Health & Safety
In consultation with the Macon County Health Department and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Health & Safety Guidance for DPS Staff & Students Addressing COVID-19 document has been carefully considered to promote the safety, health, and welfare of our school community. Guidelines and recommendations contained within this document may change, and this document may be updated frequently as COVID-19 guidance is updated.
Decatur Public Schools will implement the following practices that prioritize protecting the health and safety of our staff, students and visitors (by appointment only):
MASKS REQUIRED IN ALL BUILDINGS DAILY SELF-CERTIFICATION As required by the Illinois Department of Public Health, except while eating and during band, face coverings must be worn at all times in school buildings, even when social distancing is maintained. Staff and students will be required to complete self-certification wellness screenings before arriving at school. Details of the self-certification process will be forthcoming. INCREASED CLEANING + DISINFECTING MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCE DPS custodial staff will increase focus on wiping down and disinfecting public spaces and high-touch surfaces, like sinks, door handles, and desks across our buildings and throughout the school day. Social distance must be observed as much as possible. Excess furniture will be removed from classrooms to allow for as much space as possible in between desks.
STAYING SAFE TOGETHER: How can families prepare at home?
TALK TO YOUR CHILD about why school will look different this year.
MODEL AT HOME the steps recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of germs.
child to ASK QUESTIONS and communicate his/her feelings.
Reminders about how to prevent colds, influenza, COVID-19, and other illnesses at school:
According to the Department of Health, schools do not need to take any special precautious beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses in schools. The entire community can reduce the risk of getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, through these simple steps, which can also prevent COVID-19:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Wear a face covering; Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
- Get a flu shot during the flu season.