On Tuesday evening, January 11, 2022, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released their joint Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools and FAQ. Thank you for your patience as we have been eagerly awaiting this guidance. Our school Safety Protocols have now been updated on our District website.
The most notable guidance for our schools is as follows:
Quarantine and isolation periods have been shortened to 5 days to focus on the period when a person is most infectious, with 5 additional days of consistent masking (even when at home or outdoors).
Students ages 5-17 who have received their primary vaccination doses and adults 18+ who have received their booster doses are exempt from quarantine due to close contact.
Students exposed in the classroom to another student, if both students were within 3-6 feet of each other and both were correctly and consistently masked, are also exempt from the definition of close contact.
Consistent and correct masking indoors continues to be required for all individuals in all public and nonpublic P-12 schools statewide.
Students and staff who are currently impacted by a quarantine now have a revised return-to-school date. Please check with your School Nurse to confirm the revised date. The revised date only applies to those who are fever-free for 24 hours with improved symptoms.
Please consider submitting your child’s COVID vaccination card if you have not already done so to help expedite our contract tracing process. We continue to encourage all individuals who are experiencing symptoms of illness to first stay home and get COVID-tested as soon as possible.
Thank you for your dedication to keeping our schools and community safe.
John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools