Our efforts continue to center around taking appropriate steps to minimize exposure to COVID-19 for students, staff and families. Here’s a summary of adjustments we’ve made to keep everyone safe. You’ll find a full description of our procedures in the PDF below.
Children need to be free from fever, diarrhea and vomiting for 24 hour without the aid of medication in order to return to school.
Children and staff who are experiencing any COVID symptoms will be asked to stay at home until documentation of a negative COVID test result, or quarantine at home, or a note from a physician indicating symptoms are not COVID related.
In the event that someone is diagnosed with COVID, staff and families who are identified as close contacts will be informed. The person’s identity will not be shared.
Vaccination and COVID-19 Testing
Carle staff members are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or to obtain a medical or religious exemption and engage in weekly COVID testing in order to be employed within the Carle system.
Volunteers, practicum students and interns are required to be fully vaccinated in order to be placed at Carle.
Students are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible.
Use of Masks
CAOS is designated as a non-clinical space, whose masks requirements are governed by Champaign County’s risk level. This level is re-calculated each week and drives masking guidelines for non-clinical spaces at Carle.
If the community risk level is low/ medium, masks are not required in non-clinical areas.
If the community risk level is high, masks are required for both staff and students.
Cleaning and Sanitization
We’re using a new vacuum cleaner with HEPA filters to throuroughly clean carpeted areas.
High touch surfaces (tables, chairs, doorknobs, elevator buttons, office equipment) will be cleaned each evening.
Toys, tables and chairs will be cleaned weekly using a cleaning substance known to kill COVID-9 germs and allowed to air dry.