JULY 31, 2020 ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Students will need to bring at least two masks to school each day. Masks must fully cover the nose and mouth. The Mayo Clinic offers an excellent resource on what types of masks will be allowed on campus at LFCDS. Acceptable masks include: homemade masks, surgical/procedural masks, dust masks, N95 masks without vents. Masks with release valves are not permitted. Guidance for schools from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requires face masks for all individuals on campus age 2 and older. For the safety and health of all members of our community gathering on campus this year, LFCDS is adhering to this guidance without exception. Any students who cannot wear face masks while on campus will be required to enroll as virtual attendees.
Families should consider buying these additional items in preparation for the school year: Reusable water bottle: drinking fountains will be turned off but bottle-filling stations will be on. Hand sanitizer for personal use: School-provided sanitizer will be available throughout the building. Kleenex: Travel packs of tissues should be kept in a student's backpack or desk. Thermometer: Families will be required to do a daily temperature and symptom screening at home before coming to school. Thermal lunch container: Lunches eaten classrooms will not be able to be refrigerated or heated up.
The Lake County Health Department recommends that individuals returning from an area with widespread community transmission self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor their symptoms daily. This includes travel from the list of states outlined on their website.
Governors in other states, as well as Mayor Lightfoot in Chicago, have instituted mandatory 14-day quarantines for those coming from states with notably high rates of transmission. Though Governor Pritzker has not yet issued a similar quarantine order, as of this writing (July 26, 2020), all LFCDS families traveling out of state are urged to prepare for such an order and are encouraged to return home to Illinois at least 14 days before returning to campus.
Members of the LFCDS staff are participating this summer in an online COVID-19 contact tracing course through Johns Hopkins University. The course teaches participants how to conduct case investigations while working alongside local agencies required to intervene in contact tracing efforts. While the Lake County Health Department will be our primary partners in the event of a positive case of COVID-19, having an in-house understanding of contact tracing will play a valuable role in supporting our campus health and safety measures and in enhancing our ability to collaborate effectively with the LCHD.
Practice the 3 Ws to prepare for the measures we'll ask students to take on campus: 1) Wash Your Hands - Practice routine, proper hand-washing techniques. 2) Wear a Mask - We recommend finding masks that are comfortable for your child and allow them to breathe easily. Consistent practice with wearing masks for extended periods of time will help our community safely return to and stay on campus as long as possible. 3) Watch Your Distance - Teach children what it looks like to stay 6 feet from others. Creative ideas include: using a pool noodle or lining up six shoes on the ground.