COVID-19 Response and Reopening Plan
Our COVID-19 Response and Reopening Plan is a major step toward creating this new normal at school. It represents the work of our Health and Safety Task Force that continues to research best practices.
Our plan is only as good as our collective commitment to cooperate with all aspects of this plan. We ask all those in our community to join us in envisioning this new normal and to give their best to support the health and safety of our community and the fulfillment of our mission to our students.Reopening Plan
Leaving Space and Extending Grace
We all have an opportunity to care for one another in new ways. This care at Covenant takes the form of open communication, a willingness to stay home for the sake of others, and caring for our own health with good hygiene practices both in and outside of school. We seek to care for our entire community by enhancing our cleaning and disinfecting protocols, expanding our sick policies and procedures, and staying connected during times of absence through core synchronous classes.
Covenant Classical School is working to align our daily operations with the stated requirements for face coverings and social distancing. Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan indicates that during Phase 4, when students are able to return to school, face coverings and social distancing will be the norm.
Does this mean our students are required to wear masks all day at school?
Students and teachers wear face masks when inside the school building in an effort to protect our community members. Our team has intentionally designed time throughout the day for students to be outside and socially distanced in order to take refreshing breaks from face coverings. Large outdoor tents allow students this important time outdoors even during inclement weather.
A Flexible Learning Environment
What Can Families Expect?
Routine temperature checks, face masks while inside, and social distancing
Increased handwashing and sanitizing throughout the day
Restricted visitor access
Ample opportunities for students and staff to take fresh-air breaks outside under large tents
- A synchronous learning option for students unable to attend class in-person due to illness or quarantine
Returning to School
When can my child return to school after being ill?
When it has been determined that the symptoms are not caused by COVID-19 AND when the symptoms have improved. According to the recommendations from the IDPH there are three ways to determine that a child’s symptom is NOT COVID-19.
- Contact your child’s primary care doctor. He/she is able to sign a note indicating an alternative diagnosis.
- OR Get a COVID-19 test and present the negative result.
- OR Quarantine for 10 days and observe if symptoms disappear.
View the IDPH’s decision tree regarding when a child is allowed to return to school and the documentation required. Download Covenant’s guide for your reference. See our Resources section for the forms needed after isolation and quarantine.