We’re providing as much current information as possible. We will continue to make updates immediately after planning decisions are made about testing, quarantine, and more. 

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Updated 8-26-21

Quarantine Questions | Policy

Who is required to quarantine, and under what circumstances?
Vaccinated
  • Staff and students showing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Staff and students who test positive for COVID-19

Unvaccinated

  • Staff and students showing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Staff and students who test positive for COVID-19
  • Staff and students identified as a close contact of someone who has a positive test or symptoms of COVID-19. Exception: Students who are close contacts who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where both the infected student and exposed student were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks

Who doesn’t need to quarantine?

  • Vaccinated individuals who show no symptoms
  • Vaccinated individuals identified as a close contact of someone who has a positive test or symptoms of COVID-19 (unless they show symptoms)
  • Students who are close contacts, regardless of vaccination status, who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where both the infected student and exposed student were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks (see the exception to quarantine policy).
Does my vaccinated student need to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact?

No. Vaccinated students do not need to quarantine unless they have symptoms. However, we highly recommend that your student be tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after the exposure.

When can my unvaccinated student return to school if they are a close contact?

Depending on your student’s situation, they must quarantine for either 7 days or 10 days.

The below applies to students with no symptoms who are unvaccinated:

  • 7 Day Quarantine (with negative test): Your student can return to school if they have no symptoms AND received a negative COVID-19 test result taken on Day 5, 6 or 7. Your student may return on Day 8, with a negative test result. Day 8 is the earliest your student can return to school, even if a negative COVID-19 result was provided sooner.
  • 10 Day Quarantine (no test): A student can return to school if they have no symptoms without a test. Your student may return on Day 11. 
In what situations will my student be sent home?

Students will be sent home to quarantine for up to 10 days. Because every case is different, talk with your school nurse to determine if a fewer days of quarantine is appropriate.

Unvaccinated students will be sent home from school if:

  • Your student shows symptoms of COVID-19 at school
  • Your student is identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19. Exception: Students who are close contacts, who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where both the infected student and exposed student were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting face-coverings 

Vaccinated:

  • Your student shows symptoms of COVID-19 at school

Note: Vaccinated students identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 do not need to quarantine as long as they have no symptoms. However, the MDH highly recommends that your student take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after the potential exposure.

Will my student be able to access remote learning or other online resources if they need to quarantine?

If a student moves to quarantine, our teams will communicate with parent/caregiver and student to share options for learning opportunities that will focus on the individual needs of students while they are outside of school.

When can my student return to school if they were sent home for having symptoms?

The below information applies to students with symptoms who are vaccinated or unvaccinated.

  • Unknown cause of symptoms: If there is no alternative diagnosis (reason for the symptoms other than COVID-19) provided by your healthcare provider, your student must follow all quarantine guidance and quarantine for as long as they have symptoms.
  • Alternative diagnosis: If your health care provider provides an alternative diagnosis, your student still must have a negative COVID-19 test (taken on day 5, 6, or 7 of quarantine) or complete a 10 day quarantine period.
How long is the quarantine period? (MDE Flowchart)

For students, the school nurse will help families identify their options and isolation or quarantine time using the MDH Exclusion Flowchart and other relevant guidance.

How long does my student have to isolate/quarantine if they test positive for COVID-19?
Please contact your school nurse to report a positive case of COVID-19.
Who is considered a close contact? Are there exceptions?

Exception: In the indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) where both the infected student(s) and exposed student(s) were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks.

This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

Does my student have to quarantine if they are vaccinated or if they already had COVID-19?

If your student has completed COVID-19 vaccination (two doses in a two-dose series) and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

  • The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.
  • The COVID-19 exposure was within 90 days of their final dose of the vaccination series.
  • They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Even after a student has recovered from COVID-19 or is fully vaccinated, they should still continue to stay distanced, wear a mask that fits well, wash their hands often, and follow other precautions. For more information, see CDC: When to Quarantine.

What happens if my student doesn't quarantine?

Face-Covering Questions | Policy

Who is required to wear a face-covering?

All staff, students, and guests must wear a face-covering in any 287 building, regardless of vaccination status, unless an exemption or exception stated in the face-covering policy applies. Similarly, all staff and students must wear a face covering when they are in any District 287 vehicle. The face-covering policy includes all Care & Treatment sites.

What is considered an appropriate face covering?

Appropriate face-covering must have at least two layers of cloth and cover the nose and mouth completely in accordance with CDC guidance, for example:

  • Paper or disposable mask
  • Cloth face mask
  • Medical-grade mask
  • Medical grade respirator
  • Scarf
  • Bandanna
  • Neck gaiter (if more than one layer)
  • Religious face covering that covers the nose and mouth completely in accordance with CDC guidance.  

What doesn’t qualify? Masks with valves, mesh, openings, holes, vents, or visible gaps in the material do not qualify as face coverings. 

What are the exemptions?

Exceptions to masks includes the following:

  • Children under two: A face covering should not be placed on a child under the age of two.
  • Incapacitated Individuals: A face covering should not be placed on any unconscious person, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
  • Medical condition, mental health condition, or disability: A person is not required to wear a face-covering if the person cannot wear a face covering or cannot wear a face-covering safely due to a developmental, medical, behavioral, mental health condition, or disability. This includes a person who has a medical condition that compromises the person’s ability to breathe.

Documentation from a medical authority is required for this exemption unless the District already has sufficient information that demonstrates the need for the requested exemption. 

Can masks be temporarily removed?

Yes. Staff, students, and visitors can temporarily remove masks in the following situations:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • Communicating with an individual who has a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with that individual difficult while wearing a face-covering
  • Participating in activities, such as showering, that would cause the face covering to become wet
  • Receiving a service, such as a nursing or medical service, which would be difficult or impossible to perform with a face covering
  • When staff are working alone, including when alone in an office, classroom, cubicle with walls or barriers (including plexiglass) that are at least face level, or other enclosed work area
  • When playing musical instruments that make wearing a face-covering difficult or impracticable, provided that six feet of social distancing is maintained, to the extent possible
  • When asked to remove the covering for identification purposes, such as when a person enters a school building during the school day, and a staff member asks the person to remove the face covering briefly to verify the person’s identity
Can a face shield be used as an alternative to a face-covering?

In some cases. Face shields can be used as an alternative to face-coverings when:

  • Staff wearing a face-covering may impede the educational process
  • Students cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition. 
  • A person has a disability or medical or mental health condition that prevents them from wearing a face-covering
  • A face-covering would impede the direct student support services being provided by staff. 
  • A face-covering would interfere with religious attire that is worn as part of a sincerely-held religious belief
What happens if my student doesn’t wear a face-covering in accordance with the policy?

COVID-19 Testing Questions

Will you provide testing for students?

We will provide optional weekly COVID-19 testing to unvaccinated District 287 students at school. Given additional resources, we may be able to expand testing to vaccinated students in the future.

Do you want your student to receive weekly COVID-19 testing at school?
Where can I learn more?

We know families will have many questions about how optional weekly testing will take place. Once we understand how many students will participate in weekly testing, we will be able to provide more information and answer questions.

Can my student participate in weekly COVID-19 testing if they are vaccinated?

For the foreseeable future, we will prioritize weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated students. Given additional resources, we may be able to expand testing to vaccinated students in the future.

Several unknown variables, such as staffing, testing availability, and lead time, force us to prioritize the testing for our unvaccinated students per CDC and MDH recommendations.

When and where will student COVID-testing happen?

COVID-19 tests will be provided for free at all District sites for all unvaccinated students.

We are still determining a designated location at each school for COVID-19 testing. We are taking many measures to keep it as private as much as we can.