• DPS Updates COVID Mitigations

    Updated February 18, 2022

    In light of recent court and legislative decisions, Decatur Public Schools is modifying its current COVID mitigations. While these decisions do not prevent a school district from acting independently from Executive Orders or the IDPH in creating provisions to address COVID-19, we have reviewed our current COVID data and will make the modifications you see below.

    The following will take effect when students and staff return on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, following the Presidents’ Day holiday:

    • Masks are RECOMMENDED for all students, staff, parents, volunteers, visitors, and community members to wear when inside all DPS facilities. This includes during school hours, as well as during athletic events and extra-curricular activities held inside our facilities.
    • Students and staff who have COVID symptoms or test positive for COVID will be asked to quarantine for a minimum of five (5) days.
    • Masks are recommended on school and public buses and when using district-provided transportation.
    • DPS staff are still recommended to submit weekly COVID testing if they remain unvaccinated.
    • In an effort to keep our students and staff safe, volunteers and visitors must show either proof of vaccination or a current negative COVID test (obtained within the past 72 hours) upon entry to school buildings. 

    Please note: these mitigations may change at any time, if COVID numbers in our schools or our community rise. We will keep you informed of any changes.


    On-Site COVID Testing

    New Testing Hours Starting Wednesday, May 25, 2022: 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at DPS Student Services

    DPS has relaunched on-site COVID testing. Testing is strongly encouraged following Spring Break, most especially for students and staff who have traveled. DPS is offering two types of COVID testing at our on-site location:

    • SHIELD test: conducted by collecting saliva (spit), results available within 24-48 hours
    • Rapid test: conducted by doing a nasal swab, results available within 15 minutes

    At this time, testing will be offered for both DPS students and staff Monday through Thursday from 6:00 to 9:30 a.m. at DPS Student Services, located at 540 N. Franklin Street, Decatur. Upon arrival at the testing site, parents/guardians and staff will be asked to sign a consent form (see links below, these forms will also be available at the testing site) and select how often they want to be tested by choosing one or more of the following options:

    • Weekly Testing: Student/staff will be tested on average one (1) time per week, regardless of if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Weekly testing is used to monitor the potential spread of COVID-19 within our school community.
    • Test to Stay: It is recommended that students and staff who are identified as close contacts but have no symptoms submit to TWO (2) tests between day two (2) and day seven (7) after the close contact, with results being negative each time.
    • Student or staff with symptoms: Students or staff who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, vomiting and diarrhea) can be tested for COVID-19 using a rapid test and/or SHIELD (spit) test. 

    For students to be tested, the parent/guardian who is listed as the parent of record in Skyward must be present with the student for their first test to sign the consent form. Thereafter, the student may be accompanied by another parent/guardian when getting tested. 
     
    SHIELD TESTING NOTE: Students and staff should not eat, drink, or put anything in their mouth one hour prior to taking the SHIELD test. This includes drinking, chewing gum, using mouth wash, etc. Substances put in the mouth may interfere with the test and cause the sample to be invalid or rejected.
     
    DPS Parent/Guardian Consent Form
     
    DPS Staff Consent Form


    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.

    School

    In-Person Return Date

    None

    N/A

  • Data Dashboard

    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.