Number of positive cases of COVID-19 increase among Oswego School District students, staff

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 among Oswego School District 308 students increased over the past week, as the district released a breakdown of cases by school for the first time.

According to data provided by the district, a total of 55 students were in quarantine, including 33 at the elementary level, 13 in junior high and nine in high school from Sept. 6 - Sept. 12.

A total of 32 students were confirmed to have COVID-19, including 10 at the elementary level, 12 in junior high and nine in high school between Sept. 6 - Sept. 12. One student in a grade or program other than elementary, junior high, or high school has tested positive, district data showed.

The number of COVID-19 positive students in the district increased from the previous week’s total of 23 students, including eight at the elementary level, three in junior high and 12 in high school.

A total of eight staff members are currently in quarantine, including five at the elementary level, one in junior high, and two in high school. One district staff member is currently in quarantine. Five staff members have confirmed cases of COVID-19; two in elementary schools, one in junior high and two in high school.

For the first time, OSD 308 provided a breakdown of the number of quarantine and positive cases by district building. The number of positive elementary cases are spread across Churchill Elementary School, Fox Chase Elementary School, Hunt Club Elementary School, Old Post Elementary School, Prairie Point Elementary School, Southbury Elementary School, The Wheatlands Elementary School.

The majority of junior high cases come from Traughber Junior High School, with eight cases, while the rest come from Bednarcik Junior High School, Murphy Junior High School, and Plank Junior High School. High school cases are divided at six from Oswego High School and three from Oswego East High School.

The number of positive cases among district staff are spread across Churchill Elementary School, Southbury Elementary School, Traughber Junior High School and Oswego High School.

The district has an enrollment of more than 17,000 students.

OSD 308 is measuring its COVID metrics differently this year than it did during the 2020-2021 school year.

This year, COVID-19 metrics for the district are being evaluated in two-week intervals to “reflect trends rather than sharp increases or decreases”, according to a district plan. Metrics will continue to be reported for the district and its service area on the OSD 308 website, and will consist of a 14-day average of new cases per 100,000 population for the four zip codes that are located within the district.

District metrics are updated weekly, and can be found under the “Metrics” tab on the district’s Return to School 21-22 website page.

Shea Lazansky

Shea Lazansky

Oswego native, photographer and writer for Kendall County Now