PALOS HEIGHTS, ILL. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Catholic elementary school in southwest suburban Palos Heights has suspended classes after two staff members tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The Archdiocese of Chicago released a statement to WBBM that because of the cases at St. Alexander Parish and School, classes have been suspended until September 8.
Church leaders said this break allows sufficient time for the staff to quarantine and for the school to properly clean and disinfect the buildings.
All staff members at the school have been asked to quarantine for 14 days.
In a statement last week, the archdiocese said it wants parents to sign an "acknowledgment form" that includes a waiver that gives up the parents’ rights to sue the school or the archdiocese should their child contract the coronavirus.
Principals have been told that if parents do not want to sign the legal waiver part of the form, they don’t have to, and their children may still attend school in-person, "provided they accepted the protocols and assumption of risk. Our schools will work with our families," according to the archdiocese's statement.
There are about 70,000 students who attend the archdiocese’s 199 schools.