Dear Parents and Guardians, On January 6, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance for K-12 schools. On January 7, 2022, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education, and McHenry County Health Department announced that the agencies would be adopting the CDC guidance for K through 12 schools that shorten the removal from in-person school periods from 10 days to 5 days. Staff and students that are currently isolated will be contacted as follows:  1. Students eligible for isolation or quarantine period will be contacted by the end of day Tuesday to determine how the new guidance affects their current isolation or quarantine. We will send a follow-up message with additional information if this schedule changes.   2. Staff eligible for a shortened isolation or quarantine period will be contacted by Tuesday to determine how the new guidance affects their current isolation or quarantine. Moving forward, students and staff that test positive for COVID-19 will isolate for 5 days and may return to school or work on day 6 if they are symptom-free. Students or staff that are identified as close contacts will quarantine for 5 days, test on day 5, and return to school or work with a negative COVID-19 test on day 6. School health offices will continue to contact families to release students from isolation/quarantine. Per our usual and customary practice, we will continue to monitor how this influences our school community. Students or staff who present COVID-19 symptoms will remain home and have to present a negative test to return to work or school. 

Yours in Education, 

Dr. Lea Damisch, Superintendent of Schools