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Anyone 12 years of age and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Find your nearest vaccination location at https://www.vaccines.gov/ or call (833) 621-1284 to schedule an appointment near you.

COVID-19 Interim Exclusion Guidance for Schools

Decision Tree for Excluding Symptomatic Individuals from Pre-K, K-12 Schools and Day Care Programs

Exclude if ANY of the following symptoms are present: Fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause.

School health officials should exclude when suspicion of COVID-19 is high due to other symptoms.

Testing is Strongly Recommended for ALL Persons with COVID-19-Like Symptoms, Regardless of Vaccination Status.

COVID-19 diagnostic test Positive (confirmed with PCR test or probable with antigen test) or COVID-19-like symptoms without COVID-19 testing and exposed to confirmed case (probable case)

Schools are to exclude for at least ten calendar days from onset of symptoms; Return after the ten calendars days AND for 24 hours with no fever (without feverreducing medication) AND improvement of symptoms. 

The Local Health Department may supply dates as to when a student or staff member can return to school, otherwise schools should permit return consistent with this guidance. Letter from Local Health Department releasing the student or staff member from isolation or quarantine is not required. 

Symptomatic individual with a negative COVID19 diagnostic test

Home test kits are not allowed

Negative COVID-19 diagnostic tests are valid only for the date on which they are collected; specimens collected 48 hours prior to symptom onset, after symptom onset, or while symptoms are present (within 48 hours) are acceptable for determining school exclusion status.

Schools are to exclude until symptoms have improved/resolved per return-to-school criteria for diagnosed condition, including fever free for 24 hours and until 48 hours after diarrhea and vomiting have ceased.. Follow provider directions, recommended treatment & return to school guidance as per school policies and IDPH Communicable Diseases in Schools.

  • Excluding Close Contacts is NOT required

If staff/student is a close contact to a confirmed case, the school is experiencing an outbreak, or the LHD is requiring validation due to community transmission levels, documentation of a negative laboratory-based confirmatory SARS-CoV-2 NAAT result is needed (see CDC Testing Algorithm) to return. In other situations, a negative RT-PCR, rapid molecular (rapid PCR) or negative antigen test is acceptable.

Symptomatic individual without diagnostic testing who is not a known close contact to a confirmed case. 

Schools are to exclude for at least ten calendar days from onset of symptoms; Return after the ten calendar days AND for 24 hours with no fever (without feverreducing medication), vomiting and diarrhea have ceased, AND improvement of symptoms. 

  • Exclude Close Contacts for Unvaccinated Household Members in the School System.

If the ill individual is not tested within 24 hours of first notification of symptoms, household members should be sent home . See FAQ for additional instructions

 Asymptomatic individual who is a close contact to a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case 

Unless fully vaccinated, schools must exclude for 14 days or as recommended by the local health department for 7- 14 calendar days after last exposure to the COVID-19 case or according to test-to-stay protocols11.. If COVID-19 illness develops, exclude per COVID-19 diagnostic test Positive is recommended.

The Local Health Department may supply dates as to when a student or staff member can return to school, otherwise schools should permit return consistent with this guidance. Letter from Local Health Department releasing the student or staff member from isolation or quarantine is not required.