Valley View School District 365U said there were three suspected cases of mumps at three of its schools in Romeoville and Bolingbrook.
This was in addition to one confirmed case of mumps at Robert C. Hill Elementary School in Romeoville earlier in February.
District 365U spokesman Jim Blaney said that as of Thursday, there was one more suspected case at Robert C. Hill, one suspected case at the district’s Early Childhood Center in Romeoville and one suspected case at Brooks Middle School in Bolingbrook.
In order to be a confirmed case of mumps, a lab test would have to be performed.
In all four cases, Blaney said, the students are out of school. He added that the district is working closely with the Will County Health Department to determine when the children will be allowed back in school.
Blaney went on to explain that the district requires students to have immunizations before entering certain grade levels or as new students coming to the district.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website, one dose of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is recommended for all children at 12 to 15 months and a second dose at 4 to 6 years old. The mumps virus spreads from person to person by coughing, sneezing and direct contact with saliva and nasal discharge.
Student only are permitted to avoid immunization if a doctor signs off on a religious or medical exemption, Blaney said
He said that in these situations, the school nurse has to pull immunizations records of every student at that school. The district then notifies the parents of nonimmunized and immunocompromised students and its staff.