The health and well-being of staff and students is a high priority. All parents, students, staff, and visitors are required to screen themselves daily at home before reporting to work/school for any COVID-like symptom development. Students/staff experiencing any COVID symptoms as defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) should not report to school/work. These are the symptoms to watch for:
· Achiness (muscles/body)
· Shortness of breath
· New cough
· Fatigue from unknown cause
· Fever (100.4 F or higher)
· New onset of moderate or severe headache
· New loss of sense of taste/smell
· Sore throat
What to do if a child or staff member has covid symptoms or tests positive for COVID:
1. Get a COVID test (we recommend Rapid ID Now at Walgreens which guarantees results in 24 hours, we don't accept home tests) or stay home for 10 days from symptom onset and 24 hours fever free with improvement of symptoms.
2. If positive for COVID, report the results to the school. You will need to quarantine for 10 days from the start of symptom onset and notify all close contacts. Return to school/work on day 11 if you are fever free for 24 hours and have seen an improvement of symptoms. We will disinfect the classroom.
3. If negative for COVID, stay home until symptoms have improved. Return to school with proof of a negative covid test or a note from the doctor with an alternate diagnosis.
What to do if a child or staff member was a close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) of someone who tested positive for COVID? (An infected person’s period of infectiousness begins 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or 48 hours before the positive sample was obtained if they were asymptomatic)
Test-to-Stay (For Staff and kids in pre-k-12th grade who are symptom free): Individuals may get a test on Days 1, 3, 5 and 7 following an exposure to a confirmed COVID case and continue to attend school/work and extracurricular activities. They should quarantine at all other times. Please provide a hard copy of the negative test results to the school office every other day.
10-Day: Return from quarantine following 10 days without a COVID test, so long as individuals remain asymptomatic and monitor symptoms through Day 14.
People who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine unless they have symptoms, but they should get tested 3-5 days after exposure.
If you have had COVID in the previous three months and are symptom free, you don’t have to quarantine.
What to do if a household member or roommate tests positive for COVID?
1. Quarantine for 10 days beginning on day 10 of household member quarantine or 10 days after last exposure. Negative molecular COVID test prior to returning to school.
· Social Distancing
o We will try to keep the kids spread out when practical (lunchtime, nap time, story time, craft time), but we don’t want them to be anxious about this or get upset because we won’t let them play with their friends. They will interact with only the kids in their classroom, but not with any other classes.
o At nap time, children will be placed head to toe to further reduce the potential for virus spread.
o We will do our best to prevent interaction with other classes and to keep the same teachers with the class to limit exposure to more people. Classes may combine from 6:30am -8:30am & 4:30pm-6:00pm when there are fewer staff and children present.
o Children riding our buses will sit in assigned seats.
o We have 43 acres, and we plan on using all of them to give everyone space.
o If the virus transmission is high in our area, we may consider asking parents to pick up/drop off children outside of the facility where our staff would meet them.
o Only one class at a time will occupy the playgrounds and gymnasiums
· Ventilation – we will open windows in classrooms and on buses whenever the weather allows to increase ventilation.
· Handwashing – We ask everyone to clean their hands upon arrival. We will ask the children to clean their hands before and after each activity throughout the day. We do have a nurse on staff to do health checks and make sure that we are all washing our hands correctly.
· Face Masks
o All Illinois schools are under a mask mandate so, we do require the indoor use of face coverings by staff, children and visitors who are two and older and able to medically tolerate a face covering, regardless of their vaccination status.
o Face masks may be removed while eating, drinking, swimming, or sleeping; when individuals are outdoors; while playing a musical instrument if necessary; and, for staff, when alone in a room with a closed door. To facilitate learning and social emotional development, the guidelines do allow staff to wear a clear or cloth mask with a clear panel when interacting with young children, children learning to read or when interacting with people who rely on reading lips. For those that are having a hard time wearing their mask, we are sympathetic, patient, and willing to give them a break when they need it.
o We will have masks on-site for those in need.
· Testing Sites – there are many places that you can get a covid test.
o FREE Rapid & PCR Testing at 808 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich open daily 9am-7pm
o We recommend Rapid ID Now at Walgreens which guarantees results in 24 hours. You can make an appointment for drive-thru testing at Walgreens.com.
· Food Service
o We are not going to use drinking fountains at school, but we will provide disposable cups of water. Your child is welcome to bring a water bottle from home if it goes home daily to be cleaned.
o Meals will be served in the classrooms instead of the cafeteria to keep classes separate.
o We will spread staff and children out as much as possible during snacks and meals
· Cleaning & Disinfecting
o All toys, tables, chairs, and frequently touched items in the classrooms will be sprayed with Lysol at the end of each school day
How will I be notified when there is a positive COVID-19 case at Quentin Road?
We will contact you through email and Brightwheel if your child is a close contact of someone who tested positive at Quentin Road and if there was a case in their class.
We truly could not be more pleased with the education, values, and structure provided by QRCP and would highly recommend it to any family.
We are located on a 45 acre campus in Lake Zurich, IL with a combined 150,000 sq ft. of modern facilities. QRCP provides a variety of childcare services. We are blessed to have an excellent staff and a wonderful facility that includes a huge indoor playland, computer lab, swimming pool, inflatables, two full-size indoor gymnasiums, a rock climbing wall, miniature train rides, security system and two state of the art outdoor play areas.
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