Coronavirus Updates & Notifications
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 email@example.com or 312.746.4835
Updates after March 15, 2020 can be found on the E-Learning pages of our website.
E-Learning & School Closure Updates
Safety MeasuresDisinfection 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.
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.
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.
As always, we ask that you keep all those impacted by the virus in your prayers.
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:
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.
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.
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.