Current COVID-19 Information and Policies

  • Exclusion Policies as of 08/08/2022:

    • Individuals who test positive will be excluded for 10 complete days from the date of symptom onset, or the date of a positive test (which ever was first).
      • Individuals may return as early as day 6 (a 5 day exclusion) if they can wear a well fitting mask while at school until the 10 full days have been completed.
    • Individuals who have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 will be excluded for 10 complete days from the date of symptom onset.
      • Individuals may return immediately if they can provide a negative COVID-19 test (at-home, rapid, or PCR are acceptable) and have been fever, vomit, and diarrhea free for the 24 hours prior to return.
      • Individuals may return on day 6 (a 5 day exclusion) if they can wear a well fitting mask while at school until the 10 full days have been completed.
    • All excluded individuals must be fever, vomit, and diarrhea free (witout the use of fever-reducing medication) for the 24 hours prior to returning to school regardless of their timeline.

     

Masks are Strongly Recommended

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    On Feb. 23, School District U-46 transitioned to a mask-recommended environment for students and staff as long as local COVID metrics stay below established thresholds. The metrics we will monitor are as follows:

    • Seven-day rolling test positivity for each of our three counties (above 8.0% is considered substantial spread)
    • Number of confirmed positive cases in our schools (above 3% of students at a given school)
    • Number of COVID-related absences in our schools (above 10%)

    We strongly encourage everyone to continue wearing masks, in alignment with guidance from our local health departments, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control; however, as of Feb. 23, masks are not universally required. Importantly, the District reserves the right to re-institute mandatory mask wearing if local COVID-19 metrics warrant it or if masking is required by law, or upon a decision by the Illinois Supreme Court that may impact a recent appellate court ruling.

    Our goal, as we have said from the start, is to keep students and staff safe - and to keep our buildings open. As we navigate this change, we hope that all of our students, staff, and families will join us in caring for each other.