The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance for the upcoming school year when it comes to COVID-19 and mask-wearing. The new mask guidance aligns with what has been put out for fully vaccinated people. This allows activities to resume for fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask except where required by law.
Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals 2 and older who aren’t fully vaccinated. Schools should maintain 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms. Screening, testing, ventilating, handwashing and respiratory etiquette along with staying home when sick or getting tested can help add layers of prevention to keep schools safe. Governor JB Pritzker says he’s pleased with the new information.
Many schools serve children under the age of 12 who aren’t eligible for vaccination and this is a way to implement layered prevention strategies for those who aren’t fully vaccinated. The IDPH encourages schools to monitor community transmission of COVID-19. Governor Pritzker says that this is just another way of keeping everyone safe.
Regional Radio News will be reaching out to Taylorville Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty in the future to find out what this means for Taylorville School District. To see the full guidance click here.