Quarantine & Isolation

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education released updated Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools that align with CDC guidance for P-12 schools on March 22, 2022, which reduces isolation and quarantine to 5 days in some circumstances.  District 28 will adhere to the updated guidance. The When Can I Return to School diagram illustrates the decision tree.

    Isolation for Positive Case or COVID Symptoms

    Staff or students who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate for 5 days after onset of symptoms, or from the specimen collection date if no symptoms are present.

    • Staff or students may return to school after five days if asymptomatic or fever-free without medication for 24 hours, diarrhea/vomiting have ceased for 24 hours, and other symptoms have improved.
    • Anyone who continues to have fever or other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free without medication for 24 hours and their other symptoms have improved.

    To calculate the 5-day isolation period, day 0 is the first day of symptoms or specimen collection date if asymptomatic. 

    All Staff or students returning after 5 days should:

    • wear a well-fitted mask around others while indoors for 5 additional days after release from isolation. 
    • when masks are removed to consume food, maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others. 

    Quarantine for Close Contact

    Students under 18 who have received their primary series of vaccines and vaccinated individuals over 18 years old who have received a booster dose when eligible are not required to quarantine.  Students should:

    • get tested (using an at-home or PCR test) on or after day 5 from exposure unless you develop symptoms.
    • wear a mask around others for 10 days while indoors.

    Individuals who have tested positive in the last 90 days are also not required to quarantine or test unless you develop symptoms. Students should:

    • get tested (using an at-home or PCR test) on or after day 5 from exposure if you develop symptoms.
    • wear a mask around others for 10 days while indoors.

    Students or staff who are not fully vaccinated and vaccinated individuals 18 and older who have not received a booster dose when eligible (unboosted) are required to quarantine for close contact. The quarantine must be at least 5 days after exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. They may return to school on day six under the following guidelines:

    • remain asymptomatic
    • two negative home tests within 24 hours or one negative PCR test
    • You should wear a mask while indoors around others for five additional days. Students and staff must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet before removing their masks to eat or when they are outside.

    Those who test positive or develop symptoms should isolate and follow recommendations for isolation.