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IDPH Updated School Guidance

An updated version of the Public Health School Guidance, FAQ and Exclusion Protocols (with new flowcharts) are now posted on ISBE’s website, with updates underway to IDPH’s website. These align with EO 2021-24 and amendments to the Communicable Disease Code.

Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools, 1/11/2022

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are issuing revised guidance to incorporate updates regarding quarantine and isolation recommendations as issued January 4, 2022, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC clarified that these recommendations apply to K-12 Schools and on January 6, 2022, released school-specific guidance.

Facts and Questions for Schools (including links to the Executive Orders and CDC Guidance) regarding vaccinations, masking, physical distancing, testing, management of ill staff and students, contact tracing, cleaning and disinfecting, outbreak school closures, communication and reporting, special situations, prevention strategies and resources:
Public Health Interim Guidance for Local Health Departments and Pre-K-12 Schools – COVID-19 Exclusion Protocols. This guidance document provides additional guidance for schools and Local Health Departments (LHDs) for when students, faculty or staff must be excluded from school consistent with Executive Order 2022-03 and the Communicable Disease Code, 77 Ill. Admin. Cod 690.361 and 690.30(c).:
This guidance addresses the use of point-of-care (POC) COVID-19 testing and screening in schools and other community settings.
Illinois Department of Public Health Adopts CDC Recommendations for School Outbreak Definition: