PC #535 COVID Response & Information


The Board of Education approved a COVID Prevention Strategies Plan at a special meeting on February 12th, 2022. That new plan can be found here:

CURRENT: COVID Prevention Strategies Plan

CURRENT: Testing and Exclusion Guidance (One-Page Summary)

The Return to Learn Plan serves as the District's outline of prevention strategies to open all schools for the 2021-2022 year. The priorities of the plan include ensuring safe and welcoming environments while maximizing the learning opportunities for all students. The Board of Education approved the following plan at a special meeting on August 3rd, 2021:

PC # 535 Return to Learn Plan - Exclusion (September 24th, 2021)

PC #535 Return to Learn Plan - Update to Remote Learning for Quarantine & Isolation (September 10th, 2021)

PC #535 Return to Learn Plan - Update to Mask Removal Opportunities (August 11th, 2021)

PC #535 Return to Learn Plan (Original Plan)

Announce of Return to Learn Plan

On August 4th, 2021, Governor Pritzker announced that masks will be required for all individuals in public and private schools in the State of Illinois. Please see the following resources in regard to this mandate:

Executive Order Number 18 (Mask Mandate for Schools)

PC #535 Response to Executive Order Number 18

The following document provides further procedures and details related to prevention strategies, including masks, contact tracing, and quarantines. The document will be updated regularly to align with any changes in local or State guidance and/or requirements:

PC #535 Procedures & FAQ (Updated: 9/24/2021)

Returning Student to School - One-Pager

On Tuesday, September 21st, 2021, ISBE and IDPH issued several guidance documents to help school districts align with State of Illinois requirements. These guidance documents are as follows:

ISBE & IDPH Joint Guidance


IDPH Exclusion Protocols

ISBE & IDPH One-Page Fact Sheet


PC #535 will be collecting data related to the direct impact of COVID on the four schools and entire District. The following document will include updated cases and quarantines from throughout the District:

District COVID Data


Learning expectations for excluded students (or full remote learning) are shared below based on school. Please contact the building Principal with any questions or for more information.

PCPS & PCES Learning Info

PCJH & PCHS Learning Info


PC #535 is currently establishing screening testing within its schools to (1) provide a means for students to more quickly return to school through testing, (2) help identify asymptomatic individuals and reduce transmissions, and (3) provide for weekly testing for any staff members who need it. While logistics have not been fully defined yet, we are now collecting consent for any student or staff member who wants to opt in to testing. Please review the following for more information:

MCC Screening Testing


Whenever a student is excluded from school in accordance with IDPH Exclusion Guidance, parents/guardians are encouraged to seek opportunities for testing if it would allow the student to return without serving the full exclusion. For example, a student who is called in sick and required to isolate may return to school prior to the end of the isolation period if the student takes a COVID test and provides documentation of a negative result to the school. The following resources are offered to assist parents/guardians in scheduling such tests:

On-Site Testing

Regional Test Sites (List provided by BMP Health Department)

OSF Testing Options


Students and staff who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine if and when identified as a close contact to a positive case. However, a verification of the vaccine has to be on file with the school nurse. Any individual who chooses not to submit a verification will be provided direction as an unvaccinated individual. Students and staff may submit this verification using the following link:

Vaccine Verification

The most recent IDPH guidance is based on the timeline of the vaccine doses and booster shot. If the student or staff member has received a booster shot, please use the following link to submit verification:

Vaccine Verification with Booster