​​​​​​​​​​​​​COVID Information for Schools and Daycares​​



Thank you for visiting the Kane County Health Department  COVID-19 webpage  designed exclusively for parents, schools, and daycares. This webpage provides the latest data and guidance and will be updated regularly. The Kane County Health Department is dedicated to partnering with families, schools, and daycares to ensure the health and safety of all children in Kane County. To navigate the webpage quickly, see our “Quick Links" section below.​

Quick Links

  • For parent information, click h​ere.​ 
  • If you are a school nurse or school administrator, click here​. ​
  • For current school guidance, click here​. 
  • For early childhood education and daycare information, click here.​
  • For current COVID-19 resources and data, click h​​ere.

Parent Information

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been identified as being in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you will receive a phone call from one of our contact tracers. After speaking with the contact tracer, you will receive health assessments for your child via email or text message. Make sure to complete the health assessments to ensure your child receives their isolation/quarantine release letter in a timely manner.

Students and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 or exposed to COVID-19 are to be tested in accordance with the regulatory requirements for performing POC testing. Diagnostic or screening test for SARS-CoV-2 with BinaxNOW antigen rapid test must be performed by an entity in compliance with CLIA  regulations. Entities that perform POC testing must report each individual positive and negative test result to state and local public health officials, per the Control of Communicable Disease Code. Please review the Interim Guidance on Testing for COVID-19 in Community Settings and Schools for additional information.

Kane County Health Department discourages families from using at-home test kits as these tests do not follow CLIA regulations. An at-home test kit can delay release for staff or children to return to school within the appropriate time frame.

If you have questions regarding contact tracing, call 312-777-1999. For other questions, email us at school@co.kane.il.us. ​

Si su hijo obtuvo un resultado positivo de la prueba de COVID-19 o se ha identificado que está en contacto cercano con alguien que ha dado positivo a la prueba, usted recibirá una llamada telefónica de uno de nuestros rastreadores de contactos. Después de hablar con el rastreador de contactos, usted recibirá una evaluación de salud para su hijo por correo electrónico o mensaje de texto. Asegúrese de completar las evaluaciones de salud para asegurarse de que su hijo reciba su carta de liberación de aislamiento / cuarentena dentro de un período de tiempo apropiado.

Los estudiantes y el personal con síntomas de COVID-19 o expuestos a COVID-19 deben ser evaluados de acuerdo con los requisitos reglamentarios para realizar las pruebas POC. La prueba de diagnóstico o de detección del SARS-CoV-2 junto con la prueba rápida de antígeno BinaxNOW debe ser realizada por una entidad que cumpla con las regulaciones de CLIA. Las entidades que realizan pruebas POC deben informar cada resultado positivo y negativo de cada prueba a los funcionarios de salud pública estatal y local, de acuerdo con el Código de Control de Enfermedades Transmisibles. Consulte la Guía provisional sobre las pruebas con COVID-19 en entornos comunitarios y escuelas para obtener información adicional.

El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Kane desalienta a las familias de usar los botiquines de prueba en el hogar, ya que estas pruebas no siguen las regulaciones de CLIA. Un botiquín de prueba en el hogar puede retrasar el regreso  del personal o de los niños a la escuela dentro del período de tiempo apropiado.

Si tiene alguna preguntas sobre el rastreo de contactos, por favor llame al 312-777-1999. Para preguntas adicionales, envíenos un correo electrónico a school@co.kane.il.us

Resources for parents are listed below:

Parent Next Steps Handout - English 

Parent Next Steps Handout - Spanish

COVID-19 Vaccination Information 

Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment 


School Nurses and Administrators

Resources for Kane County school staff are linked below.
For information on current federal and state school guidance, click here

Students and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 or exposed to COVID-19 are to be tested in accordance with the regulatory requirements for performing POC testing. Diagnostic or screening test for SARS-CoV-2 with BinaxNOW antigen rapid test must be performed by an entity in compliance with CLIA  regulations. Entities that perform POC testing must report each individual positive and negative test result to state and local public health officials, per the Control of Communicable Disease Code. Please review the Interim Guidance on Testing for COVID-19 in Community Settings and Schools for additional information.

Kane County Health Department discourages families from using at-home test kits as these tests do not follow CLIA regulations. An at-home test kit can delay release for staff or children to return to school within the appropriate time frame.

Kane County Health Department School Toolkit​ version 7 updated 8/13/21

Next Steps for School Nurses Handout 

Benefits of Testing in Schools


School Guidance 

Click on the logos below to be linked to the federal and state organizations' guidance.
Disclaimer: The Kane County Health Department follows the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Early Childhood Education and Daycare Guidance

Resources for early childhood education and daycare settings are listed below.

DCFS/IDPH Guidance​ 

CDC Guidance (Revised 7/9/2021) 

Covid-19 Vaccine Information for Daycare Professionals

Resources

Vax Verify is a confidential web portal, created by the Illinois Department of Public Health, that allows Illinois residents ages 18 and older to check their COVID-19 vaccination record. The web portal can be accessed at https://idphportal.illinois.gov

Gov. Pritzker Announces Mask Requirment for Pre-K-12 Schools, Long-Term Care Facilities to Prevent Spread of Highly Transmissible COVID-19 Delta Variant (08/04/21)

COVID-19 testing to sustain In-Person Instruction and Extracurricular Activities in High Schools – Utah, November 2020- March 2021

Science Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-COV-2  

Science Brief: COVID-19 Vaccine and Vaccination

Science Brief: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs – Updated

Current Data

Click on the links below to access COVID-19 data in Kane County. 
Data is updated daily on business days. 

COVID-19 Kane County Dashboard

IDPH COVID-19 Kane County & School Metrics 


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