COVID-19 Advisory Task Force
To assist the school leadership team, Saint Ignatius organized a COVID-19 Advisory Task Force. This group comprised of school leaders and worked in consultation with experts in the medical and school fields. The Advisory Task Force worked in small groups to identify issues and possible solutions for the consideration of school officers that focused on the health, safety, and educational concerns of students, faculty and staff. The Task Force considered recommendations from the CDC, Archdiocese of Chicago and the mandates from city and state officials in the development of protocol options.
Advisory Task Force Categories included Operations, Technology, Academics, Classroom Learning, Admissions, Health, Safety, Building Spaces and Adaptations, Student Movement, and COVID-19 sanitization regulations.
Health and Safety Planning and Protocols*
Saint Ignatius College Prep is preparing plans for three modes of learning. Specific details about these plans and dates will be provided as soon as possible. This allows flexibility to pivot to any one of these three modes of learning depending on the severity of COVID-19 in our region and the prevalence of cases in our school community. We will rely on guidance from the Illinois Governor’s Office, the Illinois Department of Education, the Illinois State Department of Health and the Archdiocese of Chicago in making decisions to pivot between modes of learning. We will begin the year with a Hybrid Approach of In-Person and Remote Learning.
Masks and Face Coverings
All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings during the school day, at school-sponsored activities or events, and when entering and leaving the school grounds. We will communicate specific times for masks to be optional, such as lunch, P.E. class, and athletic practices.
Saint Ignatius College Prep will provide one reusable (washable) mask to each student and staff member. Masks will be distributed on the first days of school. One additional reusable mask will be available upon request, and additional masks available for purchase.
Students and staff may provide their own masks, provided the mask is appropriate for school and consistent with the spirit of the dress and appearance standards. This means that masks may not have patterns, images, words, messages, or lettering. Small, non-distracting logos are fine. A plain, single-colored mask is recommended.
Saint Ignatius College Prep will provide a disposable mask to students and staff who forget their mask or if a mask breaks or becomes unusable during the school day. Students who continually forget their mask will be charged for additional masks beyond a predetermined limit.
Accommodations will be made for individual students and staff who are unable to wear a mask for health requirements or medical restrictions. Parents shall provide medical documentation, including doctor’s orders, to the school nurse.
Hand Sanitizer and Hand Washing
Hand sanitizing stations will be located at each entrance and in each classroom, as well as in other areas such as elevator entrances and lunch and study spaces. Students, staff, and visitors are encouraged to use hand sanitizer frequently. Signs are posted on each station to encourage proper hand sanitization.
Proper hand washing helps to prevent the spread of disease. We expect students and staff to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds prior to arrival and frequently during the day. Signs are posted in each restroom for proper hand washing instructions.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Classrooms will be disinfected after each use. The spray meets the EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and disinfects surfaces immediately upon contact.
The custodial and lunch and study hall teams will disinfect common areas after each use. The custodial team will disinfect doorways, bathrooms and high-touch surfaces multiple times daily.
At-Home Self Screening
All students, faculty and staff will be required to take their temperature and do a self-screening prior to arrival at the building every day. Anyone with one or more of the symptoms on the screening application is to stay home that day.
The self-screening will include questions such as the following:
- Have you had close contact with anyone with COVID-19 or that has been tested for COVID-19?
- Do you have any of the following symptoms?:
-Fever (temperature above 100.0 F)
-Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
-Muscle or body aches
-New loss of taste or smell
-Congestion or runny nose
-Nausea or vomiting
*More specific details provided in the coming weeks.