In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CRSM is operating with methods which meet or exceed all CDC and ISBE guidelines for the safety of teachers, students and work-study supervisors.
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from Dr. Odiotti
Community members may register for a vaccine at this link: https://allvax.lakecohealth.org/s/
Los miembros de la comunidad pueden comenzar a registrarse para recibir la vacuna en el enlace a continuación.

To date we have had zero cases of COVID transmission within the
Cristo Rey school community.

Dear CRSM community,

CRSM continues to receive and review updated COVID-19 guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and Lake County Department of Public Health to determine how it can be readily implemented in our schools. On August 4, Governor Pritzker announced an Executive Order requiring that masks be worn indoors by all staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Some of the most notable safety protocols are as follows:

  •  All students and staff must wear face masks at all times except when outside or eating lunch.  Because we are nearly at 100% compliance with covid vaccination, our community can be relaxed at lunch while masks are off.
  • The school will be conducting weekly covid testing for any students or staff that are not yet fully vaccinated students or staff this school year.  In addition, covid tests will be required for any students and staff who exhibit symptoms or believe they may have been exposed to Covid-19.  Anyone with symptoms who is not tested or anyone with a positive test must quarantine at home returning to school.
  • CRSM will continue to adhere to best sanitization practices for classrooms, restrooms, high-touch surfaces, and lunchrooms, using hospital-grade disinfectant, while also monitoring ventilation systems and promoting good hand hygiene.  Our HVAC system maximizes fresh air intake and we continue to use HEPA and UltraViolet filters for air circulation.
  • We will no longer conduct morning temperature checks which we stopped doing last Spring. Health officials with the IDPH have advised us that these morning checks are not the most effective prevention strategy, as many COVID-positive individuals do not show any signs of fever. The most effective prevention strategy, aside from masking and testing, will be keeping your child home and seeking medical attention when they are showing any signs of illness.
  • We will no longer conduct surveillance covid testing as we are approaching 100% compliance for covid vaccination. As stated earlier, we will utilize testing if someone believes they have been exposed to covid and we will test any students or staff that are not yet fully.
  • As a reminder CRSM will not be conducting any remote learning this school year unless circumstances regarding health and safety radically change.  The ISBE has ordered all schools to resume full, in-person instruction for all student attendance days. Therefore, no student will be a remote learner.

We greatly look forward to seeing our students in a couple of weeks. It will again take a community effort to keep our schools safe and we appreciate your dedication at home as you prepare your children for their return to school.

Sincerely,

Mike Odiotti

Estimada comunidad CRSM,

CRSM continúa recibiendo y revisando la guía COVID-19 actualizada del Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois (IDPH), la Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois (ISBE) y el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Lake para determinar cómo se puede implementar fácilmente en nuestras escuelas. El 4 de agosto, el gobernador Pritzker anunció una Orden Ejecutiva que requiere que todo el personal, los estudiantes y los visitantes de las escuelas K-12 usen máscaras en el interior, independientemente del estado de vacunación.

Algunos de los protocolos de seguridad más notables son los siguientes:
• Todos los estudiantes y el personal deben usar mascarillas en todo momento, excepto cuando estén afuera o almorzando.
• La escuela llevará a cabo pruebas covid semanales para cualquier estudiante o personal que aún no esté completamente vacunado este año escolar. Además, se requerirán pruebas de Covid para todos los estudiantes y el personal que presenten síntomas o crean que pueden haber estado expuestos a Covid-19. Cualquier persona con síntomas que no se someta a la prueba o cualquier persona con una prueba positiva debe ponerse en cuarentena en casa y regresar a la escuela.
• CRSM continuará adhiriéndose a las mejores prácticas de desinfección para aulas, baños, superficies de alto contacto y comedores, utilizando desinfectante de grado hospitalario, al mismo tiempo que monitorea los sistemas de ventilación y promueve una buena higiene de manos. Nuestro sistema HVAC maximiza la entrada de aire fresco y continuamos usando filtros HEPA y UltraViolet para la circulación de aire.
• Ya no realizaremos controles de temperatura matutinos que dejamos de hacer la primavera pasada. Los funcionarios de salud del IDPH nos han informado que estos controles matutinos no son la estrategia de prevención más eficaz, ya que muchas personas con COVID positivo no muestran ningún signo de fiebre. La estrategia de prevención más eficaz, además del enmascaramiento y las pruebas, será mantener a su hijo en casa y buscar atención médica cuando muestre algún signo de enfermedad.
• Ya no realizaremos pruebas de covid de vigilancia ya que nos acercamos al 100% de cumplimiento para la vacunación de covid. Como se indicó anteriormente, utilizaremos las pruebas si alguien cree que ha estado expuesto a covid y evaluaremos a los estudiantes o al personal que aún no lo estén completamente.

• Como recordatorio, CRSM no llevará a cabo ningún aprendizaje remoto este año escolar a menos que las circunstancias relacionadas con la salud y la seguridad cambien radicalmente. La ISBE ha ordenado a todas las escuelas que reanuden la instrucción completa y en persona durante todos los días de asistencia de los estudiantes. Por lo tanto, ningún estudiante será un aprendiz remoto.

Tenemos muchas ganas de ver a nuestros estudiantes en un par de semanas. Una vez más, será necesario un esfuerzo comunitario para mantener seguras nuestras escuelas y agradecemos su dedicación en casa mientras prepara a sus hijos para su regreso a la escuela.

Atentamente,

Mike Odiotti

If you have any questions about the vaccine our school nurses or myself are happy to answer any questions you may have about the vaccines that are available.
Below are our COVID numbers since the beginning of the pandemic:
A continuación se muestran nuestros números de COVID desde el comienzo de la pandemia:

School Based Transmissions: 0

Month Staff Students Total
March 0 0 0
April 1 1 2
May 0 2 2
June 0 1 1
July 0 0 0
August 2 1 3
September 0 1 1
October 1 1 2
November 2 10 12
December 2 9 11
January 0 7 7
February 0 0 0
March 0 0 0
April 0 0 0
May 1 1 2
June 0 0 0
July 0 0 0
August 1 1 2
Total cases since March 2020 10 35 45

The most important steps we can take are following the safety guidelines outlined by CDC. Please remember masks, social distancing and hand washing are proven mitigation efforts that are easy to do.

Lastly, for the health and safety of our entire community it is important that everyone share any of the following situations with our nursing team:

  • a positive COVID test result or awaiting a COVID test result; for yourself or family member living in your household
  • any COVID symptoms or other illnesses; for yourself or family member
  • a known COVID exposure; or
  • any travel out of state or country (or having family visit you from out of state or country) so that we can communicate a safe return to school date following the latest CDC guidelines.
  • Please do not come on campus for classes or CWSP after winter break if any of the 4 above apply to you until you are cleared by the nurses.
  • Please notify school nurses ASAP if you already know about travel plans or anything that might require quarantine at the end of break? Any info we can have ahead of time would be helpful for planning purposes.

We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

You can view more information on vaccine distribution and manufacturer timelines by using the links below.
How the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) is Making Vaccine Recommendations – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations-process.html

We have been able to keep our building safe and healthy (with zero Covid transmissions within our school) because of the tremendous efforts of the entire community.  (As previously communicated, also know that any student or staff has the option to work remotely if that option works best for them and their respective needs.)
We ask that you continue to report any symptoms, even the most mild, to our school nurses so that we can develop a plan to ensure it is safe for one’s presence in the building. The entire community has been extremely helpful in this regard and I want to thank each of you for taking the community’s health and safety into regard in all your actions.
As we often say here at CRSM, “We all do better, when we all do better.” A special thanks to our nursing team and their herculean efforts in staying on top of and communicating with students, families and staff in terms of any contact tracing and health follow-up that is needed for our students and staff. I feel blessed that we can continue to offer an in-person option for those students that benefit from having an educational space to complete their work and ensure our students’ academic growth and progress. We are able to achieve excellent results because of the outstanding support of our teachers, staff, students and families.
What we do outside of the school building matters greatly to the health and well-being of the entire CRSM community. We all know that in-person learning is a much richer and beneficial experience for many students. As positive COVID cases rise in the community surrounding CRSM, please continue to be vigilant at all times.
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Estimadas familias de CRSM:
Los miembros de la comunidad pueden comenzar a registrarse para recibir la vacuna en el enlace a continuación.

No hemos tenido un solo caso de transmisión en CRSM y nuestros números de casos internos de COVID continúan estando muy por debajo del uno por ciento. Los datos continúan mostrando que las escuelas que están comprometidas con las medidas de mitigación recomendadas brindan entornos seguros para los estudiantes, el profesorado y el personal.

Lo que hacemos fuera del edificio escolar es de gran importancia para la salud y el bienestar de toda la comunidad de CRSM. Todos sabemos que el aprendizaje en persona es una experiencia mucho más rica y beneficiosa para muchos estudiantes. A medida que aumentan los casos positivos de COVID en la comunidad que rodea a CRSM, continúe estando alerta en todo momento.

Nos gustaría recordarles a todos que continúen usando una máscara, se laven las manos y mantengan una distancia de seis pies cuando sea posible. recuerde que es más seguro celebrar las fiestas con las personas de nuestros hogares individuales, utilizando las redes sociales y otras plataformas virtuales para conectarse con familiares y amigos.

ON-CAMPUS PROTOCOLS

Mitigation Procedures
Since the start of the pandemic, our leadership team has been following all reports from CDC and our local health departments and other reports about how to safely reopen schools.

  • Our maintenance team has been trained to follow CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting. 
  • We will have all recommended signage around campus to remind everyone to practice good hygiene and other cleaning procedures. 
  • We will have a set protocol for disinfecting students’s desks and other surfaces each day. 
  • We retrofit restroom fixtures to become touchless.
  • We upgraded our HVAC system to include UV filtration.
  • Students and staff must bring their own water bottles. Water fountains will only be used for refilling bottles, which have touchless features.