COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
2021-2022 School Year Information
This page is designed to provide District 38 parents, students, and staff, resources regarding COVID-19 and updates for our school community.
Kenilworth School District 38 is committed to the safety and well-being of all members of our community. In-person learning with the appropriate protective measures is safe and essential to students’ mental health and academic growth. Following COVID-19 prevention strategies and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) remains critical to protect students, teachers, and staff who are not fully vaccinated to safely deliver in-person instruction. We will continue to keep our community informed as updates emerge. We thank you for your continued support and attention to keeping our community safe.
Students and staff who are fully vaccinated with no COVID-19-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from school or extracurricular activities. CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals test three to five days after close contact exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
NEW! COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance
The Illinois Department of Public Health released new COVID-19 Interim Exclusion Guidance For Schools on September 29, 2021.
The changes are:
- We can no longer accept an alternative diagnosis from a physician to approve a symptomatic individual to return to school/work given the increase in co-diagnosis (strep throat and COVID-19, flu and COVID-19, ear infection and COVID-19, etc.), even for pre-existing conditions. A negative laboratory-based confirmatory SARS-CoV-2 NAAT (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test is required for all return to work/school approvals.
- When our community transmission levels are substantial or high, we can only accept a negative laboratory-based confirmatory SARS-CoV-2 NAAT (RT-PCR) result to approve a symptomatic individual to return to school/work. North Cook County is currently at a high transmission level and we will follow this guidance.
- When our community transmission levels are not substantial or high, we may accept a negative laboratory-based confirmatory SARS-CoV-2 NAAT (RT-PCR), rapid molecular (rapid PCR), or negative antigen test to approve a symptomatic individual to return to school/work. We cannot accept a home-test result at any time, for any reason. North Cook County is not eligible for accepting these test results at this time. When/if this changes, we will notify the community.
- If a symptomatic student is not tested within 24 hours of first notification of symptoms, unvaccinated siblings will need to quarantine until a diagnostic test has been completed and the results are negative.
- A runny nose is no longer listed as a COVID-19 symptom for exclusion.
- A return to work/school release letter from the Local Health Department (LDH) is no longer required.
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