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Safety Protocols 2021-2022

If your child is experiencing 2 or more of the following symptoms, please keep them home. 

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. 


*Taken from the CDC website


New Guidance:
Close Contacts can either:
  • quarantine for 10 days OR
  • quarantine for 7 days and return with negative PCR test taken no earlier than day 6
Guidance that is remaining the same:
  • COVID positives isolate for 10 days (and fever free)
  • Close contacts still determined by less than 3 feet of separation in schools
2021 - 2022 Safety Protocols UPDATE
While in-person is the optimal setting for student learning, health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. With a year of data that supports safe, in-person operations, we are comfortable loosening distancing, mask and cohort requirements. However, since vaccinations are not yet available for young children, we must keep some preventative measures in place. St. Francis de Sales School will abide by the following safety protocols that have been released by the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools.
Safety protocols are subject to change as the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools COVID-19 Task Force continues to regularly re-assess the safety protocols to ensure the safe operation of schools, following the recommendations of the CDC and IDPH. We will continue to update the school community on safety protocols as they change.
Safety Protocols
If a student/staff member shows symptoms, regardless of vaccination status:
  1. he/she should not attend school.
  2. produce a negative test or alternative diagnosis if the symptoms last longer than 24 hours.
If a student/staff member tests positive, regardless of vaccination status:
  1. he/she must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or 10 days from the positive test result.
  2. he/she must be fever free for 24+ hours prior to returning to school.
Quarantines and Close Contacts
  • Per CDC guidance, there is no longer a need to quarantine full classes.
  • Non-vaccinated individuals regularly within 3 feet of a positive individual must quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to positive individual.
  • Close Contact is defined as being less than three feet apart from a positive individual for more than 15 consecutive minutes.
  • The school will maintain seating charts for all classes and will notify parents/guardians when a student is considered a close contact.
  • Unvaccinated students/staff members who are close contacts to positive household members, including siblings, must quarantine.
Domestic Travel to an Orange State
  • No quarantine required for fully vaccinated individuals.
  • Non-vaccinated individuals must obtain a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival (or after arrival) or quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival.