We are working with schools to keep children and school staff healthy and to limit the spread of COVID-19
As a reminder, our jurisdiction does not include the cities of Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, or Stickney Township.
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Can health care workers, school personnel, higher education personnel, and higher education students choose to be tested rather than be vaccinated, even if they do not meet the requirements for a medical or religious exemption?
Yes. If you are required to get vaccinated (because you work in healthcare, at a school, college/university or state-owned or operated church or place of worship), you do have the option to be tested weekly instead. However, your employer may have stricter requirements.
How can Schools, Health Care Facilities and Higher Education Institutions verify an employee’s or student’s negative test results?
Test results must be provided in writing (paper or electronic copy) and must include information that confirms the person’s identity, the type of test that was done (must be NAAT or antigen test), the test result, the clinic or compant that is providing the test result, and the date the test was performed.
Yes. IDPH will provide free testing for all public PK-12 schools (includes tiers 1, 2, 3 and 4) and private schools through June 30, 2022 through the SHIELD Illinois program. For info, go here: http://shieldillinois.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/IDPH-SHIELD-IL-overview-091621.pdf
Cook County COVID Metric
IDPH does direct-ship for some schools. CCDPH requires pick up in Oak Forest.
If schools work with the SHIELD program, they will also assist with the following for BinaxNOW: training, reporting, CLIA waiver, physician standing order. They will still need to order BinaxNOW tests through CCDPH or IDPH.
SHIELD signup via emailing Beth Heller, Senior Director of External Affairs for SHIELD, at [email protected] or clicking here.
COVID Vaccine Information
Reporting to CCDPH
- CCDPH Travel Guidance
- CDC Guidance and Materials for Schools and Childcare Facilities
- CDC Guidance for Colleges and Universities
- IDPH Adaptive Pause and Metrics
- IDPH Childcare Guidance
- IDPH Exclusion Guidance (Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals)
- IDPH Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Schools
- IDPH Releasing COVID-19 Cases from Isolation and Quarantine
- IBHE COVID resources
- ISBE Guidance Webpage
- Restore Illinois Plan
School Webinar Series
In partnership with Cook County Intermediate Service Centers, CCDPH is hosted a series of informational webinars to help schools prepare for the school year and address questions and concerns from school personnel.
To register click here.