MCDH Investigation Finds No Public Health Concern

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We want to provide an update to you about the investigation conducted by the Communicable Disease Program at the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) that involved the 6th grade class of Heineman Middle School.

As you may know, a potential public health concern was reported to MCDH after the Heineman trip to Stingray Bay last week. Huntley Community School District 158 and the Huntley Park District were contacted to assist in the investigation of this report, which included the calling of members of the Heineman 6th grade class.

After a thorough investigation, MCDH has concluded that “there was no pattern of symptoms that would suggest a communicable disease public health concern from the environment at Stingray Bay.”

We appreciate your cooperation during this investigation. Your cooperation allowed for the Communicable Disease Program to quickly respond to this reported concern in an efficient manner to determine if there was a public health concern.

Huntley 158 appreciates the cooperative manner in which MCHD, the park district, and the school district worked to respond to this concern.

Thank you for working with us to protect the health of our students and of McHenry County.

If you have concerns or questions about the investigation, please contact MCDH at (815) 334-4510. As always, if you have concerns or questions regarding your child’s education and safety, contact the District at (847) 659-6158.


Terry Awrey
Associate Superintendent
Huntley CSD 158

James Litchfield
Heineman Middle School

Thom Palmer
Executive Director
Huntley Park District

Susan Karras
Communicable Disease Program Coordinator
McHenry County Department of Health