New Guidance for Schools from ISBE & IDPH - January 7, 2022

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Dear parents and guardians, 

We are pleased to share 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

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education and Carroll County Health Department announced that the agencies have 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.   

As a result, effective immediately, Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399 will implement the updated guidance. As soon as possible, we will contact staff, students and families who are currently impacted by a quarantine with a revised return to school plan.

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. 

Staff and students who are currently impacted by a quarantine now have a revised return to school date. Please see the chart below to know when to send your child back 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 prior to 1/3/2022 may return on Monday, 1/10 **The date above is if a person is 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 prior to 1/3/2022 may return on Monday, 1/10 **Test on day 5 if possible

In addition, I want to pass along information from IDPH and 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 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?

 

 CDC Recommended Isolation Period for Those Testing Positive for COVID-19

  • Staff or students who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate for 5 days after onset of symptoms, or 5 days from specimen collection date if no symptoms are present.
  • Staff or students who test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving can be released from isolation after 5 days. To calculate the 5-day isolation period, day 0 is the first day of symptoms or specimen collection date if asymptomatic. If they continue to have fever or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, they should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms have improved. 
  • Schools should ensure that staff or students who test positive for COVID-19 also do the following
    • Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others (including at home) for 5 additional days after release from isolation. If unable to wear a mask when around others, the case should continue to isolate for a total of 10 days.
    • Avoid being around students or staff who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease.
    • If masks need to be removed (e.g., for lunch), ensure 6 feet of physical distancing until 10 days after symptom onset or positive test. 

 

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

Please follow this link for information on specific isolation and quarantine protocols for Illinois public schools. 

ISBE January 7, 2022 School Guidance Document

Thank you for your continued support of our students and teachers. It’s been an incredibly difficult year, but we will continue to push forward together. 

 

Sincerely,

Timothy J. Schurman

Superintendent

Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399