stanton-Anderson or our Nurse will notify local health officials, faculty & staff, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
DePaul Prep will perform its own contact tracing and our Nurse will inform students/staff who have been identified as a close contact of, or exposed to, a person diagnosed with COVID-19. Those identified as Close Contacts will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days starting on the date of identified exposure. After 14 days have passed, the person must be symptom free for an additional 24 hours before being allowed to return to campus.
*Per the Chicago Department of Public Health, close proximity is defined as being within 6 feet of another person for 15 minutes or more, even if a mask was worn.
Procedures for Students or Faculty/Staff Members Diagnosed with COVID-19
If a student or faculty/staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19:
1. The confirmed case will need to isolate themselves for 10 days from the first onset of symptoms, or if asymptomatic, from the date of when their test was taken. On the last day of isolation, the confirmed case will need to be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without using fever-reducing medications) and improved symptoms.
2. The confirmed case will be contacted by DePaul Prep to confirm their return-back-to-school date.
3. Mr. Niemiec or the student's counselor will reach out to a family regarding e-learning accommodations while the student is away from school.
The DePaul Prep School Re-Opening Team carefully tracks all COVID-19 cases reported to the school as well as incidences of close contacts on our campus. We are diligent in following up with cases as they arise to ensure that individuals and their families understand proper health and safety protocols they must adhere to both during time away from campus and upon their return. If there comes a time when a number of related COVID-19 cases are confirmed within our community, consideration for a temporary closure will be made. However, if cases remain intermittent and unrelated, we will continue with our current instructional program.
With regard to cleaning, our building is deep cleaned on a DAILY basis with all surfaces cleaned multiple times per day in classrooms, restrooms, hallways and offices. Two to four times per month, an electrostatic spray cleaning is completed in all work and classroom spaces. Throughout any given week day, there are seven Midway cleaning crew members ensuring our environment is as clean as possible.