School Updates

The well-being of our staff and students is the highest priority of St. Michael School. We continue to follow local, state, and national guidelines as we ensure proper protocols and preventative measures are in place for the health and safety of our staff and students. Please take time to review all of the updated Covid guidelines and procedures below:

 

MASK REQUIREMENTS

  • Masks are required to be worn indoors within all Archdiocesan Schools.
    • Students, staff, parents, and spectators must abide by these guidelines at all times, including during evening sporting events and practices.

 

MY STUDENT WAS EXPOSED TO COVID 

  • As per the Archdiocesan Guidelines and as stated in the Family Pledge signed by parents, all COVID exposures must be reported to the school office.

    • Unvaccinated individuals who have had a close exposure (unmasked, indoor contact) with a positive individual must quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the individual.

    • Vaccinated students/faculty/staff do not need to be quarantined if they are asymptomatic and have submitted proof of their vaccination to their school office.

*Per the Archdiocese COVID Task Force a student CANNOT provide a negative test result and return to school prior to the completion of their quarantine.*

MY STUDENT OR ANOTHER HOUSEHOLD MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID

  • As per the Archdiocesan Guidelines and as stated in the Family Pledge signed by parents, all positive COVID cases must be reported to the school office.

    • Students who test positive for COVID-19, must isolate for 10 days from the date of a positive test result.

    • If the positive individual resides in the same household as your student and:

      • Can completely isolate for 10 days, your student may return to school 14 days after the positive test date.
      • Cannot be completely isolated for 10 days, student quarantines can be extended to 24 days after the positive test date.

*Per the Archdiocese COVID Task Force a student CANNOT provide a negative test result and return to school prior to the completion of their quarantine.*

POSITIVE COVID CASE IN CLASSROOM, ON BUS, OR ON A TEAM

  • Pursuant to CDC guidelines, students/faculty/staff who are masked and maintain 3 feet of physical distance from the positive individual in school do not need to quarantine.

    • Athletes who remove or wear masks improperly during indoor practices/games will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine if a team member tests positive for COVID

    • Students who remove or wear masks improperly on the bus, or do not sit in assigned places will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine if a student on their bus tests positive

    • Vaccinated students/faculty/staff do not need to be quarantined if they are asymptomatic and have submitted proof of their vaccination to their school office.

MY STUDENT OR ANOTHER MEMBER OF MY HOUSEHOLD IS ILL

  • Contact the school office to make us aware of their absence and symptoms.
    • The sick student and all siblings must remain home for the day.
    • If symptoms last longer than 24 hours, individuals must receive a negative COVID-19 test or alternative medical diagnosis prior to returning to school.

    • If symptoms dissipate within 24 hours, everyone may return to school the next day.

*Sick students must remain home regardless of vaccination status.*

MY STUDENT FEELS SICK AT SCHOOL

  • If a student displays COVID-19 symptoms at school they (and their siblings) will be sent home immediately.

    • If symptoms dissipate within 24 hours, everyone may return to school the next day.

    • If symptoms last longer than 24 hours, individuals must receive a negative COVID-19 test or alternative medical diagnosis prior to returning to school.

*Sick students and unvaccinated siblings will be sent home regardless of vaccination status.*

  • Teachers will gather several days worth of work for the student and the family will be notified by the school when the items are ready for pick up.

  • Teachers are available through email to discuss any concerns or questions that a student/parent may have regarding assignments. Arrangements for assistance will be made directly with the teacher.

***If someone in your home has COVID-19 symptoms, or has been tested and is awaiting results, DO NOT send SMS students to school until the results are obtained. Please call the school office immediately for guidance. ***

Still unsure what to do?  Please view the Archdiocese and SMS decision tree here.

 

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS UPDATE

This Chicago Travel Restriction Map is updated each Tuesday and a significant number of new states have been listed as Orange States. Unvaccinated students who travel to an orange state for any length of time are required to provide either (1) a negative COVID test, or (2) complete a 10 day quarantine before returning to school. Please use this link to inform the school of any future travel plans.

  • Adult travels – household members monitor their health for symptoms
  • Student travels – Student(s) must quarantine for 10 days

Vaccinated travelers do not have to take a test, however, school does need a copy of vaccination status.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office at contact@saintmike.org.

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The Administrative Team