Read The Latest COVID 19 Protocols & Procedures

Below please find the latest COVID policies:
 
Updated 1/13/22
Last night, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education released updated guidance for schools, addressing many issues related to the CDC’s Dec. 27 guidance on 5-day quarantine and isolation. This new guidance also addresses some issues that had not been clearly addressed by state officials, including the use of masks outdoors. Therefore, we are updating our guidance to reflect those clarifications:
  • Masks can be removed outdoors, including during outdoor athletics and recess (as long as individuals are not in crowded spaces).
  • Anyone returning from a 5-day isolation or quarantine must still wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) on days 6 - 10, during outdoor athletics and recess.
  • Following any required 5-day isolation/quarantine, families have the option to either:
    1. send a student back to school on day 6 with the understanding that the student will need to distance 6 feet at lunch and remain masked at all times, indoors and outdoors through day 10, or
    2. keep a student home for the full 10 days and send the student back to school on day 11
As we have done from the start, we will conform our guidelines to those of our local public health departments and will make adjustments, as necessary. It is challenging but important for all of us to keep up with changing conditions and guidance. Our priority remains the health of the whole student and providing exceptional, uninterrupted, in-person instruction and extracurricular activities.
 
 
Updated 1/11/22
Attached is the latest updated COVID-19 guidance from the Office of Catholic Schools. All
families should have received this communication regarding the updates to the shortened
quarantine time, as well as new updates to lunch, recess, and athletics. Below is a summary of
important points made, however, please be sure to read the document in its entirety.
 
Updated lunchtime guidance for isolated/quarantined students
We have updated our lunchtime guidance for recently isolated and quarantined students to better
align with the IDPH language and address operational challenges faced by some of our schools.
The updated guidance acknowledges that it is safe for students to return to schools on day 6, but
reflects prudence in ensuring extra caution is taken when masks are off for lunch.
For recently positive asymptomatic students (positives) returning to school after the required
minimum 5-day isolation period as well as those with close contacts (recent close contacts)
returning after the minimum 5-day quarantine period:
● These students must maintain 6 feet of distance from others while their masks are off at
lunch. They may eat lunch in the same room as their classmates.
● If 6 feet is not possible at lunch, given a school’s lunchroom layout, a school may look to
use additional rooms in the building that allow the recently positive or quarantined
children to space out while eating.
● If staffing and spacing do not allow recently positive or quarantined students to maintain
6 feet of distance at lunch, even when considering other rooms, a school should observe
the full 10-day isolation or quarantine time for positive or close contacts.
The above guidelines apply only on days 6 through 10 to those students returning from a recent
positive or close contact case. Students may return to their normal lunch seating arrangement on
day 11.
 
Temporary recess protocols
Due to the more contagious nature of the omicron variant and the close proximity students
typically play, we are temporarily requiring that students wear masks during outdoor recess. This
is a temporary measure to help inhibit the spread and reduce overall infections. It will be
reevaluated in 2 weeks and reversed when cases begin to decline.
 
Athletics and extracurricular activities for students returning days 6-10
Students returning from isolation (recent COVID-19 positive test results)
Our top priority is maintaining an in-person learning environment for our students. Because of
this and as an extra precaution to minimize the risk of team quarantines, anyone who tests
positive for COVID-19 may not participate in athletic practices/competitions or extracurriculars
for 10 days. We understand that the at-home isolation period is 5 days and that they may return to
school on day 6 if asymptomatic, but for purposes of team play or any school-organized
extracurricular activities (clubs, band, etc.), they must refrain for the full 10 days.
 
Please remember, If you do not feel comfortable bringing your asymptomatic student back to
school on day 6, whether they have tested positive or if they were considered a close contact,
you may always wait until day 11 to send your child back to school.
 
Both PCR and Rapid tests are available for all our students. For everyone's safety we are
encouraging you to test your child before returning to school and we are requiring you to test
your child if symptoms develop.
 
 
Updated 1/7/22
 If someone tests positive for COVID, regardless of vaccination status, the individual must:
  • Isolate for a full 5 days regardless of whether symptoms are present or not and regardless if any symptoms resolve before the 5 days are complete.
  • Testing before leaving isolation is highly encouraged (though the individual could remain COVID positive for some time, the person is no longer contagious).
  • If a vaccinated individual is a close contact with a positive individual:
    • There is no need to quarantine at home as long as the individual is not symptomatic. 

    • If the close contact is from a family member, the family member needs to isolate away from the rest of the family. Testing is recommended 5 days after exposure and is required if symptoms develop.  

  • If someone who is unvaccinated is a close contact with a positive individual:

    • The individual must quarantine at home for 5 days and continue to wear a mask around others for 5 more days.

    • Testing is highly recommended 5 days after exposure and is required if symptoms develop.

PCR and Rapid Test Kits
We have PCR and Rapid home test kits available to test our students. You are welcome to pick up kits during school hours or after school before 4 pm. PCR testing is required when confirming a diagnosis after developing symptoms. The Rapid home test is helpful when an asymptomatic individual was in close contact or has traveled to an Orange state. We will accept the rapid results when asymptomatic individuals are returning from a 5-day quarantine. Just a reminder, symptomatic individuals who are waiting on test results must stay home until results are confirmed.
 
Updated 12/31/21
 
We are looking forward to having everyone back at school for in person learning on Tuesday, January 4th. We have taken extra precautions over the holiday break to deep clean all the classrooms and common areas. With the rise of COVID-19 cases in our community, it is important that we make our learning environment as safe as possible. Superintendent Richmond sent the CDC 5-Day Isolation / Quarantine Guidance communication last night to all families regarding the change in quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated individuals. I have included some of the information below.
 
The updated CDC quarantine guidance requires the following:
 
● If someone tests positive for COVID, regardless of vaccination status, the individual must:
○ Isolate for a full 5 days regardless if symptoms are present or not and regardless if symptoms resolve before the 5 days are complete.
 
■ For symptomatic people, Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms develop.
■ For asymptomatic people, Day 1 is the first full day after the positive test is administered.
■ There is no need to test before leaving isolation. While individuals could remain COVID-19 positive for some time, they are no longer contagious.
 
● If a vaccinated individual is a close contact with a positive individual:
○ There is no need to quarantine at home as long as the vaccinated individual is not symptomatic. The vaccinated individual must wear a mask around others for 10 days after exposure.
○ Testing is recommended 5 days after exposure OR if symptoms develop.
 
● If an unvaccinated individual is a close contact with a COVID-19 positive person:
○ The individual must quarantine at home for 5 days and continue to wear a mask around others for 5 more days.
○ Testing is recommended 5 days after exposure OR if symptoms develop. *Unvaccinated students who tested positive are treated the same as vaccinated for 90 days after their positive test ( they would not need to quarantine for close contact).
 
Please be sure to submit the positive test results to Ms. Rita at rbaatile@stjosaphat.net
 
Due to the highly contagious nature of the Omicron virus, we will be cancelling indoor events that bring large numbers together. This unfortunately means our Christmas Show that was rescheduled for next Friday will be cancelled. Mr. Acker and I agreed this will be best for the health and safety of our community. He will be moving on with his curriculum for the spring show when we return to school next week. In sports, we will continue to allow only one spectator per player during all our games; everyone must wear a mask at all times and there will be no concessions offered.
 
We have ordered more lunch tables that will arrive next week. The longer tables will allow us to spread the children out more during their lunch periods.
 
We have received a generous donation of N95 masks from one of our families over break. This style of mask has been proven to be most effective to prevent the spread of germs. The family has provided each student and staff with one mask. We will distribute the masks to the students in class once they arrive. Please continue to have your child bring their own masks to wear to and from school.
 
We are working on regular COVID-19 testing available for all our students and staff in the coming weeks. More information will be provided once the plans have been solidified. We appreciate your support and understanding with the difficult decisions made necessary to avoid further spread of this variant and to ensure the safety of all our students and staff at SJS. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will continue to navigate through these difficult items together. We wish you all a safe and Happy New Year!
 
Updated 11/30/21
 
2nd Ward COVID-19 Booster Shot Clinic: Thursday, December 

A recent study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), conducted by the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, determined that it is safe to mix vaccines. Furthermore, there is a possible benefit to selecting Moderna for your booster shot, if you previously received Pfizer for your first two, or single dose Johnson & Johnson. 

Called the "Mix and Match Study," researchers found that "heterologous (different brand) boosts elicited similar or higher immune responses as compared to their respective homologous (same brand) booster responses. No safety concerns identified."

Please click here to schedule your Moderna booster vaccination. 

 

Updated 11/5/21

St. Josaphat School is hosting a Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Event for our students 5-11 years old. 

CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. The CDC now expands vaccine recommendations to about 28 million children in the United States in this age group and allows providers to begin vaccinating them as soon as possible. IDPH has adopted these recommendations, therefore we are hosting an event at our school to accommodate our families to continue our efforts to keep our children and community safe. 

Parents must accompany their child. Please ONLY sign up if you are able to make both dose 1 and dose 2 dates.  The time you sign up for will be the same time for the second dose date.

Dose 1: Thursday, November 18th  3:30pm-6:30pm
Dose 2: Thursday, December 9th    3:30pm- 6:30pm

Please register for the vaccine with this link:  Vaccination Registration 

 

Important information to prepare you for the vaccination event:  

  • Pediatric Pfizer vaccine will be administered
  • Dose 2 will be on December 9th at the same location (SJS Gym) and same appointment time
  • Please bring the following documents paperclipped together for processing to your child’s appointment: 
    • Completed consent form 

    • A printed copy of your online vaccination registration (you will be prompted with what to print)

    • Make copies of your ID and insurance card 

  • Wear vaccine appropriate clothes (short sleeves) to expedite the process
  • Plan to stay for a few minutes after your appointment for observation
  • Please avoid bringing younger children; space will be limited
  • We cannot guarantee a dose 2 if you did not sign up for the first dose
  • You will be able to enter the gym at your scheduled time

 For more information on the vaccine, please read this document.  To read about what to expect after the vaccination, please read this document.

 

Updated 9/10/21

Last week the CDC released stricter guidance for travel this week. The update is found on the City of Chicago Travel Advisory website. The Archdiocese is still evaluating their protocols to determine if they will be following the CDC’s guidance to require a 7-day quarantine in addition to a negative covid test result for unvaccinated individuals. Until further notice, please continue to plan to have unvaccinated children tested when you return back to Illinois. Please keep everyone home, including vaccinated students, until you receive test results. Please see the latest communication from the Archdiocese: COVID-19 Parent Communication.

It is essential that if any flu-like symptoms develop with any family member-- vaccinated or unvaccinated-- everyone stays home until they receive a negative covid test or further diagnosis .  Please report all close exposure and positive Covid results to us as soon as you can. Teachers will prepare schoolwork at the end of each night for your students to work on while they are absent. 

Updated 8/27/21

Covid Updates, Travel Guidelines, and Protocols
The Archdiocese has been sending families updates on protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID 19. We will be following their guidance and listed the updates below. Masks will be worn inside the school at all times. Teachers will provide masks breaks throughout the day. Masks will be removed while eating, and do not need to be worn outside. We will continue to distance ourselves as much as possible throughout the school day. Volunteers will be required to provide proof of vaccination to the front office prior to events. 

Travel Policies: 
Unvaccinated domestic travelers to an “Orange state” on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map must adhere to 10-day quarantine upon return OR Pre-arrival negative test (less than 72 hours prior to return to Illinois) with strict masking, physical distancing, and avoidance of in-person gatherings (separate from school attendance). Families who travel to our neighboring states for the weekend that are in the orange category will need to provide a negative COVID test (PCR) prior to returning to school.

Quarantine Policies: 

  • Fully Vaccinated individuals: A fully vaccinated individual who is deemed a close exposure per CDC definition to someone who is COVID-19-positive is NOT required to quarantine as long as the fully vaccinated individual has no symptoms.

    • A fully vaccinated individual who begins to experience any symptoms or illness within 14 days following a close exposure must stay home until receiving a negative result of a COVID test taken at least 3 to 5 days after the exposure and is both symptom-free and fever-free for at least 24 hours

  • Unvaccinated individuals: Any unvaccinated individual who has a close contact exposure will need to quarantine for 10 days from the date of the exposure OR 7 days, with proof of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than day 6 following exposure.

    • Unvaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must follow CDC guidelines and isolate for a minimum of 10 days or until symptoms abate and the individual is without a fever for 24 hours. 

    • All unvaccinated students will quarantine if a student tests positive in their classroom. 

Important reminders: 

  • If any household member has symptoms and/or is waiting for test results, ALL household members must stay home until proof of Negative results is received. 

  • We accept only polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid PCR tests administered by health care professionals in a pharmacy, urgent care, physician’s office, hospital, etc. 

  • Home-based tests are not acceptable since we are unable to verify that the test was administered correctly or confirm who took the test.

Classes will transition to remote learning when the entire class quarantines. 
Individuals who quarantine will have schoolwork prepared for them at the end of each day. 

Updated 8/13/21

The latest Archdiocesan updates to Covid-19 protocols are summarized below. Please keep in mind the travel bans that will continue to be in effect this year.  If you are planning last-minute travel to destinations on the high-risk list, please be sure to have your child tested if they are not vaccinated. St. Josaphat school will continue to require the PCR test. Home-based tests will not be accepted.

COVID Updates

The Archdiocese of Catholic Schools released the latest update to COVID-19 protocols in our schools. Please read through them carefully. Each family will be asked to sign this document indicating that they have read and understood and to the best of their ability will follow these guidelines and procedures put in place to ensure the safety of our students and faculty. Please either sign and scan this document for Ms. Rita, or turn it into her at the front desk. Please also scan and send in any COVID vaccination cards for you or your family members for our records. 

The mask mandate will be enforced in our schools. Under this mandate, all adult school employees and children in grades pre-K through 8th must wear a mask while indoors. Masks are not required for outdoor activities, including sports.

Please note that the wearing of masks indoors will dramatically reduce the need to quarantine students and staff in the event of a positive case.

Other protocols that were in place last school year will no longer be in effect, however, we will continue to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing throughout our day.  

Returning to near-pre-pandemic operations include:

  • No division of classes into cohorts

  • No pandemic-related arrival/departure requirements such as wellness checks and staggered arrivals/departures

  • Resumption of school Masses, lunch schedules and services, library/science/computer lab access, locker access, and parent-teacher conferences

  • Resumption of extra-curricular activities including athletics, theater, music, clubs, and field trips (excluding overnight trips)

  • Resumption of before-and after-care programs

For additional details on our back-to-school guidance, please refer to the OCS Operating Framework.

Back To School FAQs:

1. Masking

  • Pursuant to the State of Illinois mandate, masks will be required for students, teachers, and staff, regardless of vaccination status in all schools and other archdiocese facilities to start the school year.

  • No masks are required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

2. Isolation and Quarantine Procedures

All individuals must remain at home when sick or experiencing any symptoms to minimize the chance of spreading COVID-19 or other Illnesses. COVID-19 diagnoses and close contact cases must be reported to your school office. Please see below for examples.

COVID-19-specific quarantine guidance:

Quarantine Procedures for Close Contact Pursuant to CDC guidelines, students/faculty/staff who are masked and maintain 3 feet of physical distance from the positive individual in school do not need to quarantine. This should result in far fewer people being quarantined.

  • Vaccinated students/faculty/staff do not need to be quarantined if they are asymptomatic and have submitted proof of their vaccination to their school office.

  • Unvaccinated students/faculty/staff who are close contacts to positive household members, including siblings, must be quarantined.

Quarantine Procedures for Symptomatic or COVID-19-Positive Individuals

  • All symptomatic individuals must remain home, regardless of vaccination status.

  • If symptoms last longer than 24 hours, individuals must receive a negative COVID-19 test or alternative medical diagnosis before returning to school.

  • Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms first appeared or the date of a positive test result.

3. Travel

We will follow the City of Chicago Travel Advisory for all schools, whether they are located in Chicago, Lake County, or Cook County. The Advisory currently includes the following requirements:

  • Domestic Travel

    • Fully vaccinated students/teachers/staff do not need post-travel COVID-19 testing or self-quarantines as long as they are asymptomatic and provide proof of vaccination.

    • Unvaccinated students/teachers/staff must follow the prevailing post-travel quarantine recommendations when traveling from states and territories under a City of Chicago Travel Advisory. This currently means a 10-day quarantine OR proof of a negative PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before returning to the Chicago area (or any time post-return, though an individual must quarantine until a negative test result is received). A negative test requires no quarantine period.

  • International Travel

    • The CDC currently requires a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to board a plane to the United States. Because of this negative test, there is no required quarantine upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status.

We join with Pope Francis, Cardinal Blase Cupich, and our bishops in encouraging vaccination for all eligible individuals, including faculty, staff, and students 12 years of age or older.

We know this setback in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic is discouraging, but with your cooperation, we will be doing our part to limit its impact on our communities. This is a time when we have the opportunity to look beyond our individual preferences and act to promote the common good.

 
Updated 8/3/21
The Archdiocese will be releasing a revised mask policy consistent with Chicago's Department of Public Health, IDPH, and the CDC based on the increased number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations attributable to the highly transmissible delta variant. All schools and parishes will follow the guidelines strongly recommending that all persons, vaccinated or unvaccinated, wear a mask in all indoor public spaces.  More information will be communicated once details become available.
 
Student-Parent Handbook 

We have revised our Student-Parent Handbook, updating procedures we put in place during Covid. You can refer to our Student-Parent Handbook here and on our website. The following are important procedures we have highlighted below and are subject to change.  

  • All students will enter the building on their own. Teachers and staff will be available to escort primary grade students to their classes. 

  • Gym uniforms will be worn to school and throughout the day on gym days for all grades. 

  • Students in grades 1-8 will eat in the gym during their designated lunch period.  

  • Students in PreK-K will resume eating in their classrooms.  

  • Students will travel to different classrooms for their classes. Mixing cohorts will be allowed during recess while continuing to practice social distancing. 

  • Field trips will resume depending on the venue, except for overnight trips. Overnight trips will be postponed until further notice.

  • Weekly school Mass will resume on Wednesday at 8:00 am. All grades, Kindergarten through 8th grade, will attend on Wednesday. 

  • All parent visitors and volunteers must make an appointment with Ms. Rita or Mrs. Pelayo before entering the building. 

  • Keep all children at home who are experiencing flu like symptoms, test for COVID if symptoms last for more than 24 hours.

  • Provide a copy of your child Covid vaccination card to Ms. Rita to determine length of quarantine in case of exposure. 

 
Updated 7/22/2021

We hope that everyone is having a safe and happy summer! Recently, the Archdiocese shared anticipated safety protocols and operational guidance for the upcoming academic year. This is the most recent information we have received, and it may be updated again before the start of the academic year. The information will impact the day to day operations at St. Josaphat School as follows:

Safety Protocols for the 2021-2022 School Year

Maintain physical distancing of 3 ft. indoors whenever possible; group tables are permissible.

  • Arrangement of desks should allow for 3 ft. physical distancing whenever possible (i.e., center point of chair to center point of chair); however, distancing and furniture placement should not inhibit best academic practices. 

  • Group tables and other furniture arrangements can be used; there is no longer a requirement that students all face the same direction.

  • You must maintain 3 ft. distancing during lunch periods.

No masks are required for fully vaccinated students/teachers/staff. 

  • We will provide guidance on mask use for unvaccinated individuals by early August.

Proof of vaccination to help in contact tracing and limiting quarantines.

  • Proof of vaccination will be extremely helpful for contact tracing purposes and for ensuring vaccinated students, if exposed, are not subject to quarantine requirements. 

  • All families need to submit a copy of a student’s completed COVID-19 vaccination card with beginning-of-year paperwork or upon completion of full vaccination. Please submit a copy of your child’s vaccination card to Ms. Rita. Volunteers will need to submit proof as well. 

  • We will use these records to assist in expediting quarantine decisions and preventing vaccinated students from quarantining unnecessarily. Any student without a vaccination card on file who is determined to be a close contact must immediately quarantine until their vaccination card is received.

  • As with all student and personnel records, including other vaccination confirmations, COVID-19 vaccination verification will be kept confidential with access reserved for only those whose role requires it.


Other protocols continuing in the new school year as good operating practices:

  • Students/teachers/staff who experience illness or symptoms MUST stay home.

  • All COVID-19 cases are to be reported to the school.

  • We will follow prevailing local health department guidelines concerning quarantines.

  • We will maximize ventilation with open windows/doors or air purifiers.

  • Sanitize hands upon arrival to the classroom and throughout the day as a good hygiene practice.

  • Wipe down desks and high traffic areas at least once per day to decrease the spread of germs.

  • Students will use water bottles instead of drinking directly from water fountains.  


The following protocols are no longer needed based on current infection and vaccination rates:

No expectation for virtual programming

  • All instruction will be in person.

No cohort requirement

  • In lieu of cohorts, every class must maintain an assigned seating chart so quarantines will be limited to only the students in closest proximity to a COVID-19 positive student (i.e., fellow students seated in front, back, left, or right). 

No wellness checks, we will continue with our drop-off/pick-up schedules, and dedicated entrance/exit doors. 

  • Drop off/pick up schedules and dedicated entrances and exits for grade levels will continue to reduce the flow of traffic throughout our halls.

Returning to Full Pre-pandemic Operations:

  • School Masses and assemblies

  • All extra-curricular activities, athletics, theater, music, clubs, field trips, will resume and any new protocols will be communicated

  • Lunch schedule and service

  • Before- and after-care programs 

  • Restrooms 

  • Library and computer labs 

  • Use of rugs and area carpets 

  • Sharing of materials (e.g., crayons, markers, math manipulatives, etc.)

Again, we expect to have a final determination on the use of masks for unvaccinated individuals by early August. We will continue to re-assess the above guidelines every thirty days, or as necessary during the academic year to ensure the safe operations of our schools. For the sake of everyone’s health and our collective ability to end the pandemic, we echo the direction of Pope Francis and continue to strongly encourage vaccinations for faculty and staff, as well as students 12 years of age and older.

I will continue to share information once more guidance is given regarding requirements for unvaccinated individuals as well as updates on staff, schedules, and programs. Until then, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

 
Updated 3/23/2021
Spring Break Information Update!
If you are traveling to an Orange state or internationally, please fill out the following form by the end of today, March 23. Do not fill it out if you are not traveling or traveling to a Yellow state.  

SJS Return to School Expectations: 

Domestic Orange State Travel: 

  • If you travel to an orange state, you must send the school a negative PCR test for each child 72 hours prior to coming back to school. If you choose to not have your student(s) tested, they must quarantine for 10 days.

  • Please send all PCR results to Ms. Rita and your child's homeroom teacher before they return to school.

  • Students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 within the past 90 days are exempt from the PCR test and quarantine rules.

  • As of 3/26/21 Orange States include: NJ, RI, NY, MI, DE, CT, PA, MA, AL, FL, NH, SD, MN, VT, WV, ID, MT, TN, NC, VA, AK, CO, SC, GA, MD, ME

International Travel: 

  • Your student must quarantine for 10 days after arrival back to Chicago. 

  • If your student takes a PCR test 3-5 days after their arrival in Chicago, they may shorten this quarantine to 7 days if there is a negative result. 

  • PCR results must be sent to Ms. Rita and your child's homeroom teacher. 

  • All individuals who travel internationally must follow these directives regardless of vaccine status or prior COVID diagnosis. 

Details on travel guidance, as directed by the Archdiocese of Chicago from March 16th  can be found here

Updated 3/19/2021Spring Break Information Update!

We are looking forward to our Easter Break! We have a half day for student attendance on Friday, March 26th. Teachers will be spending the afternoon preparing for their students who will quarantine. The Archdiocese has made an update to the quarantine exceptions. Communication from the Archdiocese was sent to families on Wednesday, March 17. We will now be accepting a negative Covid PCR test if traveling to an orange or red state: Chicago Emergency Travel Order  72 hours prior to returning to school. All out of country travelers will still need to quarantine for 10 days. Please see the full communication here.

Please be sure to submit PCR negative results to Ms. Rita at rbatille@stjosaphat.net and your child’s homeroom teacher before you return to school. If you are looking for a location to get a rapid PCR test before returning to school, our friends who vaccinated us at Michigan Immediate Health Care can get rapid PCR results same day at their location 180 Michigan Avenue #1605 Chicago, IL 60601 Phone (312) 201-1234
 
Updated 3/9/2021
 Travel Reminders:

Thank you to everyone who has shared your Spring Break travel plans with your child’s homeroom teacher. Teachers will post asynchronous work or prepare packets of homework for all quarantined students beginning Tuesday, April 6th. Work will be ready for you to pick up in our office on Tuesday April 6th in the event your child will need to quarantine at home in Illinois. Please do not consider spending your quarantining time in a yellow state after your return from an Orange state. This will help to avoid further quarantining if that state turns Orange or Red during your stay. Thank you again for your patience and the sacrifices you are all making in efforts to keep our students and faculty safe by adhering to the local quarantine guidelines put in place.

Exceptions to quarantine include: 

  • Individuals traveling to a Yellow state during the time of your travel. Updates on the Emergency travel list are revised each Tuesday. (This includes all students traveling to a yellow state)
  • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated two weeks prior to travel. Proof of vaccination is required for all individuals, including children.
  • Individuals who have been infected with COVID- 19 within 90 days prior to travel.  

Quarantine is still required for: 

  • Individuals who have not been vaccinated and travel to an Orange or Red state will need to quarantine for 10 days. (This includes all students traveling to an Orange and Red state since they have not yet been vaccinated) 
  • All individuals who travel out of the country, regardless of vaccination status, will need to quarantine for 10 days. 
  • Individuals who are experiencing symptoms after your travel must quarantine regardless of vaccination or travel destination. 
 
QUARANTINE CLARIFICATIONS – Jan. 20, 2021
  • A quarantine of 10 days is required for any/all domestic travel (i.e. travel outside of the state of Illinois)
    • Quarantine is required regardless of whether or not there is a negative test result, and no matter how much time is spent in another state.
    • Quarantine starts the day after return home.
  • International travel quarantine remains 14 days.
  • Close exposure quarantines remain 14-days at the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the Archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors.

Updated 1/14/2021

 The following guidelines are in immediate effect for all schools (no matter their location):

  • Quarantine periods for all domestic travel (travel out of Illinois) is now ten (10) days.
    • Quarantine periods may be shortened to seven (7) days if individuals present a written negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be administered no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival back in the state. Only written results are accepted (a verbal confirmation does not suffice).
    • This guidance can be applied retroactively to any out-of-state travel that occurred in early January. This may enable certain families to return to in-person learning who were unable to return to Illinois by Jan. 4.
    • This guidance does supersede the information released in the recent Parent Newsletter. We are doing our best to remain on top of frequently changing guidance from health authorities.
  • Quarantines for international travel quarantine remain 14 days.
  • Quarantines for COVID-19 exposure cases also remain 14-days (based upon the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors).

 12/3/2020

Symptoms & Testing:

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your medical provider to discuss evaluation and testing.

For severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, difficulty waking up, or bluish lips or face, please seek the closest emergency department or call 9-1-1 immediately. 

See decision tree below for further information.

  • If your child shows ANY symptoms of illness, DO the following:
    • Keep child and siblings home
    • Phone or email to report an absence

Any individuals who are sick with or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and away from others for at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared and at least 1 day (24 hours) with no fever (without using fever-reducing medications) and improved symptoms, whichever is longer.

IF ANY FAMILY MEMBER HAS A PENDING COVID TEST, ALL STUDENTS MUST STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL UNTIL RESULTS ARE IN.

This can make a difference between having your child out of school for a couple of days vs. having the entire class out for 14 days. 

  • If your child has been exposed to COVID 19 or tests positive for COVID 19, DO the following:
    • Keep child and siblings home and report their absence
    • Call to discuss your child’s exposure to understand whether there is a need for quarantining
    • Quarantine your child for the proper amount of time
  • Exposure or close contact - 14 Days
  • Tested positive for COVID 19 - 10 Days
    • Please note: Even if you receive a negative test on Day 6 of your quarantine your child must STILL remain quarantined for the entire 14 days. Symptoms can arise all the way until Day 14.
    • Quarantine time for a positive test (10 days) is LESS THAN exposure (14 days) because of the time needed to see if symptoms develop in your child.

Updated Emergency Travel Order Information

We are staying up-to-date on recently released health department guidance. The City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order designates hotspot states into “red” and “orange” categories. CDPH requires a 14-day quarantine following travel to red hotspot states.

However, for orange states, CDPH is allowing pre-arrival negative test results (no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival) in lieu of a quarantine. Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the order if they travel with others who have received a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test. Children who travel alone are required to follow the order for pre-arrival testing or quarantine. We expect our faculty and families to adhere to these guidelines.