Thank you for your partnership as we have gotten our students acclimated to their classrooms and schedules this past week. I hope you have enjoyed getting to know your student’s teachers during our Curriculum Night events! I wanted to provide you with two major updates for the coming week regarding SHIELD testing and updated travel guidance.
We continue to partner with the University of Illinois to implement weekly, state-provided SHIELD saliva testing within our schools. We still expect this program to be up and running in mid-September. It is very important that we compile a roster of the students who will be participating as soon as possible. We have been advised by University of Illinois that this program is currently for unvaccinated individuals only, in order to keep the program manageable across thousands of state school districts. However, we encourage consent forms from vaccinated individuals in case the program does expand to allow for vaccinated individuals to be tested in the future.
To best protect our students and staff, and to prevent potential case clusters/outbreaks, Northbrook District 27 is requiring that all unvaccinated students who participate in school-sponsored sports be opted in to weekly SHIELD testing. Further, unvaccinated staff members will be required to test weekly under the recent mandate from Governor Pritzker.
Our District, in conjunction with our local and state health departments, highly recommends that all unvaccinated students opt into the weekly testing program to add another important layer of mitigation to our school setting. Further, the Cook County Department of Public Health has advised us that the option for students to “test-to-stay” at school and avoid quarantine after in-school close contact will not be available to unvaccinated students unless they have already been participating in the weekly SHIELD testing program.
OPT-IN TO WEEKLY SHIELD TESTING: Please complete one consent form per student. Consent forms are due by Friday, September 3. ** The form asks for student ID numbers which can be found in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal or on your student’s ID badge.
More information can be found below:
- SHIELD Illinois FAQ for Parents
- SHIELD Illinois Information and Privacy Statement
- SHIELD Illinois Fact Sheet
We will continue to be in constant communication with our District parents as we get closer to launching the program. All testing will be done on-site, within the school day, and results will be received within 24 hours of the testing day.
Updated Travel Guidance
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) recently changed its travel guidelines and is following CDC recommendations for unvaccinated individuals. We continue to follow these guidelines to keep our schools safe. Below are the most recent guidelines for domestic and international travel.
DOMESTIC: Vaccinated individuals do not require quarantine or testing. Unvaccinated individuals who have traveled domestically to a CDC state of high transmission should get a rapid or PCR test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Unvaccinated individuals who have traveled and are not tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days. Test results should be submitted to the school nurse prior to returning to school. Persons traveling for less than 24 hours are exempt from this guidance.
INTERNATIONAL: All international travelers are required to be tested prior to returning to the U.S., regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers should get a rapid or PCR test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Unvaccinated individuals who have traveled and are not tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days. Test results should be submitted to the school nurse prior to returning to school.
School nurse contact information is as follows:
We greatly appreciate your support as we strive everyday to provide high-quality education in the safest environment possible.
John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools