Q: Will my child’s curriculum be changed this year? Our Catholic schools depend upon tuition revenue to pay our employees who do this work and support other school-related expenses. The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools today released its plans to safely reopen school buildings in the fall. Provide additional required webinars and training, as needed. Masks may be removed for brief periods of time under certain circumstances (such as outdoor play or lunch). The implementation of safety and health requirements (outlined earlier in this FAQ) will create new complexities in instruction, but our commitment remains to provide your child the best possible faith-based education. Your school will require you to provide a negative COVID-19 test and/or a doctor’s note before your child can return to school. Reopening Teams and Pre-Opening Checklist and Certification. It is important that we continue to gauge student academic growth throughout the school year. For more information about how to handle the potential illness of your child, please see the Infection Protocol section. The training will begin the week of May 18. Certification for reopening child and youth programs will occur between August 17 and September 4. 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The Archdiocese of Chicago will develop a standard webinar based on these guidelines and make it available to the other dioceses in the Chicago Province. Our Catholic schools have a long history of providing a top-quality Catholic education. This plan is designed to help schools and parents successfully and safely reopen our school buildings to students this fall. The Archdiocese of Chicago School Reopening Plan is focused on safe, in-person instruction as the best approach complimented by a quality, robust virtual option. Work with government officials to explore possible increases in crowd size taking into consideration the capacity of church buildings. We then certified the schools that were ready to open. Should I send my child to school? The Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Catholic Schools released its plan Friday to open school buildings in the fall as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. A: Yes. All Archdiocese of Chicago Parish Religious Education Programs (inclusive of Youth Ministry) must complete specific steps prior to certifying preparedness and receiving approval to reopen on-site components this Fall. Reopening Teams and RE/YM leaders must review the Health and Safety Guidelines, which include requirements for in-person programming, space sharing with Catholic Schools, the Cohort Model, general facility cleaning, layout and program supplies, and more. Schools will be asked to follow this plan, in close coordination with the local pastor and parish, in determining how/whether masses may be celebrated. Schools may continue to offer extended care. CHICAGO — A group of teachers and parents came together Tuesday evening to express their frustrations with the Archdiocese of Chicago and call for a new plan for reopening schools… Develop logistical procedures in accord with the guidelines of the Plan to manage more frequent and larger services that cover actions before, during and after the rites. Parishes will also continue to celebrate Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Adoration. A virtual learning option will be available for families that do not wish to return (see next question). If the symptoms occur during the school day, your child will be immediately sent to the office and you will be contacted to pick your child up from school. The purpose of this team is to assist the parish catechetical leader and/or youth minister in planning a flexible and adaptable faith formation program for the 2020/2021 pastoral year. Some families may include individuals in at-risk groups for COVID-19, while others may feel general anxiety. This includes: A reduction of other COVID symptoms by at least 75 percent; and. The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark on education in Illinois, but our Catholic schools were praised by families for our ingenuity and creativity in responded to the challenge of providing virtual instruction to our more than 70,000 students. Generally speaking, buildings will be cleaned very frequently, with a particular focus on high-traffic areas and common surfaces. A: Yes. All students in the cohort will be monitored closely for COVID-19 symptoms. The Plan envisions a set of required measures and phases. A: Our plan includes very specific requirements for the ongoing cleaning and sanitizing of our school buildings. Highlights of this guidance include (by activity): Q: Will schools still collect tuition this year? Health and Safety Requirements and Infection Protocol. To support the parishes in the preparation and implementation of Phase II, the Archdiocese or diocese will: Distrubuting Holy Communion on the Tongue (, Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW), Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education, REOPENING PLAN, TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION, BUILDING PREPARATION, SUPPLIES AND PARISH MEETINGS, Guidance for Limited Reopening of Parish Offices (. Trust needs to be established that the top priority in any Plan is the safety and wellbeing of people. A: We recommend that you not travel out of town during the current pandemic. If it is impossible to avoid sharing supplies, such as computers in a computer lab, such supplies must be cleaned after every use. In order to protect classes in cohorts, we are asking that students not move to different classrooms in departmentalized settings. We are asking all parents to purchase masks for their child. If your child has a fever of over 100.4°F, your child should be kept home from school. If a student has a temperature above 100.4°F or complains of other COVID-19 symptoms, he/she will be immediately sent to the office. Academics and Programming: Questions related to how classes will be taught. Infection Protocols: How we will handle instances where students or employees become ill. Given the more complex nature of celebrations of the Mass, entering Phase II will require parishes to: Archdiocesan Actions and Responsibilities. A: Should any employee have COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, we will follow the same protocols used for students (see above). A: Safety is always our top priority in Catholic education. The selected volunteers are to complete training by way of a webinar. A: Yes. The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools released its plan last Friday to open school buildings next month as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Homeroom teachers are also part of cohorts, and can walk around their classroom to monitor student classwork. Last month, Cardinal Blaze Cupich announced the archdiocese’s intent to reopen for face-to-face classes in the fall. In creating the Framework, the Office of Lifelong Formation carefully studied “Reopening with Trust: A Planning Framework for the 2020/21 School Year” developed by the Office of Catholic Schools, which in turn was crafted in careful consideration of the Transition Joint Guidance document (released on June 23, 2020) issued by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health. The FAQs will be made available in Spanish and Polish.These questions are divided up into four sections, each addressing a separate aspect of the reopening process. A: Yes. As such, if you have specific questions about how these guidelines apply for your school, we encourage you to contact your school’s principal. The purpose of the team is to assist the pastor, parish catechetical leader, and parish youth minister in understanding, planning for, and implementing the requirements of the Archdiocesan Reopening Plan. With additional preparation, each parish may optionally offer Eucharistic Adoration and private prayer times (“Phase IA”). Beginning after June 6-7, certified parishes parishes may be holding public mass with reduced attendance. Can the needs of my child still be met this year? The archdiocese will work with you and your school to provide a high-quality virtual learning alternative. Q: Will students be safe when school is reopened? When students are around other cohorts, they should remain at least six feet apart. A: Yes. Your doctor may ask that your child participate in a COVID-19 test. Through ongoing discussions with pastors, health care professionals and civil authorities, there will be a review of the Plan at each stage with an eye to making adjustments in accord with new data. Q: My child has a Student Support Plan (SSP) because of an identified learning, behavioral or physical need. When students are with their cohort, they should remain as far apart as possible, but do not need to keep at least six feet apart. The Archdiocese of Chicago on Friday announced its plan to reopen schools in the fall, allowing students to return to classrooms for in-person instruction. Check with your parish for availability and information on how to register to attend mass. The plan was … Cafeterias may only seat 50 or fewer students, and students must be physically distant. What do I do? If necessary, we will return to at-home virtual instruction. However, we understand that some families still may not wish to return. The same children stay together every day for their classes. to our Catholic school parent mailing list to receive the latest communications from the Office of Catholic Schools. However, when masks are removed, students must remain physically distant from one another (at least six feet). We know that students (especially young children) will need training to learn how to properly wear masks. A: Yes. Maintain an on-going procurement program for safety and cleaning supplies. Q: How will drop off and pick-up be handled? This means that all students are welcome to return to classes for face-to-face instruction. Parents will be asked not to congregate near school doors. CHICAGO - July 10, 2020 - The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools today released its plans to safely reopen school buildings in the fall. A: Schools may still conduct recess, but schools must fulfill defined safety requirements. If you feel you do not wish to return for physical instruction this year (or at least at the start of the year), please contact your school’s principal and more information will be provided. Your principal will communicate specific drop off and pick up procedures to you ahead of the start of school. Windows and/or vents should be opened to maximize air flow. If your child complains of these symptoms, you should keep him/her home and contact your doctor and the school office. Has your plan been reviewed by medical professionals? A: Many schools offer departmentalization, in which students change classes for core subjects (religion, language arts, math, science and social studies). A: Each school develops their own fees based upon their own local needs. The non-homeroom teacher should remain at least six feet apart from students at all times. With these principles in mind, a Plan to prudently and gradually resume the full scope of public sacramental celebrations, liturgies and faith practices, has been designed. On-site gatherings will be permitted less frequently and smaller in size, and virtual or at-home faith formation is encouraged to continue to the fullest extent possible. Thus, your school will likely not allow you to volunteer. Provide parishes information on securing supplies or a list of preferred vendors for supplies throughout the phases of the Plan. We know that parents have many questions about the start of the school year. In early July, the Archdiocese of Chicago released Reopening with Trust: A Planning Framework for the 2020/21 School Year. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic) When the doors opened at St. John Cantius Church on May 24, there was a line of people waiting to enter. A Planning Framework for the 2020/21 School Year (English | Español | Polski), School Reopening Plan FAQ (English | Español | Polski), COVID-19 Case Protocol (English | Español | Polski). If the parish will resume programming virtually but incorporate and in-person kickoff, an HSR Team should be created to plan and manage the kickoff events. Archdiocesan/ Diocesan Actions and Responsibilities. Q: My child and/or another member of my household is in an at-risk group for COVID-19. A: As each Student Support Plan (SSP) is different, your school will be evaluating each SSP to determine whether additional modifications are needed in light of COVID-19-related health and safety protocols. In choosing to do so, parish leadership teams must comply with all published bishops’ guidelines outlining precautions preparing for, during and after the rite(s). These tests will include the standardized tests of the archdiocese: the i-Ready test for students in k-2 and the ACT Aspire for students in grades 3–8. Conduct random assessments over time to ensure continued compliance with published requirements. We look forward to continuing that education in the school year to come. A: If your child does not have COVID-19, but has another illness, you should keep your child home until the illness’ symptoms disappear. Four guiding principles undergird the multi-phased Plan: Everything possible should be done to provide people the solace of the church’s sacramental life in a timely and reasonable way. There are, however, significant differences between this framework and other parish and school reopening plans, owing to the unique challenges of gathering children and youth who attend multiple schools and consequently interact with student cohorts beyond the parish. Our plan contains instructions for schools on managing shared areas such as hallways, gymnasiums, cafeterias and bathrooms. Can these meetings occur? This plan is designed to help schools and parents successfully and safely reopen our school buildings to students this fall. We will spend time at the beginning of the year helping children learn how to safely keep masks in place. Create and distribute to parishes a video message from the local bishop to explain procedures for attendance at Mass in Phase II. Greetings St. Patricia School Family! If students visit spaces such as the gymnasium, computer/STEM lab or library, the room must be cleaned after every cohort. Q: Is it okay for my family to travel out of town during the COVID-19 pandemic? That line was there almost constantly for the first several days that the church, 825 N. Carpenter St., was open for personal prayer under the Archdiocese of Chicago’s reopening plan. Our plan is to reopen our school buildings to students this fall. In addition, when students enter school every day, they will be asked to participate in three tasks. Barriers will be installed in main office areas. We have developed an in-depth plan that addresses numerous aspects of the reopening process, and how schools will function once reopened. Q: What does “reopening our schools” really mean? A required certification of readiness to reopen will be required of each parish at each phase. To that end, parishes and archdiocese or diocese will collaborate to gather data to improve the protocols and processes of the Plan before we move to worship services in Phase II. Fees may be adjusted if a program or activity has been directly impacted by COVID-19. Phase I allows for parishes to reopen for Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings and Funerals with a limit of 10 attendees. The family will remain enrolled at their current school and will be asked to continue paying tuition. A critical part of our plan is the notion of the cohort, which you see in a lot of the literature about reopening schools. As Chicago Public Schools switches to remote learning for the fall, the Archdiocese of Chicago said it’s sticking to its plan to bring students back to classrooms this fall. A: Yes. 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