Huntley 158 administration and nursing staff will continue to partner with the McHenry County Department of Health in the process of contact tracing and determining periods of quarantine and isolation. Local health departments are the final authority on identifying close contacts.
Who has to quarantine?
- Fully vaccinated students and staff with no symptoms do NOT have to quarantine if they are deemed a close contact in the classroom.
- Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days AND have no symptoms do NOT have to quarantine if they are deemed a close contact in the classroom.
- Students and staff will NOT have to quarantine IF all of the following are collectively met:
- Individuals are properly and consistently masked and social distancing of 3-6 feet is maintained
- Individuals participate in SHIELD saliva testing weekly
- Individuals participate in SHIELD saliva testing (i.e. “Testing to Stay”) on 1st, 3rd, 5th, & 7th day after close contact
- If universal masking is NOT in place:
- Contact tracing could go beyond 3 to 6 feet of distance, per the McHenry County Department of Health.
- A 14-day period of quarantine must be completed.
When can an unvaccinated individual return to school after quarantine?
- OPTION 1: Quarantine at home for 14 calendar days. Date of last exposure is considered day 0.
- OPTION 2: Quarantine for 10 calendar days after the close contact’s last exposure to the COVID-19 case. Date of last exposure is considered day 0.
- Please note, students deemed a close contact as a result of participation in an athletic event must quarantine for 14 days.
- The individual may end quarantine after day 10 if no symptoms of COVID-19 developed.
- SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing is recommended and may be required by the local health department.
- The individual can maintain 3-6 ft. of physical distancing and masking at all times when returning to school.
- OPTION 3: Quarantine period is for seven calendar days after the last exposure if:
- No symptoms developed during daily monitoring AND the individual has a negative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test (PCR) that was collected within 48 hours of exposure day 7 (starting on day 6 or after).
- The individual can maintain 3-6 ft. of physical distancing and masking at all times when returning to school
- OPTION 4: If schools implement a “Test to Stay” strategy and test close contacts, as defined above, on days one, three, five, and seven from date of exposure by a PCR or rapid antigen or molecular emergency use authorization (EUA)-approved test, close contacts are permitted to remain in the classroom as long as the results are negative.
What is the instruction model for students in quarantine?
Students who have been deemed a close contact and placed under a period of quarantine in collaboration with the MCDH can expect to “Zoom” into class concurrently on the second day of quarantine. To accommodate the time needed for staff to prepare for a remote student, asynchronous activities will be provided on the first day of quarantine. Quarantine students may not need to be synchronously connected to the classroom for the entire day. Teachers will share expectations with students on a case by case basis.