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The safety of our employees, families and visitors remain ISBE’s top priority. As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve and spreads globally, we are monitoring the situation closely and will periodically update guidance based on current recommendations from the Illinois Department of Health.

Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions (e.g. serious heart disease, chronic lung disease or asthma, immunocompromised, severe liver disease, etc.) might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you are concerned about underlying medical conditions, please consult your primary medical care provider before returning to the office.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our workforce, we are conducting a simple screening. Your participation is important to help us take precautionary measures to protect you and everyone in the Illinois State Board of Education. We request you complete this screening everyday prior to entering an ISBE office building. Based on your response, you will be informed if you should report to the office. Thank you for your time.​​

Screening Questions




  1. Have you received a confirmed diagnosis for coronavirus (COVID-19) by a coronavirus (COVID-19) test or from a diagnosis by a health care professional in the past 14 days?
  2. Have you had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  3. Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days, such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea?
  4. Are you experiencing allergy (or other) symptoms that are common (or chronic) for you such as watery eyes and/or sneezing whether or not in combination with cold or flu-like symptoms?

If you are able to answer "YES" to one or more of the above questions, select YES.

If you are able to answer "No" to all the questions, select NO.

ISBE will use the information you provide for management of business operations.


Additional Information Required

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Thank you! Your submission was received.

Based on your answer, you are NOT TO REPORT TO THE OFFICE.

  • If responded YES to a confirmed diagnosis for COVID, the employee should follow the doctor's directive and must quarantine for 14 days and continue to work remotely unless symptoms prevent him/her from doing so, in which case he/she may use Approved Medical Time.
  • If responded YES to having had close contact* or cared for someone with COVID in the last 14 days, the employee is directed to get tested as soon as possible. The employee should work remotely while awaiting the test results, unless symptoms prevent him/her from doing so, in which case he/she may use Approved Medical Time. Once the test results are received, the employee must report the results to HR.
    • If the test is positive, the employee should follow the doctor's directive, must quarantine for 14 days from the date of contact with person who tested positive for COVID, and continue to work remotely unless symptoms prevent the employee from doing so, in which case he/she may use Approved Medical Time.
    • If test results are negative, the employee must quarantine for 14 days from the date of contact with person who tested positive for COVID and continue to work remotely. This would not be an allowable use of Approved Medical Time as it is only to be used for positive COVID results or while awaiting testing results for employee and/or person for whom they are caring for.
  • If responded YES to presenting cold or flu like symptoms in the last 14 days, the employee is directed to get tested as soon as possible. The employee should work remotely while awaiting the test results, unless symptoms prevent him/her from doing so, in which case he/she may use Approved Medical Time. Once the test results are received, the employee must report the results to HR.
    • If the test is positive, the employee should follow the doctor's directive, must quarantine for 14 days from the date symptoms arose, and continue to work remotely unless symptoms prevent the employee from doing so, in which case he/she may use Approved Medical Time.
    • If test results are negative, the employee is to return to work (office or remotely depending on assignment).
  • If responded YES to experiencing allergy symptoms which are common to the employee, the employee is to contact his/her medical provider, describe symptoms, and obtain from doctor an initial determination if it appears to be COVID-19 or allergies.
    • If doctor states that it appears to be allergies and no COVID test is needed, employee is to return to work (office or remotely depending on assignment). If however, symptoms worsen or additional symptoms appear, the employee is directed to get tested as soon as possible.
    • If a doctor states that it appears to be COVID-19, employee is directed to get tested as soon as possible. The employee should work remotely while awaiting the test results, unless the symptoms prevent him/her from doing so, in which case he/she may use Approved Medical Time. Once the test results are received, the employee must report the results to HR.
      • If test is positive, employee is to follow the doctor's directive and must quarantine for 14 days and continue to work remotely unless symptoms prevent the employee from doing so, in which case he/she may use Approved Medical Time.
      • If test is negative, you are to return to work (office or remotely depending on assignment) unless employee has a doctor's order that states the employee is to quarantine. This would not be an allowable use of Approved Medical Time as it is only to be used for positive COVID results or while awaiting testing results for employee and/or person for whom they are caring for.

* Close contact = living in the same house as a case, being an intimate partner of a case, being a caregiver of a case, or being within 6 feet of a case for longer than 15 minutes.

Thank you! Your submission was received.

You are expected to report to the office. If your answer to any question changes from "no" to "yes" before you return to work each day or while at work, do not enter the building or immediately depart the building, and then inform your manager of your action.

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