This notice is to inform you that an individual at Warren CUSD 205 has tested positive for COVID-19. Please read the rest of the letter below.
On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new options for public health authorities to consider for establishing quarantine timeframes for close contacts with COVID-19. Jo Daviess County Health Department has worked with the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) to issue new guidance to schools in our region. Therefore, the following change regarding the quarantine time will be in effect starting with any close contacts starting Wednesday, December 9:
- Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
This reduces the quarantine time from 14 days to 10 days. The CDC had additionally issued guidance that would allow for the quarantine to end after Day 7 with specific testing. However, after discussion with the Jo Daviess County Health Department and limitations of the required type of testing, we have only gained the approval of the reduction from 14 to 10 days at this time. Daily monitoring is still required through this quarantine period. Any close contacts prior to December 9, 2020 must still be symptom free for 14 days as the previous guidance had suggested.
In addition to the above criteria, individuals must continue to still meet the additional criteria: (a) correct and consistent mask use (including within homes), (b) social distancing, (c) hand and cough hygiene, (d) environmental cleaning and disinfection, (e) avoid crowds, (f) ensuring adequate indoor ventilation, (g) monitoring symptoms of COVID-19 illness, and (h) minimizing contact with persons at increased risk for severe illness, including vulnerable and congregate populations. Additionally, please complete the daily COVID certification survey on our website to ensure no one is entering the building exhibiting any COVID symptoms.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation of Warren Schools. These unprecedented times have been challenging for all of us. Your support and flexibility have been instrumental in helping us keep our community safe and healthy, while educating all of our students .
Good Morning, Warren Warriors:
Currently, our school district has reached its peak of students who are currently COVID-19 positive. Additionally, we have the highest number of students currently out due to being identified as close contacts to COVID-19 individuals. This data along with guidance and recommendations from the Jo Daviess County Health Department, IDPH, the State Superintendent, and Governor has led us to the decision of placing Warren CUSD 205 students in an adaptive pause effective Monday, November 23 through Friday, December 4. We tentatively plan to return to in-person instruction on Monday, December 7.
We encourage families to stay vigilant through the holiday season, so we can safely return to in-person learning on Monday, December 7. For remote learners, we will utilize our normal packet pick-up and drop-off procedures. For in-person learners, packets will be sent home with those students tomorrow, Friday November 20. The District will still provide lunches for any students during this remote period. If interested, please sign up for lunches on the district website.
We thank all of you for your support and cooperation through these challenging times.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and its safety protocols, we will no longer have bus drivers available to run bus routes to deliver materials this afternoon or next week. Therefore, materials for remote learning will have to be picked up outside the main office of the school. Materials are currently outside and will be out until 5 PM today. They will also be available Monday morning before school.
We apologize for any inconvenience through this unfortunate situation.
We, at Warren CUSD 205, thank you for your cooperation, flexibility, and support through these challenging times. We have continued to track the health and safety of our students and staff. Unfortunately, the health of our students and staff has continued to decline. We have experienced an increase of positive cases as well as close contacts. We are also waiting on others’ test results.
Therefore, in collaboration with the Jo Daviess County Health Department, we have made the decision to extend our Remote Learning through Monday, November 2. There is no school on Tuesday, November 3 due to Election Day. We plan to resume in-person learning on Wednesday, November 4. By extending our remote learning for a full two weeks, we will be practicing what is known in the medical community as an adaptive pause. This break in person-to-person contact covers the incubation period of the virus with the purpose to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Remote learning will occur next Monday through Thursday. We will host virtual Parent/Teacher conferences Thursday evening as well as Friday morning. Monday, November 2, will be a remote learning day. We expect students to be online following their normal school schedule on remote learning days. We must take attendance on these days and continue progressing through curriculum; therefore, it is critical that students are online and engaged in the classroom.
School lunch will be offered to families during this period. If interested, please complete the survey on our school website by clicking the blue button entitled “Remote Learner Meal Signup” or click here. These meals can be picked up outside the school building between 11 AM – Noon each day.
School materials for this period will be made available to students. Students who were previously enrolled in Remote Learning will get their materials delivered on Thursday, October 22 as originally planned. Students who were enrolled in in-person learning will get their items for next week on Friday, October 23. For students who typically ride the school bus in the afternoon: We plan to deliver packets to these students on the school bus starting at 1 PM on Friday, October 23. For students who typically are picked up on Mary Street or walk home after school: Packets will be placed outside the main school office for pick up on Friday. If any of these methods do not work for you, please contact your classroom teacher or building principal to make accommodations.
During this time, the school building will remain closed to the public. Prior to reentry buildings will be cleaned and sanitized to ensure the safest environment for all. The district will continue to utilize SchoolMessenger phone messaging as well as email communications for immediate notifications. Please regularly check your email and visit the district website at 205warren.net for the most up to date information.
Dr. Shawn Teske, Superintendent
This notice is to inform you that more individuals at Warren CUSD 205 have tested positive for COVID-19. Please read the letter below for more information.