The Archdiocese of Chicago believes strongly that our reopening plan, which provides for full-time in-person learning, is in the best interests of children and our mission. The plan also reflects important guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and other governmental authorities. Conduct required training webinars for clergy, parish leaders and volunteers, to assist the pastor in managing the Plan in each phase. A: You should immediately contact your school’s main office. Continually monitor feedback on execution and resources to assist in problem solving through ongoing communication with parish leadership, state and local authorities and public health officials. There will be an ongoing review of the Plan so that adjustments are made in accord with new data. At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. You should contact your child’s doctor and the school’s main office. When students are with their cohort, they should remain as far apart as possible, but do not need to keep at least six feet apart. If your child’s teacher becomes sick and is unable to work, your school will provide a substitute teacher. A Planning Framework for the 2020/21 School Year (English | Español | Polski), School Reopening Plan FAQ (English | Español | Polski), COVID-19 Case Protocol (English | Español | Polski). Each parish needs to recruit non-vulnerable volunteers at the parish level to assist the pastor in implementing the Plan. Q: What should I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19? If a student has a temperature above 100.4°F or complains of other COVID-19 symptoms, he/she will be immediately sent to the office. The pastor will need the assistance of the parish community, as he will be required to create a parish leadership team consisting of 6 people, including himself, to co-manage operations and to supervise cleaning, set-up and greeting. On-site gatherings will be permitted less frequently and smaller in size, and virtual or at-home faith formation is encouraged to continue to the fullest extent possible. A: Yes. Physical Space Planning Guide (English | Español | Polski) Parishioner Movement, Parishioner Movement Guide (English | Español | Polski) Guidance for Non-Liturgical Meetings, Guidance for Non-Liturgical Meetings (English) Guidance for Limited Reopening of Parish Offices, Guidance for Limited Reopening of Parish Offices (English) Disinfecting, Disinfecting Guide (English | Español | Polski) Use of Air Conditioning and Fans, Use of Air Conditioning and Fans (English) Safety First Poster, Safety First Poster (English | Español | Polski) Supplies Reorder Form, Selection Criteria (English | Español | Polski), Managing Conflict Guide (English | Español). As such, if you have specific questions about how these guidelines apply for your school, we encourage you to contact your school’s principal. Q: My child and/or another member of my household is in an at-risk group for COVID-19. “We live in extraordinary times and it is our intent to reopen our school buildings safely to all families in the fall,” said Dr. Jim Rigg, superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark on education in Illinois, but our Catholic schools were praised by families for our ingenuity and creativity in responded to the challenge of providing virtual instruction to our more than 70,000 students. The paper examined city schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago system, which began the school year with nearly 20,000 students and 2,750 staff members in … Q: My child has a Student Support Plan (SSP) because of an identified learning, behavioral or physical need. Please note that the School Reopening Plan contains general guidance for schools. A: Yes. The archdiocese or diocese, depending on capacity, will provide the following services to support the parishes and pastors: PHASE II: Resumption of Public Masses Parish Actions and Responsibilities. We then certified the schools that were ready to open. The purpose of the team is to assist the pastor, parish catechetical leader, and parish youth minister in understanding, planning for, and implementing the requirements of the Archdiocesan Reopening Plan. A: Yes. Q: Who decides when a school has met the requirements to reopen? Your school will contact you if it is determined that changes to the SSP need to occur. Each parish is asked to thoughtfully discern the frequency and necessity of in-person gathering within their programs. Parishes will also continue to celebrate Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Adoration. The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools released its plan last Friday to open school buildings next month as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. If you feel you do not wish to return for physical instruction this year (or at least at the start of the year), please contact your school’s principal and more information will be provided. A: Yes. Q: What does the plan say about safety and cleanliness requirements for school buildings? CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools unveiled plans to safely reopen school buildings in the fall. Your school will ask that you keep your child home for at least 14 days. The purpose of the team is to assist the pastor, parish catechetical leader, and parish youth minister in understanding, planning for, and implementing the requirements of the Archdiocesan Reopening Plan. Parents should take their child’s temperature every day before their child is taken to school. We believe the cohort model provides for better containment should there be a positive case of COVID-19 (see the Infection Protocol section). Expand the number of parish team members if civil authorities permit an increase in the crowd size for Phase II. Reopening Teams and RE/YM leaders must review the Health and Safety Guidelines, which include requirements for in-person programming, space sharing with Catholic Schools, the Cohort Model, general facility cleaning, layout and program supplies, and more. This means that all students are welcome to return to classes for face-to-face instruction. As per directives of the state, all individuals above the age of two will need to wear masks while at school. You should not send your child to school. These steps were taken to minimize risk of any infection in the classroom. Some families may include individuals in at-risk groups for COVID-19, while others may feel general anxiety. Q: Will all students be allowed to return to school at the same time? Q: Is it okay for my family to travel out of town during the COVID-19 pandemic? While health and safety requirements are in place, our teachers will continue to work hard in the coming year to ensure your child grows intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. We look forward to continuing that education in the school year to come. Gather and evaluate data from parishes on their Phase I and IA experience to adapt Phase II protocols for larger numbers, which will include public Mass. Students should wash their hands with soap or use hand sanitizer. As such, the archdiocese is developing a virtual learning option that will be available to any family that does not wish to return in the new year. In this document, we have outlined many of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) from parents about our reopening plan. If you have urgent questions, you should not hesitate to contact your school. Q: How will extracurricular activities be impacted this year? We have confidence that our students can return safely in the fall. A: Schools will still deliver high-quality instruction in core subjects (religion, language arts, math, science and social studies). Adult faith formation experiences and parent gatherings are subject to the regular guidelines for non-liturgical gatherings. Certification for reopening child and youth programs will occur between August 17 and September 4. For the celebration of the Sacraments, schools and parishes must follow a specific plan defined by the archdiocese. A: We are asking each school to carefully evaluate drop off and pick up procedures. Has your plan been reviewed by medical professionals? The family will remain enrolled at their current school and will be asked to continue paying tuition. A: Yes. A: Our plan calls for each student to be part of a larger group of students called a “cohort.” Each cohort will roughly align with a homeroom class. A: You should immediately contact your doctor for additional instructions. Reopening Teams and Pre-Opening Checklist and Certification. It is one of the largest private school systems in the United States and the recipient of the greatest number of U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards of any school system – … The plan was designed over several weeks during the early summer, and integrates feedback from parents, educators, medical professionals, and others. Infection Protocols: How we will handle instances where students or employees become ill. Some schools have opted to administer i-Ready to students in older grades. In preparation for the implementation of the Framework, parish catechetical leaders should work with their pastor, school principal, parish youth minister, and the Parish and School Reopening Teams. (Shutterstock) PHASE I: Limited Sacramental Celebrations and Private Prayer Parish Actions and Responsibilities, NOTE: During Phase I, parishes will not be allowed to offer either daily or Sunday Mass, even with 10 or fewer attendees. A: Your child’s school will continue to provide preparation for the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation. A critical part of our plan is the notion of the cohort, which you see in a lot of the literature about reopening schools. Special requirements will be in place for departmentalized classes and special area subjects (see sections below). Q: I am having difficulty paying tuition, as my own workplace has been impacted by COVID-19. A: Should any employee have COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, we will follow the same protocols used for students (see above). The Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Catholic Schools released its plan Friday to open school buildings in the fall as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Barriers will be installed in main office areas. Can the needs of my child still be met this year? If your child or another member of your household is in an at-risk group, we encourage you to speak to your doctor. Instead, the teacher will go to the students’ homeroom and teach them there. As Chicago Public Schools switches to remote learning for the fall, the Archdiocese of Chicago said it’s sticking to its plan to bring students back to classrooms this fall. These meeting can take place virtually via phone or video chat. Provide parishes information on securing supplies or a list of preferred vendors for supplies throughout the phases of the Plan. In order to protect classes in cohorts, we are asking that students not move to different classrooms in departmentalized settings. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic) When the doors opened at St. John Cantius Church on May 24, there was a line of people waiting to enter. The implementation of safety and health requirements (outlined earlier in this FAQ) will create new complexities in instruction, but our commitment remains to provide your child the best possible faith-based education. Students will be allowed to complete work virtually while the cohort is away from school. Through Renew My Church we are called to make disciples, build community and inspire witness. Q: Will schools still offer classes in special subject areas (e.g., art, music, PE, etc.)? The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark on education in Illinois, but our Catholic schools were praised by families for our ingenuity and creativity in responded to the challenge of providing virtual instruction to our more than 70,000 students. Can these meetings occur? A: Yes. The Archdiocese of Chicago will develop a standard webinar based on these guidelines and make it available to the other dioceses in the Chicago Province. ​​​​​​​There are, however, significant differences between this framework and other parish and school reopening plans, owing to the unique challenges of gathering children and youth who attend multiple schools and consequently interact with student cohorts beyond the parish. Q: How will lunch take place when school reopens? In early July, the Archdiocese of Chicago released Reopening with Trust: A Planning Framework for the 2020/21 School Year. Phase I allows for parishes to reopen for Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings and Funerals with a limit of 10 attendees. The categories are: Health and Safety: General health and safety questions, such as social distancing, masks, and facility cleaning. In early July, the Archdiocese of Chicago released Reopening with Trust: A Planning Framework for the 2020/21 School Year. Your doctor may ask that your child participate in a COVID-19 test. For example, cohorts must be spread out from one another. Through ongoing discussions with pastors, health care professionals and civil authorities, there will be a review of the Plan at each stage with an eye to making adjustments in accord with new data. Create and distribute to parishes a video message from the local bishop to explain the Plan for reopening churches. Our plan includes specific requirements for such care (including masks). Plan for Reopening (Link) Phase 2 Reopening Requirements, Phase 2 Reopening Requirements (English | Español | Polski) Online Reservation Solution for Parishes, Online Reservation Solution for Parishes (PDF) Parishioner Reopening Guide, Parishioner Reopening Guide (English | Español | Polski) Phase 1/1A Certification Documents, Certification Form (PDF) Reopening Training Webinar - May 2020, Tips for Viewing the Reopening Training (PDF) Video Recording (English | Español | Polski) Reopening Training Presentation, Presentation Material (English | Español | Polski), Guidelines and Directives for Holy Day / Holiday Celebrations 2020, Holiday Guide (English | Español | Polski), Baptism Preparation Guide (English | Español | Polski), Baptism Rite Guide (English | Español | Polski) Exposition-Adoration, Exposition Preparation Guide (English | Español | Polski), Exposition Rite Guide (English | Español | Polski) Funeral, Funeral Preparation Guide (English | Español | Polski), Funeral Rite Guide (English | Español | Polski) Matrimony, Matrimony Preparation Guide (English | Español | Polski), Matrimony Rite Guide (English | Español | Polski Private Prayer, Private Prayer Preparation Guide (English | Español | Polski), Private Prayer Guide (English | Español | Polski) Reconciliation, Reconciliation Preparation Guide (English | Español | Polski), Reconciliation Rite Guide (English | Español | Polski) Receiving Eucharist, Receiving Eucharist Preparation Guide (English | Español | Polski) Distrubuting Holy Communion on the Tongue, Distrubuting Holy Communion on the Tongue (English | Español | Polski) Drive-In Mass, Drive-In Mass Sacramental Guideline (English | Español | Polski) First Communion, First Communion Sacramental Guideline (English | Español | Polski) Communion to the Sick or Homebound, Communion to the Sick or Homebound Sacramental Guideline (English) Quinceañeras, Quinceañeras Sacramental Guideline (English | Español) RCIA: Adult Baptisms, RCIA: Adult Baptisms Sacramental Guideline (English | Español | Polski) RCIA: Receiving a Baptized Non-Catholic into Full Communion, RCIA: Receiving a Baptized Non-Catholic into Full Communion Sacramental Guideline (English | Español | Polski) Confirmation, Confirmation Sacramental Guideline (English | Español | Polski) Daily and Sunday Masses, Daily and Sunday Masses Sacramental Guideline (English | Polski) Celebration of Public Mass. A: No. Parishes must create a Health and Safety Reopening (HSR) Team to be certified for modified in-person programming. Q: Can face shields be used instead of masks? Academics and Programming: Questions related to how classes will be taught. Your principal will communicate specific drop off and pick up procedures to you ahead of the start of school. When in-person gatherings do occur, parishes must follow the policies outlined in the Framework for when and how to safely gather young people. Work with government officials to explore possible increases in crowd size taking into consideration the capacity of church buildings. Q: Should I take my child’s temperature every day before school? Last month, Cardinal Blaze Cupich announced the archdiocese’s intent to reopen for face-to-face classes in the fall. Q: Will First Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation take place this year? CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools unveiled plans to safely reopen school buildings in the fall. Homeroom teachers are also part of cohorts, and can walk around their classroom to monitor student classwork. Począwszy od 6 -7 czerwca, parafie które uzyskały certyfikaty mogą odprawiać Msze św. We know that students (especially young children) will need training to learn how to properly wear masks. Similarly, you should ask your child if he/she has any of the other symptoms of COVID-19, such as a sore throat, coughing, or nausea. A: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified several symptoms of COVID-19, including high fever (above 100.4°F), sore throat, coughing, nausea, headache, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhea and difficulty breathing. A: We have taken every step to ensure the safety of students at our schools this fall. 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