During the COVID-19 pandemic, some staff or students may need to stay home instead of coming to school. SchoolInsight’s self-isolation/quarantine tool allows admins to indicate who is staying at home and for how long. In this article, you will learn how to set up default values and create entries for self-isolation/quarantine for individuals and groups.
Get started by setting up your default values. Set the default total days a person should quarantine, if your district’s policy requires such a number.
Illinois schools that report student attendance to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) can set default calendar day codes for students. Such a code will override the student’s calendar day codes and will be used in the ISBE Student Attendance export without having to adjust the student’s calendar.
Note that admins can select different total days and code when creating self-isolation/quarantine entries.
To set default length and calendar day codes for self-isolation/quarantine:
- Go to District Admin Main > COVID-19 Screenings > Options
- Set default values
- Default Days to Quarantine is the number of days in quarantine. This number is added to the first date quarantined to calculate a return date. Although precalculated based on this default, quarantine start dates and return dates are always editable.
- (Illinois Only) Default Quarantine Calendar Day is the calendar day code that will be set for each day a student is marked in self-isolation/quarantine.
The following screenshot represents an Illinois school district’s default values for self-isolation/quarantine. This district requires staff and students to quarantine for 14 days. Moreover, each student will receive a calendar day code XRLD - Remote Learning Day for the duration of their quarantine.
While this district is using the COVID-19 Screenings tool as indicated by the active checkbox, the self-isolation/quarantine tool will work even when this checkbox is NOT checked.
Admins can create self-isolations/quarantine events for staff or students following these steps:
- Go to (School District) Admin Main > COVID-19 Screenings > Self-Isolations/Quarantines
- Click Create
- Select student or employee, then search for and select a person
- The default values will be automatically set, but you can change them if needed:
- (Illinois Only) Present Attendance Counts Towards click inside the list box to select a different calendar code.
- Quarantine Dates
- Set the First Date of Quarantine to the first date that the person is not coming to school.
- Set the Return Date to the first date that the person will return in-person
- Click Save Single Event to create an event for a single person
If the same quarantine should apply to multiple people, then click Save & Create Mass Event. This option will allow you to add more employees and/or students. Filter groups of people by school (district level only), grade level, or calendar.
After a self-isolation/quarantine event is created you can edit it to correct mistakes, mass create the same quarantine to add more people, or delete it.
Impact on Attendance
When looking at the daily attendance or period attendance console pages, students in self-isolation/quarantine will be identified with a special icon (). Nonetheless, normal attendance rules apply to students in self-isolation/quarantine. This means you can indicate if the student is present, absent, tardy, etc.
In Illinois, the ISBE Student Attendance export will use calendar day codes from the self-isolation/quarantine tool instead of codes from the student calendars when determining present totals for in-person, remote, and e-learning days. This reduces labor because you do not need to adjust calendars for students in self-isolation/quarantine.