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SANDWICH – Sandwich School District 430 officials confirmed another case of COVID-19 among its high school student population.
District administrators wrote in a Friday, Oct. 2 email to staff and families that they were notified of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 within the Sandwich High School student population.
District officials are coordinating efforts with the DeKalb County Health Department to immediately identify and monitor those who may have had recent close contact with the person to help prevent further spread, according to the email provided to Record Newspapers.
"If you do not hear anything from either the District or the Health Department, you and/or your student have not been identified as being in contact with this individual," district administrators wrote. "Given the importance of confidentiality, no names, classes or other personal information will be provided."
The update comes after administrators reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 15 within Sandwich High School, on Sept. 23 within W.W. Woodbury Elementary School and on Sept. 25 within Lynn G. Haskin Elementary School. All cases were students at the schools, according to district emails.
Students within the district started classes on Sept. 8. The Friday email from administrators is the fourth email about lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases district wide provided to Record Newspapers.
District officials wrote they will continue to work with the health department to identify and notify anyone who may have been exposed. They urged staff and families to continue to emphasize the importance of practicing safe and healthy habits such as wearing face coverings, washing and sanitizing hands, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
Sandwich school officials will continue the self-certification process for staff and students and disinfecting affected spaces, per the email.
Administrators wrote that they recommend everyone monitor their health and stay at home if they are symptomatic. Those showing symptoms should contact their health care provider to determine a care plan and discuss testing or should seek medical attention immediately if they develop severe symptoms, district officials wrote.
Administrators urged staff members and families to contact their school with any additional questions.
• This story will be updated as more information becomes available.