MORTON, Ill. (WMBD) — The Morton school district is experiencing a significant uptick in absences due to both covid-19 diagnoses and the quarantines prompted by them.
According to the district, Twenty-two students districtwide have recently tested positive for the virus, compared to two at this time one week ago. 239 students were in quarantine and temporary remote learning situations, compared to 19 last week. Meanwhile, the number of staff members with a positive test jumped from 0 to 11. Quarantining are 29 staff, relative to three last week.
Superintendent Jeffrey Hill says most of the activity is concentrated in two buildings – Lettie Brown Elementary School and Morton High School – which together account for 100% of the student positives and 75% of the quarantines.
He’s hoping many of those students will return to school by Nov. 9.
Overall, about 92 percent of our students are still in their classrooms.