COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance

  • 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 provide asynchronous learning activities for this time period. Programs differ by school - preschool, elementary, and middle school all include different components. Questions? Call your school office.

    August 16, 2022

    IDPH, ISBE, and CCDPH follow guidance  released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for PreK-12 schools regarding school exclusion. Review IDPH's latest Interim Guidance for Schools.

    COVID-related school exclusions for positive cases are five days in most circumstances. 

    As always, guidelines are subject to change. The information below can be complicated; contact your school nurse with questions. 

    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 is one exception: if your child continues to exhibit symptoms, the exclusion will be extended until symptoms improve. 
    •  Students returning to the classroom after five days should wear a mask for days 6-10. 

    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. 
    • Students returning to the classroom after five days should wear a mask for days 6-10. 

    Close Contacts

    • As of August 2022, close contacts who do not have symptoms - regardless of vaccination status - will no longer be excluded from school. If you have been exposed to COVID-19. the Illinois Department of Public Health recommends wearing a high-quality mask for ten days, monitoring closely for symptoms, and getting tested on day five after exposure.

    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 an unknown cause, muscle or body aches from an 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.