UPDATED 2:30 P.M. TUESDAY, OCT. 6:
YORKVILLE – School and district officials within Yorkville School District 115 confirmed there have been four more reported COVID-19 cases since Sept. 23.
Melinda Lasky, student services director for the school district, said there have been four total lab confirmed positive COVID-19 cases from the district as of Monday, Oct. 5.
“None of them are connected to one another or at the same school building,” Lasky said.
According to emails sent to Yorkville school district families obtained by Record Newspapers, there have been positive COVID-19 cases out of Autumn Creek Elementary School, Grande Reserve Elementary School and Yorkville High School as of Monday. Lasky said there also was a positive case out of Bristol Grade School within the last week and a half.
Lasky said emails are sent to all school families for lab confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. She said four positive cases since Sept. 23 is not great but not awful, either, considering the more than 6,300 students within the school district as of this current school year.
In total, there have been five lab confirmed COVID-19 cases within the Yorkville district since school began for students on Aug. 20, according to district documents.
The update comes after Yorkville schools notified families of one confirmed COVID-19 case, and multiple suspected cases from Aug. 20 through Sept. 9, according to district documents obtained by Record Newspapers via FOIA request on Sept. 9. There were five schools within the district that had students or staff with suspected COVID-19 cases but no lab confirmed cases from Sept. 9 through Sept. 23, according to additional district documents.
Lasky confirmed there have been 11 more presumed cases within school buildings since Sept. 23. That includes four presumed cases at Bristol Bay Elementary School, two at Autumn Creek Elementary School, three at Yorkville Intermediate School, one at Circle Center Grade School and one at Bristol Grade School.
Lasky reiterated that contact tracing still happens for presumed and lab confirmed COVID-19 cases alike and schools continue to have students and staff complete daily health questionnaires to monitor COVID-19 like symptoms. If a presumed case turns out to be a positive one, she said, “that is when we would look at quarantining students or communicating with the whole school.”
For presumed cases, Lasky said, classrooms where symptomatic individuals were in are relocated, closed up for 24 hours and staff then does a deep cleaning before students and staff are allowed to return to the classroom. For positive cases, she said, the same cleaning process applies and the only difference would be students in the classroom having to quarantine if they were determined to be a close contact to the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
“We always do a deep cleaning before anybody can return to the classroom,” Lasky said.
Lasky added this is also why the district hired more custodial staff for this school year.
• This story has been updated to include additional comment from Melinda Lasky, student services director for Yorkville School District 115.