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.

The local health department will make the final determination on who is to be quarantined and for how long. They also may determine that a close contact is not a candidate for modified quarantine due to a high-risk exposure (e.g., sustained close contact without masking).

If you have symptoms regardless of vaccination status, you will need to self isolate and get a COVID-19 test.

Quarantine Categories


Currently, the district is working to implement SHIELD testing. We anticipate offering this on an opt-in basis for unvaccinated students and staff. Once details are finalized the district will share more information. 

Regardless of when an individual ends quarantine, daily symptom monitoring should continue through calendar day 14 after the exposure.

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.