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District 204 Update / New Quarantine and Isolation Guidance for Students

Dear parents and guardians,

Adrian B. Talley, Ed.D. Superintendent

Today, January 7th, 2022, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and DuPage County Health Department announced that they have adopted CDC guidelines for PK-12 schools, which cut the isolation and quarantine time in half. The Centers for Disease Control updated their guidelines for P-12 schools on Jan. 6.

As a result, the Indian Prairie School District will be implementing the updated guidance with immediate effect. This means your child’s return date may change now, although you may have been told otherwise earlier this week.

Today’s announcement does not change the state of Illinois’ mask requirement for people in school buildings. The governor’s inner mask mandate for the school is in effect until further notice.

Students currently experiencing isolation now have a revised return date. The day your child tested positive or started showing symptoms is counted as day zero. Your child can go back to school on the sixth day after being notified of the test result or showing symptoms. Please see the table below as an example of when you should send your child back to school.

If a student or employee tested positive or had symptoms for the first time on the following date:

The new date for returning to school / work is as follows:

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, January 13th

* Any date before January 3rd, 2022 can return on Monday, January 10th

** The above date is when a person has been free of fever for 24 hours, vomiting and diarrhea for 48 hours, and symptoms have improved.

Unvaccinated students and non-increased staff who have close contacts must now be quarantined for 5 days. Below is a table with the revised return dates.

When an unvaccinated student or unevaluated employee was in close contact with the following:

When an unvaccinated student or unevaluated employee was in close contact with the following:

The new date for returning to school / work is as follows:

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, January 13th

* Any date before January 3rd, 2022 can return on Monday, January 10th

** Test on day 5 if possible

I would also like to share information from IDPH and CDC regarding quarantine and recommended isolation times. Summary information is provided below.

What is quarantine?

Quarantine means staying at home for at least 5 days after contacting someone diagnosed with COVID-19. This is because someone may be infected with the virus that is causing COVID-19 but may not show symptoms. Even if someone shows no symptoms, they can still spread the virus.

Quarantine is different from isolation. Isolation is used by someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who tests positive for the virus that is causing COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms. Isolation helps prevent transmission of the virus by separating those infected with the virus from those who are not.

How will this new isolation policy affect staff and students if they test positive for COVID-19?

How will the new quarantine instructions affect employees and students who are considered to be close contacts with people who have tested positive for COVID-19?

Thank you for your continued support to our students and teachers. It was an incredibly difficult year, but we will continue to move forward together.

If you have any questions, please contact your Registered Nurse for more information. We know that this changing information can be confusing and overwhelming; However, we know we can work together to support our students and staff.

Sincere,

Adrian B. Talley, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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