Health & Safety Protocols
District 34’s goal is to keep all students, in person, every day in the safest environment possible. To reach that goal, the District will continue to follow guidance from the leading public health agencies (as we have done throughout the pandemic).
On July 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance for schools; the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) quickly followed the CDC’s lead, and the Illinois State Board of Education adopted the IDPH guidance. You can view details of the guidance:
The guidance covers several key areas to encourage school districts to track local conditions and have a layered strategy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The layered approach is necessary in an environment where not all students are eligible for vaccination, and at a time when the Delta variant is becoming more prevalent.
Staff members and students (or someone in that individual's household with whom it is not possible to mask and distance at all times) who are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test outside of SHIELD screening should remain home until they receive a negative test result.
On Friday, September 17, 2021, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-24 concerning school exclusion for individuals with confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, as well as those who are close contacts. The Executive Order requires all schools to exclude students and school personnel who meet certain COVID-19-related criteria regardless of whether an isolation or quarantine order has been issued by a local health department.
Note that this order does not change the District's health and safety protocols; however, it does change the vocabulary that we use. The District does not quarantine students; that is an act of the local health department. However, the District is required to exclude students from school who are positive or probable COVID-19 cases, and those who are close contacts. The District will continue to provide long-term absence instruction for students who must be excluded for these reasons.
- If my child is a close contact on the bus, can they test to stay?
- If my child has a positive test, can they re-test and return to school if negative?
- Can my child test to stay if they get tested outside of school?
- Can my child test to stay if they are a close contact at lunch?
- Can my child test to stay if they are a close contact at home or during a club sport, party or other outside activity?
- Can my child test to stay if they are not signed up for the weekly SHIELD testing?
- If my child previously tested positive for COVID-19, can they participate in SHIELD testing?
- Will I have an opportunity to change my choice for SHIELD testing for my child at a later date?
- When will I receive my child's SHIELD Test Results?
- COVID 19 positive cases
- Symptomatic individual with a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test (home test kits not allowed)
- Symptomatic individual without diagnostic testing who is not a known close contact to a confirmed case
- Asymptomatic individual who is a close contact to a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case.