Jasper County Schools

District Office News Article

Please be aware that the following is the latest update from the CDC, ISBE, and IDPH for the handling of COVID-19 in our schools. This was emailed to me on Friday, January 7, 2022. Please take note of the third bullet point regarding the number of isolation and quarantine periods that has changed from 10 days to 5 days. The JCCU1 district will adhere to the new guidelines - just as we have done the best we can to follow these guidelines provided from the CDC, ISBE and IDPH, throughout the Pandemic. Please continue to help each other stay healthy and to keep our students safe and healthy as well! Thank you very much for your continued commitment to our daily goals for our students!!! Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools Updated Jan. 6, 2022 Key Takeaways: * Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction continues to be a priority. Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports. * CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all* students (ages 2 years and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. * New CDC guidance has reduced the recommended time for isolation and quarantine periods to five days. For details see CDC’s page on Quarantine and Isolation. * In addition to universal indoor masking, CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple prevention strategies, such as screening testing. * Screening testing, ventilation, hand washing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe. * Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care. * This guidance emphasizes implementing layered prevention strategies to protect students, teachers, staff, visitors, and other members of their households and support in-person learning. * Localities should monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies (e.g., physical distancing, screening testing). Thank you!!!!

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