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Fox Valley Career Center teacher hurt in classroom incident, taken by helicopter

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 12:43 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 11:27 p.m. CST

MAPLE PARK – A teacher at the Fox Valley Career Center suffered burns in a classroom activity Tuesday morning and was taken from the school via helicopter to a hospital. School District 302 Superintendent Jeff Schuler said the teacher's injuries were not life-threatening.

The incident happened at 9:10 a.m. at the career center, which is located at Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. The career center is not exclusive to Kaneland students and includes students from throughout the area. Schuler said no students were injured.

Schuler said he would not release the teacher's name, as family members were still being notified. He said he was not certain whether the name would be released after the family notification.

"Certainly, our thoughts and concerns are with the staff member and his family," Schuler said.

Schuler described it as an accident in one of the school's lab classes. Students were present at the time, but Schuler said only the teacher was hurt. Schuler said first responders determined the teacher should be transported by helicopter because of the burns suffered. The Life Star helicopter landed on the east side of Kaneland High School to transport the teacher.

In an unrelated incident, at about the same time Tuesday, a student at the career center experienced some heat-related symptoms, according to a news release. The student was stable but was taken from the school by ambulance as a precaution.

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