Bloomington School District 87 actively reviews guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois School Board of Education
, the McLean County Department of Public Health, the CDC, and the Regional Office of Education #17. Our District has outlined protocols related to COVID-19 in our schools for fall 2022-23. The plan below is based on the State of Illinois’ Phase 5 protocol as established by the governor’s Restore Illinois plan. Bloomington School District is focusing on educating students. Having said this, we will continue to observe and be responsive to changes.
We rely on our staff, students, and our families to make safe and thoughtful decisions by monitoring for symptoms and staying home when sick.
Classrooms and lunchrooms will operate as normal with no formal distancing strategies implemented or enforced.
Students, staff, school visitors, and school volunteers have the choice of wearing a mask. Students and staff should respect each other regarding individual preference and choice.
It is strongly recommended that any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 wear a well-fitting mask for five full days after isolating at home for the initial five-days.
Masks will be available at the main office of each school building.
COVID-19 testing (at home or at a point of care) is strongly recommended for all individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. Consulting with a doctor is important when symptomatic to rule out other illnesses as well.
Notify the school attendance line when your student tests positive for COVID-19. Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for a minimum of five calendar days from the onset of symptoms or positive test. The date of the test/symptom onset is Day Zero. At-home tests are acceptable. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, follow these public health guidelines:
If an at home test was used, communicate the test result with the patient’s physician. The physician’s office or family should contact the Health Department.
Remain home with COVID-19 for a minimum of 5 days. Follow the guidelines for other illnesses when diagnosed.
Students and staff may return after 5 days if free of fever and/or vomiting, diarrhea for 24hrs without the use of medication. Other symptoms should be improving.
Those who return after day 5 are strongly encouraged to mask for days 6-10.
Contact Tracing may be managed by the local health department. District 87 will not identify close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases.
All students and staff are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination and are encouraged to get vaccinated.
Enhanced cleaning and hand hygiene will continue to be strongly encouraged. Enhanced ventilation strategies will remain in place. Hand sanitizer remains located throughout our buildings and classrooms.
Students who miss school due to COVID-19 will:
- Access and complete all work assigned by their teachers.
- Follow any directions/expectations outlined by their teachers.
Connect with the appropriate teacher/staff member when necessary and/or appropriate.
Activities such as athletics, co-curriculars, assemblies, field trips and evening events will continue to operate as normal. Students absent from school due to illness may not participate in extracurriculars.