Interim Cook County Travel Guidelines

Interim Cook County Travel Guidelines

Dear District 30 Family,

Thank you for committing to our students with another round of Parent-Teacher Conferences this week. We are thankful for the time dedicated to our students and especially appreciate the late evenings by our teachers. 

New Interim Cook County Travel Guidance

The safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority. As I have shared, Quarantine requirements in Cook County will continue to evolve as rates change throughout Illinois and other states and countries. Last Friday, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) informed us that they had aligned their travel guidance with the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order. 

This guidance has been identified as “interim guidance” by CCDPH, which has indicated that they will provide updated Spring Break guidance to schools within the next few weeks. CCDPH holds webinars with Cook County Schools each Friday. Due to CCDPH’s observation of Lincoln’s Birthday, the next webinar is slated for Friday, February 19. We will keep you informed as this guidance evolves.

Aligning with Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order for returning to school from travel includes:

  • State’s designated as Yellow (0 to 15.0 avg. daily cases per 100k residents) - No quarantine or pre-arrival test required, and maintain strict masking and social distancing
  • State’s designated as Orange (Above 15.0 avg. daily cases per 100k residents)
  • 10-day quarantine


  • Pre-arrival negative PCR test result (no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival) with strict masking, social distancing, and avoidance of in-person gatherings

The Cook County Department of Public Health continues to discourage non-essential travel. We will continue to follow State and local safety guidelines and ask everyone to continue to make decisions that reduce COVID-19 risk for our schools and communities. As this guidance evolves along with our understanding of its implementation, we will share additional information.

Thank you for all that you continue to do to partner with us through this school year. We look forward to getting to the other side of this pandemic together.


Dr. Brian K. Wegley