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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

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Schools and Students Guidelines


Childcare Facilities

The Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for child care centers and early education programs and requested all facilities to report closures.  IDPH provided additional guidance, including what childcare facilities should do in the event an infected person enters a facility.  student Guidance from the CDC related to childcare facilities is the same guidance provided to schools. EPA-approved disinfectants used to eliminate COVID-19 and cleaning guidance for facilities with a suspected/confirmed COVID-19 case is available but may change as new information is learned about the virus. 

K-12 Schools 

In support of the CDC’s recent statements regarding preparedness, MCDH recommends reviewing your district’s pandemic flu response plan. Many of the same preparedness principles can be applied to the current COVID-19 situation. When developing your plans, some key points to consider include:

  • Plan for staff and student absences
  • Review your process for planning school events, such as sporting or special events, and identify actions to take if you need to postpone or cancel events
  • Promote preventative actions at all times

The CDC has a developed school planning resource entitled “Get Your School Ready for Pandemic Flu”. Pay special attention to the sections on planning before a pandemic. This may provide additional guidance if your pandemic response plan needs updated, or if you do not have a plan.

School nurses are encouraged to continue submitting Weekly Report of Illnesses and Symptoms. The reporting form and other resources for school nurses can be found on the School Nurse Website.

Get the latest guidelines and updates by visiting IDPH's  K-12 School Guidance, or CDC's Interim Guidance for Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools.


Get the latest guidelines and updates by visiting IDPH's Guidance for Students

Universities and Colleges 

Get the latest guidelines and updates by visiting IDPH's Guidance for Universities and Colleges or CDC's Resources for Institutes of Higher Education.


Preparedness Resources and Toolkits:

Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans

The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans



Page Last Updated: March 17, 2020, 1:02 p.m.