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The health and safety of students and staff is a top priority for the School of St. Mary.
As of July 2022
The School of St. Mary follows the COVID-19 protocols by the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools. A team of medical professionals developed these protocols based on the experiences of the past two years. The focus is on maximizing in-person instruction and minimizing disruption for students, families, and staff while maintaining a safe environment. Protocols for the 2022-23 School year are:
June 30 Letter to families from Superintendent Greg Richmond.
The School of St. Mary has a registered nurse who works at both the Primary and Upper Grade Centers. She works 4 days a week and will be at both buildings throughout the day/week.
Keep a child home for temperatures over 100 degrees. A child must be fever free without medication for 24 hours before return.
Keep a child home that has a runny nose, AND a fever, bad cough, headache, nausea, or is too tired or uncomfortable to function at school. A runny nose with no other symptoms is not necessarily a cause to keep a child at home.
Keep a child at home who has a greenish-colored nasal discharge and/or a chronic cough.
Keep a child home who has had three or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the child looks or acts ill or has diarrhea due to medication.
Keep a child at home who has drainage from the ear and/or ear pain.
Keep a child home who has thick mucus, pus, or clear liquid draining from the eye. Extreme redness, irritation, itchiness, or pain, eyelid swelling, and/or light sensitivity may also indicate a contagious condition.
Children must remain at home until they are treated and are free of lice and nits (eggs). Notify the school nurse if your child has lice.
Keep a child at home who has any skin rash of unknown cause, especially a rash accompanied by fever and itching. See your healthcare provider to confirm the rash is not contagious before returning to school.
Keep a child at home who has a sore throat accompanied by fever and/or swollen glands. A child diagnosed with strep throat may return to school after 12 hours of appropriate treatment if they are fever free (a temperature of less than 100F) and feels well enough. Notify the school nurse if your child is diagnosed with strep throat.
Keep a child home for 24 hours who vomits two or more times; if vomiting occurs during the night, keep the child home the following day.
Keep a child home who has had a fracture or surgery until they have written approval from the health care provider to return to school AND the child no longer required prescription pain medication for pain management.