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Cook County Department of Public Health Revised Travel Guidance

August 23, 2021

Dear District 31 Community,

We wanted to let our District 31 families know that the Cook County Department of Public Health has revised their recommended travel guidance.  You can find that guidance here.  While they are still using the City of Chicago map to determine travel hot spots (i.e. orange states), they have now adopted the CDC guidance for travel which says that if an unvaccinated individual (including adult or child) travel to an orange state, they should get a Covid-19 test 3-5 days after travel AND fully quarantine for seven days.  This is self monitoring and a family should notify the nurse/principal if a student should quarantine due to travel and asynchronous work will be provided.  

Please remember that by sending your child(ren) to school you are certifying they are free of Covid-19 symptoms, have NOT been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, and that you have reviewed the Cook County travel guidance and are quarantining as appropriate for unvaccinated students. As always, please contact your school officer or nurses if you will need to keep your child home from school.

While self certification is no longer recommended as a mitigation strategy, we will begin sending out a daily text message reminding parents of the following:

TEXT:  Attendance at school certifies child is free of Covid symptoms & if unvaccinated has complied w/travel guidance & has not been a close contact to anyone w/Covid.

District 31 works hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.  In order to do this, we need the partnership of all of our families.  As Covid cases rise, and as we approach our upcoming long Labor Day weekend, we need to be even more diligent if we want to ensure schools remain open. 

As an additional reminder, Cook County has now moved into "High" transmission status and face masks are required indoors.  According to IDPH/ISBE guidance, face masks should be well fitting and have two layers.  Face masks with exhalation valves/vents or single layer athletic-style facemasks (i.e. gaiters) should not be worn to school.  The school offices have extra face masks if needed.

Please be vigilant when you are out, especially with our unvaccinated students. Our work together will ensure another successful school year!


Dr. Erin K. Murphy