On January 6th the CDC released school specific isolation and quarantine guidance.  IDPH and ISBE plan to revise their guidance to align with the following CDC guidance.

Isolation Period for Individuals Testing Positive for COVID-19

Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate for five days after onset of symptoms, or five days from specimen collection date if no symptoms are present.  To calculate the five-day isolation period, the first day of symptoms or specimen collection date is day 0.  Individuals who continue to have fever or other symptoms must continue to isolate until they are fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms have improved.  Upon return to school/work, students/staff should continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others (including at home) for five additional days from release of isolation, avoid being around students or staff who are immunocompromised or at high risk for sever disease, and ensure six feet of physical distancing when masks are removed (e.g., during lunch).

 Quarantine Period for Close Contacts to Someone with COVID-19

No Quarantine is required for individuals:

  • Ages 18 or older who have received all vaccine doses including boosters
  • Ages 5-17 who have completed the primary series of vaccinations
  • Confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days

Please monitor your health and if symptoms develop, isolate immediately until a negative test confirms the symptoms are not caused by COVID-19.

A five-day Quarantine is required for individuals:

  • Ages 18 or older is who have completed the primary series of vaccinations but have not received the recommended booster shot when eligible
  • Unvaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series
  • Upon return to school/work, students/staff should continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others (including at home) for five additional days from release of quarantine, avoid being around students or staff who are immunocompromised or at high risk for sever disease, and ensure six feet of physical distancing when masks are removed (e.g., during lunch)

We experienced a large number of positive cases resulting in isolations and quarantines following our winter break.  With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant it is imperative that individuals continue to monitor their health carefully and isolate immediately if they are experiencing any one of the following symptoms: a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius or have one or more unexplained symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new onset of moderate to severe headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Hopefully this step helps us to continue to learn how to live with this virus while getting closer to normalcy.