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Covid-19 Information

Reported Covid-19 Cases, Student Quarantines, and Remote Learning Instructions
  • When a student self-reports a positive Covid-19 test to CPS, Contact Tracing opens an investigation to determine close contacts.
  • A community letter is sent out once the positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed.
  • All close contacts that were identified through the case investigation will receive an appropriate letter from Contact Tracing and will be added to the No Admittance list.
    • Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact. If someone has not yet reported their vaccination status, they should respond to the close contact letter with their vaccination information or email [email protected] You can also call (773) 553-KIDS (5437).
  • If your student received a notification to quarantine, once you submit proof of vaccination, they will be cleared to return to school as long as they remain asymptomatic.  However, this process may take 1-2 school days. 
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 testing beginning September 1, 2021 for the school year through the ReadyCheckGo™ testing program.
  • If you are interested in having your child participate in testing, please follow this link (or paper copy here) and complete the registration process. The form is also available for download below.
    • 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.
  • The Illinois Department of Health has a list of COVID testing sites, you can search for the nearest one by zip code at
  • Testing sites near Mather:
    • Northeastern Illinois University
      3601 W Bryn Mawr Avenue
      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday -- 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Thursday -- 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Physicians Immediate Care 
      5961 Lincoln Ave, #102
      Chicago, IL 60659
      Monday thru Friday from 8 AM- 4:30PM
      Curbside exam to determine if testing is appropriate; capacity may be limited
      COVID Hotline: 312-767-0400
      Languages Offered: English and Spanish
    • Walgreens- Free Testing Through Federal Partnership
      3019 W Peterson Ave
      Chicago, IL 60659
      Every day from 9 AM- 5 PM
      Screening questionnaire and appointment must be completed online
      Languages Offered: English and Spanish
    • IAMACF Free Clinic
      2645 W Peterson Ave
      Chicago , IL 60659
      Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM - 2 PM
      Saliva-based test with same-day results. Free if symptomatic/potential exposure/medical need (no insurance needed). Travel testing at low-cost. RAPID under 2 hour results for additional fee.
      COVID Hotline: 630-422-3904
      Languages Offered: English, Spanish, Polish, Serbian, Mandarin, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, Tamil
    • AHS Family Health Center          
      2501 W Peterson Avenue
      Chicago, IL 60659
      Monday thru Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM
      Tele-visit with provider and then will be scheduled for testing.
      COVID Hotline: 1-800-597-5077
      Languages Offered: Spanish, Bermis, Bosnian, English, Hindi, Nabali, and a language line for additional languages
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.
Both Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy are also open for vaccination appointments. 
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