COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Procedures & Return to Campus Plan

In light of the COVID-19 virus, Baker Demonstration School has made changes to some of our programs, policies, and procedures. We will continue to update our protocols based on information and guidance from the CDC, IPDH, CCDPH and other health professionals. To learn more about Baker’s return to campus plans for January 2021, please read the decision making framework for opening and our Community Agreement. Our PCR Testing Program began on January 14, 2021 as an additional mitigation measure for our community.  

COVID-19 Dashboard, Baker community

Community Expectations

1. Baker Demonstration School students and employees are required to do a Daily Wellness Screening (called COVID Response Form – Family) via the FACTS Family Portal. Depending on the result of the wellness check, students and employees either continue to campus or self-isolate. 

2. Students who have any of the following symptoms should not attend school and will be sent home from school if exhibiting any one of these symptoms during school.


  • Fever (100.4 or above)
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Headache (not explainable by known environmental or chronic causes)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Student Vaccinations

This email sent to Middle School families on May 12, 2021 overviews information about student vaccines.


Reporting Post-Vaccine Symptoms to Baker
Our Daily Wellness Screening is not designed to capture vaccine-specific details. Therefore, if your child is experiencing a vaccine-related symptom (chills, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, nausea and/or fatigue) and will be attending school, you will need to do the following:

1. Choose no symptoms on the 
Daily Wellness Screening AND

2. Please send an email to with the subject line: Vaccine Symptoms so I am aware of your child’s specific situation.

Isolation and Quarantine Policy for Baker employees and students

 In the case of a student or employee with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, self-isolation is required. Your child may discontinue isolation and return to school after:

– At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
-At least 24 hours with no fever (without fever-reducing medication) AND
-Symptoms have improved


-has an alternative diagnosis letter from a health care provider or a negative PCR/Molecular COVID-19 test result (a Rapid Test/Antigen Test result cannot be accepted)

Who needs to quarantine?

Anyone who is considered a close contact should quarantine for 14 days. A close contact is defined as an individual who spends 15 minutes or more within 6 feet (with or without a mask) over a period of 24 hours with an individual who has COVID. 

Household members are asked to quarantine any time 1 or more symptoms are reported within the household.

If your child is quarantining due to a household member showing symptoms, they can return to in-person school after quarantining for 14-days (symptom free), or if the symptomatic individual receives an alternative diagnosis or negative PCR/Molecular COVID-19 test result (a Rapid Test/Antigen Test result cannot be accepted).

Travel & Quarantine Recommendations

According to the CDC, travel increases changes of spreading and getting COVID-19. If students are traveling, we expect the following: 

  • quarantine for 10 days after travel to states that are “orange” while traveling.  See map here.
  • complete our Travel Form to report travel to any state outside of Illinois (regardless of yellow/orange status). Further details can be found in the Travel Guidance Update email sent on 3/12/21.

Our eLearning allows for students who have traveled to quarantine to move into eLearning for a period of time. If you need to do this, please contact about your travel plans and so we can notify your child’s teachers for appropriate planning time to accommodate your child in eLearning.

Before Returning to Baker After a Period of Isolation or Quarantine

Before returning to Baker after a period of isolation or quarantine, please contact our school nurse, Anne Riggs ( for permission to return to school.

Updated 6/3/21