• Frequently Asked Questions


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 October 27, 2020.

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.

If a student has had COVID within the last 90 days, the parent should contact the nurse directly to discuss that circumstance.

Unfortunately, a negative test does not release a student from quarantine if he/she has been exposed to the virus. The student still will need to remain out of school for 14 days. This is because the incubation period, meaning the time they might develop symptoms after exposure, is 14 calendar days. Throughout the pandemic, there have been incidents in which individuals who were exposed became symptomatic after 10 days in quarantine. The 14 days are necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

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 will continue to promote the efficient flow of students throughout the hallways with one-way traffic patterns where space permits. Students will not be allowed to congregate. By not issuing lockers this year, traffic through the halls has flowed smoothly.

The CDC advises that COVID-19 is spread through close contact with an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset. Though more students are in the halls with full attendance, students wearing masks passing each other during the five minutes between class periods does not constitute close contact.

  • 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.

LTHS was recently certified to administer a rapid antigen test (BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card). LTHS will begin piloting the use of this diagnostic test in April. Given the health personnel staffing and large enrollment at East and Central campuses, it will be used on a case by case basis to ensure the safety of our student population.

LTHS greatly appreciates the assistance and cooperation of families. Throughout the pandemic, parents/guardians have proactively reported to the school when their students have been exposed, symptomatic, or positive for COVID-19. It is vitally important that parents/guardians continue to report on health issues as they arise and keep students home when they are ill, test positive, or have been exposed to the virus. It's also important for families to remind their students to comply with health guidelines by wearing their masks and maintaining physical distance.

Under the updated guidelines, schools can operate at no less than 3 feet to provide in-person learning in classrooms. Classrooms are staged to allow at least feet of distance between students.

Each classroom is supplied with hand sanitizer for use upon entrance to any classroom.

Lockers have not been 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 will be required to wear face coverings during in-person instruction and while riding school buses.

Due to the pandemic, through a federal meal reimbursement program, any student who wants a meal will be able to take a grab-and-go meal at no charge. No income verification is required. See Student Lunches for more details.

Under the new health guidelines, physical distancing for students during lunch remains at 6 feet. Larger spaces in the buildings have been created for lunches to ensure that students maintain the recommended 6 foot distancing while unmasked. Students will be permitted to remove their masks for short periods of time to eat their lunch.

The main determining factor for a school to be eligible for School Year 2020-2021 P-EBT is participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) as of February 2020, prior to the pandemic. LTHS was not participating in the NSLP as of February 2020. While the high school does not participate in that program, LTHS still provides free meals through the State program and is enrolled in the Summer Food Service Program to help our families through this pandemic. Unfortunately, LTHS cannot retroactively enroll in the NSLP.

Here is a list of eligible schools. The USDA created the new temporary program to provide benefits to free and reduced students who were not in person to receive the normal NSLP meals they were entitled to. This emergency COVID-19 benefit is from the USDA and was tied to NSLP program participation.

Traditional final exams will not be administered and LTHS will not have an alternate schedule for the last 3 days of schools as it traditionally has had for exam days. Teachers may give students a variety of assessments as they finish their experiences in each course.

Throughout the pandemic, the Wednesday shortened remote learning day has proven to be very beneficial for students and teachers. It is a day that teachers have additional time in the morning to collaborate, prepare, and connect with students on an individual basis. Also, it gives students on quarantine an opportunity to reconnect with their classes and teachers.

During full attendance, having a day in the middle of the week also provides additional time for our Facilities Staff to conduct any necessary maintenance, such as restaging shifted desks to ensure 3 feet of distance.

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. Cases are to isolate for a minimum of 10 calendar days or if symptoms persist, when released by the local health provider, while contacts are to quarantine for 14 calendar days. This is because the incubation period--the time they might develop symptoms after an exposure—is 14 calendar days, while the infectious period when a case can transmit illness is approximately 10 calendar days.) The health department also will provide guidance on how to safely quarantine and isolate within the household. 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.

Any one symptom of COVID-19 requires a 10 calendar day quarantine, no in-person learning can be attended. (unless a negative diagnosis of COVID-19, or an alternative diagnosis is received and sent to the nurse's office) Symptoms requiring exclusion include: fever, headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or sense of smell, fatigue, muscle or body aches.

Students exposed to COVID-19 must be quarantined for 14 days. Students who have tested positive must quarantine for 10 days. For instructions for reporting positivity or exposure, see https://www.lths.org/Page/2794.

Teachers have routines in place to address the needs of students placed on quarantine that they've built throughout the pandemic and continue to improve. The first step if students are placed on quarantine is to connect with their teachers. Teachers provide resources to students who are absent for extended periods of time to ensure they do not fall behind. Teachers share class materials and instruct quarantined students through a variety of interactive ways using engaging educational tools (like EdPuzzzle, Gimkit, Nearpod). Teachers post these materials in Google Classroom. Students working from home can also find additional tutoring opportunities, such as online after-school tutoring (Kitchen Table) and peer tutoring (arranged through guidance counselors).  Students are also encouraged to reach out to their teachers to schedule virtual meetings during Porter Assistance and Connection Time. Teachers frequently use a combination of many of these methods. Students and parents should not hesitate to contact their teacher with questions or if a student is struggling.

According to the CDC, individuals who have been fully vaccinated, meaning it's been two or more weeks since their final dose, and are not symptomatic since COVID-19 exposure, are not required to quarantine.

Individuals, who are unvaccinated, and are exposed are required to quarantine for 14 days. Any symptomatic person regardless of vaccination is required to quarantine for 10 days.

Effective immediately, due to limited student parking with students in full attendance, only students who have purchased Student Parking Permit Stickers will be permitted to park on campus. Parking Permit Stickers were sold to seniors only. Juniors will be accommodated to the extent possible. Permits will be issued to juniors by lottery. Those students parking on campus without a permit will be subject to disciplinary action.

Regular bus service is provided. Buses are disinfected twice daily. Bus routes can be accessed through Parent Portal. Face coverings will be worn by students and drivers. Masks are available to accommodate students. Students from the same households are asked to sit together. Buses are filled from back to front and can operate at capacity under the new guidelines. As students enter the bus, the driver records their names for purposes of contact tracing. All buses are equipped with surveillance cameras. These cameras have been instrumental in contact tracing, as well as identifying students who are noncompliant with wearing their masks. These students are referred to the deans for disciplinary action.

After-school bus service is available at each campus between 3:00 - 3:15 p.m. for students attending Porter Assistance and Connection Time. Pick up will be at Door #4 (Cafeteria Entrance) at East Campus, and Door #3 (Gym Entrance) at Central. Please advise your child to communicate with the Bus Drivers about where they need to go, so they are getting on the correct bus.

Activity buses are available at each campus at daily 5:30 p.m. and depart promptly at 5:45 p.m. The pickup locations are the same as the bus for Porter Assistance and Connection Time. Please advise your child to communicate with the Bus Drivers about where they need to go, so they are getting on the correct bus.

Students waiting for their activity or sport after school dismissal are allowed to sit in the Cafeteria at East Campus and in the Cafeteria at Central Campus. Students must not congregate while waiting. Students may not leave campus at dismissal and return for their activity or sport before 3:00 p.m.

There is a bus at each campus between 3:00 - 3:15 p.m. for students attending Porter Assistance and Connection Time. Pick up will be at Door #4 (Cafeteria Entrance) at East Campus and Door #3 (Gym Entrance) at Central. Please advise your child to communicate with the Bus Drivers about where they need to go, so they are getting on the correct bus.

There are Activity Buses at each campus daily at 5:30 p.m. and depart promptly at 5:45 p.m. The pickup locations are the same as the bus for Porter Assistance and Connection Time. Please advise your child to communicate with the Bus Drivers about where they need to go, so they are getting on the correct bus.

Students waiting for their activity or sport after school dismissal are allowed to sit in the Cafeteria at East Campus and in the Cafeteria at Central Campus. Students must not congregate while waiting. Students may not leave campus at dismissal and return for their activity or sport before 3:00 p.m.

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.

  • 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.

Physical Education classes will continue to follow IDPH guidelines and students will not be changing for class. Students will continue to learn about mindfulness, social and emotional well-being, as well as physical well-being in their classrooms. Relaxation walks with moderate physical activity to relieve stress may be part of the student experience.

Remote classes will continue to be available for the classroom portion of Drivers Education. Behind the Wheel will be offered this summer and after school in the fall in compliance with current COVID-19 Guidelines. Information will be available on the website.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lockport Township High School Board of Edcuation has put a high emphasis on as much in-person learning as possible. Lockport maintains around a 96% attendance rate and we wish to continue that success. Other schools have found that in-person attendance has been hampered by offering a live stream of classes.

Teacher attention split between students in the classroom and students on the live stream results in neither student group having the optimal experience.

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