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March 9, 2020
Loyola Academy Coronavirus Information for District 207

Sent 3/9/2020

Dear District 207 Parents, Students and Staff – 

As you may be aware, Loyola Academy in Wilmette is closed today out of an abundance of caution. There is a student at the school who was in close contact with another student (not a local student) on March 3, 2020 who tested positive for the Coronavirus after a study abroad experience. Therefore, the Loyola student is now identified as an individual with secondary exposure.

As a result, we wanted to provide all the information we currently have available. Please know the Maine South boys basketball team played at Loyola Academy on Friday, March 6. Additionally, we may have had other students at all three campuses in contact with Loyola students through travel volleyball and other contests and events. It is likely other unknown contacts have occurred as well with our students from all four campuses.

Please know the Loyola student in question has been tested for the virus. We will update as we have more information on the results of that test.

Here are additional details:

  1. The student with secondary exposure attended school at Loyola Academy on Friday. It is not known if the student was at the Maine South basketball game on Friday night.
  2. Loyola was informed about this late on Sunday night and attempted to reach the Cook County Department of Public Health at that time for guidance on school closure. Unfortunately, they were not able to make contact given the timing. Loyola was informed today that CCDPH would NOT have recommended closing the school today.
  3. The IHSA has indicated that at this time the Loyola’s boys basketball team will continue to play games in the state tournament, including tomorrow night (March 10, 2020).

Our high schools and District 207 are committed to providing parents with key information about the safety of students. If additional information is made available to the district and/or your child’s school, that will be shared with parents.

As has been shared, our campuses have preventative measures in place and we ask that you take preventative measures as well to help prevent the spread of illness:

  • If your child is sick, please keep them home from school until they are fever-free or feel better for at least 24 hours.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

Sincerely,

Dr. Ken Wallace, Superintendent