Health & Safety | Reducing Risk
LTHS is following 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;
- Increase in schoolwide cleaning and disinfection, particularly the use of handwashing and hand sanitizing.
Face coverings must be worn at all times in school buildings even when physical distancing is maintained in accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education Guidelines. Face coverings do not need to be worn outside if physical distancing is maintained.
If a student is unable to wear face-covering due to a medical condition, the parent/guardian must contact the school nurse and a physician's note is required.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Staff only uses EPA-approved disinfectant with one minute kill time.
- The focus is on cleaning for health by reallocating staff and resources to increase the frequency of disinfecting in high touch areas.
- After the custodial staff has cleaned and disinfected, desks are tested regularly using an ATP meter to verify cleanliness.
- 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.
Steps to Prevent the Spread
- 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.
Response to Potential Cases
LTHS has established protocols to respond in the event of a positive or suspected case of COVID 19 on campus. All individuals who have come 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. "Close contact" means the individual who tested positive or was exposed was within 6 feet of others for more than 15 minutes without proper protective equipment like a face covering.
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.