D96 'community member' tests positive for COVID-19

Anyone who came in close contact to receive notification

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By Bob Skolnik

Contributing Reporter

Little more than one week after in-person classes resumed in Riverside Elementary School District 96, officials have reported the district's first case of COVID-19.

On Thursday afternoon, Superintendent Martha Ryan-Toye informed parents and guardians of District 96 students that someone in the district tested positive for the disease.

"In our ongoing effort to keep you informed, we are alerting you about a member of the District 96 community who has tested positive for COVID 19," Ryan-Toye wrote in the email. "This person is now quarantined. Close contacts are being contacted. By the end of the day, if you have not heard directly from our District 96 nurse or Cook County Department of Public Health then you are not considered a close contact.

"Close contact is defined as being within six feet for 15 minutes or more of the person who tested positive for COVID 19."

Ryan-Toye declined to say whether the person who tested positive for COVID-19 was a student, teacher, staff member or some other member of the District 96 community.

"Of course I am going to protect the privacy of the individual who tested positive," Ryan-Toye said in an email to the Landmark.

The Landmark did not ask for the name of person who tested positive but did ask if the person was a student, teacher, staff member or household member and what school the person worked at or attended.

Last week the District 96 school board voted unanimously to hire an on call, part time contact tracer to trace the contacts of anyone in the district who tested positive. That person is expected to be formally hired at the Sept. 16 school board meeting.

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