August 13, 2020/23 Av 5780

Dear RZJHS students and parents,

With the school year getting underway shortly, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jill Smiley, and I am excited to be starting as the school nurse here at RZJHS. Prior to becoming a nurse, I spent ten years working in public health, and I am looking forward to combining that experience with my nursing degree to help the students navigate in-person learning during a pandemic. In addition to the daily school nursing responsibilities, I will keep your student as safe as possible, ensuring we follow and keep up with the current pandemic guidelines established by the Illinois State Board of Education, local health departments, and the Centers for Disease Control.

One big change your student may notice is that we have moved the area where sick students will be treated to a room in the athletic wing in order to maintain separation from healthy students coming to the office for their medications, injuries, and other non-contagious issues that may arise throughout the school day. This room will have two cots with disposable pillowcases and sheets that are separated by a partition. Sick students will be kept in this room until they can be picked up, exiting to the outside through the nearest door. The area will be disinfected appropriately after use. We hope that our daily health screening survey will minimize the need to utilize this process.

I also want to reiterate a few health and safety protocols that were highlighted in the RZJHS Reopening Plan. With regards to travel, it is our expectation that families adhere to state and local quarantine requirements that have been established for high-risk areas. All students must wear a mask when indoors, and if they cannot follow this policy, they will be sent home. Prepare your students now for changes around the school which include the number of students who can be in the bathrooms at a time (signs will be posted), restricted use of the elevator, assigned stairwells, designated areas to utilize during free periods, etc.

With regards to siblings, if one of your students has a fever or symptoms that require testing for Covid-19, any other students residing in the same household, regardless of their health status, will need to stay home from school pending test results, guidance from your pediatrician, and input from the school. Furthermore, any student who tested positive recently, tests positive in the future, is residing with an individual not enrolled at RZJHS who tests positive, or is directly exposed to Covid-19, this must be reported to me so that we can collectively decide how to proceed.

Lastly, if your student has a physical appointment prior to school opening, contact Diane Zidman so that she can send you medical forms. We appreciate your patience as we transition to the new Magnus system.

We are living in times of great uncertainty; I want to thank you for trusting me to be there for your students. Please do not hesitate to email me at if you have any questions or concerns. I am here to support you as your student transitions back to school after an unexpected and unprecedented spring and summer.

Thank you,