January 12, 2022

Updated Isolation/Quarantine Health Guidance

Thank you to everyone for following our mitigation strategies that we have in place to help mitigate the spread. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) along with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) adopted the shortened quarantine and isolation guidance for preK-12 schools which includes students and staff. The updated guidance for students and staff members with COVID-19 or considered a close contact has been reduced to five days instead of ten days. Detailed information is provided in the link below titled the IDPH Health Alert. Below is a summary of the changes.


COVID positive individuals that have improved symptoms along with being fever free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication are to return on day 6. For days 6-10 while back in the building, students and staff will need to strictly mask. Where someone is unable to mask they will need to be at least 6 feet away from others. This will be the case during lunch. If an individual returning on day 6 is unable to strictly mask or maintain 6 feet of distance they will remain in isolation for the full 10 days.


Individuals that were deemed a close contact will have to quarantine for 5 days and strictly mask for days 6-10 as mentioned above. Individuals do not need to quarantine if any of the following apply:

- Adult that is 18 years and older that is fully vaccinated and boosted

- Adult that is 18 years and older fully vaccinated that is not eligible for the booster (within 6 months of a 2 dose series or 2 months of a 1 dose series)

- Students aged 5-17 years old that are fully vaccinated

- Any individual is a previous COVID-19 positive individual within the previous 90 days


As a result of this change we will start our transition to the new guidance. The new guidance is in place for any new cases of quarantine or isolation. If your child is currently in quarantine or isolation and is set to return on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, you will keep the current plan and have your child return at that time. If your child has a return date later than January 18, 2022 you will be contacted by the end of this week by the school on what the revised return to school date is.


Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this change. It is our goal to get our students and staff back into the building safely following the shortened isolation/quarantine guidelines.


On Thursday, January 6, 2022, booster shots were approved for those 12-15 years in age. Eligible students must have received their second Pfizer vaccine shot 5 months ago. If you would like to sign your child 12+ in age up for a booster shot, we will be holding a vaccination clinic at Elmwood Elementary School on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 3PM-5PM. Please make an appointment using the link below and arrive at your scheduled time.


Sincerely,

Dr. Gauthier

Superintendent of Schools

Pfizer Booster Vaccine Event

Thursday, Jan. 13th, 3-5pm

2319 North 76th Avenue

Elmwood Park, IL

Click here to book an appointment: https://provider.kareo.com/phs-elmwood-elementary-school-mobile-clinic Parent/guardian must be present for any student under 18 years old.