COVID-19 Information for Schools

DCHD Guidance

COVID-19 Update for Schools March 12, 2020 (PDF)

COVID-19 Superintendent Presentation March 2, 2020 (PDF)
COVID-19 Public Health Guidance For Schools March 2, 2020 (PDF)
COVID-19 School Nurses Meeting Feb 28, 2020 (PDF)
COVID-19 Letter to DuPage County Schools Feb 27, 2020 (PDF)
COVID-19 Superintendent Presentation Feb 13, 2020 (PDF)

CDC Guidance

Guidance for School Settings

Before and During an Outbreak

At all times…

  1. Encourage your staff or community members to protect their personal health.
  2. Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (pdf)
    fever, cough, shortness of breath.
  3. Encourage people to stay home when sick.
  4. Clean surfaces that are frequently touched – things such as shared desks, countertops, kitchen areas, electronics, and doorknobs.
  5. Limit events and meetings that require close contact.
  6. Stay up to date on developments in your community.
  7. Create an emergency plan for possible outbreak.
  8. Assess if community members are at higher risk and plan accordingly.

During an outbreak in your area

  1. Send home or separate anyone who becomes sick.
  2. If you identify a case, inform people who might have been exposed.
  3. Continue to safely clean and disinfect the person’s area.
  4. Connect with your local health departments.
  5. Cancel large meetings or events.
  6. Put your infectious disease outbreak plan into action.

Specific guidance for schools

NEW: Updated guidance now includes school closure decision tree.
Also: Considerations for School Closings (pdf)

  • Make hand cleaning supplies readily available.
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home if sick.
  • Monitor absenteeism.
  • Plan for digital and distance learning.
  • Be prepared to temporarily dismiss or close schools and cancel events.
    • Short term dismissals for cleaning and contact tracing if you have a case.
    • Longer dismissals if you have substantial spread in your area.
  • Plan ways to continue student services such as school meal programs if schools close.
  • Stagger staffing or schedules to reduce in-person interaction.
  • Work with your local health department for guidance on closures and re-openings.
  • Get detailed guidance
Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission March 12, 2020 (PDF)
Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to COVID-19
Interim Guidance: Get Your Household Ready for COVID-19
Pandemic Flu Checklist: K-12 School Administrators
Get Your School Ready for Pandemic Flu

IDPH Guidance

Information for Illinois K-12 Schools Regarding COVID-19 (PDF)
Guidance for Illinois Students Regarding COVID-19 (PDF)

Education and Outreach  

Clean Your Hands (PDF) Get Your Household Ready English (PDF)
Get Your Household Ready (Spanish) (PDF) 

School Contact Information

Please ensure the DuPage County Health Department has the most up-to-date contact information for your school’s administrators, nurse and public information officer by completing the School Contact Information Request Form.

COVID-19 Informational Presentation Request

If you are interested in having a Health Department staff member provide an informational webinar about COVID-19, please fill out the Presentation Request Form.