Quarantine & Isolation

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education released updated guidelines for quarantine and isolation that align with CDC guidance for P-12 schools on January 12, which reduces isolation and quarantine to 5 days in some circumstances.  As a result, effective immediately, District 28 will implement the updated guidance to existing and new cases. 

    Isolation for Positive Result 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 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 and 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 must:

    • wear a well-fitted mask around others (including outside and at home) for 5 additional days after release from isolation. 
    • when masks are removed to consume food, maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others. 
    • refrain from contact sports
    • If unable to wear a mask when around others, the individual should continue to isolate for a total of 10 days.

    Quarantine for Close Contact

    Students under 18 who have received their primary series of vaccine and vaccinated individuals over 18 years old  who have received a booster dose when eligible are not required to quarantine but should get tested on or after day 5 from exposure.

    Individuals who have tested positive in the last 90 days are also not required to quarantine or test.

    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 under the following guidelines:

    • remain asymptomatic
    • test for COVID-19 on day five (CANNOT be an at-home test kit)
    • must wear a mask at all times 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.
    • refrain from contact sports

    Those who test positive or develop symptoms should isolate and follow recommendations for isolation. Students who are unable to wear a mask at all times under the guidelines above should quarantine for 10 days.