Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We have developed a plan for the prevention of COVID-19 in our schools based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
The following guidelines will be in place for all schools in both District 75 and District 120:
Full Return to In-Person Learning
Parents/Guardians are not required to complete daily self-certification of their child’s COVID-19 symptoms. Instead, by sending your child to school each day you are certifying that your child is not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.
Resume locker and storage assignments.
Remove restrictions on shared materials.
Resume all clubs, activities and sports with mitigation measures.
Social distancing of at least 3 feet where possible in classrooms and 6 feet where possible in common areas (hallways, cafeterias).
Disinfecting our schools, including the daily use of virus-killing UVC lighting units. All touchpoints (door handles, faucets, etc.) are sprayed with electrostatic disinfectant throughout the day.
All ventilation systems will provide air turnover allowing for the proper amount of outside fresh air.
Promoting frequent hand-washing.
All District 75 and 120 students, staff and visitors are required to wear a mask in school buildings regardless of vaccination status.
The mask requirement includes sports and activities, with masks now required for all indoor extracurricular activities and sports.
Masks for all individuals (age 3 and older) are required on school buses, regardless of vaccination status, as school buses and other school transport qualify as public transport.
During outdoor activities, masking is optional (regardless of vaccination status).
Contact Tracing and Quarantine
District staff will work with state and local health departments to identify students and staff that must isolate because of positive COVID-19 test results, and those who must quarantine as close contacts.
Updated guidance removes students from the list of close contacts
within a classroom setting when they and the infected student consistently and correctly wear well-fitting masks and other preventative measures (including social distancing at a minimum of 3 feet) are in place.
When identified as a classroom close contact, students can utilize the “Test-to-Stay” option to minimize in-person learning disruptions. This is only allowable in situations when both the Close Contact and COVID-19 confirmed student were masked. Please note, this is for school exposure only. This allows students to avoid quarantine by testing on days one, three, five and seven after exposure as long as they continue to test negative and are symptom-free.
Districts 75 and 120 are planning to offer free COVID-19 testing services in the schools. The weekly testing will be provided by the State of Illinois’ Shield program. The daily testing will help students who have been exposed to COVID-19 but would like to stay in school as opposed to being quarantined at home. We will provide updates on this page as details change.
Shield Weekly Testing:
Shield will operate in our schools with free weekly tests beginning sometime in September. All asymptomatic students are eligible, regardless of their vaccination status. This program requires a parent’s consent. It will help identify those students who may be COVID-19 positive but not experiencing symptoms. This is the SHIELD Opt-in google form the district provided a few weeks ago. If you have not yet filled it out and would like to, please use the link below based on school building.
Mundelein High School
Carl Sandburg Middle School form
Mechanics Grove Elementary School form
Washington Early Learning Center form
Lincoln Early Learning Center form
For your guidance, we’ve provided the following resources:
Test-to-Stay Daily Testing:
The daily testing, necessary for the test-to-stay protocol, will be run separately. Test-to-stay allows asymptomatic students who have been exposed to COVID-19 to avoid quarantine by testing negative on days one, three, five and seven after being exposed to COVID-19. This only applies to exposure at the school or school events and only if the individuals were all properly masked.This program requires a parent’s consent.
If your child has been exposed to COVID-19 in school and needs to join the test-to-stay protocol, parents must currently find an outside provider for the test-to-stay option. The district is working to bring an alternative daily testing program to our schools. We will let you know as soon as that becomes available.
Visit this page for answers to some frequently asked questions.
Please remember that masks are required indoors for all events at District 75 and District 120 buildings and schools. We continue to ask parents and guardians to keep their children home if they are sick or showing symptoms of illness.