April 5, 2021

Dear Collins Families,

I was notified on Monday, April 5, 2021, that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, April 4, 2021. The individual was last at school on Monday, March 29, 2021. We are coordinating our efforts with the Cook County Department of Public Health to promptly identify individuals who have had recent close contact with this person to prevent further spread within our school and community. 

We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health. 

To prevent further spread of the virus, we will be contacting anyone who was in close contact with the individual. Close contact is defined as anyone (with or without a face covering) who was within 6 feet of the individuals (with or without a face covering) for at least 15 minutes throughout the course of a day. Close contacts may also receive a separate notification from the Cook County Department of Public Health. Individuals who are identified as having close contact to the COVID-19 cases will be placed in quarantine for 10 calendar days (starting with the date of the most recent contact).  People who have had lab-confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days or those fully vaccinated, according to CDC guidelines, are not required to quarantine if identified as a close contact to a confirmed case, as long as they are asymptomatic. More specifics can be found in the Exclusion Chart on our website at

Students who are identified as having close contact who are feeling well may transition to remote instruction during quarantine. 

You can help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reminding your children of the following procedures.

  • Wear face masks.
  • Maintain a social distance of 3-6 feet from others.
  • Stay home when you are ill and contact your health care provider.
  • Notify our school office if you or your children test positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms or are in close contact with someone who tested positive or has COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not share personal items.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands frequently and properly, following CDC guidelines on handwashing.

We understand your desire to know who the individual is so that you can assess your possibility of exposure. We are providing as much information as we are able to share with you. Federal privacy laws prevent District 54 from sharing the name or other specifics about the individual.​​​​​​​

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we work together to provide a safe environment at school. Contact me with any questions you may have.


Nell Haack