COVID-19: Information for Schools and Daycares
This toolkit is a comprehensive collection of various digital educational materials and messages to share with your teachers, students and families to slow the spread of COVID-19.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise locally, the Return to School Framework recommends that school officials review and consider the level of disease activity in their communities as they make decisions about if and when to shift between learning models this school year. DCHD has been working closely with the DuPage ROE and school district administrators in DuPage County to help inform plans for safely reopening schools this fall.
NOTE: DCHD supports the decision-making authority and discretion of Superintendents in DuPage County to determine the appropriate learning plans, whether remote or in-person, and implementation for their school district. DCHD has worked collaboratively with Superintendents to equip them with the public health guidance and data necessary to aid and inform their decision-making process during any transmission level. DCHD is not able to and does not have the authority to endorse the safety of any specific decision made by Superintendents, within or outside of the recommendations provided in our framework. As stated in our framework, we encourage DuPage Superintendents to consider individual school-level factors such as case and outbreak activity, specific disease trends and distribution, absenteeism among students and staff within a school, ability of the school to implement key mitigation strategies, and alternate remote learning site options and safety protocols when making the decision for their school community.
DuPage County COVID-19 School Metrics
DuPage County COVID-19 Community Transmission Level: SUBSTANTIAL
Week 53, 12/27/2020-01/02/2021
Archive of DuPage County COVID-19 School Metrics
Letter to Schools and Childcare Centers Regarding Guidance and Resources for Schools and Child Care Centers 9/1/20 (PDF)
DuPage County school professionals with reports or questions about COVID-19 cases or close contacts are requested to contact the DCHD COVID-19 Education Team by email at [email protected] or by calling (630) 221-7928 (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or (630) 682-7400 after hours, so 1) specific situations may be evaluated confidentially on a case-by-case basis and 2) to ensure public health recommendations are provided and followed alongside resource referrals as needed.
Information for school staff and students about the importance of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in school. Also available in Spanish (PDF).
Letter to Superintendents Regarding School Reopening Plans
The DuPage County Health Department and the DuPage County Regional Office of Education have been working closely and intensively with DuPage County Schools over the summer to assure public health guidelines, issued by ISBE/IDPH and CDC are prioritized. To learn more about these efforts, please refer to the Letter to Superintendents on Reopening July 22, 2020 (PDF).
Call, Don’t Cancel Your Child’s Immunizations
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are understandably nervous about taking their children and teens to their doctors’ offices. Unfortunately, as a result, childhood vaccination rates are dropping dangerously. Learn more about what healthcare providers are doing to keep their patients, including children, safe— Childhood Immunizations - Call Don’t Cancel (PDF), May 19, 2020. For Spanish information, click here (PDF).
Graduation Ceremony Guidance
After careful consideration, the DuPage Regional Office of Education and DuPage County Health Department are recommending that districts do not conduct any type of in-person graduation ceremony based on the current levels of COVID-19 activity in DuPage County. For more information, please refer to the COVID-19 Letter to Superintendents Regarding Graduation Ceremonies (PDF) May 6, 2020 (PDF). For Spanish, click here (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.
Information for Child Care Centers
|Child Care Reopening (PDF), May 21, 2020|
|Child Care Reopening Spanish (PDF), May 21, 2020|
|Additional Guidance was released for schools as they prepare for the start of the new school year. This guidance offers a detailed look at how schools should handle various situations, such as if a student gets sick, or when to close down a building. As of August 12, 2020 a list of FAQs and answers has been provided. |
|Governor Pritzker announced guidance for youth and adult recreational sports, including, but not limited to, school-based sports (IHSA & IESA), travel clubs, private leagues and clubs, recreational leagues and centers, and park district sports programs. Please see the Sports Safety Guidance for more detailed information.|
|A gradual approach for reopening child care has been developed in order to reopen child care programs in a prudent, safe way that recognizes the complex new health, safety, and social distancing practices that providers will need to implement. Read the full Reopening Child Care In Illinois (PDF) guidelines.|
|The intent of the Guidance for the Return to Campus for Illinois Community Colleges is to assist all community colleges in the development of plans that ensure the health, safety and support of our students while continuing to provide high-quality instruction.|
|Licensed Day Care Guidance|
|This document is Part Three of the Transition Advisory Workgroup’s recommendations for transitioning to in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. View the full guidance (PDF). A list of FAQs is also available.|
|ISBE and IDPH release guidance for summer school and other activities allowed in Phase 3 of Restore Illinois plan. This guidance allows limited in-person summer school with extensive social distancing, cleaning, and use of personal protective equipment. View the full guidance (PDF).|
|Considerations for Closing the 2019-20 School Year & Summer 2020 (PDF), May 15, 2020|
|As a result of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, as regions reach Phase 4 on June 26th or after, IHSA member schools are permitted to begin use of voluntary summer contact days. IHSA Phase 4 Return to Play Plan (PDF).|
|IHSA Stage 1 of Return to Play (PDF), June 6, 2020|
|IHSA COVID-19 Update, June 5, 2020|
|The Higher Education in Illinois—Safely Launching Academic Year 2020 (PDF) document represents the set of principles and guidance for Illinois higher education institutions as they face the unprecedented challenge of reopening this fall in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. FAQs|