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UPDATED: Four students, five employees of Algonquin-based District 300 test positive for COVID-19

District has been conducting classes remotely since start of school year

Community Unit School District 300's Central Office in Algonquin.
Community Unit School District 300's Central Office in Algonquin.

Four students and five employees of Algonquin-based Community Unit School District 300 have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The district, which has been conducting remote learning since the beginning of the school year, was informed Friday that a student had a positive test, Superintendent Fred Heid said.

The district subsequently was told three other students also had tested positive, Heid told the school board at a meeting Tuesday.

All of those cases were tied back to the original case, making it “a clustering event,” and now several other students are awaiting test results.

This number, Heid said, could arguably result in a closure of a campus if schools were conducting in-person learning, but right now, the cases have had no influence or impact on remote learning.

District 300 has turned over this information to the Kane County Health Department so it can start tracking it, Heid said.

“They’ll come back to us and inform us if there are other students that we need to be aware of and what their circumstances or recommendations are,” Heid said. “At this point, at this point, we’re waiting to find out exactly what took place.”

Five employees also have tested positive for COVID-19, Heid said. These cases are unrelated to school and no spread has been detected. 

“I think that’s a testament to our procedures that we have in place for social distancing,” Heid said. 

Staff is required to wear masks in the building. Teachers can take masks off in remote learning if they’re alone in the classroom, but if others join them, they need to put their masks on.

There have been 107 reported instances where an employee reported COVID-19 symptoms or that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Those people stayed home, were tested, isolated and then allowed to come back, Heid said.

This gives them a positivity rate of 4.6%.

Any time an employee is ill or reports COVID-19 symptoms, Heid said, they are quarantined and required to undergo testing. As a school district, they do track and monitor all COVID-19 or COVID-19 related cases. 

He said not a single case of the five employees reported to have tested positive is believed to have been exposed through District 300. 

“It’s not a direct result of exposure on our campuses, nor is it a direct result of exposure to a colleague at this time,” Heid said. 

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