Return to School Protocols 2021-2022
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.
2021 COVID-19 Protocols
Health Monitoring and Screening
Marian Catholic promotes self-screening for COVID-19 like 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. 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.
In accordance with the Governor’s directive, masks are required for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Masks are to be worn at all times over the nose and mouth in all indoor classroom and non-classroom settings, including transportation vehicles (buses, vans, etc.). Masks may be lowered only for eating and drinking at designated times and in designated areas.
Masks are not required in outdoor settings, however, 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 who are not fully vaccinated.
Students are advised to have two masks available to them while at school in case a replacement is needed.
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.
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.