Letter about COVID-19 Staff member.

Letter to all about COVID-19 positive staff member.
Posted on 09/01/2020

Dear Woodland CUSD #5 Educational Community,

This release is to inform you that a Woodland CUSD #5 STAFF MEMBER has tested positive for COVID-19.  This staff member has NOT come in contact with other students, staff, and employees of Woodland CUSD #5 over the past week. The school district has contacted the Livingston County Health Department as well as Regional Office of Education to inform them of this positive test. The staff member has been self-quarantined since 8/26/2020 and has gotten the test results back today 9/1/2020.

We are coordinating our efforts with Livingston County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual(s) to prevent further spread within our school and community.  At this time, we have identified ZERO close contacts.  All parties who would have come into contact with the staff member through school activities would have been notified and informed that they are restricted from all district activities for a period of 14 calendar days from the time of initial contact with the staff member.

The health and safety of Woodland CUSD #5 students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.


To prevent further spread of the disease, Woodland will continue taking the following steps:

  • Placing staff members and students who are identified as having close contact to the COVID-19 case(s) in quarantine for 14 days.
  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.
  • Conducting a deep clean and disinfection of the areas impacted by potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.



    We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.
  • Students are required to wear face coverings at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.
  • Staff are required to wear face coverings at all times while in contact with children and other staff in the facility.
  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.
  • We are teaching students the importance of face coverings, social distancing, and proper handwashing:
    • Students are discouraged from sharing personal items, e.g., water bottles.
    • Students are learning new ways to greet each other without touching.
    • Students are reminded to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth, and to cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Students will be taught to wash their hands frequently and properly, following CDC guidelines on handwashing.
  • As we receive more information from the Illinois Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Woodland CUSD #5, and your local health department.


We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me in the Unit Office at 815-672-5974 or by email at mcguckinr@woodland5.net



Yours in education,

Stay Well,



Ryan McGuckin


Woodland CUSD #5

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