DEERFIELD, IL — For the second time in less than two weeks, a staff member at Deerfield High School has tested positive for the coronavirus. In a letter sent to parents, students and staff Friday, Principal Kathryn Anderson said the employee is in isolation and the school is working with the Lake County Health Department on contract tracing.
"The health department will contact the staff member directly and any close contacts will be identified, contacted and provided guidance," Anderson said. "If you do not receive communication from school administration or the Lake County Health Department, your student has not been identified as a close contact and can continue to come into the building only for scheduled activities."
Anderson is also asking those contacted by the school or the Lake County Health Department to cooperate in providing information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the school community.
DHS, as part of Township School District 113, began the 2020-21 school year with full remote learning last month. Though in-person learning has been discussed, the district is still currently using that learning plan.
Another staff member tested positive for the coronavirus on Sept. 15. As with that case, the school is following federal privacy laws. DHS will not share the name of the staff member or provide any information that would otherwise lead to the identification of the person.
Anderson is also warning parents to be on the lookout for potential scams.
"The health department will never disclose identifying information to close contacts. Beware of scams," Anderson said. "Contact tracers will never ask for a social security number, money, bank or credit card information, or any form of payment. They will not ask for immigration status or threaten consequences for not participating or answering questions."