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Bill Jones, Editor
3:20 pm CDT March 9, 2020

UPDATE: District 135 spokesperson Jen Obright confirmed the student was "in attendance prior to the building administration being notified about the location of travel." She emphasized neither the student nor the student's family are being assessed or treated for the coronavirus.

School officials still have not provided information about what school the student attends.

ORIGINAL: Orland School District 135 has confirmed a student was asked to stay home for two weeks after returning from a country with a “Level 3” travel warning amid international coronavirus concerns.

The district published a letter signed by Interim Superintendent John Bryk on Monday, March 9, to the community saying that “early last week” it was alerted to news that a student traveled to a Level 3 warning country, but “did not spend time in an area of quarantine.” The district asked that student “as soon as the school was alerted to this travel” to remain at home for 14 days in accordance with guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The district emphasized that no student is “being assessed or treated for the coronavirus” in the letter, but noted a building has since been sanitized. The letter did not state whether or not the student was inside of said building, which building within the district that is, and whether or not that student came in contact with other students, faculty and staff.

When asked to clarify those points, D135 spokesperson Jen Obright said she does not “have any additional information to provide at this time.”

Bryk did not immediately respond to an email or phone call seeking that information.

Neither the letter nor Obright provided information regarding what country the student visited.

The letter also noted “as an additional precautionary measure,” students in grades K-5 will be eating their lunch prior to recess to allow them “the opportunity to wash their hands prior to eating lunch and after recess.” Hand sanitizer locations also have been set up across all buildings, according to the district, and more are expected to be added to all classrooms.

Families with international travel plans are asked to disclose those to the schools.

The D135 School Board is set to meet the evening of March 9. Coronavirus is on the agenda under Administrative Report for the Committee of the Whole meeting preceding it.

The Prairie will post any updates, as they become available, at OPPrairieDaily.com.