Entire Herscher Kindergarten class quarantined last week


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HERSCHER – An entire Kindergarten class was quarantined last week in Herscher as cases continue to rise in schools across the country.

The quarantine measures were announced Wednesday afternoon by Superintendent Dr. Richard Decman in a letter to parents.

“Our school district has begun to experience an increase in COVID-19 cases.  As a result, last week in consultation with the Kankakee County Health Department, an entire Kindergarten class was quarantined as well as students at HIS, LMS, and HHS.” Dr. Decman announced Wednesday.  He also stressed not to send kids to school if exhibiting symptoms brought on by the disease, including fever, dry cough, sore throat or loss of taste and smell.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) since school began last month, 1,472 potential COVID-19 exposures have been announced among schools in the state.  Six of those locations include Herscher High School, Taft Primary School, Chebanse Elementary School, Bradley East Elementary School, Kankakee Junior High School, and Avis Huff Student Support Services Center. 

All six have reported fewer than five cases among them.

Like so many schools statewide, Herscher is experiencing a school bus driver shortage and will begin staggered start/end times across the District as a result. 

If you’d like to assist in filling a bus driver spot, you can do so by applying here.


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