Updated Travel Guidance

Updated Travel Guidance for Staff and Families
Posted on 02/12/2021
Wilmette Public Schools District 39

Wilmette Public Schools District 39
Mikaelian Education Center
615 Locust Road
Wilmette, IL 60091

Dear District 39 Families,

Important UPDATED Travel Guidance for Staff and Families

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCPDH) has issued updated travel guidance for anyone traveling to and from suburban Cook County. Anyone traveling from a state on the orange state list is directed to quarantine for a 10-day period upon return or obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in suburban Cook County. Our D39 self-certification ticket will be updated to reflect this change.

In summary, travelers who visit an orange state for more than 24 hours:

  1. Adhere to a 10-day quarantine OR obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 Test (rapid tests are not allowed) no longer than 72 hours prior to your return home.
  2. Children under the age of 18 are exempt if they traveled with an adult who has received a negative PCR COVID-19 test in accordance with #1 above. However, PCR testing is still encouraged and readily available through the district. Children who travel alone are to follow with the testing or quarantine option.


Avoid Non-Essential Travel
While travel guidance has been updated, non-essential travel is still not recommended. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) advises that when you must travel away from your local community, keep informed about the current risks of COVID-19 exposure and keep your family safe by avoiding travel to places of higher risk. Non-essential travel can increase your risk for exposure because of the risks associated with travel, including varied adherence to prevention measures and exposure to individuals outside of your household. When essential travel is required, practice the 3 W’s every time you are away from home and/or in close proximity to groups of people. Wear a face covering. Wash your hands with soap and water. Watch your physical distance, staying at least 6 feet from others while avoiding gatherings with individuals outside of your immediate household. Individuals returning from travel to an “orange” state must quarantine or follow the “negative PCR COVID-19 Test” option described above.

Where do I send COVID-19 PCR Testing Results?
Please contact your school nurse with results. For those utilizing the "negative PCR COVID-19 Test" option to return to school after travel, please forward your results to the school nurse prior to return. If you arrive home and are still waiting for the test result, you must quarantine until you receive those results. If you test positive, please notify the nurse and she will outline the next steps regarding quarantine for yourself and/or the student in your household.

What if my trip duration is less than 72 hours?
If you are in an orange state for more than 24 hours but less than 72 hours, you must take a PCR test or complete a 10-day quarantine upon your return. The test cannot be taken prior to your first leg of travel.

What if I travel to a state/territory that is not marked "orange"?
No quarantine is necessary after travel to a state/territory that is not orange. The orange list is updated every other Tuesday and goes into effect the following Friday at 12:01 a.m. The next update will be Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

What does this mean for Spring Break?
Our D39 in-person learning program is scheduled to resume the week after Spring Break, which starts April 5. In-person students required to quarantine following spring break will need to do so the week of April 5 - April 9. On April 2, 3, and 4, the District will offer PCR COVID testing for any staff, student, or family member that has traveled or simply wants to otherwise get tested after Spring Break. Testing is not required but all are encouraged and welcomed to get a test. Details for scheduling a test and how testing will be conducted will be provided closer to the testing dates.

This information is subject to change at any time based on CCDPH guidance.
We anticipate that the CCDPH travel guidance will continue to change and we continue to encourage our families to limit non-essential travel. Please plan accordingly with the possibility of changes to CCDPH travel guidance and quarantine restrictions in mind. Please note that this shift means that now CCDPH guidance is consistent with the City of Chicago's Travel Order to reduce confusion among people living and working in Cook County.

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