During the first week back in school for Unit 4 elementary students, there were eight cases of COVID-19, according to data posted on the district website.
Five involved students and three staff, leading to 17 people required to quarantine (12 students, five staff).
The data is for the week of Oct. 26 through Nov. 1, when elementary students whose families chose the in-person learning option returned to school buildings for the first time since March.
Elsewhere around area schools:
— The latest local district to shift to all-remote learning for two weeks: Villa Grove, which has set a return-to-in-person date of Nov. 16. School’s out on Tuesday, for Election Day, so remote learning will officially take effect on Wednesday.
Both the Arcola and Danville districts are scheduled to end all-remote periods on Wednesday.
— The hard-hit Rantoul City Schools District on Monday announced more new cases involving three schools.
Already in full remote learning mode since Oct. 22 due to a lack of available teachers, the district since learned of four additional positive tests at Pleasant Acres Elementary — two involving staff, two students. “As of November 1st, we will have at least four known staff members who cannot return to work until between the dates of Nov 13-23rd, depending on each person’s situation,” the district announced. “On any given day we also have staff members absent for symptoms. Due to still not having enough staff present to cover classes, Pleasant Acres has extended” the remote learning period, with students now not set to return until Nov. 10.
Late Friday, the district became aware that a J.W. Eater Junior High student who was last in school while contagious on Oct. 21 had tested positive. Two staff members did, as well; neither is a teacher and both were last in school on Oct. 28. “We have determined that no students or staff to be at higher risk due to ‘close contact’ with the person diagnosed with COVID-19,” the district said in Monday’s announcement.
On Sunday, the district learned that two Eastlawn Elementary students from the same family — last in school “while possibly contagious” on Oct. 29 — tested positive. “We have determined that no students or staff to be at higher risk due to ‘close contact’ with…