This communication is to provide you with the most up-to-date information and help avoid any misinformation regarding the COVID-19 (corona) virus.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Leyden and there are no suspected cases at this time. Earlier today, we learned that a Leyden employee and family members, who are students at Leyden, may have had indirect exposure to an Illinois resident, who may or may not have interacted at CineSpace in Chicago with a resident of California who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
The actor from California, who was on set two weeks ago in Chicago, recently tested positive for COVID-19 (see article). As a proactive measure, the Leyden employee and the students were sent home while we awaited guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The IDPH advised us that no quarantine was necessary and no further action needed to be taken by the Leyden School community, due to the time that has passed and the remote connection to that situation. The employee and the students have returned to school.
We continue to use our cleaning protocols during the school day and evenings to ensure the cleanliness of our schools. For your own personal prevention, please remember to follow the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.