COVID Info & Updates

La Grange District 102 / Cossitt COVID Info & Updates


February 15, 2022


January 12, 2022

Dear parents and guardians,

We want to inform you that the isolation and quarantine period for students and staff members sick with COVID-19 or considered a close contact has been reduced to five days.

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education announced they have adopted CDC guidance for P-12 schools that reduces the isolation and quarantine period. The Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance for P-12 schools on January 6.

As a result, effective immediately, La Grange School District 102 will implement the updated guidance. We have contact staff, students, and families who are currently impacted by a quarantine with a revised return to school plan.

Once students and staff are fever-free and symptom-free they must return to school wearing a clean, non-cloth, mask for the five days following their return to school. Students who are unable to consistently wear a mask will follow the 10-day quarantine guidelines. Three-ply surgical masks are a minimum requirement, and N95, KN95, or similar form-fitting masks are preferred. In addition, students and staff who return to school after five days can either go home for lunch if practical, or we will ensure students are seated six feet from peers for five days upon their return to school.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and teachers. It’s been an incredibly difficult year, but we will continue to push forward together.


Kyle A. Schumacher, Ed.D.

January 4, 2022

**Message from Kyle A. Schumacher, Ed.D., Superintendent, **La Grange School District 102
We want to clarify the current guidance for children as it pertains to ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE. Currently, IDPH has not adopted the new CDC shortened isolation/quarantine guidelines for students. We will continue to monitor the guidance as it evolves.
For now, IDPH states that if a student is confirmed to have COVID-19, a probable case, or exhibiting symptoms, they must quarantine for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or a positive test. Close contacts, meaning those who’ve been exposed, must also isolate as part of the state’s mandatory exclusion guidance issued by the state health department. If someone is unvaccinated, they could be excluded for up to 14 days according to further guidance from local health department quarantine for test-to-stay protocols in Illinois schools, meaning a person who has been exposed could show up to school and get tested at the first, third, fifth and seventh days after the exposure. If they test negative each time, they will be allowed to continue in the school. Test-to-stay options are only offered if other criteria outlined by local health departments are met, according to the IDPH, including that proper masking and social distancing were followed in each individual case. Currently, we have been using test-to-stay for identified close contacts.
Thank you for your partnership as we seek to keep kids safe in the classroom for in-person instruction.

Cossitt COVID Policy Regarding Parent Volunteers

Parent Volunteers for ANY Upcoming Activity That You Will Be Entering the Classrooms For

Any parent or adult volunteering for any upcoming activity that requires you to enter the classrooms or school for (Art Club, parties, Book Fair, CCCs, etc) needs to produce confirmation of being vaccinated. You may send a copy or picture of your vaccination card to the main office. The information is entered into a log and you are good for the remainder of the school year.

If you have not been vaccinated, we will need a negative test result taken within 36 hours of when you will be volunteering to come into the building. Cossitt does the SHIELD saliva test on Tues. mornings. Results are generally received within 24 hours. To find out how to participate in this testing, please call the office at 708-215-6200.