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Spring Break Travel Information

February 26, 2021

Dear District 31 Community,

Spring break and post spring break restrictions are on everyone’s mind as we creep into March. School District 31 follows the guidance of the CCDPH/City of Chicago, which seems to be ever evolving. The current guidance below is subject to change. However, it is what we are using at this point to guide families and staff as spring break questions emerge. The Cook County Department of Public Health has asked us to remind families that travel is not recommended, but if traveling is part of your family plans please use caution and follow social distancing, masking, and testing requirements. You can read the guidance here

  • If you travel to a yellow state, there are no travel restrictions or quarantining requirements.  This map is updated every two weeks by the Chicago Department of Public Health.  The next update is March 9.
  • If you travel to an orange state, you must quarantine for 10 days once you arrive home or follow one of the testing options below. Please note that PCR testing is the preferred and most reliable method.
    • Any adult (18 years or older) traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a Covid test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in suburban Cook County. If unable to meet the testing requirements while out of state, they can be tested after they arrive home and quarantine until they receive a negative result.   
    • Any adult (18 years or older) traveling less than 24 hours to a state on the Orange list should be tested after they arrive home and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
    • Adults traveling internationally should be tested 3-5 days after they arrive home and continue to quarantine for a full 7 days after their return.
    • Children under the age of 18 are exempt for the guidelines above if they have traveled with adults who receive a negative Covid test.  If they are traveling with a fully vaccinated adult(s), then the child must be tested.
    • Adults who are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms are exempt from the travel quarantine and testing requirements. Fully vaccinated is two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose Covid vaccination (Moderna and Pfizer) or two weeks after the single dose of a one-dose Covid vaccine (Johnson and Johnson).

We know these guidelines are complex and our nurses are happy to help you sort through it. We also know it can be frustrating that these guidelines may continue to evolve before spring break. If they evolve we will send additional communication.  

We have changed our screening questions to reflect travel specifically to an orange state (as opposed to all travel). If you have travelled to an orange state within the last ten days, please answer the screener question appropriately and contact the nurse office so they can collect your information (traveling dates, testing results, etc) so they can clear you to go back to school.  The more information you share with our nurses before you travel will also help us keep information organized. We thank you for working with us to help keep children safe. It is important that families continue to answer the screener every day.