- Face masks are optional for students, staff, and volunteers.
- Per CDC & IDPH, individuals who are COVID positive are recommended to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 full days after the conclusion of their 5-day isolation period.
- District 57 will continue to make masks available to students and staff upon request.
Positive COVID-19 test or exhibiting symptoms
- Consistent with pre-COVID practices, individuals will be excluded for fever, vomiting, and diarrhea and may return to school/work if fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, and vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours.
- When individuals test positive for COVID, regardless of vaccination status, they will be excluded for a minimum of 5 days from onset of symptoms or from the specimen collection date from a positive viral test for asymptomatic persons. Return to school occurs after 5 days if fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours, and symptoms are improving. Individuals should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days after returning to school.
- Physical distancing will return to pre-COVID norms.
- It is encouraged for students and staff to check in with their doctor or get tested if they have symptoms or if they are a close contact.
- The community has access to free community test sites through IDPH.
Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
- Students and staff should regularly wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Where handwashing cannot occur, students and staff should use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building. Students may bring their own hand sanitizer.
- Individuals should cover coughs and sneezes with their elbow or a disposable tissue and clean their hands immediately.
Cleaning and Disinfection
- Routine cleaning will occur.
- Visitors will be allowed in the buildings per District policy. Individuals are encouraged to stay home when sick.
This Safety and Operational Guidance is subject to change depending on the COVID landscape
and as state guidance is adjusted.