Dear District 27 Parents,
We continue to receive updated information from the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) regarding out-of-state and international travel guidance. This guidance aligns with the City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order.
The most recent guidance is now posted on our District website under Safety Protocols and we will keep this webpage up-to-date as we receive new information.
In our discussions with the CCDPH this week, we have further learned that they are advising the following for school settings:
Any adult (18 years or older) 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.
Any adult (18 years or older) 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.
Any adult 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 exempt from the guidance outlined above if they have traveled with adults who receive a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid or PCR).
District 27 will accept student test results if they have been tested related to travel. However, adults who choose to be tested in place of a student must be the same adults who have left, traveled, and returned home with the student. They must be tested according to the specific travel circumstances outlined above.
All test results (staff and students/accompanying adult travelers) must be turned into the school nurse prior to returning to school.
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.
The list of Yellow and Orange states has greatly changed since we last shared an update with you. Please be diligent in checking that list when you travel, as it is set to be amended every other Tuesday, with the order effective for those states the following Friday (three days later).
It is important to also keep in mind that while we are seeing lower transmission rates across our township, state, and nation, we have seen an increase in COVID cases within our school district. We remain a zero-transmission environment, meaning that all of our cases have occurred outside of our schools. We must be diligent in following 6-foot physical distancing, mask usage, and practicing good hand hygiene to remain a zero-transmission environment. We encourage you to exercise these same precautions when traveling to further protect our schools and community.
Thank you for your dedicated partnership.
Dave Kroeze, PhD.
Superintendent of Schools