Updated COVID-19 Travel Guidance - Feb. 25, 2021

On Feb. 25, the Oak Park Department of Public Health updated its travel guidelines to align with the new guidance from the Cook County Department of Public Health, which follows the travel order issued by the City of Chicago.

District 97 has been following the guidance of the Oak Park Department of Public Health throughout the school year, and will be adjusting travel expectations for staff and students accordingly. A summary of the new travel guidelines is included below. 

Please note that travel guidance during the pandemic is fluid and highly dependent on the level of COVID-19 transmission at local, state and national levels. Any plans made under this guidance could be subject to different restrictions when the planned travel takes place.

Although we will no longer require a full 14-day quarantine for those who travel out of state (see below), there continues to be a consistent message from health officials to avoid non-essential travel to reduce the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. We ask that all staff and families carefully review this information and continue following all public health guidance to keep our community safe.

Updated Travel Guidance

As of Feb. 25, 2021, the Village of Oak Park and suburban Cook County are following the emergency travel order issued by the City of Chicago. Under the new system, states are categorized as Yellow or Orange based on the level of community-wide spread. If a District 97 student or staff member travels out of state, they should check Chicago’s travel web page for the current status of the state and follow all recommendations before returning to school/work. 

Click here to view the list of states, travel requirements and frequently asked questions.

Domestic Travel (within the United States)

  Travel Advisory Required upon arrival in suburban Cook County


Above 15 average daily cases per 100,000 residents
(7-day rolling average)

Avoid travel

10-day quarantine


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



Be fully vaccinated, as defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after one dose of a single-dose vaccine and not have symptoms and maintain strict masking and social distancing.


0 to 15 average daily cases per 100,000 residents
(7-day rolling average)

Avoid non-essential travel No quarantine or pre-arrival test required. Maintain strict masking and social distancing.

International Travel

Effective January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. ​Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.