News

October 18, 2020

We are so excited to welcome students back to school!  As you prepare to send your child, please take a moment to review the important information below. Thank you for your support in keeping our students and staff healthy.  Please review the Preparing Students for Return to Hybrid document carefully, prior to sending students to school. These procedures and protocols have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and community. You can access an electronic copy of the document below. As a reminder, parents and guardians must also wear a mask and maintain appropriate social distance while on school grounds. 

Preparing Armstrong Students for Hybrid Instruction 

On Mornings of In-Person Attendance

Also, don’t forget to send your child’s Chromebook or iPad, the charger, their own headphones or earbuds, lunch and any other schoolwork, books, and supplies they may need. 

If your child is attending in-person instruction, you are very familiar with the daily screener that comes through your email at 5:30am on the mornings your child is here.  It would be very helpful if you could complete that screener by 7:45am each morning. We are required to follow up with each family who did not complete the screener by 8:00am. This will ensure that you do not get a call from an Armstrong staff member asking you to do the screener over the phone.  Please see the District 54 Exclusion Chart on our website at sd54.org/reopeningd54 for more details on when to keep your child home. We thank everyone that has chosen to stay home out of an abundance of caution to keep our students, staff and community safe.

When Someone is Sick
Any individual who shows any signs or symptoms of illness must stay home. Anyone who begins to exhibit a fever or COVID-19 like symptoms while at school will be sent to the school nurse. Students will wait in quarantine rooms until they can be picked up from school. Students in quarantine at home who feel well may transition to remote learning.

Individuals may not return to school until they have met the criteria outlined in the District 54 Exclusion Chart.

Positive COVID-19 Cases
Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows any signs or symptoms of illness must stay home. Please report possible cases of COVID-19 to your school so that we can initiate contact tracing and notify others who have had close contact.

Before returning to school the student must:

    • Complete the minimum quarantine time period of 14 days if they have symptoms or 10 days if they don’t have symptoms;

    • Be symptom free and fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; and

    • Provide a Release from Isolation letter or other form of communication from the local health department releasing them from quarantine. 

Close Contacts
People who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home and monitor their symptoms for 14 days. Close contact is defined as “any individual who has been closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with or without a face covering.”

Individuals who are asymptomatic during the 14 days of quarantine do not need to produce a Release from Isolation letter from the local health department before returning to school. Individuals cannot return early, even if the individual has a negative COVID-19 test, due to the incubation and infectious period of COVID-19. For more details, please refer to the School District 54 Student Exclusion Chart.

Cook County Travel Quarantine List
The Cook County Department of Public Health has added a number of states to its travel quarantine list. Any person entering Cook County after visiting one of these high-incidence states for more than 24 hours must quarantine for 14 days after returning home.  Students in the in-person hybrid plan would need to attend school remotely during the quarantine period if they were to visit these states. Please consult the Suburban Cook County Travel Quarantine List(updated on Tuesdays) and let your child’s teacher know if your child needs to quarantine. 

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact Principal Lipman if you have any questions. You can also check out our website at sd54.org/reopeningd54 and to watch the Back to School video with your children.