Before leaving their house, parents are asked to check to ensure their child is fever-free.
When students arrive on campus, entrance to campus will be limited to the south and north atrium doors of the Mary A. Dempsey Academic Center. A drive-through drop off area will be available in each area. At both entrances, students will move through a temperature taking station as well as a handwashing station before moving further into the building. Shortly after the first bell rings at 8:40 AM, the south doors will be locked. At that point, access will only be possible through the north doors opposite St. Vincent’s Circle for the remainder of the school day. Students are encouraged to arrive up to 30 minutes early to allow extra time to go through the Morning Check-In Procedures. Students will then proceed to their locker and first class of the day.
Everyday Mandates & Considerations
Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
Students and Faculty and Staff will be asked to follow hand washing protocols throughout the school day:
- Students will engage in handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds upon entry to school, before eating lunch and after eating lunch. Faculty and Staff will monitor these behaviors to ensure adherence to this protocol. Handwashing will take place in restrooms as well as at handwashing stations positioned in the Atrium and near the Dining Hall. The new campus has large, modern restroom facilities equipped with multiple sinks and soap dispensers, on both the first and second floors.
- Hand sanitizing stations will also be available throughout the campus and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use these frequently between classes.
- Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms.
Masks/Cloth Face Coverings Required
Face coverings must be worn by faculty, staff and students DAILY at all times and will be viewed as a mandatory part of a student’s uniform until further notice. Faculty staff, students, and students’ families are provided with information on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings. Face coverings can be removed when students arrive at their lunch period to eat and during outdoor study halls when students are socially distanced.
Addressing Needs of individuals with Medical Conditions or Individuals Who Live with a Immunocompromised Family Member
DePaul Prep recognizes that in some instances, returning to school may jeopardize the health and safety of an individual who has a medical condition that causes them to be at high risk for COVID-19. In these instances, individuals who believe that it will be safest for their student to engage in E-learning exclusively will be asked to provide medical documentation and to meet with your student’s counselor and our school Nurse to discuss this. If medical documentation has already been shared with us, our School Nurse will reach out to you in upcoming days to check in about your child’s status.