D70 Adopts New COVID Quarantine & Isolation Guidance

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. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for schools on Jan. 6 that halves the isolation and quarantine period for both students and staff.  

On Jan. 7, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) sent out this health alert.  This alert indicated that IDPH and ISBE are planning to revise guidelines to align with the CDC’s reduced isolation and quarantine periods.

Effective immediately, District 70 will implement this updated guidance. As soon as possible, your school will contact families and staff who are currently impacted by quarantine or isolation with a revised return to school plan. Community High School District 128 made this determination yesterday.

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. 

Students or staff who are currently impacted by a quarantine now have a revised return to school date. Please see the chart below to know when to return to school.

 

If a student or staff member tested  positive or first had symptoms on the following date:

The new return to school/work date is the following:

Monday, 1/3

Monday, 1/10

Tuesday, 1/4

Monday, 1/10

Wednesday, 1/5

Tuesday, 1/11

Thursday, 1/6

Wednesday, 1/12

Friday, 1/7

Thursday, 1/13

*Any date before 1/3/2022, may return on Monday, 1/10

**The dates above are for people who have been fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms have improved.

 

Unvaccinated students and not boosted staff members who are close contacts are now required to quarantine for 5 days. The following is a table with the revised return to school dates. 

 

If an unvaccinated student or not boosted staff member was a close contact on the following:

The new return to school/work date is the following:

Monday, 1/3

Monday, 1/10

Tuesday, 1/4

Monday, 1/10

Wednesday, 1/5

Tuesday, 1/11

Thursday, 1/6

Wednesday, 1/12

Friday, 1/7

Thursday, 1/13

*Any date before 1/3/2022 may return on Monday, 1/10

**Test on day 5 if possible


In addition, I want to pass along information from the IDPH and the CDC related to quarantine and recommended isolation periods. Below is summary information.

 

What is quarantine? 

Quarantine means staying home for at least 5 days after exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. This is because someone can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 but may not show symptoms. Even though someone may not show symptoms, they can still spread the virus.

 

Quarantine is different from isolation. Isolation is used by someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, or tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms. Isolation helps prevent the transmission of the virus by separating people infected with the virus from those who are not infected.

 

How does this new quarantine guidance impact staff and students if they test positive for COVID-19?

 

How does the new quarantine guidance impact staff and students who are considered close contacts to someone who tested positive with COVID-19?

 

Please contact your school nurse with any questions that you have about these important changes and how they may impact you or your family.