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 Andy Edmondson, Superintendent

Susan ArmstrongDean of Students


January 11, 2022

On Friday, January 7 the Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, and the Illinois State Board of Education, ISBE, announced the state is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's, CDC, updated guidance for schools.

The new K-12 school recommendations state children who are not fully vaccinated and have been exposed to the coronavirus should quarantine for at least five days after their last close contact with a person who has Covid-19. Adults who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have not received a booster shot should follow this recommendation, too. If a person develops symptoms, they should immediately isolate until a negative test confirms symptoms are not caused by COVID-19.

The new school recommendations say students, teachers, and staff with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should stay home and isolate away from others for at least five full days. Day 0 is considered the first day of symptoms or the day of a positive viral test for people who do not have symptoms. People whose symptoms are improving can leave isolation after five full days if they are fever-free for 24 hours. They should wear a mask around others for an additional five days.

Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) has announced they are transitioning to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) new centralized COVID-19 Contact Tracing process that goes into effect Thursday, January 13, 2022. Currently, all individuals who take a lab-based COVID-19 test and receive a positive result will be first contacted with a text message from IDPH to the cell phone number they provide as their point of contact.

The new message will display the following text: ‘IDPH COVID: There is important info for you. Call 312-777-1999 or click:
https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/confirmed-or-possible-covid-19.html ‘

The new text message being sent by IDPH does not confirm your test results or display other sensitive information.

It is important to note that you will need to call the number provided to you by IDPH and participate in the contact tracing process to receive your release letter to return to school. Individuals who do not have a cell phone number will instead receive a phone call from IDPH’s COVID-19 Surge Center. Currently these calls from IDPH originate with a Chicago area code.

Southern Seven Health Department’s news release states, “Beginning on the 13th it’s important you call the number listed in that text message from IDPH so you can get your quarantine or isolation release letters. S7HD will no longer generate those letters for you.”

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