On December 29, 2021, I communicated that the CDC had issued new Isolation and Quarantine Guidance to shorten the isolation and quarantine periods for the general public from 10 to five days, and shortened the time that close contacts need to quarantine. On January 4, 2022, the CDC clarified that these recommendations apply to K-12 schools, and on January 6 released school-specific guidance. On January 7, IDPH and ISBE confirmed that they plan to revise existing regulations and guidance documents regarding exclusion from K-12 Schools to align with the time periods in the CDC's isolation and quarantine guidance. We await formal communication of those revisions.
Given the anticipated alignment between IDPH/ISBE and the CDC regarding the length of exclusions, we are pleased to share that, effective immediately, the isolation and quarantine period for K-12 District 67 and 115 students and staff members sick with COVID-19 or considered a close contact has been reduced to five days. We are in the process of contacting staff, students, and families who are currently impacted by a quarantine with a revised return-to-school plan. Please note that there may be some modifications to the guidance pending the final release of school-specific protocols from IDPH, including the duration of isolation and quarantine for student athletes.