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COVID UPDATE: Confirmed case at Early Head Start program at Tioga School

COVID Update

Dear District 2 Community:

An individual from the Early Head Start program at Tioga School tested positive for COVID-19 on October 22, 2020, after having symptoms the morning of October 20. This person will remain away from the program until meeting requirements set by the State and County health departments.

Head Start staff immediately determined to temporarily close the classroom, because it serves children under the age of 24 months, who do not wear masks. It will be closed for 14 days, following the State health department guidance. No other persons are quarantined.

This is the first positive diagnosis at Head Start since school resumed in August and the sixth in the District. Under health department guidelines, this case is not believed to be linked to the other District cases, because of different locations and because more than 14 days separate the cases.

What should you do?

You have no restrictions when in the District. Contact tracing under State guidelines determined you were not a close contact in this situation. You may still attend school or work in the District. You do not need to quarantine.

Always, you should wear your mask indoors and keep social distance of six feet or further. These are your best protections.

If you develop symptoms[1], stay home.  Contact your health care provider to determine if testing is needed. If your symptoms become severe[2], seek medical care immediately. 

Following these COVID prevention policies will help us maintain the safest possible school environment for all students and staff.

Sources for more information

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  Please contact your principal or supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Signature

Dr. James Stelter
Superintendent of Schools
Bensenville School District 2

 


1. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. When deciding whether you should stay home, you may exclude symptoms attributable to known allergies or to known pre-existing conditions.

2. Severe symptoms of COVID-19 include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.