Archdiocese of Chicago Statement on a Confirmed COVID-19 Case at St. Margaret of Scotland School
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) informed us last night that a student at St. Margaret of Scotland School has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19.) The affected student also attended the all-school Mass at St. Margaret of Scotland Church on March 12, 2020. Therefore, following the CDPH recommendation, we are closing St. Margaret of Scotland School effective immediately and will not re-open until March 23 at the earliest. The school already has a scheduled Spring Break from March 16-20. Additionally, there will be no daily Mass at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish on Friday, March 13.
Beginning Friday, March 13, school and parish leadership will facilitate extensive cleaning and disinfecting of the school and church pursuant to the CDC guidelines.
We have learned that a group of student volunteers from Marist High School was in the St. Margaret of Scotland School building on March 12. We have informed Marist leadership about the situation.
The CDPH has advised us that it is not necessary that other students, staff or parishioners of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish and School be tested for COVID-19 at this time, nor is it necessary for anyone to self-quarantine, unless they begin exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. We ask for everyone to continue to monitor their health and continue to practice proper hygiene at home. We remain in close contact with the CDPH and will keep all parishioners, school families and staff apprised of any new or additional guidance from CDPH.