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Covid-19 Information » Overview



Mask wearing has also shown to play an important factor in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.  Please remind your students that mask wearing is encouraged at Jones.  We all need to do our part to keep our Jones community healthy. Proper mask wearing means that the mask in covering both the nose and mouth.
Time it takes to transmit an infectious does of COVID-19
Image Time to Transmit COVID with/out a mask
Ten percent of particles leak inward without a fit-tested respirator. If both people are wearing a tightly sealed N95 -- where only 1% of particles enter the facepiece to be inhaled by the receiver -- they will have 2,500 hours of protection.
Reporting Positive Test Results
If a student is feeling ill with Covid-like symptoms, the student should be tested immediately and stay home.  If the results are positive, parents should submit the Covid self-report form, keep the student home, and report the absence to the school.  
CPS will put the student on the no admittance list
Step 2: Keep student home
Step 3: Email all your teachers and cc Dr. Plunkett ([email protected]) so they can open the remote learning portal for you.

Contact Tracing and Quarantine

Once a positive test result is received by CPS, the contact tracing team will begin determining whether the positive test is "actionable," meaning that others may have been exposed at school.
  • Close Contacts:  If CPS in conjunction with the school determines that there were "close contacts," parents are emailed directly to quarantine the affected students. Quarantined students will be entered in Aspen as "no admittance." All parents will receive a letter confirming that there was a case of Covid at school, but only those identified directly as close contacts need to take any action.
  • Proof of Covid Vaccination:  If a close contact student has already been fully vaccinated and has no Covid-like symptoms, parents should scan and return to CPS a copy of the student's vaccination card: [email protected]. Please send a copy to the school, as well:  [email protected].   Please note that the school cannot remove a student from the "no admittance" list, only CPS can do that.  Once the student has been cleared by CPS, they may return to school. A student who has not been vaccinated but has tested negative for Covid must still complete the quarantine period. 
  • School Work During Quarantine:  Any student who is required to quarantine will receive information from each classroom teacher on how to access remote learning via Google Classroom/Google Meet within 24 hours (Monday-Friday) of receiving notification from CPS. Students will receive both synchronous and asynchronous instruction from their teachers during quarantine.
  • Attendance During Quarantine: Students will be marked "Virtually Present" for each class period they attend daily.  Parents must report absences to the Jones Attendance Office [email protected] only if the student will not be attending virtually that day.
  • Non-Quarantine Absences:  Students who are fully vaccinated and absent for a short time while waiting to be cleared to return to school should contact their teachers for their school work. These and other short absences are not eligible to shift to remote learning.  

COVID Testing

Student COVID Testing: As part of the district’s efforts to ensure the safety of our students, we are partnering with Thermo Fisher Scientific and Color Health to provide all students with COVID-19 every week (typically on Thursdays).
If you are interested in having your child participate in testing, please follow this link (or paper copy here) and complete the registration process. A parent or guardian must register any minor under 18 years old, and you’ll give a one-time consent and HIPAA authorization to share your child’s results with the school and district. NO CHILD WILL BE TESTED WITHOUT THEIR PARENT'S CONSENT.
  • Schedule your Student’s COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and their annual wellness checkup to ensure they have all required immunizations. COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered on the same day.
  • You can learn more about COVID-19 vaccines or how to schedule an appointment at the CPS COVID-19 vaccination website or find a COVID-19 vaccine near you at, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.
  • Vaccinations: All Chicago residents 12 years and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Minors under the age of 18 will need a parent or legal guardian present for the vaccine to be given.