We have received a number of inquiries regarding updated school safety protocols and quarantine periods.
Please know that on Friday, January 7, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education announced that they would be soon aligning with recent CDC guidance to follow a 5-day quarantine period. However, they further stated that specific guidance for school settings would accompany this change, as the joint guidance has not been updated since September.
We realize that it is frustrating to have not yet received this joint guidance as students are currently home in quarantine. We hope to receive these updates soon and can assure you that once we do, we will move swiftly to make all necessary adjustments at the school level.
SHIELD testing update
SHIELD testing will continue each Wednesday at Hickory Point and each Friday at Shabonee and Wood Oaks. Testing at Hickory Point this Wednesday, January 12 will be based off of our most recent consent forms and rosters, meaning that vaccinated students will be included. That will be the practice moving forward. Since there is no school this Friday, we are partnering with SHIELD to offer a student testing clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. January 14 at Shabonee School. Any District 27 student who completed the most recent SHIELD testing consent form is invited to participate. This clinic is drop-in only. Students should enter through Door O off Shabonee Trail and proceed to the Art Room (165). Someone will be present at the door to direct students. Parents/guardians are being asked to please remain in their cars to limit the amount of visitors in the building.
Booster clinic for ages 12-15
The CDC approved booster shots for 12-15 year-olds who are beyond six months from their initial vaccinations. Northfield Township has once again partnered with the Village of Northbrook to offer a booster clinic at the former Grainger facility on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 17, 2022. We anticipate sending out the registration link to parents and guardians of students who qualify on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
Our school COVID mitigations, such as masking, distancing, hand washing and SHIELD testing continue to be our best defense against the spread of the virus. This is a good time to double-check your child’s mask to make sure that it fits well. Masks should:
Have multiple layers of washable fabric (or have multiple layers and be disposable)
Completely cover the nose and mouth
Fit snugly against the sides of the face without gaps
Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out the top of the mask
District website and mobile app access restored
Our website host, Finalsite, has informed us that the District website and mobile app disruption we experienced last week has been resolved. All District and school news will always be shared via email and posted to our website. Our COVID Dashboard is updated each school day. Should you encounter any issues, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your patience and partnership as we work together to keep our schools safe!
John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools