Coronavirus Prevention

School ClosureFollowing guidance from the State of Illinois, IDPH, CDPH, and the Office of Catholic Schools, Resurrection College Prep High School's building is closed until further notice. All activities and events are canceled. Access to the building and grounds is limited to maintenance, security and essential staff on an as-need basis.

E-Learning Days ExtendedIn accordance with the directive by Illinois Governor Pritzger canceling all in-person learning, Resurrection's e-learning days are extended through the end of the semester. The campus will remain closed and all activities and events, including athletics, are also canceled or postponed through the end of the school year, or until further notice. Please refer to the updates on our E-Learning Days web page for additional information regarding student events, athletics and other details. E-Learning Days began March 16, 2020 and follow a modified version of our current Red/White day block schedule. During e-learning days, students will complete assigned coursework from home. Students should be ready to log-in to Schoology by 8:20 each day to review the lesson plans for each class. Attendance procedures are in place and guidelines are below in terms of instruction, submission requirements, and other logistics. Parents/guardians and students - please carefully review materials found in the link below.

E-Learning Days
 

Invitations to Prayer 
View Sr. Donna's blog posts and her letter of love & hope to the Resurrection community.

From Sr. Donna
View Pope Francis' ongoing invitations to prayer.

Prayer Invitation from Pope Francis
View the email that was sent out to the Resurrection community on Thursday, March 19, 2020, inviting all to accept Pope Francis' invitation to join in worldwide prayer. 

Call to Prayer
 



Updates after March 15, 2020 can be found on the E-Learning pages of our website.

E-Learning & School Closure Updates

Update - March 15, 2020The weekly Res Reminders for Sunday, March 15, 2020, includes information about e-learning days, the school closure and other reminders.

Res Reminders - March 15, 2020



Update - March 13, 2020
At this time, we have made the decision, following guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Chicago Public Health, and Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools, to close the Resurrection College Prep school building starting at 2:00 pm today until further notice; all events are canceled starting at 2:00 pm today, Friday, March 13, 2020.  Please note, this decision is based on guidance from the Office of Catholic Schools and public health agencies, not due to any exposure or risks specific to Resurrection College Prep High School.

All events are canceled starting at 2:00 pm today, Friday, March 13, 2020. If a student is unable to leave at 2 pm due to transportation challenges, we will keep them on site until a parent is able to retrieve them, until 3:15 pm today. Students have been notified that they should take home all materials today needed to continue with e-learning. Beginning Monday, classes will follow an e-learning platform. Students are receiving instruction today regarding access to e-learning tools. Specific information will be communicated on our website, via email and Schoology.

Please note that students will not have access to the building following dismissal today. 
 



Update - March 13, 2020  (9:45 am) In our efforts to keep our community informed, we share with you the following information as we continue to work collaboratively to monitor developments regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus. Based on the rapidly evolving health concerns, we are taking proactive steps to ensure a possible transition to e-learning in the event that we have to close the school building due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Starting Friday, March 13, 2020, we ask that students and staff bring home materials on a daily basis, including but not limited to their Chromebooks, that they would need in order to complete assignments in the event of a school closure/ transition to e-learning. Faculty will continue to craft e-learning plans, over the course of the coming week, to prepare for possible school closure. In the case of a transition to e-learning, specific guidance would be communicated to students and parents via our website, email communications and the Schoology platform used by students and teachers. 

Following the guidance of state and local authorities, non-academic and non-athletic activities are postponed until May 1st. Decisions about specific events, such as dances scheduled for April 24, 2020, will be made as soon as possible. We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, CDPH, and IDPH. As a parent, you have the right to make the decision to keep your student home if you feel that is in the best interest of your family. If this is your choice, you must follow regular absence procedures and call your student in absent and clearly explain that you are keeping her home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please note, if you make this choice on behalf of your student, the school may not be able to provide full accommodations for lost instruction. As we continue to navigate these issues, we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we all maneuver through this uncharted territory.   

We ask that you keep all of those affected by this virus in your prayers. 
 


 

Status - March 12, 2020
Resurrection College Prep High School closed our school building on March 10 & 11, 2020 as an immediate response after we received information that a member of our school community was in contact with a person who was diagnosed with the Coronavirus, COVID-19.  With an abundance of caution, the school was closed for deep cleaning as we awaited further information and guidance.

During this time, we were in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), as well as the school family who was exposed to the Coronavirus, COVID-19. The family followed recommendations from the CDPH and CDC, including medical evaluation. Following medical evaluation, it was determined that they are not infected with COVID-19 and are not under quarantine. The family will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDPH and IDPH. 

At this time, no one in our school community has been diagnosed with COVID-19

Information is available on the Resurrection College Prep High School below.

Specific questions from individuals or employers regarding risk factors may be directed to the Illinois Department of Public Health or the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Visit IL Department of Public Health LINK or contact them at  DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV or 1.800.889.3931
Chicago Department of Public Health LINK or contact them at coronavirus@chicago.gov or 312.746.4835

Additional Resources

State of IL COVID-19 Response

IL Department of Public Health
Chicago Department of Public Health
CDC Guidance for Employers
 


 

Classes Resume Thursday, March 12, 2020
Classes Resume Notification of March 11, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Resurrection College Prep High School will be open for classes tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, 2020.  The decision to close the school yesterday and today was made to ensure the health and safety of all members of our school community. We took advantage of the time to perform a deep cleaning of the building while we awaited further information and guidance. During this time, we have continued to be in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the family who was exposed to the Coronavirus, COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging time as we navigate the uncharted territory of COVID-19.   

What We Know
The parent of a current Resurrection student contacted the school yesterday morning to inform school staff that the student’s parent had indirect contact through a work environment with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and who is hospitalized. The family followed recommendations from the CDPH and CDC including medical evaluation. Members of the family were evaluated yesterday, after which it was determined they are not infected with COVID-19 and are not under quarantine. The family will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDPH and IDPH. 

At this time, no one in our school community has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Though we will provide you with as many details as we can, we must maintain the privacy of this student and the student's family per the IDPH guidelines. The IDPH has advised us that "contacts of contacts" are not at risk for COVID-19 exposure. Therefore, a teacher or classmate who was in contact with this student does not need to self-quarantine.

As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Classes & Activities
The IDPH and CDPH have affirmed for us that it is sound practice to resume classes tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Classes will resume tomorrow as a regularly scheduled White Day. Most school events will continue as scheduled. Athletic events, including practices and games will continue as scheduled.  

As a precaution, however, and following the example of other institutions, we are implementing procedures to limit the access to our building of people other than faculty, staff, and students as well as modifying any large group setting. While we understand that this will cause much disappointment, we are postponing the production of the spring play, Game of Tiaras, as well as the Athletic Booster Trivia Night, since these activities would bring large groups into our school building. Depending on scheduling and other factors, it is our hope to reschedule these activities. We are also canceling, at least for the near future, all school assemblies and liturgies.  

Disinfection Process
As mentioned in our earlier email, while the students and staff are out of school building yesterday and today, the maintenance staff disinfected all the rooms in the school. The school’s maintenance department has special equipment that is used for major disinfecting. When the disinfectant is sprayed with this machine, the chemical wraps around surfaces, covering hard-to-reach spaces, undersides and backsides of objects. Spraying with this machine enables our maintenance staff to reach around complex-shaped objects, undersides of chairs and desks, as well as around chair legs and table legs. Every room will be disinfected including washrooms, locker rooms, and cafeteria. 

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols
Our maintenance staff is committed to providing our students with a freshly sanitized environment to return to. Enhanced cleaning protocols will continue when the building reopens. Large public spaces are cleaned three times a day; classrooms are cleaned every evening. Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and handrails are cleaned repeatedly throughout the school day. Please know that the wellbeing of our students is a priority to us.

Travel Advisories
Students and employees who plan to travel internationally or domestically during spring break should use caution and evaluate travel plans at this time. Resurrection College Prep is currently evaluating the international trips that are scheduled for this summer, however, no decisions have been made at this time.  For guidance on travel considerations, please reference the CDC travel advisories.

Resurrection Policies
In order to proactively protect our students and staff at Resurrection College Prep High School from possible exposure to all respiratory viruses and strains of influenza, students and staff members will follow our policies related to illness, particularly with any fever or flu-like symptoms. The policy is available HERE on the Coronavirus Prevention page of our website.

Recommended Actions to Protect Yourself and Others 

- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw in the trash.
- Avoid shaking hands. Greet people by waving, bumping elbows or other alternative greetings. 
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
- Wipe down surfaces regularly with disinfectant wipes.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. Stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. 
- Per local public health authorities, it has been recommended that students and faculty/staff stay home until they are fever-free for 48 hours.

If your student is home with flu-like symptoms, please contact the school's Attendance Office at 773.467.4618. and leave a detailed message indicating the symptoms.  Parents, to report an absence, call the Attendance Office before 9:15 am on the day of the student’s absence at 773.467.4618. 

We look forward to returning to classes and activities at Resurrection tomorrow and we will continue to provide updates as needed.  

As always, we ask that you keep all those impacted by the virus in your prayers.
 

Status of School Closure Status as Of March 11, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
We will send additional communication later today regarding the re-opening of school and the status of classes and activities for tomorrow. 


As communicated yesterday, Resurrection College Prep administration responded immediately when we received information that a member of our school community was in contact with a person who was diagnosed with the Coronavirus, COVID-19.  With an abundance of caution, the school was closed yesterday and today for deep cleaning as we await further information and guidance.

We have been in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and will continue to coordinate with those offices. While we have taken steps beyond the recommendations of those agencies, we are committed to the safety and well-being of all members of our school community.

To update all families, please be assured that the disinfection process is being completed and we are awaiting further information about the status of the exposed person.

Disinfection Process
While the students and staff are out of school building yesterday and today, the maintenance staff are disinfecting all the rooms in the school. The school’s maintenance department has special equipment that is used for major disinfecting. When the disinfectant is sprayed with this machine, the chemical wraps around surfaces, covering hard-to-reach spaces, undersides and backsides of objects. Spraying with this machine enables our maintenance staff to reach around complex-shaped objects, undersides of chairs and desks, as well as around chair legs and table legs. 

Every room will be disinfected including washrooms, locker rooms, and cafeteria.  Our maintenance staff is committed to providing our students with a freshly sanitized environment to return to. Please know that the wellbeing of our students is a priority to us and enhanced cleaning protocols will continue to be implemented as well.

Classes & Activities
At this time, all activities and meetings continue to be canceled and the school building is closed for today, Wednesday, March 11, 2020.  Information will be communicated later today regarding classes and activities for tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, 2020.

It has come to our attention that local news media may have incorrectly reported yesterday's news this morning regarding our closing yesterday and today for cleaning. Please continue to visit this page for current news. Emails will also continue to be sent to current school families.

Upcoming Communication
As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our entire community, we will keep you updated and informed. Please continue to visit the Resurrection website for additional updates. We will send additional communication later today regarding the re-opening of school and the status of classes and activities for tomorrow.
 


 

Immediate School ClosingClosing on March 10, 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Emails and calls have been made to inform parents and guardians that this morning, as school started, we received information that a member of our school community was in contact with a person who was diagnosed with the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, while we await further information, the following actions have been taken:

  1. All students were dismissed at 10:00 am today and school is canceled tomorrow, March 11, 2020. This will give us time to perform a deep cleaning of our school. We have the necessary equipment to do so and such a process takes two days. 

  2. Students were instructed to arrange transportation to head home. If students were unable to leave at 10:00 am due to transportation challenges, we will keep them on site until a parent is able to retrieve them, until noon today.

  3. All additional school activities scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday have been canceled. 

COMMUNITY MEMBERS: 
We will post additional information as it becomes available. 

At this point we have received the following confirmation:
1. The person exposed was NOT in the school during the 7th Grade Shadow Day on Friday, March 6th.

2. The person exposed was NOT in attendance at the Craft Fair on Saturday, March 7th.

3. The person exposed was NOT in attendance at the Freshmen Registration on Monday, March 9th.

At this time, we are exercising an abundance of caution by undertaking a deep cleaning of the school as we await further information. 

Specific questions regarding risk factors may be directed to the IL Department of Public Health or the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Visit IL Department of Public Health LINK or contact them at  DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV or 1.800.889.3931
Chicago Department of Public Health LINK or contact them at coronavirus@chicago.gov or 312.746.4835
 


 

The health and safety of students and staff in our school community is our highest priority. The evolving health concerns involving the coronavirus is an issue that we take seriously. The Archdiocese of Chicago has been working closely with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and monitoring the advice of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you or someone from your family experiences concerning symptoms, such as severe cough, rapid noisy, painful, or other difficulty breathing, please contact your health care provider immediately for advice.

Resurrection Policy as of March 3, 2020

Practicum Program Policy as of March 10, 2020

In order to proactively protect our students and staff at Resurrection College Prep High School from possible exposure to not only the Coronavirus, but to all respiratory viruses and strains of influenza, Resurrection's policy as of March 3, 2020 includes the following:

1.      Any student or staff member presenting with the following symptoms will be sent home immediately and will be asked for a note from a doctor before returning to school:
a.       Fever
b.      Cough
c.       Shortness of breath
d.      Sore Throat

2.      Even if a student or staff member has been cleared of having Coronavirus (or other respiratory virus) by a physician the student or staff member will not be allowed to return to school until they are free of fever (100 degree Fahrenheit) for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (CDC recommendation for all people with influenza-like symptoms).

3.      If your student is home with flu-like symptoms, please contact the school's Attendance Office at 773.467.4618.and leave a detailed message indicating the symptoms.  Parents, to report an absence, call the Attendance Office before 9:15 am on the day of the student’s absence at 773.467.4618. 

We will continue to provide updates and guidance as needed. You may also learn more through the CDC at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. We have also included a link below to a fact sheet from the CDC on the Coronavirus and guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

We ask that you keep those impacted by this virus in your prayers.  

CDC Coronavirus Fact Sheet
IDPH Guidelines to Protect Against Respiratory Viruses


Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

The best way of controlling the spread of Coronavirus and any virus is staying home when you are ill.  Therefore, staff and students should stay home when they are suffering from the symptoms of flu or virus.  Parents, to report an absence, call the Attendance Office before 9:15 am on the day of the student’s absence at 773.467.4618. Rest is important for the person suffering from flu or virus and protects others from the virus.  It is also a good idea to seek advice from your physician. 

The following information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is helpful for understanding Coronavirus and its spread.

Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease spreads is largely based on what is known about similar viruses.

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

When does spread happen?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (including fever, cough and shortness of breath).

How easily does the virus spread?

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. Another factor is whether the spread continues over multiple generations of people (if spread is sustained). The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in China's Hubei province and other parts of world. In the United States, spread from person-to-person has occurred only among a few close contacts and has not spread any further to date.

Please note the recommended actions to protect yourself and others from this virus are:

1. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
2. Stay home when you are sick. Stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw in the trash.
5. Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
 

Health Information sent Feb 5, 2020