Updated Health Guidance

Dear Families,

I shared in an email with you last week a link to updated health guidance posted on the Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE) website: We are reluctant to share a single "pdf" document, as this guidance changes frequently. Instead, this website will contain all recent and archived guidance since the start of the pandemic.

A Note of Caution:
Whenever guidance is updated, there is a brief learning curve for the IDPH, the LCHD, and our nurses to interpret the new information and operationalize it appropriately. With almost two years under our belt through the pandemic, we know that as the weeks pass following the distribution of updated guidance, the health departments provide districts with greater clarity in how to implement what is written. Therefore, while these documents are a good reference point for you, our nurses (in tandem with the LCHD) will provide you with the MOST up-to-date information when you call them directly.

In addition, we have also learned that every familial situation is unique and we want to ensure we provide the best guidance to a family based on their specific situation. Therefore, we cannot stress enough to contact our nurses if you have a question regarding any guidance or have a symptomatic child(ren). We know that when COVID-19 impacts a household -- it is unsettling! We are here to walk you through the guidance via a brief conversation.

Finally, please keep in mind our school must continue to follow the ISBE school code directive for remote learning (July, 2021), which specifies that remote learning for COVID-related situations is only an option for students under "official" quarantine as specified by a certified health official.

Thank you all for your continued support through these interesting times -- and please stay well.


Allison Sherman
Oak Grove SD 68

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