After a Positive Diagnosis

  • After a positive diagnosis is made, students may not return to school unless ALL three of these conditions are met:

    • The student is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.
    • The student symptoms, including cough, have improved.
    • It has been at least ten days since the onset of the individual’s illness.

    Students should not return to school until they have been cleared by a medical professional. School nurses will work directly with families to ensure that the student is cleared before returning to school. Our administrators and health services staff follow the dictates of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the information in their COVID-19 Exclusion Guide.

COVID-19 Protocol and Notification

  • Should the District become aware of a positive COVID-19 case among a student or staff member, the following protocols will be followed:

    • Adhere to recommended quarantining guidance - as well as guidance related to symptoms and fever:
      • Students and staff who test positively for COVID-19: Must isolate for ten calendar days after symptoms begin, and remain isolated until 24 hours after their fever has broken.
      • Students and staff who exhibit symptoms but do not test positively: Required to stay home for 14 calendar days after the onset of symptoms and be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to our buildings.
      • Students and staff who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 (but are not exhibiting symptoms):  Following state guidelines, exposure (or "close contact") is defined as being within six feet of a COVID-positive individual for a cumulative time period of at least 15 minutes over the course of a day. Those exposed will be informed and must self-quarantine for 14 days. They will be required to stay home for 14 calendar days after the last exposure to that individual.  
    • Due to medical privacy laws, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will not be identified.
    • The District will notify local health officials of the identity of the person testing positive.
    • Notification of any student or staff who may have been exposed will include (if possible):
      • If known, the date of potential exposure.
      • Information on the incubation period and safety protocols that help to limit exposure (handwashing, face coverings, physical distancing).
      • Information about local testing sites.
      • Students: Return to school protocols.
      • Staff: Employee leave information if remote work is not an option.
    • In addition, positive COVID-19 cases may lead to the closure of a classroom, multiple classrooms, or even a school. This will be determined by District administration with direction from the Cook County Department of Public Health.