Positive trend: Oswego School District reports just one positive COVID-19 case among staff

Positive cases of COVID-19 among Oswego School District 308 staff have dropped to their lowest point so far in the 2021-2022 school year.

According to data provided by the district, only one case of COVID-19 was recorded among district staff during the week of Oct. 4-10. The case was recorded at the high school level. Two staff members are in exclusion, one at the elementary level and one at the high school level.

The district defines “exclusion” as students and staff who are a close contact to a known case of COVID-19, closer than three feet with masks in school or six feet apart without a mask or exposure not based in school for a total of 15 minutes or longer in a 24 hour period. Symptomatic individuals are not included in exclusion metrics, unless they test positive or are named as a close contact.

While cases are in the single-digits for district staff, cases among students numbered 17 for the Oct. 4-10 period. The number represents a decrease from the previous week’s total of 25 positive cases. A total of 36 district students are in exclusion.

District officials reported this past week that 84% of the district’s “regular staff” had provided proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 to the district as of Oct. 2. The district did not provide a breakdown of vaccination levels between certified and non-certified staff.

District 308 is the largest employer in Kendall County with an estimated 2,330 employees, according to information posted on the district’s website. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, it is the seventh largest school district in Illinois.

OSD 308 continues to provide a breakdown of the number of positive COVID-19 cases across the district by school.

Positive cases of students are spread among Churchill Elementary School, Homestead Elementary School, Lakewood Creek Elementary School, Prairie Point Elementary School, The Wheatlands Elementary School, Murphy Junior High School, Plank Junior High School, and Oswego High School.

The positive staff member case was tracked to Oswego East High School.

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