Granite City School District #9

Health & Wellness

If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you could have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home.

  • Stay home. You may be contagious to others.

  • If you think you, or your child, have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider & school nurse immediately.

  • Keep track of your symptoms.

  • If you or your child have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately.

  • When calling your child's absence in to the school, be specific with your child's symptoms. If someone in your home or your child has been diagnosed, inform the school nurse or call it in to attendance line as soon as possible.

  • Personal identifiable information is protected under privacy laws. The district is unable to share the identities of potential or positive Coronavirus cases unless specific consent is obtained by the individual.

Daily Screening at Home: Instructions

If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Please check your child for these symptoms daily:

SECTION 1: Symptoms

    • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

    • Sore throat

    • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

    • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or

    • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.

    • New loss of taste or smell.

SECTION 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure

    • Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19: OR

    • Traveled to or lived in an area where the local, Tribal, territorial, or state health department is reporting large numbers of COVID-19 cases as described in the Community Mitigation Framework

    • Live in areas of high community transmission (as described in the Community Mitigation Framework) while the school remains open.

If the student/parent/caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 but NO to any questions in Section 2, the student's doctor should be contacted for possible testing. The student would be excused from school for 10 days and symptoms improving and no temperature without the use of fever reducing medication. In order to return to school before the 10 days, a note from the doctor is needed stating there is no clinical suspicion for COVID-19 infection and indicate an alternative diagnosis with exclusion consistent with this diagnosis.

If the student or parent or caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 and YES to any question in Section 2, the student should be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and possible testing. CDC strongly encourages local health departments to work with local school systems to develop a strategy to refer symptomatic individuals to an appropriate healthcare provider or testing site. State, Tribal, territorial, and local health officials and/or healthcare providers will determine when viral testing for COVID-19 is appropriate.

Students diagnosed with COVID-19 or who answer YES to any question in Section 1 and YES to any question in Section 2 without negative test results should stay home, isolate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department (LHD). Students and their families should be advised that the LHD may contact the family for contact tracing. If contacted, families should notify the contract tracer that the student attended school.

Students diagnosed with COVID-19 or who answer YES to any component of Section 1 AND YES to any component of Section 2 without negative test results should be permitted to return to school as directed from their LHD and in line with current CDC recommendations in “When Can I Be Around Others”. Questions regarding return to school should be jointly decided in consultation with parents or caregivers, school personnel, and the student’s healthcare provider.


GCSD9 In-Person Learning Requirements

If you choose in-person instruction, the following requirements will be in place:

  • All staff and students are required to follow IDPH PPE guidelines and wear masks unless outdoors or eating/drinking.

  • Refusal to wear a mask in the building will lead to the student being redirected and then sent home if refusal occurs.

  • Repeated refusal will lead to the student being placed into 100% remote instruction.

  • Daily self-certification of health condition following screening guidelines (lanyards or Skyward app)

  • Socially distancing to the greatest extent possible.

  • Student supplies will not be shared.

Health and Wellness Guidelines for In-Person Learning

  • Individuals who are sick should stay home and not report to school.

  • All students and staff will be REQUIRED daily to either self-certify their health or be subject to a temperature and symptoms/exposure check before entering a classroom. Self-certification for staff and students will occur through the Skyward app or lanyard process on a daily basis. The lanyard will have the COVID-19 symptom checklist printed on the lanyard for parents and guardians to use daily. Once the child is screened by the parent or guardian, the child will wear the lanyard to signify that he/she is symptom free that day.

  • Failure to certify students multiple times will result in the child being moved to remote instruction.

  • Students are required to wear a cloth face mask or disposable single use mask that covers their mouth and nose throughout the school day. Cloth masks must be cleaned daily. Refusal to wear a mask properly will result in the student being sent home.

  • Students will be taught and reminded about proper and frequent hand washing.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the buildings and classrooms.

  • Signage will be posted throughout the buildings to remind students of appropriate social distancing and hygiene.

  • Students who are sick and/or displaying COVID-19 symptoms at school will be isolated until they can be picked up by parent or guardian.

  • School nurses will use the IDPH COVID-19 Exclusion Decision Tree. This will provide consistent guidelines for when a student needs to be sent home due to COVID-19 symptoms or close contact.

  • ALL siblings MUST be sent home when a sibling or parent (who works in the district) is sent home with symptoms until the person who was sent home provides proof of a negative test OR doctor's note documenting an alternative diagnosis.

  • If a student or staff member has been identified as a close contact, they must be quarantined for 14 days from the last date of exposure. Students and staff will not be allowed to return to school earlier than the date deemed by the Madison County Health Department.