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Both Wilmette’s Regina Dominican and Loyola Academy are set to begin remote learning following Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announcement Friday, March 13, that all schools in the state are closed to limit public exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
All classes and school-sponsored events at both schools have been canceled with eLearning being rolled out Monday, March 16.
According to school officials at Loyola Academy, the current plan is to reopen on Monday, March 30. At this time, no one in the school community has been diagnosed with symptoms of COVID-19.
Loyola Academy was closed March 9-10 after a student at the school was exposed the virus off-campus.
School officials at Regina Dominican informed students, parents, faculty and staff at the close of the school day Friday of the school’s plan moving forward. The school reiterated in an email sent out by Principal Kassie Porreca that there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, but the decision to close and institute remote learning “is simply the most socially responsible step we can take at this time to do our part in minimizing the spread of the virus.”
On Monday, March 16, students will fill out several surveys by the close of the close of the school day. Starting Tuesday, March 17, eLearning days will follow the daily regular bell schedule.
As of press time six people related to the North Shore have reported exposures to the coronavirus with at least three confirmed cases, as of press time.
• Township High School District 113 announced emergency closure of school Friday, March 13, after a suspected case was reported at Deerfield High School.
• A patient at a NorthShore University HealthSystems hospital was being treated last week for the virus, according to a release from the organization. NSUH has hospitals in Glenview, Skokie, Highland Park and Chicago.
• In a statement posted Wednesday, March 11, Evanston Unitarian Church said a congregation member tested positive for the coronavirus and it would suspend services for at least a week.
• The Village of Glencoe announced Wednesday, March 4, that an employee of its Public Works Department was on self-quarantine after being exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of the coronavirus.
• Loyola Academy in Wilmette closed for March 9-10 after a student at the school was exposed to the virus off-campus.
• A faculty member of Lake Forest High School entered a 14-day quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus while attending a Chicago high school where someone with the virus had been present the same day.
There are 32 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Illinois, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 1,629 confirmed cases and 41 deaths from the virus in the United States, as of press time Friday, March 13.
According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 132,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 4,900 deaths linked to the virus, as of press time Friday, March 13. There are confirmed cases in at least 118 countries, according to WHO statistics.
IL Dept. of Health:
US numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
(updated daily at noon and 4 p.m.)
Global numbers from World Health Organization: