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Elgin District U-46 looks at COVID protocol priorities as those out sick return to schools

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ELGIN, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With more students and staff returning to schools after being sick last week, the state’s second largest school district is looking to its next COVID protocol priorities.

Last Thursday, about 5,000 students and staff, mostly students, were out sick in Elgin District U-46. Supt. Tony Sanders said 4,000 letters went out to families of those children on Friday.

“The letter said that if you’ve been out for your five days, you can come back beginning on Tuesday so long as you’re symptom-free," he said.

With new state guidelines, Sanders said sometime soon, students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, but who show no symptoms will be allowed to remain in school.

“Symptom-free means without taken any sort of, you know, ibuprofen or acetaminophen to lower a fever or any sort of medications to make you appear symptom-free," Supt. Sanders said.

This week, Sanders said staff will be looking for a vendor to handle the test-to-stay program, as well as order KN95 masks for those who want them.

“We are working on the test-to-stay protocol, but they don’t have to test as long as they’re symptom-free. If they tested positive once, after five days, if they’re symptom free, they’re free to return. What they will have to do is wear a mask at all times, except, of course when eating," Supt. Sanders said.

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