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COVID-19 Outbreak Shuts Down St. Jude Catholic School In Peoria

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An outbreak of COVID-19 among students has prompted a two-week closure of St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria.

St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria is closed for the next two weeks following a COVID-19 outbreak.

A statement from the Diocese of Peoria indicates school administrators were notified on Saturday of an increasing number of students testing positive for the coronavirus or its variants. It’s unclear exactly how many students, or if any teachers or staff members, have been infected.

Dr. Sharon Weiss, the diocese’s superintendent of schools, was advised by the Peoria City/County Health Department to shut down the school to mitigate any further spread of the virus. A health department spokesperson said an investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.

The school began transitioning to remote learning on Monday and is aiming to reopen for in-person instruction on Sept. 13. All of St. Jude’s extracurricular activities and athletic practices also have been halted, along with participation in Illinois Elementary School Association activities.

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