General Information Regarding Coronavirus

  • With recent concerns over an outbreak of a new virus called the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Coronavirus), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has distributed information and guidance for schools across the state.  This virus causes a respiratory illness that includes fever, cough, and shortness of breath that can begin 2 to 14 days after exposure.  Information released by the IDPH indicates that if a student has recently (within the past 14 days) traveled to China and is in good health, the student will not be restricted from school or any public activities.  If a student, upon returning from a trip to China within the past 14 days, develops a fever or shows symptoms of respiratory illness, including a cough or difficulty breathing, parents should contact their local health department to determine if and where additional screening should occur.

    Additional information about the Coronavirus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website as well as the IDPH website.  Also, FAQs about the Coronavirus and schools from the IDPH are posted here.