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West Ridge’s Armstrong Elementary Has 28 In Quarantine After 2 COVID Cases Found

Two school pods are among those in quarantine after two people in the school tested positive following CPS' spring break.

George B. Armstrong Elementary School in West Ridge.
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WEST RIDGE — George B. Armstrong Elementary School has 28 students and staff in quarantine after two coronavirus cases were found among school members, according to Chicago Public Schools.

Those in quarantine include two classroom “pods,” or clusters of students and teachers that spend the day together to help enforce social distancing, CPS reported in its coronavirus dashboard.

COVID-19 was found in a student and teacher, according to a school source. A teacher tested positive after spring break, which ended Apr. 2, and a student tested positive last week, the source said.

School families were notified of the quarantine over the weekend. The cases were reported on CPS’s COVID dashboard on Tuesday.

Armstrong, 2110 W. Greenleaf Ave., has the fourth largest number of students and staff in quarantine this week, according to CPS data.

Lane Tech High School in North Center has one confirmed case and 46 in quarantine, Jones High School in the South Loop has two cases and 44 in quarantine and Hamilton Elementary in Lakeview has two confirmed case and 40 in quarantine. Like Armstrong, Dunbar High School in Bronzeville has two coronavirus cases and 28 in quarantine.

For its most recent reporting period, CPS logged 10 new coronavirus cases among adults and five in students district-wide.

Armstrong has seen seven coronavirus cases this school year, including the two reported this week. One case was reported the week ending March 27, but it required no close contacts to quarantine, according to CPS data. Four other cases were reported in December, before classrooms reopened to students.

A CPS spokesperson said the district could not disclose who in the school had coronavirus, citing medical privacy laws.

The cases at Armstrong come as CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union continue negotiations on reopening high schools. Though they were slated to return to schools this week, high school teachers worked remotely Wednesday while a deal is worked out with the district.

High school students are expected to return to classrooms beginning Monday. Some high school classes, including special education classrooms, have already reopened.

Since March 2020, CPS has reported 1,080 COVID-19 cases in adults and 129 in students. The bulk of the cases were reported in the fall and winter.

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