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COVID-19 Protocols

Marian Catholic High School is excited to welcome new and returning students back to campus this fall. Full-time, in-person learning is essential for our students to stay engaged, learn effectively, and maintain social-emotional wellness. In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone, we will continue to follow COVID-19 protocols as recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education. As the school year progresses, we will continue to closely monitor public health conditions and make adjustments as necessary based on guidance from the CDC, IDPH, and ISBE.

Protocols

Health Monitoring and Screening

Marian Catholic promotes self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms by students, faculty, and staff prior to arriving at school. Those who are sick, or have a suspected or known exposure to COVID-19, should stay home as recommended. Suspected or known cases should be reported to the school. Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms while at school are isolated and parental contact is made immediately.

 

Area Testing Sites

Midwest Express Clinic
Illinois & Indiana Locations

Advocate Health Care
Immediate care locations & Advocate Walgreens Clinics

South Suburban College

CVS

University of Chicago Ingalls Memorial
Flossmoor, Tinley Park, Harvey, Calumet City

Family Christian Health Center
Harvey & Lynwood Illinois

Aunt Martha's
Chicago Heights, Harvey, Hazel Crest, S. Holland

Family First Medical Group
Evergreen Park, Mokena

Walmart
Via Quest Diagnostics

NAS Testing Center
Tinley Park

Prairie State College
Partnering with Loop Medical Center

 

 

Masks

Effective March 3, 2022, Marian Catholic is mask-optional for students and staff.  However, everyone is asked to carry a mask with them at all times while on campus. Although our policy has shifted, we will not shift how we treat and respect others who have differing opinions. If students or staff are working closely with others and they ask you to wear a mask, you must comply with their request. We are, as we have from the beginning of the pandemic, continuing to follow the guidelines of the CDC, IDPH, ISBE, and City of Chicago Heights with regard to COVID-19 safety measures. 

Masks are not required in outdoor settings. However, masks are still encouraged when other safety measures are not easily accessible. Staff and students who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other individuals.

Students are advised to have two masks available to them while at school in case a replacement is needed.

 

Physical Distancing

The school will maximize physical distancing to the greatest extent possible to maintain the recommended physical distancing of at least three feet between students within classrooms, and six feet between unvaccinated adults or between unvaccinated students and adults. During lunch, students will sit four per table to maintain six feet of spacing.

 

Sanitizing and Disinfecting

The importance of handwashing and respiratory etiquette is reinforced within the school. Hand sanitizer is available in hallways and in each classroom.

Marian Catholic’s maintenance staff will continue to clean and disinfect all areas of the school on a daily basis following the recommendations of the CDC, IDPH, and local health departments.

 

Vaccinations

The CDC states that “vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic". Vaccinations are strongly encouraged for faculty, staff, students, and volunteers. Vaccinated individuals should submit proof of vaccination to the main office.

 

Athletics

Marian Catholic Athletics will comply with the latest Sports Safety Guidance as issued by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), IDPH, and ISBE.