• Close Contact
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) define a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

    There is an exception to this rule that applies to students in an indoor K-12 classroom setting. In this case, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. Please note that this exception does not apply to teachers, staff or other adults in this setting.

    The infectious period for someone who is deemed to be a close contact begins two calendar days before the onset of symptoms for a symptomatic person or two calendar days before a positive sample is obtained for an asymptomatic person.

  • Quarantine
    Per the CDC, “local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions.” At this time, DCHD currently recommends the following for schools:

    • Close contacts complete at least a 10-day quarantine period and ideally a full 14-day quarantine period. Both options require that additional criteria be met with daily symptom monitoring and continued masking for COVID-19 through Day 14. DCHD has the sole discretion for determining how long someone must quarantine, and will make those decisions on a case-by-case basis.

    • Fully vaccinated people who remain asymptomatic and those who had a documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days are excluded from quarantine. However, those who are fully vaccinated should get tested three to five days after the known exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until they receive a negative test result.

    • People who are not fully vaccinated and were exposed to an infected individual inside or outside of the classroom setting are considered a close contact if they were within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

    • As stated above, students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) in an indoor classroom setting are not considered a close contact or required to quarantine if everyone involved correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This does not apply to adults in an indoor classroom setting or situations in which masking protocols were not followed. In those cases, the 6-foot protocol (i.e., within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) will be used to determine close contact and quarantine.

    District 86 students who need to quarantine will receive assistance and support from the Student Success Center as they would for any other short-term absence. However, no classroom instruction will be conducted via Zoom for these individuals.