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Positive Case – Confirmed case through diagnostic testing
Probable Case – Considered positive due to exposure and symptoms
Primary Contact – Individual who had close contact with a positive case - close contact is within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more (cumulative)
Symptomatic – Individual showing any of the COVID-19 symptoms

COVID-19 Notifications/Communications

Families and staff will be notified of any known positive cases or primary contacts within a school as follows: 
  – Staff member is positive or primary – The full school community will be notified.
  – Student is positive or primary – The corresponding A or B group families will be notified.

If a student or staff member is considered a primary contact to a positive case within the school, they will be contacted individually with quarantine instructions.

COVID-19 Exclusion Information

District 186 will follow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) guidelines to determine exclusion from school or work. Please see the District 186 Exclusion Guidelines attached to the right.

The IDPH Exclusion Guidance is also attached to the right.

When a student is excluded from school for symptoms or exposure, the Exposure Guidelines and Return to Learn Form will be sent home with the student. The form is also attached to the right.

BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Testing

District 186 will offer COVID-19 Antigen testing of symptomatic, in-person students and staff. These tests will be administered as part of our quarantine procedure at designated district locations by trained nursing staff. Testing is only available when a trained health professional is available at the school. All guidance and procedures are strictly in alignment with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health guidelines.

Permission
Antigen testing requires a signed permission form from the staff member or the student’s parent/guardian. These waivers will be available electronically or in-person at your student’s school. No test will be administered without a signed waiver on file. Waivers are valid until June 30, 2022. 

Testing Sites
Testing is available at each of our schools for staff and students attending the school.

Each school will determine an adequate space within their medical waiting area for testing to take place.

Testing Procedure
Each building will receive Antigen testing kits to administer to symptomatic students or staff who are present in the building. An Antigen test should not be administered to an asymptomatic individual. The appropriate PPE and safety precautions must be followed when administering Antigen tests.

The student and/or staff member will be escorted into an isolation bay within the medical waiting room. Once they have been assessed and found symptomatic, a signed waiver must be verified. If a staff member or parent/guardian requests testing and a waiver is not on file, they will be asked to complete the electronic waiver or a paper copy will be provided to be signed. No testing can be completed with verbal consent; a signed waiver is required.  

Sample Collection
While in the medical waiting room, the student will be asked to lower their mask and a single swab will be rolled along the inside wall of both nostrils. Unlike a PCR test, the swab will NOT have to pass through the nasal cavity and into the upper area of the throat. 

Community Testing Availability
Students and staff who are NOT present in the building are advised to test at one of the following locations:

     MMC Respiratory Clinic             Walgreens/CVS
     Springfield Clinic                      Sangamon County Department of Public Health
     HSHS St. John’s                       SIU Center for Family Medicine

An appointment and/or physician’s order is needed for some testing sites. Please call your medical provider with additional questions or SCDPH COVID Hotline at (217)321-2606. 

A complete list of local testing sites can be found at: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing.

COVID test results CANNOT be shared with anyone but the building administrator, school nurse, Health Services Coordinator, and the District Administrative staff entering results into IDPH reporting tools. 

Negative Test Results
If the Antigen test is negative:  

  • The District will follow the COVID-19 Interim Exclusion Guidance (Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals) from IDPH along with the guidelines from SCDPH.

  • Individuals must receive an alternative diagnosis from their doctor confirming there is no clinical suspicion of COVID-19 OR have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test OR must stay home for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms AND improvement of symptoms. 

  • Encourage the staff member or parent/guardian of the student to follow up with their doctor. 

  • A symptomatic individual who had close contact with a positive case must complete quarantine.

If the symptomatic staff member or student has any family/household members within the District, they must also stay home and follow the IDPH decision tree guidelines. 

All students sent home will receive a copy of the District 186 Exposure Guidelines and Return to Learn.

Positive Test Results
If the Antigen test is positive: 

  • Follow the COVID-19 Interim Exclusion Guidance (Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals) from IDPH.

  • Individuals must stay home for at least 10 days from onset of symptoms AND improvement of symptoms. 

  • Release from Isolation provided from SCDPH provided via phone, secure email or fax. 

Administration will begin contact tracing within the school immediately.

If the symptomatic staff member or student has any family/household members within the District, they must also stay home and follow the IDPH decision tree guidelines. 

All students sent home will receive a copy of the District 186 Exposure Guidelines and Return to Learn.

Choosing Not to Test
Any student or staff member who is symptomatic can choose not to be tested. They will be excluded from the building and follow the quarantine procedure in the IDPH Decision Tree. Individuals are strongly recommended to get tested at one of the community testing locations at their earliest convenience. 

Reporting
All COVID-19 Antigen test results must be reported to the IDPH RedCap website within 24 hours of the results for both positive and negative tests. All positive test results  and close contacts must be reported to the Sangamon County Department of Public Health.