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COVID-19 Information

We follow Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and Skokie Health Department (SHD) guidelines.

If your child has any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 please keep your child home from school and notify the school nurse.
  • fever (100.4°F or higher)
  • new onset of moderate to severe headache
  • shortness of breath
  • new cough
  • sore throat
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • new loss of sense of taste or smell
  • fatigue from unknown cause
  • muscle or body aches from unknown cause

Per the CDC, congestion and runny nose are also symptoms of COVID-19 however, they are not exclusion symptoms at this time.

Per IDPH, testing is strongly recommended for ALL persons with COVID-like symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.

Testing timelines and guidance have changed per Skokie Health Department (as of March 23, 2022):

FOR SYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS without a known exposure: A rapid antigen test may be administered within the first 24 hours of symptom onset. Home tests are allowed; please send a timestamped photo of positive or negative test result. If using a PCR test, it should be day 2 or 3 of symptoms.

If positive the individual should isolate for a minimum of 5 days. Date of symptom onset is day 0 of 5.

  • At the end of 5 days, the individual must be free from fever, diarrhea, and vomiting without the use of medication for 24 hours AND other symptoms must be drastically improved prior to returning to school.
    • Cough and congestion may persist past 14 days; however, it should not be disruptive to the student and/or classroom.
    • No student should be present in school with a sore throat
  • Individual must mask for days 6-10 (mandatory); if unable or unwilling to mask, must isolate for 10 days.

If negative the individual must be free from fever, diarrhea, and vomiting without the use of medication for 24 hours AND other symptoms must be drastically improved prior to returning to school.

  • Cough and congestion may persist past 14 days; however, it should not be disruptive to the student and/or classroom.
  • No student should be present in school with a sore throat.
  • It is highly recommended to administer 2 antigen tests, 24 hours apart, to confirm negative results. Please provide a timestamped picture of both negative antigen tests (may be home tests).
Students with one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms will only be readmitted to school with:
  1. Proof of a negative test emailed to the building nurse. Documentation of a negative PCR COVID test OR a timestamped photograph of a negative home test emailed to the building Nurse is required.
  2. If you choose not to get your child tested, then a return date to school will be determined with the school nurse. The student must isolate at home (for a minimum of 5 days). Additionally, symptom(s) must have improved and the student must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19: Email a copy of the test results to the nurse as soon as possible. If a home test was used to determine the positive test you must email a photo of the home test result.

A student who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be informed of the return to school date by the building nurse. The student does not require additional testing to return to school after submission of a positive test.

Please notify your school nurse if a household member has been tested for COVID-19. At this time, household members who are not up to date on vaccinations must quarantine.

Recommendations for someone who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 (Updated 3/22/2022): Persons who have had prior diagnoses of COVID-19 confirmed by viral testing within 3 months do not need to stay home if exposed. If they develop COVID-like illness and it has been more than 90 days since the prior illness, they should stay home and be tested. For those developing COVID-like symptoms within 90 days, antigen testing is recommended to rule out COVID due to the residual risk with PCR testing, or referred to a provider to rule out other causes. If the ill person tests negative or another etiology is diagnosed, the case can return to school when symptoms are improving and fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications.

  • Ages 5-11 who have not completed their primary series at least 14 days prior to exposure
  • Ages 18+ who are not up to date (including booster dose) at the time of exposure

Restrictions for students and staff after completing isolation or quarantine or Test to Stay, especially those returning after 5 days: Students returning from isolation or quarantine may resume all activities as long as they remain asymptomatic and should mask at all times when around others for 10 days from their last exposure. 

During times in the school day when students or staff members may typically remove masks indoors (such as during lunches, snacks, band practice, etc.), individuals will be adequately distanced (6 feet) from others and wear their masks when not actively participating in these activities (such as when they are not actively eating).


Please see these links for more information and COVID-19 Metrics in Skokie and Suburban Cook County, Region 10 in Illinois:

Student Absence

Parents are required to telephone the school to report all student absences or late arrivals to the Nurse or Health Clerk. Please state the child’s complete name, grade, teacher, date of absence and reason. Please speak slowly and clearly. State law requires the school to attempt to contact you if you do not call to inform the school of your child’s absence. It is important that parent phone numbers are current and accurate.

MEYER students: Call 847-676-8360 before 8:30 a.m.
→ Katie Orleans, R.N. can be reached by email at [email protected]

MIDDLETON students: Call 847-676-8020 by 8:00 a.m.
→ Kim Durband, R.N. can be reached by email at [email protected]

McCRACKEN students: Call 847-676-8235 before 8:00 a.m.
→ Mary Madigan, R.N. can be reached by email at [email protected]

If you would like to speak with the Nurse/Health Clerk during regular school hours, please call between 7:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays).

Health Forms & Action Plans

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Immunization Data

In accordance with Illinois Public Act 097-0910, District 73.5 makes publicly available the immunization data for Elizabeth Meyer, John Middleton Elementary, and Oliver McCracken Middle Schools. The district is required to submit this data to the State of Illinois on an annual basis. These reports summarize compliance data related to mandated immunizations and physical examinations.