Frequently Asked Questions
- Hybrid Block Schedule
- Maintaining Healthy Environments
- Maintaining Healthy Operations
- Preparing for Sickness
What will the differences between In-Person Learning and E-Learning look like?
In-Person Learning takes place on campus and with teachers and students in the same location. During In-Person Learning teachers will maximize time with students, engaging them socially distanced small group discussions and activities, community building, and opportunities to assess learning and provide feedback to students.
E-Learning will occur when students are not attending In-Person learning on campus. E-Learning will take place in both an asynchronous and synchronous manner, depending on where the instructional plan for a unit students are engaged in. E-learning lessons, held via Zoom, will be chunked into segments to allow for the following:
- Direct instruction for new learning presented
- Class discussion
- Time for practice of new concepts with guidance from teachers
- Time for students to begin assignments they will work on independently
Attendance will be taken during E-Learning, just as it is during In-Person learning. Students should take care to arrive to class in both settings ON TIME as they will be marked tardy if they do not.
What is Blended Learning?
A form of education that combines elements of E-learning and traditional, in-person classroom learning to help students achieve a course’s learning outcomes.
Will we be using the Hybrid Schedule all year?
Our plan is to start the school year in this schedule and regularly re-evaluate the information available to us. It is likely that we will use this schedule for the entire first semester.
What is E-Learning Etiquette?
E-learning requires a student's full attention and participation during each class period. Students should always turn their camera on, show their face during class and participate in discussions by volunteering to respond.
Will students be graded and assessed in the new school year?
Yes. Regardless of the schedule we are in, students will be graded and assessed. We will continue to use our 10 point grade scale and our Late Work Policy.
How does the school plan to maintain physical distancing?
Each classroom has been carefully measured and seating arrangements have been designed to ensure 3 to 6 feet between all students. The Administrative team will supervise lunch time as well as hallways throughout the day to ensure social distancing is in place. We will also expect students to self-monitor in the event that they are not near an adult.
Will students, faculty, staff and visitors wear face coverings all the time?
Yes. Everyone at DePaul College Prep will be required to wear a face covering. A face shield alone is NOT acceptable. Obviously, face coverings can be removed when eating. We respect and follow the scientific data that shows face coverings help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If a student, faculty or staff member travels out of state, can they come back to campus upon their return?
There are currently several documented hot spots around Illinois, the country and the world. As such, we are asking any member of our community who travels outside of Illinois to document their trip (where, how long, precautions taken, nature of interactions, etc.) and inform our COVID 19 Contact, Mrs. Mary Jeske. Please make this notification at least 24 hours before leaving for a trip to ensure proper return to campus procedures are known and followed. Depending on the location and nature of your travel, we may ask that you wait 14 days before returning to campus.
Besides what is happening at school, what can I do to help?
Please work cooperatively with these expectations and protocols. Everyone should:
- Complete the daily Magnus self-monitoring form.
- For parents, if your child is sick, keep him or her at home. For faculty and staff who are ill, please stay home.
- Parents, communicate to your child’s counselor if they are struggling and would benefit from mental and/or emotional support.
- Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and maintain social distancing on campus and off campus.
In your home and social life, observing the recommendations to keep people safe helps keep the DePaul College Prep community safe. Each choice you make affects others outside of your immediate circle.
What happens if the City of Chicago or the State of Illinois returns to Phase 3?
DePaul Prep will follow directives set forth by state and city officials and will abide by their decisions for the safety and welfare of our students and faculty & staff.
Who at DePaul Prep will be responsible for handling COVID-19 communications and for the monitoring and enforcement systems?
The DePaul Prep Administrative team will lead in the area of communications as well as in enforcement of our procedures and protocols. Teachers will also monitor and enforce these in their classrooms.
Can my child be on campus when their grade level is not in session?
Yes, but parents will need to pre-arrange this with a student's Counselor and the Dean of Students. We understand that this schedule may create some transportation challenges. We welcome students to be on campus when they are not in an in-person session and will provide spaces for quiet study as well as opportunities to meet with teachers or counselors.
What hours will the building be open? Can my child be on campus before or after school?
The building will open at 7:15 AM, Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday. All students must enter through the North or South entrances for temperature screening and hand sanitizing. Students will then proceed directly to our Academic Counseling area or to class (if it is after 8:40 AM). All students must leave campus at 2:05 PM unless they are attending a pre-scheduled practice, competition, activity, or event. In such a case, students must report to their pre-assigned, supervised location. If a student remains on campus after school hours, they must wear a face covering and practice social distancing.
Do families have an option for their child to not attend in-person school days on campus?
We want to be sensitive to medical conditions that a student may have that places them in a high risk category as defined by the CDC. If a parent would like their child to participate in E-learning exclusively due to their condition, we will work with families on an individual basis to ensure learning continues for every student. Medical documentation, if this is not already on file with school, will be required to justify a schedule that includes only E-Learning.
How will DePaul College Prep provide substitute teachers to backfill a sick teacher, or a teacher providing care to a sick family member?
If a substitute is necessary for a teacher, decisions about who will fill in will be based on a variety of factors such as the length of time a teacher is predicted to be out and the course they teach. DePaul Prep does not employee substitute teachers from outside of our faculty. Short term (1-3 days) absences will be managed with substitute plans (in person learning), asynchronous instruction (E-Learning) and supervised in-person classes. For longer term absences, the department chair, the teacher and members of the Administrative team will develop a plan to ensure continuity of instruction for our students.
Will there be athletic activities this school year?
The DePaul Prep athletics department is in on-going discussions with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) regarding Fall sports and beyond. At present, the IHSA, in conjunction with the IDPH, is in Phase 4 guidelines, which do not allow for scrimmages or for any physical contact during athletic activities. We will update the community as updates are released. The athletics department recommends that all student-athletes interested in participating in a sport this year still complete the IHSA Physical forms.
Will try-outs be held for fall sports?
At present, we are planning and anticipating holding try-outs for fall sports, under given IHSA guidelines. The try-out schedule will be posted on the school website shortly for viewing purposes, along with contact information for each program's respective coach. Should there be any changes, we will update our website with them, so please be sure to check it regularly.
What will happen with all-school Masses, assemblies, dances, and sporting events?
Following medical recommendations, there will not be any all-school gatherings for the fall of 2020. We are exploring options to gather as a single class with physical distancing for liturgies only.
How will events like Back to School Night be handled?
Our plans for Fall parent events are still in development. However, it is unlikely that any parent event where we would expect a large turn out will be held in person. Instead, we will work to provide the information via video conference, video message or written message until we are able to safely gather in large groups.
If a student, teacher, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, will the individual be required to quarantine for 14 days? If students, teachers, or staff members have been exposed to this individual, will the exposed persons need to quarantine?
DePaul Prep will implement several strategies to prepare for when a student or faculty or staff member gets sick:
Home Isolation Criteria for Faculty & Staff, and Families of Sick Students
Sick staff members or students should not return until they have met CDPH’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.
Identify & Isolate Those Who Show Symptoms
- If a faculty/staff member or student becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been identified as a Close Contact of, or exposed to, someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case: that faculty/staff member or family of the student needs to notify our Nurse immediately.
- We will Immediately separate faculty, staff and students with COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath) at school. We have identified an isolation room or area to separate anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms.
- Individuals who display COVID-19-like symptoms will be sent home or to a healthcare facility depending on the severity of their symptoms.
- Parents will be expected to pick up their student IMMEDIATELY from school if a student presents with COVID-19 symptoms. Faculty and Staff will go home if they experience COVID-19 symptoms as well.
- If a student or staff member has an alternative diagnosis that is similar to COVID-19 symptoms, then they need to provide a healthcare provider's note to our Nurse and the school. These persons must also stay home until their symptoms have resolved or improved.
- Symptomatic students or faculty/staff without a healthcare provider's note and who refuse to do diagnostic testing must stay home at least 10 days from onset of symptoms and for 24 hours with no fever, and improvement of symptoms.
Clean and Disinfect
Classrooms or offices used by a sick person will be closed and will not be used until these areas have been cleaned and disinfected. Ideally, these spaces will not be used for 24 hours.
Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts
In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, Dr. Stanton-Anderson or our Nurse will notify local health officials, faculty & staff, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
DePaul Prep will perform its own contact tracing and our Nurse will inform students/staff who have been identified as a close contact of, or exposed to, a person diagnosed with COVID-19. Those identified as Close Contacts will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days starting on the date of identified exposure. After 14 days have passed, the person must be symptom free for an additional 24 hours before being allowed to return to campus.
*Per the Chicago Department of Public Health, close proximity is defined as being within 6 feet of another person for 15 minutes or more, even if a mask was worn.
What if someone who lives in the same house as a teacher tests positive? Does that teacher now need to quarantine?
What is the plan if there is an outbreak of positive testing at DePaul College Prep?
While there are no hard and fast numbers to define an “outbreak,” as with all decisions pertaining to the health and safety of students, faculty and staff we will act with an abundance of caution to make decisions that we believe are consistent with that objective. If an outbreak is widespread, a decision to return to all E-Learning may be made.
Will parents be notified who is infected and the possible dates of contagion?
DePaul Prep will do the best it can to alert the close contacts of any student or staff who tests positive for COVID-19. Communications will be sent directly to impacted parents as soon as we are alerted to a positive test in our community.