Current Isolation & Quarantine Guidance
Updated January 14, 2022
Following the most recent DPS COVID committee meeting and conversations with the DPS Board of Education, we have updated guidance to share regarding quarantine for staff and students.
- The isolation and quarantine period for STAFF who are sick with COVID or considered a close contact will remain at the new CDC-recommended five (5) days. However, if a staff member is a close contact to a positive case of a family member in their household and is unable to isolate away from that person, their five (5) day quarantine will not start until the last day of exposure (10 days total).
- The isolation and quarantine periods for PreK-12 STUDENTS will move back to ten (10) days, if the student is not fully vaccinated. Please see the following guidelines:
Student tests positive for COVID
Isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccine status
Unvaccinated student identified as close contact
Quarantine for 10 days
Vaccinated student identified as close contact, but is asymptomatic
May remain at school, but encouraged to test on day 5 after potential exposure
Vaccinated student identified as close contact and does have COVID symptoms
Quarantine for 5 days, may return to school with negative test after day 5
We understand this guidance can be very confusing — if you have any questions at all, please call your student’s school. If your student is in isolation or quarantine, we ask that you please stay home as much as possible to help contain the potential spread of the COVID virus in our community.
DPS is moving back to the 10-day quarantine period for unvaccinated students out of an abundance of caution. We are constantly monitoring COVID numbers in all our schools and making decisions to protect the health and safety of all our students and our entire community.
The State of Illinois’ mask requirements remain in place for anyone inside school buildings, as does the Executive Order requiring that all Illinois teachers, staff, and school contractors be vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a weekly negative COVID test to be inside our schools.
As always, this guidance is subject to change at any time — we will keep you updated of any changes. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this challenging situation.
DPS Schools Currently Virtually Learning
Below are DPS schools that have temporarily suspended in-person learning due to the number of staff and/or students who have tested positive for COVID or are in quarantine, as well as the date when that school will return to in-person learning.
In-Person Return Date
Dennis Lab School (Both campuses)
Friday, January 21, 2022
William Harris Learning Academy (SED program will remain in person)
Monday, January 24, 2022
Baum Elementary School
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
South Shores Elementary School
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Decatur Public Schools continues to monitor the health and wellness of our entire school community, as we deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The information contained on this page is just one more way we are communicating with our District family about COVID-19 cases in DPS schools.
This data is for informational purposes only. Any changes to DPS policies or procedures around COVID-19 will be communicated directly to District families as new guidance is received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health, Macon County Health Department, and Illinois State Board of Education.
All DPS COVID-19 practices and procedures can be found in the 2021-22 COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols Guidebook.
Overall Macon County COVID-19 statistics can be found on the Macon County Health Department website.