COVID-19: Information for Schools and Daycares

DCHD Guidance

DCHD COVID-19 Updated Quarantine and Testing Recommendations (PDF) 11/10/2021

DCHD COVID-19 Quarantine and Testing Recommendations Infographic (PDF) 11/10/2021

DCHD Updated COVID-19 Testing and Exclusion Protocols (PDF) 10/4/2021

DCHD Policy on Test-To-Stay with Modified Quarantine in DuPage County K-12 Schools (PDF) 9/13/2021

Key Messages for Schools (PDF) 8/2/2021

The top priority is to ensure that all children have access to in-person instruction this year in a manner that prioritizes the health and safety of the students, teachers, school staff, their families, and the community.  

Preventing the spread of COVID-19, keeping children healthy, and meeting their educational and social needs are not mutually exclusive goals. 

To ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and the community, DCHD strongly recommends that schools adopt a policy to require universal indoor masking regardless of vaccination status, in addition to having all evidenced-based prevention strategies in place at the start of the school year.

DCHD Statement on COVID-19 Prevention Strategies in Schools (PDF) 7/28/2021

IDPH Guidance 

Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools

Supporting the Full Return to In-Person Learning for All Students - Updated 10/15/2021

Interim Guidance on Testing for COVID-19 in Community Settings and Schools

This guidance addresses the use of point-of-care (POC) COVID-19 testing and screening in schools and other community settings. Updated 10/15/2021


Decision Tree for Excluding Symptomatic Individuals from Pre-K, K-12 Schools and Day Care Programs (PDF)  (9/29/2021)

COVID-19 School Guidance FAQs

COVID-19 School Guidance and Resources

Licensed Day Care Guidance 


ISBE Guidance 

Executive Order 2021-24 and 77 ILL. Admin. Code 690.361 Fact Sheet

September 21, 2021

On Friday, September 17, 2021, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-24, which clarified schools’ authority to exclude students and school personnel from school premises (including in-person instruction and extracurricular events) when students or school personnel are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19; a close contact to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19; or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) also adopted an emergency administrative rule, 77 Ill. Admin. Code 690.361, to implement the Executive Order.

IDPH and the Illinois State Board of Education have updated their Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools and related FAQs consistent with the Executive Order and emergency rule. Additionally, IDPH has provided Public Health Interim Guidance for Local Health Departments and Pre-K- Schools – COVID-19 Exclusion Protocols, which provides practical guidance for schools and local health departments in complying with the Executive Order and rules.

CDC Guidance

7/27/21: Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
7/23/21: The guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) is intended for any institution of IHE that offers education or instruction beyond the high school level, such as colleges and universities, including community and technical colleges.
7/9/21: CDC released updated Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Kindergarten (K)-12 Schools and COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs. The updates are based on the latest science in Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs – Updated, and emphasizes the COVID-19 prevention strategies most important for K-12 schools and child care programs to support in-person learning and care. This guidance also included considerations for K-12 schools and childcare programs to promote equity in education and health.

Last updated 9/29/21