COVID School Metrics

Mundelein Elementary District 75 will continue to track and communicate our local data on the following metrics: 
 
  1. Incidence Rate (Number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days)
  2. Positivity Percentage (Percentage of RT-PCR tests that are positive during the last 14 days)
  3. Percent change in new cases per 100,000
  4. Student and Staff COVID Data
Data for metrics will be pulled from the Northwestern.edu COVID dashboard. Student and staff COVID data will be tracked locally.
 
Guidance from the Lake County Health Department, states that school districts should utilize CDC indicators and thresholds for risk of introduction and transmission of COVID-19 in schools. District 75 acknowledges that our metrics communicate varying levels of risk (as guided by CDC). Public health officials have advised that school districts can safely return to school with mitigations in place.

 

District 75 COVID Policies

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.
 
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 touch points (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.
Masks
  • It is strongly recommended that all District 75 and 120 students, staff and visitors wear a mask in school buildings regardless of vaccination status.
  • 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. 
Contact Tracing and Quarantine
  • Students and staff who test positive will be excluded from school for a minimum of five days. If they opt to return to school after five days, they are required to wear a mask in school for the next five days (days 6-10 from their positive test date). 
  • The “Test-to-Stay” program is no longer an option, but SHIELD testing continues to be available as an option.
  • Contact tracing will continue, but students and staff identified as close contacts will no longer be excluded.

COVID Testing

Districts 75 and 120 offer free COVID-19 testing services in the schools. The weekly testing is provided by the State of Illinois’ Shield program. The daily testing is open to all staff and students.
 
Shield Weekly Testing:
Shield operates in our schools with free weekly tests. 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. Below is the SHIELD Opt-in google form for your school.  Please use the link below based on school building.
 
 
For your guidance, we’ve provided the following resources:
 
Test-to-Stay Daily Testing:
As masking is no longer mandated in Mundelein schools, the Test-to-Stay testing program is no longer in place. If you would like to be tested, please sign up for the SHIELD program (listed above).
 
 
Visit this page for answers to some frequently asked questions.
 
Please remember that masks are strongly recommended during school and for all events at District 75 and District 120 buildings. We continue to ask parents and guardians to keep their children home if they are sick or showing symptoms of illness.