CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Positive cases at Blackhawk send 23 students into quarantine
Five positive COVID cases were reported to the District this week. Two of those cases -- one at Tioga and one at Johnson -- produced no close contacts.
However, three positive cases were reported at Blackhawk. While one of those cases produced no close contacts, the other two sent 23 otherwise healthy students into quarantine for up to 14 days.
More than half of these quarantines were preventable. A student attended school for one day and was sent home with COVID symptoms. Had that not happened, 12 quarantined students would still be attending school without interruption.
Parents, your help and understanding is essential to the success of all our COVID safety measures.
Keep your child home if they are sick or symptomatic. Your choice to send your sick child to school could negatively impact countless others. Please keep them home until a negative COVID test confirms they can return to school.
If your child has had close contact with a student who tested positive for COVID, they must quarantine for up to 14 days.Close contacts are defined as individuals who ...
spent more than 15 minutes with an individual with COVID,
spent a significant amount of that time within 3 feet of that individual, and
spent a significant amount of that time without a face covering.
A negative test will not shorten or reduce the quarantine period. Individuals who had close contact with a COVID case may become infectious before they feel sick or have symptoms.
Our COVID-related school health decisions are defined by the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD). The District does not determine when students who test positive for COVID or must quarantine as close contacts can return to school. All positive COVID test results and close contacts are reported to the DCHD, which will communicate with every family and may ask for additional information. The DCHD will also supply these families with the letter needed for their children to return to school. These students cannot return to school without this written release from the DCHD.