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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

The information below is excerpted from the September 2 Operating with Trust email from the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Updated Travel Advisory
We are aware of evolving changes to the City of Chicago Travel Advisory, which places all but one state, Vermont, on the “orange” list. At this time, we are maintaining our travel quarantine requirements for non-vaccinated individuals, who must quarantine for 10 days or obtain a negative COVID test to avoid the need to quarantine. Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after travel. In light of rising infections across the U.S., please be cautious when traveling with unvaccinated children.
Quarantine Procedures
In the event of any COVID-positive cases or close contacts, we are once again following clear procedures to best protect all within our care. View the full quarantine procedural details in English/Spanish/Polish. As you will see:

  • Our procedures align to the published guidance of national and local public health departments. As public guidance evolves, we will adapt our isolation and quarantine procedures, as necessary.
  • Fortunately, this year we are able to reduce total quarantine time in some instances of close contact cases – please see above quarantine link for details. Generally, the quarantine rules are the same as last year; however, following the protocols within our operating framework (i.e., a minimum of 3 feet of distance and masked while indoors), students and staff will not be considered close contacts, for now.

Full Classroom Quarantines

There may be times in which an entire classroom must quarantine given instances of multiples students in one classroom reporting COVID-like symptoms or positive diagnoses, particularly as we face the current surge in our area. While we hope and expect this to be infrequent throughout the year, this is a necessary precaution to protect the wellbeing of all. 



As noted above, the success of our operating framework and the ability to limit quarantines rests on everyone’s cooperation concerning the use of masks. As a reminder, just as with last year’s protocols:

  • Mesh masks and masks with holes are not permissible
  • Well-fitting masks featuring two or more layers of fabric and an adjustable nose wire are required
    • Reusable cloth masks, disposable masks and Kn95s (for children) all fit this description. Experience has shown that for most, reusable masks typically fit better than disposable child-size masks
  • Please ensure an extra mask is included in a Ziploc-style bag in your student's backpack.
  • Additionally, please remember that masks are required indoors at all times by all individuals, including indoor athletics. Persistent disregard for proper mask use by athletes or spectators can and will lead to cancellation of games, practices and programs, as necessary.

All individuals must remain at home when sick or experiencing any symptoms to minimize the chance of spreading COVID-19. Families are obligated to report COVID-19 diagnoses, COVID-19 symptoms or close contact cases to their school office. Report your absence via the Student Absence Reporting Form on our website.

If symptoms last less than 24 hours, the individual can return to school as long as they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

If symptoms last 24 hours or longer the symptomatic individual can return to school after they are symptom-free for 24 hours (without medication) and have one of the following:

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test
  • An alternative diagnosis from their doctor
  • Quarantined for at least 5 days from symptom onset (until fever free for at least 24 hours without medication and 75% improvement of all other symptoms)
  • Any unvaccinated family members (including St. Barnabas students) of students/staff awaiting test results must remain home until a negative PCR test result is achieved.
  • Students and staff within a K–12 school that maintained a minimum of 3 feet of distance from the confirmed case and were properly masked during an exposure are not considered close contacts and, therefore, do not need to quarantine after exposure to a positive case. Outside of the school environment, a close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of a confirmed positive case, whether masked or unmasked, for at least 15 minutes cumulatively during a 24-hour period.

  • Note: The quarantine rules are the same as last year; however, as long as schools follow the protocols within our operating framework (i.e., 3 feet of distance and masked while indoors), students and staff will not be considered close contacts, for now.

  • Once it is established that a close contact must quarantine, please fill out the online Close Contact Form to alert the school. Vaccinated individuals are not considered close contacts as long as their last vaccination was more than two weeks but less than 6 months from the date of exposure.
  • Close contacts should then quarantine for 5 days from the last date of exposure to positive case, at which point they can return to school so long as they remain asymptomatic.
  • 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.

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 for peace of mind, we also recommend having a PCR test. 

If anyone in your home is symptomatic for COVID and is awaiting test results, your unvaccinated student(s) 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:

Physicians Immediate Care Alsip - 4800 W. 129th St., Alsip, IL 60803 Rapid PCR Tests & Doctor Appointments

Physicians Immediate Care Orland Park - 9570 W. 159th St., Orland Park, IL 60467 Rapid PCR Tests & Doctor Appointments

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