Contact Tracing (Isolation/Quarantine)
Communication Regarding Positive COVID-19 Case
We continue to take the health and safety of our students and staff seriously. It’s important to know that students and staff who have been identified as a close contact will be notified directly by an administrator or school nurse in collaboration with the McHenry County Department of Health. A reminder, the district will not send emails regarding each individual positive case. In addition to our six school nurses, the district continues to employ three additional nurses to ensure contact tracing happens immediately and efficiently.
MCDH will make the final determination on who is to be quarantined and for how long. MCDH may determine that a close contact is not a candidate for modified quarantine (options 2-4 above) due to a high-risk exposure (e.g., sustained close contact without masking, outbreaks, etc.). MCDH may remove use of options from schools if it is determined that compliance for the option is not occurring or not possible for the school. MCDH may remove use of options from schools based on level of community transmission.
All external (i.e. outside of school) exposures will be investigated on a case-by-case basis. MCDH will determine whether modified quarantine options (options 2-4 above) can be used based on its investigation. If it is determined that the close contact meets criteria for modified quarantine, MCDH will notify the school liaison. Otherwise, all external exposures should quarantine at home for 14 calendar days (option 1 above).
If you have symptoms regardless of vaccination status, you will need to self isolate and get a COVID-19 test.
IDPH and ISBE plan to revise guidance for K-12 schools to align with the CDC regarding the new shortened isolation and quarantine periods.
The CDC released school specific guidance on January 6, 2022, and IDPH and ISBE will release new guidance documents soon.
- Quarantine vs. Isolation
- Who needs to isolate?
- How long should a student or staff member with COVID-19 isolate?
- Who needs to quarantine?
- Who does NOT need quarantine?
- What if a student needs more than five (5) days?
- If my son or daughter returns and exhibits symptoms what should they do?
- How do I report a COVID related absence?
Class Work During Isolation/Quarantine
Students who are quarantined will continue to have access to daily notifications, lessons and assignments on Canvas, District 155’s learning management system, which will allow students to continue with the course and have access to instructional materials.
Students may be allowed to Zoom in for lessons that are taking place in class. Not all classes have a full lesson every day so students should communicate with the teacher.
Students can Zoom with teacher(s) during their plan time or student support center times that will be posted on canvas. Students need to request access from the teacher.
Students are expected to complete daily assignments unless the teacher communicates other expectations.
Students that are absent for other reasons (not related to isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19) will NOT be allowed to Zoom into class.