Health and Safety Precautions

Students and staff will be required to follow a number of health and safety precautions while they are on our campuses. Visitors will be extremely limited, as state guidance calls for restricting access to students and staff only as much as possible. Signage will be posted at all entrances and throughout our campus buildings reminding everyone of our safety protocols. These requirements will be in place as the 2020-2021 school year begins:

  • Daily Health and Temperature Screening: Students and staff members will complete the Ruvna health screening and temperature check before arriving at school each day. Anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19 or is running a fever of 100.4 must remain home and should contact their primary care physician. Anyone who has traveled to a state on the Cook County quarantine list or participated in an activity that violates Illinois Department of Public Health standards (e.g. attending a gathering over 50, participating in an activity that does not abide by the IDPH Sports Safety Guidance ) must quarantine for 14 days and may not come to campus for instruction or extracurricular activities. Parents should report absences using the new absence procedure.
  • Face Coverings: Students must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while they are on campus except for while eating or playing an instrument. Students who may have difficulty wearing a face covering should contact their adviser before school begins.
  • Social/Physical Distancing: Students should remain 6 feet apart from others as much as possible. In the hallways, students should walk on the right side of the hall. Some staircases will be designated as up or down staircases. Students should follow the maximum occupancy signs posted at each restroom. Signage will be posted around the school to help students maintain social distancing in specific areas, such as the cafeteria and lounge spaces, where capacity will be limited to a maximum of 50.
  • Handwashing and Sanitizer: Students should frequently wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap. It is best practice for students and staff to wash their hands when arriving on campus and before leaving at the end of the day. Restrooms will have limited capacity and clear signage. Automated hand sanitizing stations will also be available at specific locations throughout the building, and hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be available in every classroom.
  • Disinfecting and Cleaning: Classrooms and shared spaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Cleaning supplies will also be available in each classroom space. Commonly touched items, such as door handles, handrails, sink handles, commons tables and surfaces, and elevator buttons will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day. Items that must be shared such as art supplies, instructional materials, printers, and copy machines will be cleaned after each use.
  • Visitors to Campus: As much as possible, meetings will be conducted virtually. Visitors who do need to travel to campus must report to the N16 entrance on Trevian Way at the Winnetka Campus or the B Building entrance at the Northfield Campus. Visitors will complete a temperature screening and attest that they do not have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19. Visitors must wear a mask while on campus.
  • What to Avoid: To promote good health, we will encourage students to avoid shaking hands, hugging, close contact, and sharing items such as phones, iPads, or supplies. Students should never share food or beverages.
  • Protocol for Students Who Feel Ill on a School Day: If a student feels sick, they should stay home. Students should be fever free for 72 hours prior to returning to school. Students with a fever of 100.4 F or higher or who have two or more symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever or chills, fatigue, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle or body aches, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea) should stay home and contact their primary care physician. Parents should also contact their child's adviser. Students who test positive for COVID-19 or are suspected of having COVID-19 will need to remain at home until they are cleared to return to school by a physician. To protect the health of others, Health Services will conduct and monitor contact tracing of any student or adult with whom the student was in close contact for more than 15 minutes.
  • Protocol for Students Who Become Ill at School: Students who become ill at school will be immediately escorted to Health Services. In Health Services, students who are exhibiting symptoms related to COVID will be isolated and parents will be contacted.
  • Quarantining: We are developing procedures in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health on how we will implement quarantining for students and staff who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or have close contact with someone who is later diagnosed with COVID-19. Guidance is still being developed by the health agencies. Students who travel outside of Illinois must abide by the Cook County Department of Public Health's 14-day quarantine upon return from any state listed with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections. That list is updated weekly and can be found here.
  • Air Circulation and Filtration: MERV-13 filters are being installed in all district air supply units to reduce the possibility of virus spread through the HVAC system. Outside air ventilation rates are being increased to the extent possible for the existing equipment. Since the buildings will not be fully occupied, the ventilation rate will be more than double the minimum required amount. We also are conducting indoor air quality tests to make sure our spaces meet/exceed the criteria for building ventilation. All classrooms have a significant amount of outside area circulated through the HVAC system. The new building at the Winnetka Campus uses 100% outside air, and systems in other parts of the campuses are being optimized to include more outside air. In the older portion of the Winnetka Campus and throughout the Northfield Campus, air does not travel from room to room; the air is treated in air handlers that will have MERV-13 filters for recirculation within each room.