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

 


Update from Dr. Odiotti
As some of you may have heard, Gov. Pritzker yesterday announced new Tier 3 mitigations for the entire state of IL. While these restrictions significantly limit gathering of people, schools and day care centers along with grocery stores are allowed to continue to operate with mitigation strategies in place (social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing).
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.

We would like to remind everyone to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and keep six feet distance when possible. With the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, please remember it’s safest to celebrate holidays with those in our individual households, using social media and other virtual platforms to connect with extended family and friends.

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
Total cases since March 4 7 11

Estimadas familias de CRSM:

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
Total cases since March 4 7 11

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.