Health Protocols 2021-22
Masking and Distancing
On August 4, 2021 Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced masks are required for students, teachers, and staff at pre-kindergarten-12th grade schools. The public health guidance from the CDC and IDPH had also previously recommended universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
The mask requirement is inclusive of youth sports and activities, with masks required for all indoor extracurriculars and sports. In line with CDC guidance, masks are not required for activities outdoors where transmission risks and rates are lower.
The CDC recommends at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, but not if this would be a barrier to in-person learning. Effective August 16, instructional and other spaces will return to full capacity, with 3 feet of physical distance whenever possible. Physical distancing will not be possible in all spaces in the ETHS building or campus. This is one of the reasons why vaccination is strongly encouraged for all students and staff.
Vaccination is strongly encouraged; however, it is not required. As ETHS returns to typical operations, unvaccinated individuals are not protected. Once a person is vaccinated, they have the highest level of protection.
During the summer of 2021, ETHS requested proof of COVID vaccination for all students enrolled during the 2021-22 school year. For more information, visit the Proof of COVID Vaccination page.
Who needs to quarantine?
Students, teachers, and staff who came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last close contact if they are in one of the following groups:
- People who are ages 18 and older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
- People who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
- People who are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.
Who does not need to quarantine?
Students, teachers, and staff who came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and are in one of the following groups do not need to quarantine:
- People who are ages 18 and older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
- People who are ages 5–17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
- People who had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (tested positive using a viral test).