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Updated COVID-19 Guidance

Student Return 
 
Parents and Guardians of CHSD 218:
 
As you may know, new guidelines shortening COVID isolations and quarantines have been approved for schools in the State of Illinois. Please see the information below regarding the new guidance for students. Please note that students in programs that require individualized assistance such as Adult Transition Program, Foundations, Autism/Communications, Multi-Needs, BUILD will continue with 10-day quarantines and isolations.
 
CHSD 218 will be enacting the new guidance on January 18, 2022. Per guidance from the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), we will not be applying the new guidance retroactively (i.e., students already in isolation or quarantine will not be issued new return dates–they should return on the date provided to them already). 
 
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we transition to the new guidelines as we are certain that there will be questions and some confusion as we bring our processes in line with the new guidance.
 
Please know that CHSD 218 takes the health and welfare of its students, staff, and community members very seriously and continues to work to ensure a healthy and safe environment for everyone. We acknowledge that these are often frustrating, fraught, and confusing times, but we know that with our students, staff, and families working together we will be able to keep our schools open, operational, and safe.
 
Thank you,
The Administration of CHSD 218
 
 
 
Student Return - 5-Day Isolation/Quarantine
Effective January 18, 2022, CHSD 218 will be following the new guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) which includes shortened isolation and quarantine times for students as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
 
For the purposes of isolation and quarantine tracking, Day 0 is the date of symptom onset or positive test result, whichever comes first. Students may return on Day 6 or Day 11 depending on the conditions below. The Days listed below refer to calendar days, not school days (i.e., weekend, holidays, etc. are included in the day counts).
 
Students who do not meet the criteria for early return for Day 6 will need to wait to return on Day 11. Students who are unable to continue to meet the return for each day from Days 6-10 will be returned to isolation or quarantine and will be eligible to return on Day 11.
 
Please refer to the table below for guidance on earliest possible return dates:
 
 
Day 0 (Date of symptoms, test, close contact) Earliest Possible Date of Return to School
Any date prior to 1/18/2022 Please follow the return date given
1/18/2022 1/24/2022
1/19/2022 1/25/2022
1/20/2022 1/26/2022
1/21/2022 1/27/2022
1/22/2022 1/28/2022
1/23/2022 1/31/2022
1/24/2022 1/31/2022
1/25/2022 1/31/2022
1/26/2022 2/1/2022
 
Positive, Probable Students
All positive/probable students may return to school on Day 6 if the following conditions are met:
  1. They are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (or had no fever throughout the 5-day isolation)
  2. Their symptoms are improved or they have remained asymptomatic
  3. They report to the nurse’s office each morning on Days 6-10 for temperature checks
  4. They return only for instruction for Days 6-10 (they cannot participate in athletics or activities until Day 11)
  5. They are able to wear a mask consistently at all times and are able to maintain appropriate social distance from all staff and all students at all times
  6. They will attend the following classes on Days 6-10 but will not be able to participate in activities (specified below): all Physical Education classes, all Choir classes, all Band/Orchestra/Guitar classes, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Internship, Foods and Nutrition/Advanced Foods and Nutrition/Culinary Arts, P.O.W.E.R., T.O.W.E.R., E.M.P.O.W.E.R., Behind-the-Wheel portion of Driver’s Ed
  7. They will be assigned a specialized lunch period location until Day 11 and must not eat in the standard lunch room until Day 11
  8. They go home immediately/stay home if they develop a fever and/or symptoms worsen (return dates will be recalculated)
  9. Any students who fail to meet the above criteria each day for Days 6-10 will be returned to quarantine until Day 11.
Symptomatic Students
All symptomatic students may return to school on Day 6 if the following conditions are met (all symptomatic students are strongly encouraged to get a PCR test as soon as possible):
  1. They are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (or had no fever throughout the 5-day isolation)
  2. They are at least 24 hours free of any diarrhea and/or vomiting
  3. Their symptoms are improved 
  4. They report to the nurse’s office each morning on Days 6-10 for temperature checks
  5. They return for only for instruction for Days 6-10 (they cannot participate in athletics or activities until Day 11)
  6. They are able to wear a mask consistently at all times and are able to maintain appropriate social distance from all staff and all students at all times 
  7. They will attend the following classes on Days 6-10 but will not be able to participate in activities (specified below): all Physical Education classes, all Choir classes, all Band/Orchestra/Guitar classes, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Internship, Foods and Nutrition/Advanced Foods and Nutrition/Culinary Arts, P.O.W.E.R., T.O.W.E.R., E.M.P.O.W.E.R., Behind-the-Wheel portion of Driver’s Ed
  8. They will be assigned a specialized lunch period location until Day 11 and must not eat in the standard lunch room until Day 11
  9. They go home immediately/stay home if they develop a fever and/or symptoms worsen (students who exhibit fevers or worsened symptoms will be able to return on Day 11 provided that they are fever-free for at least 24 hours and at least 24 hours free of any diarrhea and/or vomiting)
  10. Any students who fail to meet the above criteria each day for Days 6-10 will be returned to isolation until Day 11. 
Close Contact Students
Unvaccinated students (and students over 18 years of age who have completed their initial vaccination series but have not received a booster shot) who had a close contact with confirmed or probable cases may return to school on Day 6 if the following conditions are met (all close contacts are strongly encouraged to get a PCR test 3-5 days after contact):
  1. They remain asymptomatic
  2. They report to the nurse’s office each morning on Days 6-10 for temperature checks
  3. They return only for instruction for Days 6-10 (they cannot participate in athletics or activities until Day 11)
  4. They are able to wear a mask consistently at all times and are able to maintain appropriate social distance from all staff and all students at all times 
  5. They will attend the following classes on Days 6-10 but will not be able to participate in activities (specified below): all Physical Education classes, all Choir classes, all Band/Orchestra/Guitar classes, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Internship, Foods and Nutrition/Advanced Foods and Nutrition/Culinary Arts, P.O.W.E.R., T.O.W.E.R., E.M.P.O.W.E.R., Behind-the-Wheel portion of Driver’s Ed 
  6. They will be assigned a specialized lunch period location until Day 11 and must not eat in the standard lunch room until Day 11
  7. They go home immediately/stay home if they become symptomatic or test positive (return dates will be recalculated)
  8. Any students who fail to meet the above criteria each day for Days 6-10 will be returned to quarantine until Day 11. 
Prohibited class activities for students who return from isolation or quarantine Days 6-10 (students will attend classes but will not participate):
  • All physical education activities
  • Singing in any and all levels of Choir
  • Playing instruments in any and all levels of Band, Orchestra, and/or Guitar classes
  • Interacting with day-care students and handling toys or materials in Early Childhood Education
  • Working in partner schools for Teaching Internship
  • Preparing, tasting, and/or eating food in Foods and Nutrition, Advanced Foods and Nutrition, or Culinary Arts
  • Interacting with any students in P.O.W.E.R., T.O.W.E.R., E.M.P.O.W.E.R.
  • Participating in the behind-the-wheel portion of Driver’s Ed 
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