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Lori Shanholtzer

IDPH, ISBE adopt new isolation, quarantine periods

Minooka CCSD 201 Students and Families, 

We are pleased to share that the isolation period for students and staff members with COVID-19 or considered a close contact in school settings has been reduced to five days. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Grundy County Health Department announced that the agencies have adopted CDC guidance for PreK-12 schools that halves the isolation period. The Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance for PK-12 schools on January 6th. On January 7th ISBE communicated that it planned to issue new guidance for schools, and while that guidance has yet to be published, we are thrilled that we will be able to get students back into their classrooms sooner.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-contact-t racing/about-quarantine.html 

As a result, effective immediately, Minooka CCSD 201 will implement the updated isolation and quarantine periods. This means that students and staff members who were previously excluded from school for a COVID-related reason for 10 days are now excluded for 5 days as long as they are fever free for 24 hours and other symptoms are improving. 

Today’s announcement does not change the state of Illinois’ mask requirement for anyone inside school buildings. The Governor’s indoor mask mandate for schools is still in effect until further notice. 

It is important to note that these updated exclusion rules are subject to change as school districts are still awaiting updated guidance from the IDPH and the ISBE. As soon as the updated exclusion guidance is published, the school district will share any further changes to the COVID exclusion process. 

If you have questions regarding your child’s current COVID exclusion, please contact your child’s school for clarification. 

Minooka CCSD 201