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Coronavirus

Here's how many COVID-19 cases DeKalb County's smaller school districts have reported so far

Students exit Genoa-Kingston High School Monday after finishing up their first day of in-person classes. School District 424 is using a hybrid schedule with a full remote option to start the year.
Students exit Genoa-Kingston High School Monday after finishing up their first day of in-person classes. School District 424 is using a hybrid schedule with a full remote option to start the year.

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While Sycamore and DeKalb school districts prepare to send students back to in-person classes for the first time later this month and next, the smaller districts in the county report single digits of COVID-19 three months into the school year.

Jared Poynter, superintendent for the Hiawatha school district, said that the district has had seven positive cases between Sept. 1 and Oct. 12.

“In several instances, some of these individuals have already completed the exclusion/quarantine criteria and have returned to school,” Poynter said in an e-mail to the Daily Chronicle. “Contact tracing done by our staff and the Health Department have helped prevent the spread and outbreak of further positive tests.”

Hiawatha returned to school for all grade levels on Aug. 24, and Poynter said he’s been pleased with how things have gone so far.

“We are very pleased with the support of the health department and the job that they are doing countywide to support schools,” Poynter said. “Our safety protocol, social distancing, face covering requirements and sanitation protocol have been going really good.”

Over in the Genoa-Kingston school district, district officials doesn’t report specific numbers. However, a weekly report sent out by Superintendent Brent O’Daniell indicated there are fewer than 10 cases in students and fewer than 10 cases in staff. Genoa-Kingston is on a hybrid schedule with less than half the students in-person on any given day.

O’Daniell said in an e-mail that it’s been more than two weeks since the last positive case.

In Shabbona, Indian Creek school district has also gone two weeks without a reported case, Superintendent Chad Willis said. The district had three cases in a short stretch, but all three were contracted outside school and were contained.

Willis said there have been five total cases.

At Hinckley-Big Rock, principal Travis McGuire reported just one case since teachers returned Aug. 13. Students returned Aug. 19.

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