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MORTON (HOI) – Fewer students in Morton District 709 were absent Friday after testing positive for COVID-19 compared to a week ago, but more kids were in quarantine because of possible exposure to the novel coronavirus, according to the district’s weekly report.

Administrators reported four students, three of them from the high school, were absent Friday because they were confirmed to have the virus, down from eight students last week, and 12 students two weeks ago.

The fourth student absent on Friday was an eighth-grader who’s attending school remotely, according to the district.

Students in isolation because of possible exposure to the virus stood at 133 on Friday, compared to 95 last week, and 84 two weeks ago. Administrators said 59 students are expected to be back at school Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday.

The district reported three staff members were out on Friday after testing positive for the virus, up from two a week ago.

Fewer staffers were said to be in isolation, with five in quarantine on Friday, down from 10 a week ago, and 13 two weeks ago. All five staffers in quarantine should return to school on Tuesday, the district said.

Administrators also reported a slight increase in the number of students choosing remote learning, instead of in-person instruction. Remote learners rose to 251, from 249 last week.

Morton schools’ test positivity rate was at .14% on Friday, and its quarantine rate was at 4.7%, “which still compares favorably with the world outside our schools,” the weekly report said.

On any given day, the Morton district’s overall attendance is approximately 2,380 students, the district said.

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