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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

Non-vaccinated individuals can submit a written negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours prior to arrival)

OR ***NEW 3/19*** within 72 hours upon return to Chicago) in lieu of quarantine for individuals traveling to “hotspot” states. We realize that this is a change from prior guidance, which did not permit the submission of such a test. For more information, please see the March 19 Operating with Trust email from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

 

Domestic Travel (state-to-state)

Vaccinated individuals:

No quarantine is necessary if the traveler is fully vaccinated, which is defined as 2 weeks after the second dose of a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine or 2 weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Proof of vaccination or negative test results will be required to avoid quarantines.

Individual must not have symptoms and must maintain strict masking and physical distancing. If a fully vaccinated individual does have symptoms, he or she must quarantine and consult with a healthcare expert.

 

Non-vaccinated individuals (this includes all St. Barnabas students):

Domestic travel in states designated Orange on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map requires: 10-day quarantine upon return if there is no negative pre-arrival test or the traveler is not fully vaccinated (see above for definition of fully vaccinated) OR a written negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours prior to arrival OR ***NEW 3/19*** within 72 hours upon return to Chicago) submitted to attendance@stbarnabasparish.org prior to their return to school in lieu of quarantining for individuals traveling to “hotspot” states, with strict masking, physical distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings (separate from school attendance) upon return.

For domestic travel in states designated as Yellow on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map, no quarantine or pre-arrival test are required. However, travelers must maintain strict masking and physical distancing during their travels and upon their return.

 

International Travel

The Archdiocese continues to follow the CDC guidance. International travelers must follow these guidelines regardless of their vaccination status:

Traveler is to be tested 3-5 days after their return to the U.S. and must quarantine for a 7-day period even if the post-arrival test is negative.

If traveler chooses not to take a test 3-5 days after their return to the U.S., he or she must quarantine for 10 days after arrival.

 

Close Exposure

Vaccinated individuals who are a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

 

Are fully vaccinated (i.e., are ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine).

Have remained asymptomatic since their last contact with the infected person; and are not inpatients or residents in a health care setting.

Fully vaccinated individuals who are not required to quarantine should monitor their health for 14 days after their last contact with the infected person. If they experience symptoms, they must self-isolate pending clinical evaluation and COVID-19 testing. Vaccinated persons must also continue to adhere to all recommended protective measures, including, but not limited to, wearing a mask (and utilizing job-specific PPE), maintaining physical distance, practicing hand hygiene, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.

 

Non-vaccinated individuals must quarantine for 14-days following close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case.

 

The Archdiocese continues to monitor all published local and federal quarantine information and updates our guidelines to align with the most current guidance of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Cook County Department of Public Health. Please see the most recent City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order map, updated on a bi-weekly basis.

 

We understand that many families have a desire to travel over Easter break. We ask for your partnership in being forthcoming about your travel plans so that we can continue to keep our teachers, staff and students safe. We also ask all families to complete the St. Barnabas School Family Easter Travel Survey.

  • 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:

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

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

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