Batavia, Kaneland schools on state’s latest COVID-19 school outbreak list

Grace McWayne Elementary appears on state outbreak list for first time this week

KANE COUNTY – Thirteen schools in Kane County are on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 school outbreak list, which was updated Friday, Sept. 17.

That’s up from 10 schools the week before. IDPH updates the school outbreak list every Friday.

As of Sept. 17, two Kaneland schools remained on the list. Grace McWayne Elementary School in Batavia was new to this week’s report, and has fewer than five cases among students, with a classroom as the source of exposure.

Kaneland High School was placed on the list Sept. 10, with fewer than five cases among students with the classroom as a source of exposure. Kaneland John Shields Elementary School has been on the list since Aug. 27, with fewer than five cases among staff and students, with the classroom as the source of exposure.

According to the IDPH, the school outbreak data “includes entries elicited from cases opened within the previous 30 days from date of update.”

In addition to the Batavia elementary school, the two other new schools Sept. 17 include Creekside Elementary School in Elgin, with fewer than five cases among students, and Garfield Elementary School in Elgin, with fewer than five cases among staff and students.

Also on the list again this week were Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora with fewer than five cases among staff and students; Hampshire High School with between 11 and 16 cases among students; Willard Elementary School in South Elgin with fewer than five cases among students; East Aurora District 131; Fox Meadow Elementary School in South Elgin, District U-46, with five or fewer cases among students; Gary D. Wright Elementary School in Hampshire, District 300, with fewer than five cases among students; Holy Angels Catholic School in Aurora with five to 10 cases among staff and students; and Sleepy Hollow Elementary School with five to 10 cases among staff and students.

According to the IDPH, schools are considered to have an outbreak if they report two or more COVID-19 cases who “may have shared exposure on school grounds and are from different households.”

In Kane County, IDPH data shows that for the week ending Sept. 11, which is the most recent data available, there were 126 COVID-19 cases among children 5 to 11 and 114 cases in adolescents 12 to 17. That’s down from the week of Sept. 4, which showed 133 COVID-19 cases in children 5-11 and 119 cases in adolescents.

Aimee Barrows

Aimee Barrows

Aimee Barrows is the editor of the Kane County Chronicle.