COVID-19 FAQ

Where can I find District 204 COVID-19 data?

Our COVID-19 Dashboard page is available here:
https://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/CovidDashboard

Why can't students stay remote? (updated 8/10/21)

"On May 19, 2021, the Illinois State Board of Education unanimously adopted a Resolution Supporting In-Person Learning that supports the Illinois State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala in making the following declaration after the conclusion of the current academic school year, subject to favorable public health conditions at that time: Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, all schools must resume fully in-person learning for all student attendance days, provided that, pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/10-30 and 105 ILCS 5/34-18.66, remote instruction be made available for students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are under a quarantine order by a local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health."

Are vaccinations required for age-eligible students?  (updated 8/10/21)

"No. Students are not currently required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. ISBE encourages families to use the summer months to ensure that eligible children get vaccinated. The vaccines are safe, effective, and proven to protect recipients from getting sick. Vaccines are widely available throughout the state. ISBE is also encouraging school districts to host vaccination clinics for eligible students and families."

Will self-certification continue?  (updated 8/10/21)

The current plan for the 2021-2022 school year is based on transmission level. During low transmission levels, parents will self-certify their children annually. This will change to quarterly in moderate transmission, monthly in substantial transmission, and may increase as necessary in high transmission.

Are masks required? (updated 8/10/21)

Per Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker's announcement on August 4, 2021, masks are mandated for all those entering P-12 schools. When the governor's mask mandate is no longer in effect, we will re-evaluate our masking policies based on current community data and transmission levels.

What type of masks are appropriate? (updated 8/13/21)

Masks should have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. The mask should cover your nose and mouth completely, fit snugly against the sides of your face without any gaps, and have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.

Masks that are inappropriate include those made of nonbreathable fabric (for example vinyl), have exhalation valves, are made of mesh or beads, or only have one layer of fabric which allow virus particles to escape.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required for students who are eligible to receive it? (updated 8/10/21)

Illinois state law requires certain immunizations for children and adults enrolled in child care, school, or college. Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is not included in the required list of immunizations for students.

What is the protocol for student quarantines? (updated 8/10/21)

When the school becomes aware of a person who is COVID-19 positive, the district contact tracing team will gather information to determine if any other persons were in close contact with the positive person during the infectious period of time. Close contact is defined as anyone who is within three feet of a person who is COVID-19 positive while both are wearing masks.   

How will the district conduct contact tracing? (updated 8/10/21)

If a student is identified as a close contact, a person from the district contact tracing team will be contacting any parent of a child deemed as a close contact, and providing specific information.

Are masks required on the bus? (updated 8/10/21)

Yes, masks will be required for students riding the bus. This is a federal mandate.

Will masks be required for students who participate in sports? (updated 8/10/21)

At this time, masks will be required for indoor sports. Masks will not be required for outdoor sports.

Will my child continue to receive instruction while they are quarantined? (updated 8/10/21)

Students in quarantine will receive instructional and social emotional support based on individual needs while greatly influenced by the courses each student is enrolled in and by what is planned in each class at the time of the absence. Adult support will be provided.

If a student is not feeling well and does not participate in instructional activities, the student will be marked absent.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine? (updated 8/13/21)

Isolation occurs when a student tests positive for COVID-19 or when someone is showing symptoms, and the cause of those has not yet been determined. The person needs to isolate away from others to protect them.

Quarantine occurs as a precautionary measure when a student has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person. If the person who has been exposed is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, then the person would not need quarantine.

Do you have a list of rapid results test providers? (updated 10/21/21)

The DuPage Health Department offers a COVID-19 testing site locator at its website, which lists sites in and around the county:
https://www.dupagehealth.org/662/COVID-19-Testing-Other-Test-Site-Locatio