Mundelein High School

Superintendent's Updates

2/18/2022
 
 
 
Districts 75 and 120 Parents and Guardians,
 
Effective Tuesday, Feb. 22, the mask mandate in both District 75 and District 120 will no longer be in place and we will move forward with a mask-recommended status in our schools.
 
An Illinois appeals court on Thursday ruled against the Governor’s mask mandate, meaning Illinois public school districts are no longer required to mandate masks in schools. 
 
While masks are no longer required, they are strongly recommended in all schools in Districts 75 and 120. Please take all precautions to keep yourself and others safe. 
 
We will continue to review metrics of COVID-19 cases and collaborate with the Lake County Department of Public Health (IDPH) for guidance on our health and safety protocols. If transmission rates worsen or there is any sort of COVID-19 outbreak in our schools, we will consider a return to mandated masking in the schools.
 
Other mitigation measures in our schools will remain largely unchanged. We will continue the same upgraded cleaning and disinfecting practices we’ve used during the last two years, such as cleaning and disinfecting procedures, spraying high-touch areas, using virus-killing UVC lights at night and venting rooms with increased outside air. Hand sanitizer and masks will continue to be made available for students and staff.
 
Here is what you need to know about COVID-19 guidelines in our schools moving forward:

 
  • Masks are still required on school buses, per federal law.
  • The Test-to-Stay program will no longer be used because it requires that everyone be masked. 
  • Optional SHIELD testing will continue.
  • Social distancing will continue.
  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate and will be excluded from school for 5 days. When returning to school after those 5 days, students and staff must wear a mask for the next 5 days (days 6-10 after the positive test), per the CDC. Those who opt not to wear a mask after day 5 must continue to stay home for days 6-10.
  • It is strongly recommended that anyone  with symptoms related to COVID-19 should stay home from school.
  • Districts 75 and 120 will still be contact tracing or but no longer excluding close contacts.
  • Student athletes and performers who compete or perform at other schools and/or venues must adhere to the COVID-19 policies in place at those venues.
 
We ask that you take this opportunity to make the best decision for your family regarding masking and discuss it with your children. Please understand that teachers will not be expected to monitor or enforce student compliances with family preferences regarding mask-wearing.
 
We realize that some families prefer that their students continue wearing masks while others wish to go without them. Please remember to show respect and understanding for those with opposing viewpoints. A child should not have to feel pressured to remove or wear a mask. We will continue to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all students regardless of their personal mask choice.
 
 
 
Dr. Kevin Myers
Superintendent
School Districts 75 and 120
 
 

Distritos 75 y 120 Padres y Guardianes,

A partir del martes 22 de febrero, el mandato de máscara tanto en el Distrito 75 como en el Distrito 120 ya no estará vigente y seguiremos adelante con un estado recomendado de máscara en nuestras escuelas.

Un tribunal de apelaciones de Illinois falló el jueves en contra del mandato de máscara del gobernador, lo que significa que los distritos escolares públicos de Illinois ya no están obligados a exigir máscaras en las escuelas. 

Ya no se requieren máscaras, pero se recomiendan máscaras en todas las escuelas de los Distritos 75 y 120. Tome todas las precauciones para mantenerse seguro y proteger a los demás. 

Continuaremos revisando las métricas de los casos de COVID-19 y colaborando con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Lake (IDPH) para obtener orientación sobre nuestros protocolos de salud y seguridad. Si las tasas de transmisión empeoran o hay algún tipo de brote de COVID-19 en nuestras escuelas, consideraremos volver al uso obligatorio de máscaras en las escuelas.

Otras medidas de mitigación en nuestras escuelas permanecerán prácticamente sin cambios. Continuaremos con las mismas prácticas mejoradas de limpieza y desinfección que hemos utilizado durante los últimos dos años, como procedimientos de limpieza y desinfección, rociado de áreas de alto contacto, uso de luces UVC que matan virus por la noche y ventilación de habitaciones con más aire exterior. El desinfectante de manos y las máscaras seguirán estando disponibles para los estudiantes y el personal.

Esto es lo que necesita saber sobre las pautas de COVID-19 en nuestras escuelas en el futuro:

  • Todavía se requieren máscaras en los autobuses escolares, según la ley federal.
  • El programa Test-to-Stay ya no se utilizará porque requiere que todos estén enmascarados. 
  • Las pruebas SHIELD opcionales continuarán.
  • El distanciamiento social continuará.
  • Los estudiantes y el personal que den positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 deberán aislarse y serán excluidos de la escuela durante 5 días. Al regresar a la escuela después de esos 5 días, los estudiantes y el personal deben usar una máscara durante los próximos 5 días (días 6-10 después de la prueba positiva), según los CDC. Aquellos que opten por no usar una máscara después del día 5 deben continuar en casa durante los días 6-10.
  • Se recomienda encarecidamente que cualquier persona con síntomas relacionados con COVID-19 se quede en casa y no vaya a la escuela.
  • Los distritos 75 y 120 seguirán rastreando contactos, pero ya no excluirán contactos cercanos.
  • Los estudiantes atletas y artistas que compiten o actúan en otras escuelas y/o lugares deben cumplir con las políticas COVID-19 vigentes en esos lugares.

Le pedimos que aproveche esta oportunidad para tomar la mejor decisión para su familia con respecto al uso de máscaras y que la discuta con sus hijos. Comprenda que no se espera que los maestros controlen o hagan cumplir el cumplimiento de los estudiantes con las preferencias familiares con respecto al uso de máscaras.

Nos damos cuenta de que algunas familias prefieren que sus alumnos sigan usando mascarillas mientras que otras prefieren ir sin ellas. Recuerde mostrar respeto y comprensión por aquellos con puntos de vista opuestos. Un niño no debería tener que sentirse presionado para quitarse o usar una máscara. Continuaremos manteniendo un entorno seguro y acogedor para todos los estudiantes, independientemente de su elección personal de mascarilla.


Dr. Kevin Myers
Superintendente
Distritos escolares 75 y 120

 


1/12/2022

 

District 120 parents and guardians:

Please take a few moments to read through the latest information concerning isolation and quarantine guidelines.

As of Thursday, Jan. 13, the isolation and quarantine periods for students and staff members sick with COVID-19 or considered a close contact will be reduced to five days.

This change comes as the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) updated its guidance to align with the new CDC recommendations for K-12 schools. The guidance calls for shorter quarantine and isolation periods of five days to focus on the period when a person is most infectious, followed by continued masking for an additional five days.

The Governor’s mask mandate for schools continues to be enforced.

Who has to quarantine?

Those who test positive for COVID-19 or anyone considered a close contact will follow the five-day isolation.

But anyone up-to-date on vaccinations and booster shots will be exempt from the definition of close contact. This includes students ages 5-17 who have received their primary vaccination doses and individuals 18 and older who have received their booster doses. Students exposed in the classroom to another student - if both students were within 3-5 feet of each other and both were correctly and consistently masked - are also exempted from the definition of close contact and will not have to quarantine.

The five-day quarantine/ isolation period:

Staff and students currently impacted by a quarantine now have a revised timetable. To calculate the five-day isolation period, count the first day of symptoms or specimen collection date if asymptomatic as day 0. The following five days are for quarantine. The student or staff member may return to school on day 6 provided they have no symptoms.

If fever or other symptoms, such as a cough, vomiting or diarrhea, have not improved after 5 days of isolation, the person should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms have improved.

If a close contact (person not up-to-date with vaccinations) is living with a COVID-19 positive family member who is not able to fully isolate, then that close contact’s quarantine period is extended to 10 days.

Additional rules for those who test positive:

The following should also be adhered to for students or staff  who test positive for COVID-19:

  • Continue to wear a well-fitted mask around others (including at home) for five additional days after release from isolation. This includes outdoor activities such as P.E. or recess. Students will not participate in mask breaks for days 6-10. If unable to wear a mask when around others, the person should continue to isolate for a total of 10 days.
  • Avoid being around other students or staff who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease.
  • If masks need to be removed (e.g., for lunch), ensure 6 feet of physical distancing. 

In Districts 75 and 120, we will still offer the Test to Stay option for allowing close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to remain in the classroom. That testing will now be done on days 3 and 5 only. 

Sports and Extracurricular Activities:

Because masks must be worn at all times through day 10 after infection or exposure, students involved in sports and extracurricular activities may not be able to participate until after that 10-day period. 

Students will be allowed to practice or participate in rehearsals as long as they remain asymptomatic and are correctly and consistently masked at all times when around others. This includes dining periods, extracurricular activities and riding the bus. Students will not be allowed to participate in competitions and performances until the 11th day post exposure, per the IDPH guidelines. 

As guidelines change we will update our families and staff.

Lastly, please remember to wash your hands, wear your mask and maintain social distancing. And if your child shows any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them home from school.

We appreciate your cooperation with the new guidance.

 

Kevin Myers

Superintendent
 

Padres y tutores del Distrito 120:

Por favor tómese unos minutos para leer la información más reciente sobre las pautas de aislamiento y cuarentena.

A partir del jueves 13 de enero, los períodos de aislamiento y cuarentena para los estudiantes y miembros del personal enfermos de COVID-19 o considerados un contacto cercano se reducirán a cinco días.

Este cambio se produce cuando el Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois (IDPH) y la Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois (ISBE) actualizaron su guía para alinearse con las nuevas recomendaciones de  CDC para las escuelas K-12. La guía exige períodos más cortos de cuarentena y aislamiento de cinco días para centrarse en el período en que una persona es más infecciosa, seguido de un enmascaramiento continuo durante cinco días adicionales.

El mandato de máscara del Gobernador para las escuelas continúa aplicándose.

¿Quién tiene que hacer cuarentena?

Aquellos que den positivo por COVID-19 o cualquier persona considerada un contacto cercano seguirán el aislamiento de cinco días.

Las personas que estén al día con las vacunas de covid  y las vacunas de refuerzo estarán exentas de la definición de contacto cercano. Esto incluye a los estudiantes de 5 a 17 años que hayan recibido sus dosis de vacunación primaria y a las personas mayores de 18 años que hayan recibido sus dosis de refuerzo. Los estudiantes expuestos en el salón de clases a otro estudiante, si ambos estudiantes estaban a una distancia de 3 a 5 pies entre sí y ambos estaban enmascarados de manera correcta y constante, también están exentos de la definición de contacto cercano y no tendrán que ponerse en cuarentena.

El período de cuarentena/aislamiento de cinco días: 

El personal y los estudiantes actualmente afectados por una cuarentena ahora tienen un horario revisado. Para calcular el período de aislamiento de cinco días, cuente el primer día de síntomas o la fecha de recolección de muestras si es asintomático como el día 0. Los siguientes cinco días son para cuarentena. El estudiante o miembro del personal puede regresar a la escuela el día 6 siempre que no tenga síntomas.

Si la fiebre u otros síntomas, como tos, vómito o diarrea, no han mejorado después de 5 días de aislamiento, la persona debe esperar para finalizar el aislamiento hasta que no tenga fiebre durante 24 horas y sus otros síntomas hayan mejorado.

Si un contacto cercano (persona que no tiene las vacunas al día) vive con un familiar positivo para COVID-19 que no puede aislarse por completo, entonces el período de cuarentena de ese contacto cercano se extiende a 10 días.

Reglas adicionales para aquellos que dan positivo:

Los estudiantes o el personal que dan positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 también deben cumplir con lo siguiente:

  • Continúe usando una máscara bien ajustada alrededor de los demás (incluso en el hogar) durante cinco días adicionales después de salir del aislamiento. . Esto incluye actividades al aire libre como educación física o recreo. Los estudiantes no participarán en los descansos de máscara durante los días 6-10. Si no puede usar una máscara cuando está cerca de otras personas, la persona debe continuar aislándose por un total de 10 días.
  • Evite estar cerca de otros estudiantes o miembros del personal inmunocomprometidos o con alto riesgo de enfermedad grave.
  • Si es necesario quitarse las máscaras (p. ej., para el almuerzo), asegúrese de que haya una distancia física de 6 pies. 

En los distritos 75 y 120, seguiremos ofreciendo la opción Test to Stay para permitir que los contactos cercanos que no están completamente vacunados permanezcan en el salón de clases. Esa prueba ahora se realizará solo los días 3 y 5. 

Deportes y actividades extracurriculares:

Debido a que se deben usar máscaras en todo momento hasta el día 10 después de la infección o exposición, es posible que los estudiantes que participen en deportes y actividades extracurriculares no puedan participar hasta después de ese período de 10 días. 

A los estudiantes se les permitirá practicar o participar en los ensayos siempre que permanezcan asintomáticos y estén enmascarados de manera correcta y constante en todo momento cuando estén cerca de otros. Esto incluye períodos para comer, actividades extracurriculares y viajar en el autobús. Los estudiantes no podrán participar en competencias y actuaciones hasta el día 11 posterior a la exposición, según las pautas del IDPH. 

A medida que cambien las pautas, actualizaremos a nuestras familias y al personal.

Por último, recuerde lavarse las manos, usar su máscara y mantener el distanciamiento social. Y si su hijo muestra algún síntoma de COVID-19, manténgalo en casa y no vaya a la escuela.

Agradecemos su cooperación con la nueva guía.

 

Kevin Myers

Superintendente


1/03/2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
With the recent change in guidance from the CDC, there have been a lot of questions as to the district's policy regarding COVID-19 quarantine and isolation. We have not received new guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) or the Lake County Health Department (LCHD). Listed below are the current symptoms of COVID-19 listed by the LCHD that the district’s health offices are using to determine when students who are symptomatic need COVID testing to return to school.

 
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Fever of 100.4 or higher or chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
 
With our recent outbreak of COVID-19, it is important to remember to continue to monitor your children for fever and COVID-19 symptoms each morning before school. If your children exhibit any of the above symptoms at home please do not send them to school. We strongly encourage you to get them tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours of symptom onset. 
 
The following guidelines need to be met before returning to school:
 
1) Negative Covid-19 test result taken within 48 hours of symptom onset.
2) Fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication). 
3) No diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours.
4) Symptoms have improved or resolved.
 
Please Note: In regards to testing, only community rapid antigen or lab based PCR negative results will be accepted. However, a home test with a positive result will be accepted as positive with a confirmatory community based rapid antigen or lab-based PCR test recommended. Without a confirmatory result being reported, students will not have the 90 day presumed immunity recorded with the LCHD and would be subject to additional quarantine if there was a later exposure. If your child tests positive or you choose not to get a test, your child will need to be quarantined at home for 10 days. Refer to this list for other local testing sites or visit the Lake County Health Department’s COVID-19 Testing Site Locator
 
If anyone in the home has symptoms of COVID-19 testing is recommended. If a student has symptoms, the siblings may continue to stay in school for 48 hours pending the test results for the symptomatic student. If the school does not receive the negative test results within 48 hours, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated siblings in the same household will also be required to follow the quarantine 

12/30/2021

Dear parents and guardians:

As we prepare to return from Winter Break, I wanted to clarify our protocols and guidelines regarding COVID-19. 

While the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today adopted the newly updated CDC recommendations on the length of quarantine time for those who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19, it did not change its COVID-19 School Guidance. 

So, with increasing COVID-19 numbers, we will stay the course and not change the length of quarantine or isolation time for students/staff.  We must also continue to follow the mask mandate for schools in Illinois.

Our process has been effective and allowed us to be in session this year. We will continue to monitor our COVID-19 numbers and share with you any updated school guidance we receive from the IDPH.  

We will continue to support in-person learning with these effective prevention strategies:

  • Consistent and correct use of masks 
  • Physical distancing
  • Screening testing and symptomatic testing
  • Improving ventilation
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Staying home when sick and getting tested
  • Testing and contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine
  • Routine cleaning with disinfection under certain conditions.

For those who travel, we ask you to self-monitor for symptoms and get tested upon your return.  

If your student begins to experience cold or flu-like symptoms during Winter Break, we strongly encourage you to get them tested for COVID-19. Refer to this list for other local testing sites or visit the Lake County Health Department’s COVID-19 Testing Site Locator

Even during Winter Break, parents of students who test positive for COVID-19 or are required to quarantine due to close contact, should call and leave a message at their child’s school. Student-athletes currently competing in a winter sport must contact their coach and Athletic Director immediately for further guidance.

When it comes time to return to school next week, please remember to monitor your children for COVID-19 and keep them home if they are sick or showing symptoms.

The precautions we take now will impact our availability for school during the second half of this school year. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Kevin Myers

Superintendent


 

Estimados padres y guardianes:

Mientras nos preparamos para regresar de las vacaciones de invierno, quería aclarar nuestros protocolos y pautas con respecto a COVID-19. 

El Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois (IDPH) adoptó hoy las recomendaciones de los CDC recientemente actualizadas sobre la duración del tiempo de cuarentena para aquellos que dan positivo o están expuestos a COVID-19, no ha cambiado su guía escolar de COVID-19. 

Por lo tanto, con el aumento de los números de COVID-19, mantendremos el protocol y no cambiaremos la duración de la cuarentena o el tiempo de aislamiento para los estudiantes/personal. También debemos seguir cumpliendo el mandato de máscaras para las escuelas de Illinois.

Nuestro proceso ha sido eficaz y nos ha permitido estar en sesión este año. Continuaremos monitoreando nuestros números de COVID-19 y compartiremos con usted cualquier orientación escolar actualizada que recibamos del IDPH.  

Continuaremos apoyando el aprendizaje en persona con estas estrategias de prevención efectivas:

  • Uso consistente y correcto de mascarillas 
  • Distanciamiento físico
  • Pruebas de detección y pruebas sintomáticas
  • Mejoramiento de la ventilación
  • Lavado de manos y etiqueta respiratoria
  • Quedarse en casa cuando esté enfermo y hacerse la prueba
  • Pruebas y rastreo de contactos en combinación con aislamiento y cuarentena
  • Limpieza de rutina con desinfección en determinadas condiciones.

Para aquellos que viajan, les pedimos que esten atentos a síntomas y hagan una prueba a su regreso.  

Si su estudiante comienza a experimentar síntomas de resfriado o gripe durante las vacaciones de invierno, le recomendamos encarecidamente que se haga la prueba de COVID-19. Consulte esta lista para otros sitios de prueba local o visite el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Lake COVID-19 pruebas en zonas de localización

Incluso durante las vacaciones de invierno, los padres de los estudiantes que dan positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 o que deben ponerse en cuarentena debido al contacto cercano, deben llamar y dejar un mensaje en la escuela de su hijo. Los estudiantes-atletas que actualmente compiten en un deporte de invierno deben comunicarse con su entrenador y director atlético de inmediato para obtener más orientación.

Cuando llegue el momento de regresar a la escuela la próxima semana, recuerde controlar a sus hijos para detectar COVID-19 y mantenerlos en casa si están enfermos o muestran síntomas.

Las precauciones que tomemos ahora afectarán nuestra disponibilidad para la escuela durante la segunda mitad de este año escolar. 

Atentamente, 

Dr. Kevin Myers

Superintendente


12/17/2021

 

Dear parents and guardians:
 
As we begin our winter break, I want to wish everyone a joyful and restful holiday season. May you and your families enjoy your time away from school. We look forward to seeing our students come back rejuvenated, strong and healthy to start the second half of the school year.
 
Unfortunately, the pandemic is still part of our lives. So please be mindful of the unique environment we find ourselves in this year. Remember to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy: practice social distancing, wear a mask when visiting those outside of your immediate family unit and wash your hands frequently.
 
For those who will travel, we ask you to remember the CDC recommendations: self-monitor for symptoms and get tested upon your return. 
 
When it comes time to return to school in January, please remember to monitor your children for COVID-19 and keep them home if they are sick or showing symptoms. Remember, the precautions we take during the next several weeks will impact our availability for school during the second half of this school year.
 
I wish all of you peace and a very happy and healthy new year!
 
Dr. Kevin Myers
Superintendent


November 19, 2021
 
 
School Districts 75 and 120 parents and guardians:
 
While increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state and in our community remind us that the pandemic is not over, we are proud of how we have been able to meet the challenges to this point. With your help, we will continue to do our best to keep our schools open for your children.
 
Keeping Students in School
 
Our schools are important community centers, not just for academic learning, but for social-emotional well-being, safety, and nutrition. We understand the importance of keeping our schools open and have dedicated ourselves to ensuring our students and staff remain safely in-person to school during the 2021-2022 school year. Our efforts have been grounded on the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Lake County Health Department (LCHD). We have maintained the recommended  health and safety protocols, while keeping children in school.
 
Our staff continues to work toward making our schools as safe as possible for the students and community. This year we returned to schools with nearly 100 percent of all staff fully vaccinated, opportunities for students to get vaccinated, indoor air quality enhancements at all campuses, and Shield testing weekly at each building. 
 
COVID-19 Cases Increase
 
Despite our best efforts, we have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in our community and throughout the state. At this point, the COVID-19 cases are not originating in the school buildings. We are tracking these numbers weekly and posting them on our websites in both District 75 and District 120.
We remain in daily communication with the Lake County Health Department and are following their protocols.
We ask you to remain mindful of precautions and to continue to follow our recommended protocols: Wash your hands, wear your masks and maintain social distancing whenever possible. And, as always, please keep your children home when they are sick or showing symptoms of illness.
 
Preventative Measures
 
We are prepared to take preventative measures whenever necessary. This may include isolation of those who test positive for COVID-19, quarantine for those who have been exposed, and implementing an adaptive pause.  Adaptive pause is not quarantine, but a short time period (typically 24-72 hours) to gather information for a contract tracing investigation. It could be used for various-sized groups, from a selected few in a classroom to everyone in the building. In the event of an adaptive pause, e-learning would be utilized for the affected students. Your school administrators will inform you how to access remote learning should we need to conduct an adaptive pause.
 
Weather-related Closings
 
We are fortunate during this school year that e-learning has been limited to individuals or small groups of students. We will do our best to not implement e-learning for all. This includes weather-related school closings. On days where inclement winter forces schools to close students in both Districts 75 and 120 will not be asked to attend school remotely. We will treat those situations as traditional snow days. Schools will be closed and students and staff will have the day off.
 
Please contact your principals if you have any questions. We hope you and your families remain healthy and safe during this coming holiday season.  
 
Dr. Kevin Myers
Superintendent
Districts 75 and 120
 

August 23, 2021
 
 
Parents and guardians of Districts 75  and 120 students,
 
With our students back in our schools, we want to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 so we can keep children from missing school days due to quarantine and illness.
 
In order to shorten or eliminate the quarantine period for students or staff who have been exposed to COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Public Health has outlined “Test-to-Stay” protocols. It allows asymptomatic students to avoid quarantine by testing negative on days one, three, five and seven after being exposed to COVID-19. Alternatively, students not showing symptoms could shorten the quarantine period from 10 to 7 days by providing a negative test result on day 5 from the date of exposure.
 
For District 75 and District 120 students, parents of children in the Test-to-Stay protocol are responsible for providing proof of negative test results. Rapid antigen tests are allowed, but a PCR test is preferred. A test-at-home kit result is not acceptable. Information on some testing locations can be found near the end of this letter. 
 
How is exposure defined?
Exposure is when a person comes into close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, meaning they were less than 3 feet from the infected person for 15 minutes total or more during a 24-hour period. Parents/guardians will be notified if their child is a close contact.
 
For unvaccinated students:

 
  • The Test-to-Stay option will allow asymptomatic students to stay in school if they were exposed to the virus as “close contacts” by testing negative on days one, three, five and seven following exposure. 
  • If they choose not to participate in the Test-to-Stay protocol, they could quarantine for seven calendar days with no symptoms and provide a negative PCR test result taken on day 5 from the date of exposure.
  • Without either of these testing options, the child would have to be quarantined at home for 10 calendar days from the last day of exposure with no symptoms.
 
For vaccinated students:

 
  • No quarantine, but it’s recommended that the students get a negative result from a PCR test three to five days after exposure.
  • If the student shows symptoms or signs of illness, the student would have to quarantine until parents can provide proof of a negative PCR test.
 
Testing Positive:
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 would have to isolate for 10 calendar days from the onset of symptoms and may return on day 11 if symptom-free.
 
Where to be tested:
Some possible locations that provide testing are listed below:

 
  • Walgreens Pharmacy: Several local locations (make an appointment online)
  • CVS Pharmacy: Several local locations (make an appointment online)
  • Northshore Medical Group: (847) 367-2400, 1162 W. Maple (drop-in only; may be a wait)  
  • Pediatrust: 185 Milwaukee Ave., (847) 821-9500 opt. 1, Suite 220, Lincolnshire and 36100 Brookside Dr., Suite 204, Gurnee among other locations.
  • Affordable Labs: (847) 367-8636, 850 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills
  • Lake County Community-based testing sites: 102 W. Water Street, Waukegan; Arlington Racetrack, 823 Wilke Road, Arlington Heights. These sites are open for testing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
 
Please remember that masks are required indoors for all events at District 75 and District 120 buildings and schools. This includes curriculum nights, athletic activities, clubs and extracurricular events. We continue to ask parents and guardians to keep their children home if they are sick or showing symptoms of illness.
 
If you have questions about the Test-to-Stay protocol, please contact your school office.
 

7/29/2021

 

To our District 75 and 120 families:

The leaders of both the elementary and high school districts continue to work through a set of COVID mitigation guidelines designed to offer your children the best possible education in a safe and responsible way. We will provide details on these guidelines sometime next week.
 
In the meantime, we’re excited to introduce to you a new program that will make educating our students during a  pandemic a little bit easier. Beginning in about the second week of school, students and staff will have the option of participating in a non-invasive COVID-19 test on a weekly basis.
 
The tests, provided by SHIELD Illinois and administered by Passport Health, will be provided at all of our schools at least once a week at no cost. Each test will take only a few minutes to administer during the school day with results available in 24 hours. Students will simply provide a saliva (spit) sample.
 
Families must sign up in order for their student(s) to participate. A Google Form will be sent to all parents and guardians of students in Districts 75 and 120. Your child will not be allowed to participate in the testing process without your consent.
 
SHIELD testing is a proactive approach taken by both School Districts 75 and 120 to mitigate the risk of infection for our students, staff, and school communities. The District is also following CDC guidelines on masking and continuing protocols such as disinfecting, hand-washing, and social distancing of at least three feet. We also ask that parents and guardians keep students home if they are sick or showing any COVID-19 symptoms.
 
The testing offers some advantages to students.
  • Testing will eliminate the lengths of quarantine in many cases, allowing more children to remain in school. 
  • The test comes with no cost to schools or families.
  • The test is non-invasive and does not require a healthcare professional.
 
Results of these tests will be sent to parents, the school district, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Results and personal information are protected under HIPPA (the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
 
Watch for more details from us about this COVID-19 testing program in the near future.
 
Dr. Kevin Myers
Superintendent, Districts 75 and 120
 

5/25/2021

 

Superintendent’s Bi-Weekly Message, 5-26-2021
End of School Year
As a reminder, the school year ends for Mundelein High School on Thursday, May 27, and for the District 75 elementary schools on Thursday, June 3.
 
Planning for the Coming School Year
With the school year winding down we are already preparing for the 2021-2022 school year.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued a resolution that all schools will have in-person learning for the coming school year. The resolution provides one exception to in-person learning. Remote learning in the context of 105 ILCS 5/10-30 and 105 ILCS 5/34-18.66 would still be required for students who are both not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and also under a quarantine order. Students who do not meet these criteria may be eligible for home/hospital instruction pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/14-13.01.
 
For your planning, the dates for the opening of school in August are listed below:
 
Wednesday, August 11             Institute Day, both districts – no student attendance
Thursday, August 12                  First full day of school for all students in grades 1 – 12
Monday, August 16                    Institute Day, District 75 only; Student attendance District 120
Tuesday, August 17                    School resumes for all students
 
COVID-19 Vaccines for anyone 12 and older
A reminder that Mundelein High School will host vaccines for anyone 12 years of age and older on Thursday, May 27 from 3 to 9 pm. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please print, sign and bring the consent form:  COVID Vaccine Informed Consent
People must register for a time slot for the vaccine here:   link(Opens in a new window).
 
This will be the last regular Bi-Weekly message of the school year. However, we will continue to stay in touch and will contact you when necessary.
                              
Have an enjoyable summer, everyone!
 
Dr. Kevin Myers
Superintendent