COVID-19: Information for Schools and Daycares

DCHD Guidance  

COVID-19 Education and Outreach Resources Toolkit (PDF)

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.

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COVID-19 Return to School Framework 8/28/20 (PDF)

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.

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DuPage County COVID-19 School Metrics 

DuPage County COVID-19 Community Transmission Level: SUBSTANTIAL
Week 53, 12/27/2020-01/02/2021

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Archive of DuPage County COVID-19 School Metrics

Week 34, 8/16/2020-8/22/2020Week 35, 8/23/2020-8/29/2020
Week 36, 8/30/2020-9/5/2020Week 37, 9/6/2020-9/12/2020
Week 38, 9/13/2020-9/19/2020Week 39, 9/20/2020-9/26/2020 
Week 40, 9/27/2020-10/3/2020Week 41, 10/4/2020 - 10/10/2020
Week 42, 10/11/2020 - 10/17/2020
Week 43, 10/18/2020 - 10/24/2020
Week 44, 10/25/2020-10/31/2020
Week 45, 11/1/2020-11/7/2020
Week 46, 11/8/2020-11/14/2020
Week 47, 11/15/2020-11/21/2020
Week 48, 11/22/2020-11/28/2020
Week 49, 11/29/2020-12/05/2020
Week 50 12/06/2020-12/12/2020Week 51, 12/13/2020-12/19/2020
Week 52, 12/20/2020-12/26/2020

Letter to Schools and Childcare Centers Regarding Guidance and Resources for Schools and Child Care Centers 9/1/20 (PDF)

COVID-19 Guidance and Resources For Schools and Child Care Centers 8/31/20 (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.

Stop the Spread of COVID-19: Wear a Mask (PDF)

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)

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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

IDPH Guidance 

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. 
Schools Guidance 
Licensed Day Care Guidance

ISBE 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 

IHSA Guidance

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 guidance released July 29 for youth and adult recreational sports document (PDF) for more detailed information.
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

IBHE Guidance

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

CDC Guidance 

Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Decision Tool
Public Health Guidance for Community-Related Exposure (CDC)
School Reopening Decision Tool (PDF)
Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare and Respond to COVID-19
Get Your Household Ready for COVID-19