As school begins this fall, the priority of Lockport Township High School is full, in-person learning for all students. The district is committed to keeping students safely on campus and maintains layers of disease prevention strategies. Measures include masking, physical distancing, optimal ventilation, and sanitation. The administration and nursing staff work closely with Will County Public Health to facilitate contact tracing and monitor community conditions. The well-being of individual students and the entire community remains everyone’s responsibility. The district continues to maintain procedures to safeguard the health of students and staff. Parents and guardians need to monitor and report COVID-like symptoms, keep sick children home, and assume the consequences of vaccination and mask decisions.
When to Call the Nurse
If a student has tested positive for or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the parent/guardian should immediately contact the Nurses Office. Symptoms include, but are not limited to: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. fatigue, fever or chills, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. During business hours, please call the office:Central CampusNurse's Office815-588-8280Fax: 815-588-8279
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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✔️ Is the student in Athletics/Activities?✔️ Does the student ride the bus?✔️ What facility conducted the COVID-19 test?
Please note, current state guidelines require schools to only accept the RT-PCR test. Students enrolled in the SHIELD program may arrange to be tested without entering the school building when SHIELD is available.
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 negative test results. Students and staff who are confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 must remain in isolation for the prescribed number of quarantine days 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.
Masks and Other Mitigations
Masks: The CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Will County Public Health recommend that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas with substantial and high transmission. CDC is also recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. The LTHS School Board approved a resolution adopting this recommendation. All other mitigations with respect to physical distancing, hand sanitizing, cleaning, and ventilation will remain in place.
Areas of substantial transmission are considered by CDC to be those with 50 to 99 cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period. Areas of high transmission are considered to be those with more than 100 cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period. The community level of transmission can be found here https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
Physical Distancing: Current guidance establishes appropriate physical distancing as 3 feet of separation between students in classrooms and lunch settings for schools that have on-campus COVID surveillance testing capability. LTHS facilities at both campuses can accommodate this while allowing for full, in-person learning. The LTHS School Board has contracted with the SHIELD of Illinois to provide COVID surveillance testing.
Transportation: CDC and IDPH guidelines state all bus drivers and all students, vaccinated or unvaccinated, strongly recommend wearing a face mask while on school-provided transportation including buses and drivers education vehicles.
- Outside air dampers are positioned at 100% open for maximum ventilation in each space, as weather permits. Opening windows for increased ventilation is encouraged. Thermal comfort is sacrificed for well-ventilated classrooms.
- Air handling units run and exhaust fans for at least two hours prior to occupancy and two hours after occupancy to ensure ample fresh air turnover per guidelines.
- MERV-rated filters have been installed on all air handling units and unit ventilators per ASHRAE, NAFA, and recommendation from the mechanical engineer who designed all the LTHS HVAC systems.
- Increase filter changes per year due to the use of high-rated MERV filters.
- Test CO2 levels in classrooms with a portable CO2 data logger. Data is collected and downloaded to spreadsheets and graphs to analyze the level of CO2 in each tested classroom.
- Testing CO2 levels ensure the unit is operating as designed. This is not theory or engineering calculations, but real-time data measuring actual CO2 levels.
Cleaning and Sanitation:
- 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 custodial staff is trained in Infectious Control and Prevention, which involves techniques to break the chain of infection, limit cross-contamination, and stop the spread of COVID-19.
What is SHIELD testing? SHIELD of Illinois is a saliva-based COVID-19 test developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Lockport Township High School has partnered with SHIELD of Illinois and Visit Healthcare, the administrator of the program to provide on-campus testing available for District 205 students and staff.
- The most accurate, sensitive COVID test presently available;
- A quick and simple saliva test;
- Involves testing all students enrolled in the program (unvaccinated or vaccinated) once weekly;
- Provides results within 12-24 hours after a student provides a sample and results are HIPAA protected;
- Can detect COVID 2-3 days after exposure to COVID-19;
- Eliminates the need for any further testing;
- Free and zero cost to our families and our school district;
- Requires parental consent for students under the age of 18.
What is the benefit of using SHIELD testing?
- COVID can be detected early to protect all students;
- Eliminate COVID as a possible reason a student may be experiencing COVID-like symptoms;
- Prevents COVID spread on campus that could result in stricter mitigation measures, such as universal masking, hybrid learning, or remote learning.
For more details, visit SHIELD testing.
The CDC recommends that students of high school age get vaccinated except in cases that it is medically prohibitive. Vaccination is solely the control and choice of parents. Parents/Guardians assume risks if they have their children vaccinated or not.
COVID-19 vaccinations are free and available to anyone over the age of 12 at several sites in the area. For more information about vaccination locations and to schedule an appointment, visit the Will County Public Health website.