CDC Updated guidance 7.9.2021
CDC Updated guidance 7.9.2021
Posted on 07/13/2021
CDC Updated guidance 7.9.2021Hononegah Families:

On July 9th the CDC provided updated guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 Schools. Later that day the Illinois Department of Health fully adopted  the CDC guidance. IDPH Director Dr. Ngozie stated her goal in approving these changes is to protect the health of students, teachers, and staff so that in-person learning can resume as safely as possible.

The major elements of the updated guidance from CDC and IDPH that affect Hononegah Community High School include:

-Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

-CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking.

-Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.

-This guidance is subject to change pursuant to changing public health conditions and updates from CDC.

This guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 Schools update was just recently released and many operational questions still remain unanswered. As Hononegah continues preparation for the opening of school, we will collaboratively work with the Winnebago County Health Department and the Regional Office of Education for clarification and guidance. We will communicate our Opening of School Plan for the 2021-22 school year when these changes have been fully investigated.

Michael J. Dugan