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Important COVID-19 Announcement (March 8, 2021)
Due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases among the LaSalle-Peru Township High School campus population, it has been determined by the LaSalle County Health Department that the situation has reached outbreak status. In consultation with the Health Department, LPHS administration has determined the safest course of action is to return to fully remote learning for the remainder of the school week, effective Tuesday, March 9.
As a result of this outbreak designation, the campus will fully shut down on Tuesday. Over the course of the week the district’s custodial staff will fully sanitize all campus facilities and equipment. All LP athletic and extracurricular events, including practices, will be canceled through Saturday, March 13. All offices will be closed through the week and all previously scheduled meetings will be canceled and/or rescheduled.
Students will be expected to attend all classes remotely for the remainder of the week.
LPHS administration will re-evaluate the conditions on Friday and determine plans for the following week. Families will be notified of the administrative decision as soon as possible.
LPHS Meal Train food service will not be offered on Tuesday, but an additional update will be provided Tuesday regarding the food distribution schedule for the week.
The current standard for an outbreak set by the Illinois Department of Public Health is five positive COVID-19 infections within 14 calendar days of each other that can be linked epidemiologically by exposure with respect to place and time. The district currently has nine individuals who meet the criteria.
Despite the closure, it remains important for families to continue reporting any instances of students experiencing COVID-like symptoms or receiving positive COVID-19 test results to the school nurse. Call 815-220-2738 to report such information.
The district reminds families to limit all social gatherings and continue to follow the appropriate safety procedures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Further, please be kind to those who have tested positive or who may be required to quarantine. These individuals are already undergoing a serious and trying experience and should not feel the added pressure of guilt or shame.