Safety Protocols

Safety Protocols During a Pandemic

It is our highest priority to keep our students and staff safe. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented additional safety protocols and procedures that follow the guidance from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). These protocols are subject to change based on updated guidance from the aforementioned sources.
Illinois Department of Public Health Guidance
One of the guiding principles the District adopted to address the COVID-19 pandemic is to follow the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Center for Disease Control (CDC). These guidelines will be followed at the District completely. The IDPH Decision Tree guidance can be found here, as well as the IDPH FAQ for Schools

What are the travel guidelines?

We continue to reference the most recent guidance from the Cook County Department of Public Health for information on out-of-state travel as well as the CDC international travel requirements.

District 27 Travel Guidelines (updated 3/8/21)

  • Anyone (regardless of age) traveling from a state on the Orange list on this webpage is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result (Rapid or PCR) no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in suburban Cook County. If unable to meet the testing requirements while out of state, they can be tested (Rapid or PCR) after they arrive home and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

  • Anyone (regardless of age) traveling less than 24 hours to a state on the Orange list on this webpage should be tested (Rapid or PCR) after they arrive home and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

  • Anyone (regardless of age) traveling internationally should be tested (Rapid or PCR) 3-5 days after they arrive home and continue to quarantine for a full 7 days after their return. 

  • Children under the age of 18 are not exempt from the guidance outlined above.

  • All test results (staff and students) must be turned into the school nurse prior to returning to school. Below are the email addresses to submit test results: 
    Hickory Point/Kindergarten Center:
    Shabonee School:
    Wood Oaks:

  • Anyone who does not turn in a test result to their school nurse will need to quarantine for 10 days upon return home.

  • Those who are fully vaccinated and have not had symptoms are exempt from the travel quarantine and testing requirements outlined above. Fully vaccinated is defined as being at least two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or at least two weeks after receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Any student/staff member who has tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days is exempt from this guidance as long as they have completed the 10-day isolation period (from start of symptoms and/or positive test), have a documented positive test, and remain asymptomatic during their travel.

This guidance frequently changes through the CCDPH and the City of Chicago travel order. We encourage parents and staff to visit the CCDPH website regularly.

What are the guidelines for face coverings?

Face coverings must cover one’s mouth and nose, and fit snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps. Acceptable face coverings include: disposable face coverings, cloth face coverings that can be laundered, or KN95 masks. The CDC does not recommend the use of athletic face coverings or neck warmers. Face coverings with valves are not permitted. In conjunction with 6 feet of social distancing, face coverings will be worn at all times, by each individual, except during lunch, outdoor classes (including PE), and outdoor recess.

If a student or staff member is unable to wear a face covering safely, a medical certification is required, which will be reviewed on an individual basis by the District 27 Administration. However, a remote learning/working environment in all likelihood will be assigned for that individual.

How will physical distance be maintained?

The guidance specifically allows for schools to operate at no less than 3 feet of physical distance, for students and fully vaccinated staff, in order to provide in-person instruction as soon as practicable in every state community. For unvaccinated staff, we need to adhere to 6 feet of physical distancing. All of the classrooms, at our school buildings, will adhere to 3 feet of physical distancing for student desks and 6 feet of physical distancing for the teacher instructional space.

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First page of the PDF file: D27MaskProtocols