D181 News – New Absence Reporting Procedures

For the 2020-21 school year, our procedure for reporting Student Absences — whether related to COVID-19 or not — is through a form on the District website.

Absence Reporting
On the homepage of the website, you will see a banner with dropdown menus that provide direct links to reporting both COVID and non-COVID related absences for your student’s school. As a reminder, the 12 potential symptoms of COVID: fever, chills, muscle or body aches, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, headache, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea.

Once you’ve determined whether your student is experiencing COVID-related symptoms or not, select your school in the respective drop-down menu and complete the form.

Students Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms
It’s strongly recommended that all students with COVID-like symptoms be seen by their physician. If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you must keep that child and all his/her siblings home until the child with symptoms has been cleared to return to school.

Close Contact
For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected (COVID positive) person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes, with or without a mask on, starting from 2 days before illness onset. If your child is identified as a close contact, you must keep that child home until 14 days have passed since the initial contact with the individual. Siblings of a child who is identified as a close contact do not have to stay home unless: (1) they were also identified as close contacts or (2) any of your children are experiencing COVID-related symptoms.

Returning to School
Students and siblings should remain home from school until they meet the return-to-school criteria. All test results and physician notes should be submitted to your child’s school nurse.

Please note: this information is subject to change but we will continue to update you with the latest health information as it is made available.

Jamie Lavigueur
Director of Communications
Community Consolidated School District 181