LTHS follows the County Level COVID-19 Risk Metrics, which are updated weekly. The metrics include cases per 100,000, the number of cases per week, number of youth cases over a two-week period, and the positivity rate. Additional interim school guidance was issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health on August 17, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the guidance issued by the Illinois Department of Health, dated 9/9/2020:
- All students and staff sent home with COVID-like symptoms should be diagnostically tested. Students and staff should remain home from school until they receive the test results.
- Students and staff who are confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 must complete 10 calendar days of isolation from the date of first symptom onset and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved before returning to school.
- Students and staff returning to school after experiencing COVID-like symptoms but being diagnosed with a non-COVID illness must meet the criteria for returning to school for the illness with which they have been diagnosed. At a minimum, the individual must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and have had no diarrhea or vomiting in the previous 24 hours. Other diseases have specific criteria for when a student or staff member can return to school. Follow school health policies and communicable disease guidance for those illnesses. A health care provider’s note documenting the alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test result should accompany a student or staff member returning to school with an alternative diagnosis after experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Schools and districts should assist families in locating free or reduced-cost medical clinics for assistance where needed.
- Students and staff with COVID-like symptoms who do not get tested for COVID-19 and who do not provide a healthcare provider’s note documenting an alternative diagnosis, must complete 10 calendar days of isolation from the date of first symptom onset and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved before returning to school.
- Medical evaluation and COVID-19 diagnostic testing is strongly recommended for all persons with COVID-like symptoms.
A close contact is anyone (with or without a face covering) who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (with or without a face covering), for at least 15 minutes throughout the course of a day. The period of close contact begins 2 calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person) or 2 calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person). If the case was symptomatic (e.g., coughing, sneezing), persons with briefer periods of exposure may also be considered contacts. Close contacts to a confirmed case of COVID-19 are required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 calendar days starting from the last day of contact with the confirmed case.
- LTHS is following the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements for Phase 4 in-person instruction to keep students and staff safe while they are in the building. Key safety measures are below.
- Require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings;
- Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space;
- Require physical distancing be observed, as much as possible;
- Conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings;
- Robust cleaning and disinfection of the campuses.
Under the current plan, the number of students on campus is cut in half, which enables the district to have physical distancing throughout the campuses and on buses. Classrooms are staged to allow six feet of distance between students and supplied with hand sanitizer for use upon entrance to any classroom.
Lockers were not issued to promote a flow of student traffic in the hallways and avoid students congregating. Traffic flow is directed one-way through the hallways.
Students and staff members are required to wear face coverings during in-person instruction and while riding school buses. Cloth masks or disposable surgical masks are acceptable. Bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with valves or vents are not allowed, based on CDC recommendations and other studies. The bus schedule has been revised to accommodate one student per seat or approximately 24 students per bus.
Yes. Face coverings must be worn at all times in school buildings even when physical distancing is maintained in accordance with Illinois State Board of Education Guidelines. Cloth masks or disposable surgical masks are acceptable. Bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with valves or vents are not allowed, based on CDC recommendations and other studies. Face coverings do not need to be worn outside if physical distancing is maintained.
If a student is unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition, the parent/guardian must contact the school nurse and a physician's note is required.
LTHS has established protocols to respond in the event of a positive or suspected case of COVID-19 on campus. All individuals who have been in "close contact" with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who is positive would be notified, while also maintaining confidentiality. Persons who have had close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVD-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 are required to isolate or quarantine for 10 days. They also should be tested. The District will provide remote instruction to students who are self-quarantining if they are well enough to engage in learning. Individuals who have not had close contact would return to school and monitor their symptoms. The District would properly clean and disinfect the areas in a building used by the sick person.
Under the current hybrid schedule, the days have been shortened and lunch is not served. Meals are available for pick-up for those eligible for the Free and Reduced Meal Program. See Student Lunches for more details.
The district is providing masks for every student. Disposable surgical masks are also available on buses, in the classroom, and at building entrances, in case a student forgets, loses, or damages his or her mask.
Every classroom and office is fully stocked with disinfectant wipes, gloves, disinfectant spray bottles, and paper towels. Hand sanitizers are located in every classroom and office.
Regular bus service is provided. The hybrid learning schedule reduces the number of students riding buses. Face coverings must be worn by students and drivers. Cloth masks or disposable surgical masks are acceptable. Bandanas, neck gaiters, and masks with valves or vents are not allowed, based on CDC recommendations and other studies. Masks are available to accommodate students. The bus schedule has been revised to accommodate one student per seat or approximately 24 students per bus. Buses are disinfected twice daily.
LTHS is committed to ensuring accessibility to instruction for all students that is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards. This involves addressing the needs of students with IEPs, 504s, English Language Learners, Homeless, or other vulnerable students. Concerns regarding 504s should be directed to the Guidance Department. Concerns regarding English Language Learners should be directed to the English Department. IEP concerns should be directed to the Special Education Department.
Parents/Guardians who have never contacted LTHS about their student’s medical condition are strongly encouraged to contact the school nurse immediately.
Students with medical conditions or other concerns making them unable to participate in in-person learning were offered the opportunity to enroll in a full online curriculum, APEX, before the start of school. Enrollment for that program is now closed. Families with new circumstances should contact their guidance counselor.
Physical Education classes requiring physical activity will be conducted primarily on remote learning days. Locker rooms will be closed. In-school physical education classes will focus on health, wellness, and mindfulness.
Yes. Curriculum has been modified to comply with safety guidelines.
The LTHS Activities Program is both important and robust. Much like Athletics, activity sponsors have modified their programs to conform to the same public health safety guidelines used for in-person learning. Extracurricular activities must follow the Illinois Department of Public Health requirements set forth for the school setting, which include physical distancing, appropriate use of PPE, limiting the number of individuals in one space to 50 individuals or fewer in Phase 4. Information concerning clubs and activities offered at LTHS, as well as procedural modifications are available at www.lths.org, under the Activities tab.
On July 29, 2020, the IHSA and Illinois Department of Public Health announced the plan for high school athletics in the 2020-2021 school year. The plan involves four seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Information about the modified seasons is available under the Athletics tab of this website.
Student parking spaces are limited at East Campus. At this time, sale of parking permits will be to Seniors only. Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen are not allowed to purchase parking permits to drive to school. If there are any available parking spots when LTHS returns to a full in-person schedule, a lottery will determine parking privileges for Juniors only.
- Watch this video for an overview of the routines, procedures, and equipement the LTHS Facilities staff uses to maintain a safe environmen for students and staff.
- LTHS has focused on Cleaning for Health by reallocating staff and resources to increase the frequency of disinfecting in high touch areas. Staff only uses EPA-approved disinfectant with one minute kill time.
- The work of the custodial staff is tested. Desks are tested regularly using an ATP meter.
- Multiple Electrostatic Sprayers are used to effectively and efficiently disinfect large spaces, buses, and athletic equipment.
- The entire custodial staff has taken a ten-part tutorial on Infectious Control and Prevention this summer. They learned how to break the chain of infection, limit cross-contamination, and use certain techniques to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Every classroom has disinfecting wipes. Hand sanitizing machines are available throughout buildings and in every classroom for students to use as they enter.
- There is assigned seating in every classroom setting.
- All shared items and equipment have been removed from classrooms.
- All drinking fountains have been shut down.
LTHS students are required to complete no less than 40 hours of community service in order to graduate. The LTHS Board of Education waived the requirement for graduates of the class of 2020. At this time, the requirement has not been waived for any other students.