Quarantine and isolation reduced
Naperville School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204 have now implemented the recently updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Quarantine and isolation times in school facilities have now been reduced to five days.
The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health updated their guidelines to align them with the CDC. These defense strategies are used for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are considered close contact.
Isolation of people who test positive for COVID-19 must not be stopped until these five days have elapsed, if the person has been free of fever for 24 hours and symptoms have improved.
District 203 said the process of reporting new COVID-19 positive cases, status of close contacts, or occurrence of COVID symptoms has not changed. “Please leave your students at home and contact their school health department in any of these scenarios,” District 203 superintendent Dan Bridges said in a letter from the district. “As always, please continue to monitor students for COVID-19 symptoms and keep them at home if they are sick.”
Why was the manual updated?
According to the CDC, the quarantine and isolation guidelines have been updated in part because research shows that transmission occurs early in the course of the infection. The mask mandate of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker remains in place. Masks are still required in school buildings.
“Thank you for your continued support to our students and teachers. It’s been an incredibly difficult year, but we will continue to move forward together, “said Adrian Talley, superintendent of District 204.
Aysha Ashley Househ reported on Naperville News 17.
Courtesy photo: District 203
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