COVID-19 Protocols & Data

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1. Will my child have to wear a mask in school? *updated 3/1/22

The Board of Education adopted policy 4:182 which states that District 215 will follow CDC guidelines set forth for K-12 schools. As of Feb. 28, 2022 the CDC relaxed masking guidelines, making masks optional in school settings in counties where there is a low or medium transmission rate. Masks will be optional as long as the current CDC guidelines are in place (with Cook County remaining at a low or medium transmission rate). If Cook County moves to a high transmission rate, CDC guidelines would indicate a mask mandate is again necessary.

2. Will students be physically distant in school?

Physically distancing will occur to the extent possible.

3. Will there be COVID-19 testing?

Yes. District 215 is partnering with the University of Illinois to offer OPTIONAL weekly testing to students. You must fill out the electronic consent form to opt your child in for weekly testing.

Click here for a 5-minute video on this saliva-based testing system. 

4. Will I be informed if my child has had close contact with someone who tests positive?

Yes. There is a detailed plan for contact tracing for positive cases. You will be informed if your child has been in close contact with an individual who tests positive.

5. What should I do if  my child tests positive for COVID-19?

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must do the following:

Stay home for a minimum of five days and a maximum of 10 days after the first day of symptoms or the specimen collection date from positive viral test for asymptomatic persons.

Continue to wear a mask around others for five more days after returning to school. Individuals may return to school after five days if asymptomatic or if fever-free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours, diarrhea/vomiting have ceased for 24 hours, and other symptoms have improved. Be aware that your clinical provider may determine that you need a longer period of isolation based on certain underlying clinical conditions such as a weakened immune system.

6. What should I do if my child has COVID-19-Like symptoms?

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must immediately be excluded from school until:

Receiving a negative test result that confirms the symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19; or

For a minimum of five days and a maximum of 10 days until fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours, diarrhea/vomiting have ceased for 24 hours, and other symptoms have improved. Individuals must continue to wear a mask around others for five more days after returning to school.

7. What should I do if my child was exposed to someone with COVID-19 and does not have COVID-Like symptoms?

The following people are close contacts who must be excluded from school:

  • Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated (completed primary series).
  • Students and staff aged 18 years and older who have received primary COVID-19 vaccine doses but have not received a booster dose when eligible (“unboosted”).

Individuals without symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Must stay home for five days after the last contact with the person who has COVID-19; and
  • Must wear a mask around others for five additional days and remain asymptomatic; and
  • Should test for COVID-19 on day five. Those who test positive should be excluded from school and follow guidance for persons testing positive.

8. If my child misses school due to COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID test, who should I notify?

You will notify the school’s attendance office and must inform the attendance office of the reason for the absence. You may not send your child to school if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

For students who are confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, who are close contacts to a case, or who exhibit COVID-19 like symptoms, the school must provide remote instruction per Executive Order 2022-03.  Students may log into their classes using the unique teacher’s zoom link for each class. 

Parents/guardians of students who are too ill to participate remotely may complete an Extended Absence Homework Request. The Guidance Department will assist in making arrangements for assignments and/or homework. Teachers must be given 24 hours’ notice to prepare assignments. If a student is absent for three or more weeks, the parent may call the Social Worker to explore other options.

9. Can I opt for remote/virtual learning for my child?

No. As of right now, the Illinois state superintendent has mandated that all students return to in-person learning. If your child’s doctor has recommended remote learning for your child due to a serious medical condition, you should contact the school social worker and will need to submit the appropriate paperwork.

More Information on District 215 Protocols- 

District 215 COVID Guidance Document 2021-22 

COVID Guidance Document En Español

Resolution regarding weekly staff testing for unvaccinated staff

Thornton Fractional District 215 Policy 4:182 can be found online in the Board Policy Manual.

CDC Guidelines for k-12 schools are also available online. Illinois State Board of Education guidance should also be reviewed.