Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

As news of the novel coronavirus and the corresponding infection COVID-19 is being rapidly updated in Chicago and nationwide, we wanted to use this platform to keep our DePaul College Prep families as informed as possible as we as a school and administration carefully monitor the situation. Below you will find access to our school-wide communications, important links and preventative guidance, and resources on our E-Learning plan. We are carefully monitoring this evolving situation and consulting guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please check this page for the most current information from DePaul Prep.

last updated: 4/3/20, 3:30 pM


DePaul Prep is continuing its remote E-Learning and will follow an adjusted E-Learning bell schedule. The DePaul Prep campus is closed to students at this time until April 30, including all athletic practices and club meetings. Attendance will be taken during class E-Conferences via Schoology and students are expected to be engaged online and verbally in their classes. Following the guidance of the City of Chicago and the state of Illinois, we hope to be back together after April 30.

For DePaul Prep's E-Learning Guide and resources, click here.

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School Closure Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs
DePaul Prep’s School Closure Plan is guided by the CDC’s and Archdiocese of Chicago recommendations to mitigate the spread of the virus. There are no confirmed or unconfirmed cases of COVID-19 at DePaul Prep.  The purpose of our proactive approach is to mitigate activities and to slow the rate of incidence so that our health care facilities can manage those that do become ill. Below is some general information regarding the Corona Virus from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • COVID-19 is the shorthand name of the Corona Virus Disease 2019.
  • COVID-19 can look different in different people. For many people, being sick with COVID-19 would be a little bit like having the flu. People can get a fever, cough, or have a hard time taking deep breaths. Most people who have gotten COVID-19 have not gotten very sick. 
  • Only a small group of people who get it have had more serious problems. From what doctors have seen so far, most children do not seem to get very sick. While a lot of adults get sick, most adults get better. 
  • Video that explains COVID-19 symptoms: Patient Explanation

Below are typical questions you may have during the COVID-19 closure.

Event Postponements

*subject to change

7th Grade Shadow Days until further notice

All athletic practices, games, and contests until further notice

Mock Trial Field Trip (March 23 at 11:00 AM)

Women’s History Panel (March 25)

Honors Society Induction Ceremony (March 26)

Kairos (April 1-3)

Mock Trial Howlett Cup at Northwestern (April 3-4)

DEI Summit (April 4)

Reconciliation Service postponed indefinitely

Walk to Wrigley postponed until Major League baseball resumes

Spring Fling: Full Dream Ahead on April 18 at Misericordia is postponed. This is our biggest fundraising event of the year. We will follow up this month with our plans for next steps. 

Update from Athletic Director Pat Mahoney
From the Athletics Department:
  • Athletic contests, practices, and workouts will be cancelled until further notice.  Communication will be sent out at a later date should the school determine to extend the E-Learning timeframe.

  • Coaches will contact student-athletes with individual workout plans for the duration of our time off.

  • Rescheduling of contests may happen but we should expect abbreviated contest schedules.

  • The Fr. Gordon Campus is not open to our students and coaches during this time.

Getting Ahead Of It:  Prevention Tips
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Use the DePaul Prep Call to Victory as your washing song! If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
Wipe down surfaces regularly with disinfectant wipes.
Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.
Elbow bump instead of shaking hands. Or don't touch at all! Acknowledge each other with a wave or nod of the head.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw it away immediately.
Do not send your student to school if he or she is sick.
Absences due to illness, including fever-related absences, will be recorded as an Excused Absence without a doctor's note. Teachers will work with students to create a plan to make up missed work.
Per our local authorities, it has been recommended that students stay home until they are fever-free for 48 hours.
If your student has a combination of a fever, cough and shortness of breath, contact your doctor.
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.