In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CRSM is operating with a hybrid teaching/learning strategy that combines synchronous and asynchronous methods which meet or exceed all CDC and ISBE guidelines for the safety of teachers, students and work-study supervisors.
                                Link to Lake County Health Department Here

 


from Dr. Odiotti
Community members may begin registering for vaccine at this link: https://allvax.lakecohealth.org/s/

We are so thankful to everyone in our community who have made safety their priority over the course of the first semester and we have welcomed students and staff back (both in-person and virtually) as of Monday January 4, 2021 to start the 2nd semester.

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

Here is an update regarding our continuing efforts to make the CRSM facility as safe as possible:
  • On January 21st, CRSM received its first shipment of the Abbott Binax Rapid test.  We will soon begin testing staff weekly and begin working on the software side of reporting.  As soon as the logistics of administering and reporting the tests are vetted, we will roll out this program to all students that are attending in person. In order to conduct the test, a consent form must be on file for anyone attending in person.

    Our hope is, with this testing and vaccine rollout, we will slowly be able to safely increase the numbers of students allowed into the building each day.

  • Ultraviolet filters were installed onto our HVAC system. Studies have found that UV LED lights are highly effective at killing the coronavirus as well as other transmissible diseases like influenza. (See the link to the study posted at the end of this email.)
  • CRSM has been approved as a test site by the Lake County Department of Public Health.
  • On January 21st, hoy recibimos nuestro primer envío de la prueba Abbott Binax Rapid. Comenzaremos a probar al personal semanalmente (con suerte, la próxima semana) y comenzaremos a resolver cualquier error y problema en el sistema, incluido el lado del software de los informes. Una vez que consideremos que tenemos un buen manejo de la logística de administrar y reportar estas pruebas, implementaremos este programa para todos los estudiantes que asistan en persona. Para realizar la prueba, que puede ser autoadministrada con la supervisión de nuestras enfermeras escolares, necesitamos un formulario de consentimiento archivado para cualquier persona que asista en persona. (Como nota al margen, la Sra. Eby y yo hicimos una prueba con la prueba hoy y es extremadamente fácil de usar). Por lo tanto, si asiste a la escuela en persona, complete y haga que su tutor firme lo antes posible. conveniencia. Nuestra esperanza es que con esta prueba y el lanzamiento de la vacuna seremos capaces de aumentar lentamente de manera segura el número de estudiantes permitidos en el edificio cada día. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor hágamelo saber.

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.

At first, the supply of vaccines will be limited.  We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on this timing. As of December 4, IDPH has prioritized residents in this order:

1. Health Care Personnel and Long Term Care Facility Residents
2. Essential Frontline Workers – pending CDC guidance
3. Adults with high risk medical conditions and those over 65 years of age – pending CDC guidance
4. All other adults and people in other congregate settings – pending CDC guidance
5. Young adults and children (if a pediatric vaccine is available) – pending CDC guidance

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

Our plan at Cristo Rey St. Martin is to continue to offer our hybrid model of in-person classes, as long as, we continue to do it safely and without any transmission within our school for the remainder of this semester. 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.
Below are our COVID numbers since the beginning of the pandemic:

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
Total cases since March 8 26 34
Estimadas familias de CRSM:
Los miembros de la comunidad pueden comenzar a registrarse para recibir la vacuna en el enlace a continuación.
Hoy recibimos nuestro primer envío de la prueba Abbott Binax Rapid. Comenzaremos a probar al personal semanalmente (con suerte, la próxima semana) y comenzaremos a resolver cualquier error y problema en el sistema, incluido el lado del software de los informes. Una vez que consideremos que tenemos un buen manejo de la logística de administrar y reportar estas pruebas, implementaremos este programa para todos los estudiantes que asistan en persona. Para realizar la prueba, que puede ser autoadministrada con la supervisión de nuestras enfermeras escolares, necesitamos un formulario de consentimiento archivado para cualquier persona que asista en persona. (Como nota al margen, la Sra. Eby y yo hicimos una prueba con la prueba hoy y es extremadamente fácil de usar). Por lo tanto, si asiste a la escuela en persona, complete y haga que su tutor firme lo antes posible. conveniencia. Nuestra esperanza es que con esta prueba y el lanzamiento de la vacuna seremos capaces de aumentar lentamente de manera segura el número de estudiantes permitidos en el edificio cada día. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor hágamelo saber.

A medida que todos continuamos prestando mayor atención a los detalles que rodean el creciente número de casos en nuestras comunidades locales, debemos recordar que nuestras medidas de seguridad han seguido teniendo éxito. 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.

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
Total cases since March 8 26 34

 

 


ON-CAMPUS PROTOCOLS

Classroom Set-up and Transitions
When students are on campus for in-person instruction each class will have desks setup with social distance that exceed the recommendations by the state. In addition, the teacher instructional space will be 12 ft from the closet student desk. (utilized for summer school).

We have created a protocol to control the flow of students during transitions whereby students enter from the east door and exit through the west door. All doors will be posted open during the academic day to minimize common physical contact points. Outside each classroom exit will be hand sanitizer. Upon leaving the classroom, all students are recommended to utilize the hand sanitizer during their transition between classes.

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.

SUMMARY

Screening

  • All students and staff will be required to complete a questionnaire before entry to the building asking them if they or anyone in their household are currently exhibiting any of the symptoms associated with Covid-19. Any student that answers positively to these questions will need to stay home. We will then follow CDC guidelines for a failed screening. 

  • If a student passes the screening, we will be checking temperatures. If anyone has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, they will not be allowed to enter the building and will be sent home. . 

  • These two processes were conducted daily by school administration and school nurses throughout our summer program.

Cleaning and Disinfecting 

  • 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. 
  • As stated above, outside each classroom there are hand sanitizer stations.
  • All classroom doors will remain open.
  • We are currently retrofitting restroom fixtures to become touchless.
  • We are in the process of upgrading 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.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • All students, teachers and staff will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the building. The school will provide surgical masks if a student forgets one. (Over 4 weeks of summer school only one student on one day forgot his mask.) Although ISBE guidance has varied, some teaching staff may utilize a face shield in place of a mask.

  • The only time students will be allowed to take them off is while they are eating or if they go outside for a class or for a break. Any time a mask is off, students and staff MUST keep a distance of a minimum of 6 feet away from each other. 

  • Masks must cover the nose and mouth.

  • We will use the cafeteria and library as spaces for lunch.

  • The floor will be properly marked so that students know where to stand while waiting in line to get their lunch served. Food items that are loose (milk, fruits, etc.) will be handed to students by a food services staff member. All food services staff members will be wearing gloves (which is already the current practice). We will follow guidelines for condiments (there will be no sharing of condiments). 

  • Eating will not be allowed in classrooms or any spaces students/staff are not keeping a distance of a minimum of 6 feet.