Although recent news reports confirm several cases of measles in northern Illinois, District 90 has not had any known cases of measles at this time. While the District’s nurses are closely monitoring this situation, we want to be sure to provide families with helpful information about this health situation. For information from the Illinois Department of Public Health, click here.
Measles is a highly communicable virus. Early symptoms include a fever, listlessness, cold-like symptoms, and a cough, which are typically followed by a rash. For any illness, including possible measles, District 90 recommends the following.
- Students and faculty should remain home when they have a fever of 100.5ᵒ F. We ask that students not return to school until they are fever-free without fever reducing medication.
- Children experiencing excessive runny noses, deep and productive coughs, sore throats, and body or muscle aches should also stay home.
- Please contact your school nurse if your student has a confirmed case of any communicable illness, such as the flu, strep throat, chicken pox, or have measles-like symptoms.
- Families should follow the “24-hour rule.” If students experience vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever of 100.5ᵒ F, we ask that you keep them home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.
Please contact your medical healthcare provider with any questions about the measles virus, immunizations, or protecting your family from any preventable illnesses.