YORKVILLE – Five out of seven elementary, grade and intermediate schools within Yorkville School District 115 have had suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, along with possible exposure to the coronavirus since school began last month, according to emails sent home to district families.
According to district documents obtained by Record Newspapers via the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, Yorkville school officials have sent a total of 18 emails to families district-wide regarding potential virus exposure, suspected COVID-19 cases or lab confirmed cases from Aug. 20 through Wednesday, Sept. 9.
Schools affected include Autumn Creek Elementary School, Bristol Grade School, Yorkville Grade School, Circle Center Grade School, Bristol Bay Elementary School, Yorkville Middle School and Yorkville High School. No emails sent by school officials from Grande Reserve Elementary School and Yorkville Intermediate School were included in the district documents obtained by Record Newspapers.
One COVID-19 case has been confirmed out of Circle Center Grade School, according to an email sent to families Friday, Sept. 4 from school principal Shannon Hamm. Per the Friday email, an individual assigned to a classroom within the school tested positive for COVID-19.
"There is no need for anyone at the school to quarantine or isolate, since the individual has not been on campus since Aug. 27," Hamm's Friday email read. "The individual became symptomatic on Sept. 3 and is only considered contagious for the 48 hours prior."
One Aug. 27 email sent to Autumn Creek Elementary School families confirmed possible COVID-19 exposure after two individuals in one classroom were sent home over the course of two days after reporting multiple symptoms on a COVID-19 health questionnaire. Another two individuals were sent home in one day under similar circumstances, per a Sept. 1 email from school officials.
Those individuals from Autumn Creek Elementary School were not lab test confirmed to have COVID-19 at the time, per the emails. However, entire classes were pivoted into e-learning and quarantine, according to school officials.
Several emails sent to school families from Aug. 25 through Sept. 9 confirmed presumed COVID-19 cases in classrooms at Bristol Grade School, Yorkville Grade School, Circle Center Grade School, Bristol Bay Elementary School, Yorkville Middle School and Yorkville High School. School officials wrote in the emails that generally meant a pivot to e-learning and quarantining for the affected classes.
Some of those emails also addressed those who may have come in contact with someone while riding busses. Such emails came from school officials on Sept. 4 and Sept. 8 from Yorkville Middle School and on Sept. 2 from Yorkville High School.
The names or other identifying details of individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases were not released in the emails due to privacy requirements, according to school officials. However, school officials wrote they will continue their outlined mitigation practices, including deep cleaning of affected classrooms, and they were working with the Kendall County Health Department to immediately identify and monitor anyone who had recent contact with infected individuals.
"Those individuals will be contacted directly," several emails read.
In the meantime, Yorkville school officials urged families to monitor their children for any COVID-19 related symptoms, including but not limited to a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, unexplained fatigue and loss of their sense of smell or taste.
"If at any time your child is lab confirmed to have COVID-19, you must contact your child's school nurse," school officials wrote.