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Change in Health Guidance, Effective Immediately

Dear District 44 Families,

The Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education and DuPage County Health Department announced that the agencies have adopted CDC guidance for P-12 schools. As a result, the biggest change you can expect is that the isolation and quarantine period for students and staff members sick with COVID-19 or considered a close contact has been reduced to at least five days

Staff and students who are currently impacted by a quarantine now have a revised return to school date. Please see the chart below to understand what this means for you. 

We understand there are a multitude of questions you may have. We ask that you please take a moment to review Healthy=Here (English | Spanish) which outlines all expectations of staff and students based on the newly adopted guidance.

 

We understand there will still be questions that need to be answered, but we did not want to wait any further to provide what information we know and understand at this time. We will continue to frequently communicate and we encourage you to contact's your child's school with questions.

It must also be noted that this 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. 

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 last exposed to a positive case 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