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14 People At Northwest Side Elementary School In Quarantine After Positive COVID-19 Case

Chicago Public Schools officials reported the positive COVID-19 case Saturday, affecting three student-teacher pods.

Minnie Mars Jamieson Elementary School in Peterson Park.
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PETERSON PARK — Three student-teacher pods at Minnie Mars Jamieson Elementary are quarantining at home after someone at the school recently tested positive for COVID-19. 

District officials did not disclose whether the affected person is a student or staffer, but the district reported the positive case Saturday in a letter to Jamieson parents. Principal Robert Clay Baughman said someone who was inside the school building tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, 14 people who were in close contact with that person must quarantine for 14 days, according to district and Chicago Department of Public Health guidelines.

Jamieson, 5650 N. Mozart St., serves 859 students.

“If you have been identified as a close contact, you will receive a separate notification from the Office of Student Health and Wellness with quarantine instructions,” Baughman said in the letter. “The affected pod will be asked to stay at home and switch to online learning until further notice. All other activities can continue.”

District officials did not immediately respond to questions about how the exposure occurred or what steps are being taken to prevent it from happening again.

Other schools have had problems with coronavirus exposures since in-person learning at CPS began resuming in January.

Within days of reopening, a COVID-19 cluster at McCutcheon Elementary in Uptown put several staffers in quarantine.

District data show other schools also have several people in quarantine as of Saturday after a positive coronavirus case, including Walt Disney Magnet in Buena Park, Oriole Park Public School in the Far Northwest Side and Vanderpoel Elementary School in Beverly.

Outside of CPS, St. Benedict Preparatory School in North Center had to switch junior high classes back to online in August after a teacher was sickened with coronavirus.

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