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 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:
As you know, we have partnered with the VA and Lovell Hospital to conduct mass vaccination events at CRSM each weekend from now through July.  This past weekend over 40 individuals from our call list were able to get vaccinated. Going forward, we have been informed that individuals from the community can register for appointments at https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/. The form asks 5 questions. If you are not a veteran, you should indicate you are a caregiver of a veteran. The government has indicated the goal is to get shots in arms and that all individuals are welcome to register for an appointment by indicating you are a caregiver of a veteran. For the next 3 weeks they will be utilizing Moderna so only those 18 and older will get appointments scheduled.  If they get shipments of Pfizer, they will open up registration to those 16+.  The questions are only in English, so if there is someone in your family that needs assistance in English please help them register. The VA will continue to utilize the call list we gave them, but strongly encourages everyone to register for an appointment slot. We encourage all students 16+ to register with the hopes that the next shipment will be Pfizer.
Sincerely,
Mike Odiotti

Estimada comunidad CRSM:

Como saben, nos hemos asociado con VA y Lovell Hospital para llevar a cabo eventos de vacunación masiva en CRSM cada fin de semana desde ahora hasta julio. El fin de semana pasado, más de 40 personas de nuestra lista de llamadas pudieron vacunarse. En el futuro, se nos ha informado que las personas de la comunidad pueden registrarse para las citas en https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/. El formulario hace 5 preguntas. Si no es un veterano, debe indicar que es el cuidador de un veterano. El gobierno ha indicado que el objetivo es recibir disparos en las armas y que todas las personas pueden registrarse para una cita indicando que es el cuidador de un veterano. Durante las próximas 3 semanas, utilizarán Moderna, por lo que solo los mayores de 18 años podrán programar citas. Si reciben envíos de Pfizer, abrirán el registro para mayores de 16 años. Las preguntas están solo en inglés, así que si hay alguien en su familia que necesita ayuda en inglés, ayúdelo a registrarse. El VA seguirá utilizando la lista de llamadas que les proporcionamos, pero alienta encarecidamente a todos a que se registren para una cita.
Atentamente,
Mike Odiotti
As of April 12,  all residents of IL that are 16 or older will be eligible for the covid vaccine. We encourage all students that are 16 or older to try to schedule a vaccine as soon as you are able.  For seniors, more and more colleges are announcing that the vaccine will be required for college attendance.  For students younger than 16, it looks like authorization for 12-15 year olds will arrive in a month or so.  Once the vaccine is authorized for this age group, we encourage all our students to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. We continue to try to work with vendors to host another mass vaccination clinic at CRSM. We are hopeful with mass vaccination over the coming months, high school will return to normal in the fall. 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.
12 de Abril: todos los residentes de IL que tengan 16 años o más serán elegibles para la vacuna covid. Alentamos a todos los estudiantes que tienen 16 años o más a que intenten programar una vacuna tan pronto como puedan. Para los estudiantes de último año, más y más universidades están anunciando que la vacuna será necesaria para asistir a la universidad. Para los estudiantes menores de 16 años, parece que la autorización para los de 12 a 15 años llegará en un mes más o menos. Una vez que la vacuna esté autorizada para este grupo de edad, animamos a todos nuestros estudiantes a programar una cita para vacunarse. Seguimos tratando de trabajar con proveedores para albergar otra clínica de vacunación masiva en CRSM. Tenemos la esperanza de que con la vacunación masiva durante los próximos meses, la escuela secundaria vuelva a la normalidad en el otoño. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre la vacuna, nuestras enfermeras de la escuela o yo mismo estaremos encantados de responder cualquier pregunta que pueda tener sobre las vacunas disponibles.
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
Total cases since March 2020 9 34 43
At school:
  • If you are coming in-person for the first time today, be sure to go to the nurse to get COVID tested before going to your first class.

Surveillance testing, along with UV air filters, touchless bathroom fixtures as well as continued mask wearing, social distancing and daily screening are all mitigation efforts that continue to assist us in keeping our building a safe and healthy place to be. Please download the app provided below to your phones if you are attending or working at school in person. If you need any assistance in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us.
https://www.globalpointofcare.abbott/en/product-details/navica-binaxnow-covid-19-us.html

Comenzaremos las pruebas COVID de vigilancia esta semana con el personal y, con suerte, las implementaremos para los estudiantes en las próximas semanas. Esta medida es otro paso en la toma de precauciones para mantener a nuestra comunidad segura y saludable. Las pruebas de vigilancia, junto con los filtros de aire UV, los dispositivos sin contacto, así como el uso de máscaras, el distanciamiento social y la detección diaria son todos esfuerzos de mitigación que continúan ayudándonos a mantener nuestro edificio como un lugar seguro y saludable. Descargue la aplicación proporcionada en el enlace a continuación en sus teléfonos si asiste o trabaja en la escuela en persona. Si necesita ayuda a este respecto, no dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros.
https://www.globalpointofcare.abbott/en/product-details/navica-binaxnow-covid-19-us.html

 

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).

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

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.

A continuación se muestran nuestros números de COVID desde el comienzo de la pandemia:

 

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.

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.