Two Paris 95 employees quarantined

"Essential" employees exposed to virus

By Nancy Zeman nzeman@prairiepress.net
Posted 4/10/20

Paris Union School District 95 Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Larson sent letter to all parents and guardians of the district's students to inform them two "essential" employees were exposed to the …

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Two Paris 95 employees quarantined

"Essential" employees exposed to virus

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Paris Union School District 95 Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Larson sent letter to all parents and guardians of the district's students to inform them two "essential" employees were exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Larson sent a letter in a text message at 6:08 p.m. Friday, April 10, to inform parents two "essential" employees of the district had come in contact with an individual who tested positive for  COVID-19. The employees were contacted by the Urbana Health Department on April 10 and then informed the school district, Larson said.

An essential employee is one still actively working onsite in the district during a school closure. The names of the employees are confidential.

"We take the safety of our employees, students and community very seriously," Larson emphasized, noting the district will "follow all the directives from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The two employees must be quarantined through Saturday, April 18, Larson said. Last week was counted as the first week of quartantine, he explained.

Neither employee is ill or showing any signs of the virus, Larson said.

All Paris 95 employees were notified of the IDPH directive and "our staff will take additional precautions to ensure the health of all employees and individuals we come in contact with."

Paris 95 under Larson's leadership has taken an aggressive approach to both e-learning and making sure the district's students — many of whom depend on school breakfasts and lunches —  have food. This past Monday, the district delivered more than 5,000 meals to Paris 95 and Crestwood students.

Larson urged everyone to follow the directives of IDPH:

  • Stay home as much as you can.
  • Do not spend time with people outide your household.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Cover your cough.
  • If you feel sick, get help.