East Moline School District sends four classrooms home because some students exhibited symptoms of COVID-19

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East Moline School District opened schools on Wednesday August 19, but on Friday, August 21, the district reported that they had to send four classrooms home because some students exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.  

According to Superintendent Krisitn Humphries there was a student in Wells Elementary who reported to the teacher having a sore throat. The teacher and students of that classroom were sent home. On the same day, Thursday, August 20, the same happened, but in Glenview Middle School. To protect the rest of the staff and students in Glenview, 7 students from the classroom and 4 teachers that were in contact with the student were sent home. On Friday, August 21, there was a report of the student in Hillcrest exhibiting at least one symptom of COVID-19. The students, teacher, and paraprofessional were all sent home. Mr. Humphries indicated that due to contact tracing information the teacher and paraprofessional will be able to return to their duties on Monday. On the same day, another student in Glenview reported having one of the symptoms of the virus. The students and teacher that were in the classroom with this student were all sent home.  

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Superintendent Humphries emphasized that all four students were not showing all the symptoms of COVID-19, but rather each was exhibiting a single symptom. She added that according to the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, if a student or adult exhibits at least one of the symptoms, they have to be sent home immediately. Mr. Humphries assures that they expected something like this and were preparing for a similar scenario for the past four months. She also assured that safety and health is the most important thing for the district. The district will continue with both remote and in-person learning next week as planned.  

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