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Eric DeGrechie, Managing Editor
9:19 am CDT March 9, 2020

Wilmette’s Loyola Academy will remain closed Tuesday, March 10, after school officials announced a student and his family had contact with an individual that public health officials report had tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus.

"To allow for the disinfecting process and to continue to exercise an abundance of caution for our community, we will be closed on Tuesday as we continue to work with our public health partners and authorities," Robin Hunt, director of public relations, told The Beacon.

The original announcement of school closure on Monday, March 9, was made on the evening of Sunday, March 8, after the school was informed by public health officials of the situation. According to a second release sent out by Loyola Academy and Principal Charles Heintz on Monday afternoon, health officials are still awaiting final confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to the school, this individual that tested positive has not been on Loyola’s campus at any time. The Loyola student exposed to the coronavirus was in class through Friday, March 6. The Loyola student and the student’s family are now under a 14-day quarantine and are not manifesting symptoms of COVID-19. 

According to the release, no Loyola student or staff member has been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

“Based on conversations with medical experts, we believe the risk to Loyola students is very low, however, as a result of this one student’s exposure and out of an abundance of caution, classes will be cancelled tomorrow, Monday, March 9,” Loyola Academy said in the release. 

According to the release, teachers were to post academic assignments for R Day classes by 10 a.m. on Monday.

We know this situation is unsettling. However, canceling school on Monday allows us to do an enhanced cleaning of the school and to consult further with public health officials,” school officials said in the release. “We will communicate with you on Monday about plans moving forward.”

Reporting by Eric DeGrechie, Managing Editor. Full story at