Important Message from Mrs. Shelton – Keeping Healthy this Winter

South Loop Families,

With the increased numbers of hospitalizations of young children with RSV, young adults with Influenza, and our continued weekly COVID19 positive cases, I am asking families to help with creating a healthy  school environment during the winter season. 

If your child is exhibiting any cold-like symptoms:  running nose, sore throat, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, wheezing, body aches, and dizziness, please give your child a PCR COVID19. If you give your child a Rapid Test, remember it’s important to test again on the third day to ensure a second negative result. 

If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms above and is ruled out for COVID19, please visit your healthcare provider to check for any viruses. Finally, if your child is no longer experiencing any cold related symptoms or you have tested your child for COVID19 using a RAPID Test, I am asking students to wear a mask until all cold symptoms are resolved and after your third day negative COVID19 results.           

Influenza A

What is influenza A? Influenza A is a type of virus that causes influenza (the flu), a highly contagious respiratory illness. If you get it, you will need to rest at home and avoid infecting others. 

Understanding Flu Viruses | CDC

RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two,but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. 

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV) – CDC

RSV in Infants and Young Children – CDC

COVID19– CPS will continue to offer free, weekly in-school COVID-19 testing to students and staff who are interested. Importantly, anyone who wants to enroll in testing this year will need to fill out an updated consent form — regardless of whether or not you participated in weekly testing last year. That updated consent form can be accessed here. Consent forms from last school year or this summer will not be valid for the 2022–23 school year. However, once a student or staff member has consented this year, that consent will remain in place until they leave CPS.

Updated Guidance for Close Contacts: In keeping with the latest guidance from the CDC, our Test to Stay program is evolving for this school year. Moving forward, any student or staff member who is exposed to COVID-19 in school — regardless of vaccination status — will no longer be required to learn or work from home for five days, but will be required to wear a mask in school for 10 days following exposure, and will be strongly encouraged to test on the immediate Monday and Thursday following exposure. CPS will provide families and staff members with rapid take-home tests if they are exposed, and we will strongly encourage families to use them in order to prevent spread and ensure safe in-person learning for all students and staff.