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Megan Bernard, Contributing Editor
10:05 am CDT March 19, 2020

A seventh-grader from Carleton Washburne School in Winnetka has a “probable, presumptive case related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),” according to a letter from District 36.

The community letter, signed by Superintendent Trisha Kocanda, says the Illinois Department of Public Health advised students and staff at Washburne should self-quarantine for 14 days from March 11, the last time the student was at school.

“The family is currently in self-quarantine to avoid spreading the illness to others,” Kocanda says in the letter. “There are no other siblings in District 36. Due to health privacy laws, the district is unable to release the identity of the student or family. Please respect the student and their family during this incredibly difficult time.”

Self-quarantine includes limiting interactions with others as much as possible, she adds, such as playdates, sleepovers, socializing, etc.

Reporting by Megan Bernard, Contributing Editor. Full story at