COVID-19 Update

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Posted:  February 25, 2020
Updated - April 8, 2020


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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a warning that incidence of Corona Virus might increase in the coming days or weeks.   We take our responsibility for the well-being of our students seriously.  Out of an abundance of caution, we are developing a plan and are already taking steps to address the issue.  Additionally, in recent weeks, Lake Bluff has seen increasing numbers of students and staff members who have become ill with Influenza - something that is common at this point in the school year.  This site will be updated continually with information for parents and families.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus disease (named COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to spread. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of infections with COVID-19 in China, including outside of Hubei Province. Infections with COVID-19 also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States.
Due to the recent acceleration of COVID-19 transmission across China and in accordance with current federal guidance, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends the following: 
  • Any student returning from mainland China on February 3, 2020 and onward should not attend school for 14 days after the return date.   Absences for this purpose should be excused. 
  • Family members of these students should not attend work if they also traveled to mainland China. 
This interim guidance is effective as of February 3, 2020, and does not apply retrospectively to students who have been in China during the previous 14 days and are already in the U.S., or those being managed as part of a contact investigation.  Students who returned from mainland China prior to February 3, 2020 can remain in school. 
If you returned from mainland China before February 3, 2020 and develop respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away.  Please call your medical provider in advance, so they are prepared to see you. 
What Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65 is doing:
  • District 65’s Pandemic Planning Team met to review the most recent information, create a communication plan, discuss containment and prevention steps, review resources and assign tasks related to pandemic preparedness.
  • Custodial staff are reviewing and implementing improved sanitation protocol.
  • Extra hand sanitizing resources have been brought in and all visitors to the schools are encouraged to use them.
  • Sanitizing resources for student devices (laptops and chromebooks) have been purchased and are on their way.

What you can do to assist us:

  • Practice and reinforce good prevention habits with your family.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands (Other resources for stopping the spread of germs are available here)
    • Continue to practice effective hand washing techniques (Resources on good handwashing from the CDC are available here)
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home at the first sign of any symptoms of illness
    • If your child is sick, keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider. Talk with teachers about classroom assignments and activities they can do from home to keep up with their schoolwork.
  • Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed
    • Talk with your employer about sick leave and telework options in case you need to stay home with your child. Consider planning for alternate childcare arrangements.
  • Contact your physician if you have question/concerns regarding your personal health history and implications of Coronavirus COVID-19
  • Remain calm and reassuring
  • Use these guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) for talking with your children about COVID-19
Learn more about the Novel Corona Virus 
Symptoms of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)
CoughFever Shortness of Breath
Symptoms of the virus (Link Opens in a New Window)
CDC Fact Sheet:  English  |  Spanish
What to Do If You Are Sick:  English  |  Spanish

Influenza Types A and B

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that cases of influenza is high in Illinois and most of the United States.  The CDC recommends the following three steps to prevent the spread of the flu:

Get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine

Take measures to prevent the spread of germs (Cover your cough with a tissue or your sleeve, Clean your hands, Contain your illness by staying home if you are sick).

Get treatment if you have the flu. Call your health provider, they will help determine if you should take prescribed antiviral medications