Rhonda Silence

ISD166 reports second case of COVID-19 in student body

Cook County School District 166 has announced its second confirmed case of COVID-19 which has affected our student body. This case is not related to the first case announced on April 8. The school district is in close communication with public health professionals and has, or will be, connecting with those affected by this new case of COVID-19 in the school.
WTIP contacted Principal and Acting Superintendent Megan Myers for information. Myers tells WTIP that this COVID-19 exposure affects seven students and one adult in the elementary school. The students will be able to continue classes via distance learning. Myers said the protocols in place are very restrictive and should prevent the transmission of the coronavirus, but protocols still require a quarantine period.

In her written announcement, Principal and Acting Superintendent Myers said, “We are following our procedures and protocols to ensure that a minimum number of people in our school community is affected.

“As we work through this incident, please know that we will continue to work hard to continue to follow the COVID plans that include the implementation of the CDC and MDH guidelines.

“As a community we should be proud of our public health officials and their diligence when working through these cases with the parties involved. We, as a school, will be working with the public health team to continue to diligently evaluate and re-evaluate our procedures and protocols. Our focus is to ensure the safety of all staff, students, and the community.

“As a community please know that we need the support of all families and community members to follow the recommendations to reduce the Spread of COVID-19,” wrote Myers.

Principal Myers added, “Please remember to have unconditional positive regard for those whom have been tested and contact traced. This is unintentional and we must support one another in these tough situations.”