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COVID Information

 
CovId 19 virus
We realize that having possible exposure to a COVID-positive individual or receiving a positive COVID test result can be stressful. We wanted to provide you with one place to go for questions about COVID as it relates to your St. Barnabas student(s) and your family. 
 
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Please review the following CDC COVID-19 symptoms:

  • 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 (including stomachache)
  • Diarrhea
  • Get tested within 48 hours of developing symptoms.
  • Ask for the PCR test – NOT the rapid test.
    The Illinois Department of Public Health has recently issued a mandate that we can only accept a rapid test to confirm a positive, not a negative result. A PCR test result of negative is now the only test accepted to admit a student back into school. This is because medical professionals have found that rapid tests have a higher error rate than the standard PCR test.
  • Report your absence via the Student Absence Reporting Form on our website.
  • Stay home, quarantine your household, and wait for your results.

    While waiting for your test results, everyone in your household needs to quarantine and not come to school (see definition of quarantine in FAQs) until your symptomatic family member is tested and receives a negative PCR test result (not the rapid test). The reason for quarantining an entire family is that if one family member is positive, it is likely that multiple family members are positive. Staying home could prevent your child(ren)’s cohorts from having to quarantine later.

  • If your result is positive fill out the COVID-Positive Form.
  • Fill out the Close Contact Form
  • If you develop symptoms while you are quarantining, you should get tested within 48 hours of developing those symptoms.
  • If you do not develop symptoms (but want to get tested) you should get tested 5-9 days after your exposure to the person who tested positive for COVID – not before that.
  • Ask for the PCR test – NOT the rapid test.
    The Illinois Department of Public Health has recently issued a mandate that we can only accept a rapid test to confirm a positive, not a negative result. A PCR test result of negative is now the only test accepted to admit a student back into school. This is because medical professionals have found that rapid tests have a higher error rate than the standard PCR test.
  • If your result is positive, fill out the COVID-Positive Form.
  • Fill out the COVID-Positive Form.
  • Call the school office at 773.445.7711.
  • After you complete the COVID-Positive form, someone from the school office will be in touch regarding a return to school date and protocols.
  • Our Technology Director, Mrs Davies will also reach out to you with e-Learning information for your quarantine period.

While we know that rapid tests lessen anxiety and shorten the time spent waiting for results, we have been told by both our Archdiocese medical advisor and medical professionals in our school community that rapid test results have a higher error rate than the standard PCR test. If you get a rapid test, we also recommend having a PCR test. Effective immediately from the IDPH, we can only accept a rapid test to confirm a positive, not a negative result. A PCR test result of negative is now the only test accepted to admit a student back into school.


If anyone in your home is symptomatic for COVID and is awaiting test results, your students cannot attend school and should refrain from contact with people outside your immediate family until the person being tested receives a negative PCR test result.

 

Nearby options that have been recommended to us include:

Midwest Express Clinic, 3258 W. 111th St. COVID Testing & Doctor Appointments

Evergreen Care Center, 9760 S. Kedzie, Evergreen Park (PCR and rapid testing) COVID Testing & Doctor Appointments

CVS, 11055 S. Western Ave. (make an appointment online) COVID Testing

CVS Walk-In Minute Clinic, 3951 W. 103rd Place, (773) 881-3359 Doctor Appts & COVID Testing

Gately Park (don’t need symptoms to be tested, schedule ahead online, cheek swab PCR test), 744 E. 103rd St. M/W/F 10am-4pm COVID Testing

 

Update from Archdiocese of Chicago 1/14/21 @3:18pm: 

 

Adjusted Quarantine Period for Travel

After consultation with state and local health departments, as well as our own medical advisors, we are making an adjustment to quarantine periods for travel. The following guidelines are in immediate effect for all schools (no matter their location):

  • Quarantine periods for all domestic travel (travel out of Illinois) is now ten (10) days.
    • (Travel) Quarantine periods may be shortened to seven (7) days if individuals present a written negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be administered no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival back in the state. Only written results are accepted (a verbal confirmation does not suffice).
    • This guidance does supersede the information released in the recent Archdiocese Parent Newsletter. 
  • Quarantines for international travel quarantine remain 14 days.
  • Quarantines for COVID-19 exposure cases also remain 14-days (based upon the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors).

 

In order to best understand any applicable travel quarantines and return to in-person dates, we ask that any family who has traveled past January 4 complete this form. Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our school community healthy.

 

Additionally, as in-person learners return to campus, we all want them to continue there as long as possible. We have learned over the past few months that even the slightest symptom (i.e. runny nose) can indicate COVID-19. As we start the new year in person, we encourage families who have travelled or met with people outside of their households to have your child tested before returning to in-person learning to keep our school community safe. You can find a list of testing sites above.