Respiratory illnesses mean temporary measures affecting high school events in Washington

Washington Community High School
Washington Community High School(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 4:14 PM CST
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WASHINGTON (25 NEWS) - Washington Community High School is taking temporary measures after an elevated number of student absences from COVID-19, influenza and other respiratory illnesses -- but school remains in session, according to a Facebook post.

“School will remain in session as transmission in classrooms and other common areas is not detected at this time,” the district said.

The boy’s basketball game on Tuesday, December 7 is postponed because of a high number of flu cases on the sophomore and varsity teams.

The district also asks community members to not attend athletic or other events the rest of this week. That measure will be reevaluated next Monday, December 13.

Spectator attendance will also be limited for home and visiting athletic teams, band and choir concerts, and other events.

Two adults per student involved in the activity will be allowed. No students or children are allowed.

On Saturday, December 11, the cheer and dance teams will be performing as scheduled but the pep band will be moved to a future date, the post goes on to say.

The district also says only attend an event if you are healthy.

“Masks are required while in the school building or at school activities and wearing them consistently and correctly will be enforced.,” the district said. “Masks not only decrease the spread of COVID, but also lower transmission of the other respiratory illnesses we are experiencing.”

All levels of athletic events will be streamed on YouTube, with a link available from the high school website.

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