• IDPH District 63 follows guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCPDH) in its decision-making as it relates to students or staff going home or staying home from school. There are many variables to consider and these guidelines change frequently. See below for the latest updates.

    Learning During Exclusion
    Should your child(ren) need to stay home due to COVID-19, your school will contact you about how they can continue to learn remotely. Programs differ by school - preschool, elementary, and middle school all include different components. Questions? Call your school office.

    January 11, 2022
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    Last week, IDPH, ISBE, and CCDPH announced that they plan to adopt guidance  released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on January 6 for PreK-12 schools regarding school exclusion:

    COVID-related school exclusions for positive cases have been reduced to five days in most circumstances. 

    Please note, however, that to-date ISBE has not released detailed specifics. And, as always, guidelines are subject to change. The information below can be complicated; contact your school nurse with questions. 

    What We Know Now
    Anyone who has a presumed or confirmed COVID-19 case, regardless of vaccination status,  will be excluded from school for at least five full days (“day zero” is the first day of symptoms - or, for an asymptomatic person, the date of the day of the positive viral test). 

    Guidelines for symptomatic positive COVID cases: 

    • Exclusion ends after five full days if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved.
    • There are some exceptions:
      • If your child continues to exhibit symptoms, exclusion will be extended until symptoms improve. 
      • If your student is unable to wear a mask or has not consistently worn a well-fitting mask properly, exclusion will be extended to ten days. 

    Guidelines for asymptomatic positive COVID cases: 

    • Exclusion ends after five full days if your child has remained symptom-free for the entire period.
    • However, should symptoms appear during this time, the five-day period starts over. 

    In both cases, continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home, school, and in public for an additional five days after the exclusion period.

    Additional Information

    • While excluded from school, your child should not go to places where consistent masking is not possible (such as restaurants). 
    • If your child develops symptoms or is a close contact outside of school, please contact your school nurse before sending your child to school. 
    • Close contacts who are unvaccinated will be excluded for at least five full days. 

    General Reminders
    If you have any of the following symptoms do not send your student to school: Fever (100.4 or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause. 

    PLEASE NOTE: D63 accepts different COVID-19 tests based on IDPH guidelines. Speak with your school nurse about whether a PCR or Antigen test is acceptable given your particular circumstances.