I hope you and your families are enjoying a wonderful and restful winter break!
As we look ahead to the return to school on Monday, I would like to provide you with a few updates to help address any questions you may have.
Awaiting IDPH/ISBE Guidance
As you may be aware, the CDC released additional guidance on quarantine options this week. We are still awaiting updated, school-specific guidance from the IDPH, ISBE, and CCDPH. This has been our practice since the start of the pandemic. Once guidance is released from the CDC, the IDPH and ISBE review how it applies to school settings and our local health department offers further suggestions based on our area metrics. We will be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available. Until then, we continue to follow the quarantine guidelines that we have been following all year.
Weekly SHIELD testing resumes Wednesday, January 5 for Hickory Point and Friday, January 7 for Shabonee and Wood Oaks. Testing is now open to all individuals (students and staff) regardless of vaccination status. We are in the process of updating rosters and registering newly enrolled individuals with SHIELD organizers, so anyone who has not previously been testing will not be included in the first testing window after our return to school. We hope to be able to include all new registrants by mid-January. If you would like your student to be registered for weekly SHIELD testing, please complete this consent form by Friday, January 7. ** This new consent form should be completed even for students who have already been testing. This will help ensure our records are up to date. **
The District continues to voluntarily collect student vaccine cards from any student who has completed two doses of their COVID vaccine. The collection of these cards helps expedite our contact tracing process. Newly completed vaccine cards can be submitted here.
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) maintains that students do not have to quarantine after traveling domestically. However, they should get tested 3-5 days after their trip and should continue to monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days. Students traveling internationally should comply with international testing guidelines.
We look forward to seeing our students next week!
John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools