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January 10, 2022 / Multiple Schools

Quarantine period reduced to five days

Determining Exclusion (Updated January 11, 2022)

If you test positive for COVID-19 (exclusion)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must do the following:

  • Stay home for a minimum of five (5) days and a maximum of 10 days after the first day of symptoms or the specimen collection date from positive viral test for asymptomatic
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for five more days after returning to

Individuals may return to school after five days if asymptomatic or if fever-free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours, diarrhea/vomiting have ceased for 24 hours, and other symptoms have improved.

Be aware that your clinical provider may determine that you need a longer period of isolation based on certain underlying clinical conditions such as a weakened immune system.

If you have COVID-19- like symptoms (exclusion)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must immediately be excluded from school until:

  • Receiving a negative test result that confirms the symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19; or
  • For a minimum of five days and a maximum of 10 days until fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours, diarrhea/vomiting have ceased for 24 hours, and other symptoms have

Individuals must continue to wear a mask around others for five more days after returning to school.

Those testing positive should be excluded from school and follow guidance for persons testing positive.

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have no COVID-19-like symptoms (exclusion)

 The following people are close contacts* who must be excluded from school:

  • Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated (completed primary series).
  • Students and staff aged 18 years and older who have received primary COVID-19 vaccine doses but have not received a booster dose when eligible (“unboosted”).

As an alternative to exclusion for individuals who are close contacts, schools may permit close contacts without symptoms of COVID-19 who were exposed in the school setting during the school day (excludes extracurricular activities) to remain in school through Test to Stay.

Individuals without symptoms of COVID-19 who are not participating in Test to Stay:

  • Must stay home for five days after the last contact with the person who has COVID-19;
  • Must wear a mask around others for five additional days and remain asymptomatic; and
  • Should test for COVID-19 on day five. Those testing positive should be excluded from school and follow guidance for persons testing

The following people are not close contacts* who require exclusion:

  • A student who was within 3 to 6 feet in a classroom setting for least 15 minutes with a confirmed or probable student case if both case and contact were consistently masked for the entire exposure
  • Students and staff aged 18 years and older who have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary doses for some immunocompromised
  • A student aged 5-17 years who completed the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • An individual on school transportation within 3 to 6 feet if both the confirmed case and the exposed individual were consistently and correctly masked during the entire exposure period and windows were opened (front, middle, and back, or overhead) to allow for good ventilation or HEPA filters were in use during
  • An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days from date of
  • An individual who is solely exposed to a confirmed case while outdoors; however, schools may coordinate with their local health department to determine the necessity of exclusion for higher-risk outdoor

These individuals must wear a mask around others for 10 days and may consider testing for COVID-19 on day five, if possible. Those testing positive should be excluded from school and follow guidance for persons testing positive.

 

January 9, 2022

Dear parents and guardians, 

I’m writing to share with you news that the isolation and quarantine period for students and staff members sick with COVID-19 or considered a close contact has been reduced to five days

Late Friday, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) confirmed that schools may implement this guidance now. Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education, and the DuPage County Health Department have all adopted CDC guidance for P-12 schools that halves the isolation and quarantine period. The Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance for P-12 schools on January 6.   

The isolation and quarantine period for students and staff members sick with COVID-19 or considered a close contact has been reduced to five days as long as symptoms have improved and a person has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

As a result, effective Monday, January 10, 2022, District 45 will implement the updated guidance. On Monday, we will contact staff, students and families who are currently excluded from school due to COVID-19 with a revised return to school plan. Please follow your current exclusion dates until an updated plan is provided to you.

Today’s announcement does not change the state of Illinois’ mask requirement for anyone inside school buildings. The Governor’s indoor mask mandate for school is still in effect until further notice.

Also please review this Health Alert released by the IDPH that summarizes the updated guidance for isolation and quarantine periods.

We are currently working to update our District 45 COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance to reflect the updates from the CDC & IDPH. We realize there are many individual circumstances that are impacted by these updated guidelines, and we will continue to work with our community to make sure everyone understands how this update impacts them and their families in relation to school.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and teachers. I know it has been an incredibly challenging year for our families and staff, but we will continue to push forward together. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Anthony Palmisano, Superintendent
School District 45, DuPage County 

9 de enero de 2022

Queridos padres y guardianes,

Le escribo para compartir con usted la noticia de que el período de aislamiento y cuarentena para los estudiantes y miembros del personal enfermos con COVID-19 o considerados como un contacto cercano se ha reducido a cinco días.

El viernes por la noche, el Departamento de Salud del Condado de DuPage (DCHD) confirmó que las escuelas pueden implementar esta guía ahora. El Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois, la Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois y el Departamento de Salud del Condado de DuPage han adoptado la guía de los CDC para las escuelas P-12 que reduce a la mitad el período de aislamiento y cuarentena. Los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades actualizaron su guía para las escuelas P-12 el 6 de enero.

El período de aislamiento y cuarentena para los estudiantes y miembros del personal enfermos con COVID-19 o considerados como un contacto cercano se ha reducido a cinco días siempre que los síntomas hayan mejorado y la persona no haya tenido fiebre durante al menos 24 horas.

Como resultado, a partir del lunes 10 de enero de 2022, el Distrito 45 implementará la guía actualizada. El lunes, nos comunicaremos con el personal, los estudiantes y las familias que actualmente están excluidos de la escuela debido a COVID-19 con un plan revisado de regreso a la escuela. Siga sus fechas de exclusión actuales hasta que se le proporcione un plan actualizado.

El anuncio de hoy no cambia el requisito de la cubierta facial del estado de Illinois para cualquier persona dentro de los edificios escolares. El mandato de uso de cubiertas faciales en interiores del gobernador para la escuela sigue vigente hasta nuevo aviso.

También revise esta alerta de salud publicada por el IDPH que resume la guía actualizada para los períodos de aislamiento y cuarentena.

Actualmente estamos trabajando para actualizar nuestra Guía de salud y seguridad COVID-19 del Distrito 45 para reflejar las actualizaciones de CDC e IDPH. Sabemos que hay muchas circunstancias individuales que se ven afectadas por estas pautas actualizadas, y continuaremos trabajando con nuestra comunidad para asegurarnos de que todos entiendan cómo esta actualización los afecta a ellos y a sus familias en relación con la escuela.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo a nuestros estudiantes y maestros. Sé que ha sido un año increíblemente desafiante para nuestras familias y el personal, pero continuaremos avanzando juntos.

Atentamente,

Dr. Anthony Palmisano, Superintendente
Distrito Escolar 45, Condado de DuPage