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CPS for families traveling for Thanksgiving: Unvaccinated children must be quarantined

The Chicago Public Schools remembered families traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend this week: If your children are unvaccinated and are visiting a state with high COVID-19 transmission, they will need to be quarantined on their return.

In an email to the district’s parents this week, CPS CEO Pedro Martinez issued the warning after cases have skyrocketed across the country in recent weeks.

“As you prepare to meet up with friends and family this Thanksgiving, please keep Chicago’s Travel Advisory in mind,” Martinez wrote in the email sent Tuesday.

Illinois and all of the Midwestern states are currently experiencing high transmission rates, defined as more than 15 cases per 100,000 population per day for at least two consecutive weeks. The only locations not included are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, and Washington, DC and the Virgin Islands.

“Any unvaccinated person returning from a high-risk condition should strongly consider getting tested for COVID-19 3 to 5 days after their return and should self-quarantine for 7 to 10 days depending on the results,” wrote Martinez.

The CPS rules state that even students who test negative must stay home for a full seven days. Those who test positive or fail to test must be quarantined for at least 10 days.

“Remember, it is in our power to protect ourselves and our school communities from the potential surge in COVID-19 expected over the holidays,” Martinez wrote.

Martinez encouraged families to vaccinate their children now that the federal government has approved vaccinations for all children ages 5 and up.

“I’m also grateful that my own two children have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” he told families. “It gives me great confidence as we prepare for the holidays, and I know that many of our CPS families feel the same way. I hope that parents who have not yet taken this step will strongly consider vaccination so that all of our children can enjoy a safe, healthy and carefree holiday time full of joy. ”

Vaccinated students do not need to be quarantined unless they have symptoms.

Vaccine pages can be found at vaccines.gov.

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