• What to do if,....

If a student has tested positive, the parent/guardian should immediately contact the Nurses Office. During business hours, please call the office:

Central Campus
Nurse's Office
815-588-8280
East Campus
Nurse's Office
815-588-8380

If reporting the information after hours or on the weekend, please provide a telephone contact by email. Please do not relay details of health information by email or on voicemail.

When speaking with a nurse or staff member, please be prepared to provide the following information:

✔️ Student's name
✔️ Date of birth
✔️ Symptom start date
✔️ Testing date
✔️ Last time physically in school
✔️ Close contacts of LTHS students ("close contact" is within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period)
✔️ Is the student in Athletics/Activities?
✔️ Does the student ride the bus?
✔️ What facility conducted the COVID-19 test?
✔️ Does the infected student have any siblings at LTHS? If so, they must also be quarantined.

Please note, current state guidelines require schools to only accept the RT-PCR test, which takes 2-5 days to receive results.

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 use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved before returning to school.

In the interest of medical privacy and to assure reporting procedures are followed, students and parents should not email teachers or other students about their diagnosis. LTHS will notify all individuals who have been in close contact through contact tracing.

If a student is sick and has COVID-like symptoms, please notify the Attendance Office.

Central Campus
Nurse's Office
815-588-8280
East Campus
Nurse's Office
815-588-8380

The parent should keep the student home and get a COVID-19 test (RT-PCR test) if possible.

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 use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved before returning to school.

If one of the household members is being evaluated for COVID-19, the rest of the household must be quarantined until an alternative diagnosis is made or a negative result is received. If the sick student becomes a confirmed case (i.e., tests positive for COVID-19) or a probable case (i.e., has COVID-like symptoms and is epidemiologically linked to a known case), the local health department (LHD) conducting contact tracing will place household contacts, including siblings, in quarantine for 14 calendar days.

Report the student’s quarantine to the Attendance Office.

At a minimum, the individual must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and have had no diarrhea or vomiting in the previous 24 hours.

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the district will conduct contact tracing and notify any individuals who have been in close contact. A positive case does not necessarily mean that all individuals in a classroom will be quarantined, only individuals who have been in close contact with the person who tested positive. The administration makes these decisions in coordination with health professionals and the Will County Department of Health.

  • Other Questions

Yes. If one of the household members is being evaluated for COVID-19, the rest of the household must be quarantined until an alternative diagnosis is made or a negative result is received. If the sick student becomes a confirmed case (i.e., tests positive for COVID-19) or a probable case (i.e., has COVID-like symptoms and is epidemiologically linked to a known case), the local health department (LHD) conducting contact tracing will place household contacts, including siblings, in quarantine for 14 calendar days.

Persons who remain asymptomatic throughout 14 calendar days of quarantine do not need a healthcare provider’s note to return to school. During the quarantine period, a contact tracer will be closely monitoring the contact to confirm they remain asymptomatic. Documentation to return to school includes a Release from Quarantine letter and should be provided to the Nurses Office by fax or email.

Central Campus
Nurse's Office Fax
815-588-8279
East Campus
Nurse's Office Fax
815-588-8384
Central Campus
Nurse's Office Fax
815-588-8279
East Campus
Nurse's Office Fax
815-588-8384

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.

  • Any families who need assistance in locating free or reduced-cost medical clinics for assistance can contact the Guidance Office.

    LTHS bases its COVID-19 policies and procedures on guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Here is the latest IDPH Guidance.