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 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?
Anyone on our on-campus community who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days. In order to return to campus, the individual will need to provide medical documentation supporting their safe return to campus. If a student tests positive, they will be expected to isolate themselves at home under their guardians’ care and supervision.
If your child has been identified as in close proximity* or exposed to another individual at DePaul Prep who tests positive for COVID-19, the following steps will be taken:
- Depending on the number of individuals who have tested positive, the school will be closed for cleaning and disinfecting for a predetermined number of days (See chart here).
- Parents will be alerted if their child is identified as someone who was in close proximity or exposed to the infected individual; teachers and staff members will be alerted if they were identified as someone who was in close proximity or exposed to the infected individual. All students or faculty will be alerted to any reported case of COVID-19 within their class periods.
- Parents of students identified as in close proximity or exposed to the infected individual are encouraged to have their child tested and to inform DePaul Prep of the test results; teachers and staff members identified as exposed should get tested and inform administration of the test results.
- Any student, teacher, or staff member identified as exposed to the infected individual should (in addition to being tested) quarantine for 14 days.
Identifying Exposed Persons: Students and teachers will not be in close proximity to one another in the classroom in ways that support transmission of the virus. However, a teacher who tests positive will be asked to share the names of students and colleagues they may have had sustained close contact with so that the exposed persons may be alerted to possible exposure to COVID-19. Exposed persons will be identified by studying seating charts of the class periods of the infected individual and discussion of who the student or faculty had close contact within the past 10 days at school.
*Close proximity is defined as being within 6 feet of another person for a duration of at least 15 minutes without wearing a mask.
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 and when positive tests arise, the school may close for campus disinfecting, pending the number of individuals who test positive in our community. (See chart here) 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.