As we enter into our third week of full in person learning, I am still hearing questions and confusion about quarantines. Even though we are now able to socially distance at 3 feet (6 feet during lunch), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) continue to define a close contact as anyone who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19, with or without a mask, for a cumulative 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period during the infectious period.
As confirmed again this weekend, the DCHD does not allow and IDPH does not recommend ending quarantine of close contacts after 7 days for students. In addition, DCHD does not support 10 day quarantines when you are using 3 feet social distancing and the community transmission is in substantial. Close contacts in schools are required to quarantine 14 days. Unfortunately, with the full in-person model and these quarantine guidelines in place, we will have more students out on quarantine than when we were in the blended model at 6 feet. This is not unique to District 41. Many school districts are experiencing the same increase in quarantine numbers.
I continue to be in weekly contact with county and state officials and District 41 will continue to follow this guidance. If something changes with the guidance, we will inform the District 41 community.
Please take the time to click on the links below for official information about quarantines.
CLICK HERE for DuPage County Health Department quarantine information.
CLICK HERE for quarantine information from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
CLICK HERE for an FAQ from the Center for Disease Control if you have an interest in learning more about the current CDC guidelines related to all things COVID-19.
Thank you for your attention to this important information.
Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski