New Executive Order Addresses Exclusion from Illinois Schools Due to COVID-19

New Executive Order Addresses Exclusion from Illinois Schools Due to COVID-19

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. JB Pritzker issued a new executive order Tuesday regarding exclusion from school for students and staff who test positive for COVID-19.

The order also addresses protocols for those who come in close contact with people testing positive.

Pritzker said schools must exclude students and school personnel with confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases for five to ten days following the onset of symptoms.

Those students or staff members can return to school after five days if they go 24 hours without a fever and see improvement with other COVID-19 symptoms. They would still be required to wear masks at all times around others for another five days.

Close contacts will only be excluded for five days after exposure under this executive order. Although, schools can allow asymptomatic close contacts to stay at school as long as they test negative twice within seven days.

Under the order, schools must also exclude any student or staff member with COVID-19 symptoms until they test negative. The alternative to testing is exclusion from school for 5-10 days.

Students or school personnel who are symptomatic can return to school after 5 days only if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, if diarrhea or vomiting have ceased for 24 hours, and if other symptoms have improved, Pritzker wrote.

Anyone with symptoms must also wear masks at all times for five days once they return to the school property.

The governor noted that includes masking while near others when outside.

Pritzker said schools must make remote learning available for students excluded from classes.

State agencies are also allowed to create emergency rules to help implement the new executive order.

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