- A quarantine of 10 days is required for any/all domestic travel (i.e. travel outside of the state of Illinois)
- Quarantine is required regardless of whether or not there is a negative test result, and no matter how much time is spent in another state.
- Quarantine starts the day after return home.
- International travel quarantine remains 14 days.
- Close exposure quarantines remain 14-days at the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the Archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors.
The following guidelines are in immediate effect for all schools (no matter their location):
- Quarantine periods for all domestic travel (travel out of Illinois) is now ten (10) days.
- Quarantine periods may be shortened to seven (7) days if individuals present a written negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be administered no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival back in the state. Only written results are accepted (a verbal confirmation does not suffice).
- This guidance can be applied retroactively to any out-of-state travel that occurred in early January. This may enable certain families to return to in-person learning who were unable to return to Illinois by Jan. 4.
- This guidance does supersede the information released in the recent Parent Newsletter. We are doing our best to remain on top of frequently changing guidance from health authorities.
- Quarantines for international travel quarantine remain 14 days.
- Quarantines for COVID-19 exposure cases also remain 14-days (based upon the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors).
Symptoms & Testing:
As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your medical provider to discuss evaluation and testing.
For severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, difficulty waking up, or bluish lips or face, please seek the closest emergency department or call 9-1-1 immediately.
See decision tree below for further information.
- If your child shows ANY symptoms of illness, DO the following:
- Keep child and siblings home
- Phone or email to report an absence
Any individuals who are sick with or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and away from others for at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared and at least 1 day (24 hours) with no fever (without using fever-reducing medications) and improved symptoms, whichever is longer.
IF ANY FAMILY MEMBER HAS A PENDING COVID TEST, ALL STUDENTS MUST STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL UNTIL RESULTS ARE IN.
This can make a difference between having your child out of school for a couple of days vs. having the entire class out for 14 days.
- If your child has been exposed to COVID 19 or tests positive for COVID 19, DO the following:
- Keep child and siblings home and report their absence
- Call to discuss your child’s exposure to understand whether there is a need for quarantining
- Quarantine your child for the proper amount of time
- Exposure or close contact - 14 Days
- Tested positive for COVID 19 - 10 Days
- Please note: Even if you receive a negative test on Day 6 of your quarantine your child must STILL remain quarantined for the entire 14 days. Symptoms can arise all the way until Day 14.
- Quarantine time for a positive test (10 days) is LESS THAN exposure (14 days) because of the time needed to see if symptoms develop in your child.
Updated Emergency Travel Order Information
We are staying up-to-date on recently released health department guidance. The City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order designates hotspot states into “red” and “orange” categories. CDPH requires a 14-day quarantine following travel to red hotspot states.
However, for orange states, CDPH is allowing pre-arrival negative test results (no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival) in lieu of a quarantine. Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the order if they travel with others who have received a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test. Children who travel alone are required to follow the order for pre-arrival testing or quarantine. We expect our faculty and families to adhere to these guidelines.