Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 and Exposures Reported to Hawthorn Community Consolidated School District 73:
Hawthorn District 73 has always prioritized the health and safety of students, staff, and our Hawthorn community. We continue to work closely with the Lake County Health Department, utilizing guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, to make data-informed decisions that will enable students and staff to safely attend school in-person.
We will continue to evaluate the public health data and adhere to mitigation practices, with the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff as our top priority. The stratified mitigation approach will continue to be monitored to help us make decisions about the learning model during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The information below displays reported confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and individuals in quarantine for Hawthorn 73 staff and students. This dashboard will be updated weekly.
Due to privacy laws (HIPAA, FERPA), Hawthorn 73 is unable to share identifying information about individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. If your student has been identified as a close contact with an individual who tested positive, you will be notified directly by a school administrator in collaboration with the Lake County Health Department.
What is the Definition of an Outbreak in Schools?
As indicated in the IDPH guidelines (1/4/2021), five confirmed COVID-19 infections occurring within 14 calendar days of each other in individuals in the same environment would meet the case definition for an outbreak.
What Would Prompt Hawthorn to Return to Remote Learning?
The Lake County Health Department will work with Hawthorn School District administrators to determine if a school should return to remote learning. An executive order from the Governor of the State of Illinois indicating a return to remote learning would also prompt this scenario.