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Welcome Back to Campus

Our new hybrid bell schedule enables us to reduce the number of students on campus at any given time with the goal of reaching full capacity as safely as possible. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and entire community. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and consult guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE),  Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). All plans are contingent on forthcoming direction from state and local authorities.

When reporting, we ask that you email the information to and follow the guidelines below:

List of 4 items.

  • Reporting a Positive Case

    Please include the name and year of the student, any symptoms he or she is experiencing as well as the date of when symptoms began, the date of his or her COVID test, any school sports or activities he or she attended and when he or she last attended, exposure information such as how you think exposure occurred (social, family, household or unknown). Please include a copy or scan of the test results as well.
  • Reporting an Exposure

    An exposure is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more with a person that has tested positive for COVID. The close contact must be within the contagious period of 48 hours before the COVID symptoms started or while the person had symptoms. If the COVID positive person has no symptoms, then they are contagious the 48 hours before testing or up to 10 days after. When reporting an exposure, please include the name and year of the student, the date of exposure, the type of exposure (social, family, household or unknown) and if he or she is experiencing any symptoms or if the student plans to get tested. If someone is exposed, please quarantine that person for 14 days from the date of exposure.
  • Reporting an Illness

    Please let the nurses know if your student is experiencing any COVID symptoms including: moderate to severe headache, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, abdominal pain from unknown cause, muscle or body aches, fever of 100.4 degrees fahrenheit or higher, or new loss of taste or smell. It is strongly recommended for any person with COVID-like symptoms to seek medical evaluation and testing.
  • Reporting a Travel Quarantine

    Please let the nurses know if you have traveled to a state listed on the Chicago Travel Order or the Cook County Department of Public Health Travel Advisory. Please report the date of return from the high risk state. It is recommended to quarantine for 14 days upon return.

Commonly Asked Questions

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Do students, faculty and staff need to wear a mask while on campus?

    For the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff, masks are to be worn at all times while on campus, including the parking lot and outdoor areas. Masks should be in place (over nose and mouth) before exiting your vehicle. Three types of masks are allowed:
    • Loyola issued mask or those purchased from the LoyolaWear store.
    • Disposable masks. Disposable masks should be thrown away at the end of every school day.
    • Reusable masks. Reusable masks should be cleaned after every use.
    Disposable and reusable masks may not include logos, images or words. Masks with exhalation valves or vents and gaiter style masks are now allowed. 
  • Q. When should I keep my child home?

    Any student experiencing a temperature at or exceeding 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or any other symptoms of COVID-19 including coughing; fever; chills; body aches; loss of sense of taste or smell; sneezing; runny nose; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; extreme fatigue; diarrhea; nausea/vomiting; or sore throat should stay home.

    If a student is experiencing even ONE symptom of COVID-19 including coughing; fever; chills; body aches; loss of sense of taste or smell; sneezing; runny nose; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; extreme fatigue; diarrhea; nausea/vomiting; or sore throat, then keep that child home as well as any siblings of the child with even one symptom. Any sick call divulging even one symptom of COVID will result in a follow up call from one of our school nurses. The ill child and all siblings will need to stay home until the ill child provides proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test OR a doctor’s note is provided stating that the symptoms the child is experiencing is NOT related to COVID-19 and an alternative diagnosis is given OR 10 days pass from the onset of symptoms.
  • Q. What do I do if I decide to get tested for COVID-19?

    Self-quarantine/isolate at home until you have received your test results. If the test result is positive, isolate at home for 10 days from the positive test date. Report any positive case to our school nurse, Mrs. Corry Braasch at
  • Q. What if I test positive for COVID-19?

    • Quarantine at home for 10 days from start of symptoms; if you do not have symptoms, quarantine 10 days since your positive test date
    • Isolate the COVID-19 positive person alone in a room away from others
    • Report positive case to Loyola’s school nurse, Mrs. Corry Braasch at
    • May return to on campus classes and activities after 10 day quarantine, AND fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever free medicine AND other symptoms of COVID are improving
    • Must check in with the school nurse before returning to school or activities and email a "Release of Isolation" note from a doctor or proof of negative test result
    • Beginning on October 19, Loyola will only accept a molecular (RT-PCR) negative test result in order to return to school; antigen (rapid) test results are not valid proof of wellness.
  • Q. What should I do if I'm told to quarantine?

    • Quarantine at home for 14 days of last exposure regardless of test results. Restart the 14 day quarantine if there is continued exposure to same positive individual. If a new household member tests positive with COVID-19 an you had close contact, restart the 14 day quarantine.
    • If COVID symptoms develop during the 14 day quarantine, quarantine for an additional 10 days from the start of the symptoms.
    • Follow all instructions from the Cook County Department of Public Health. They will notify you within 48 hours after receiving notification from Loyola Academy.
    • Visit the CDC website for more information.
  • Q. What should I do when my quarantine is over?

    You must email your "Release from Isolation" or "Release from Quarantine" letter that you receive from your local health department OR a note from your physician to Mrs. Braasch at You can NOT return to school/cocurricular activities until this letter or note is received by Loyola Academy.
  • Q. What do I do if someone in my household tests positive?

    • Every family member in the same household must quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure to the individual who tested positive
    • The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 must be isolated from the rest of the family members in his or her own room or space
    • Notify our school nurse Mrs. Braasch at about any exposure to a positive case at home.
  • Q. How does Loyola decide the number of students on campus for in-person learning?

    Our COVID-19 Recovery Team monitors key gating criteria daily to determine if a shift of our schedule is required or possible. Among the most important factors considered are: COVID cases; quarantines due to direct exposure, travel, or pending test results; positivity rates in suburban Cook County and the City of Chicago; contact tracing time; PPE supply; and the availability of Loyola personnel to staff all areas of the school. No single factor determines our decisions; rather, we consider the impact of combinations of the criteria.
  • Q. What are Loyola Academy's travel guidelines?

    Students and employees who plan to travel internationally or domestically should use caution and evaluate travel plans at this time.

    The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) recommends a 14-day quarantine for persons entering suburban Cook County from states and countries with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections. If you do choose to travel, please follow all safety precautions and guidelines of CCDPH.

COVID-19 Recovery Team

To guide our planning, we've assembled the LA COVID-19 Recovery Team, comprised of school leaders and medical experts. This team will shape the plan for reopening school as they identify the issues that must be considered as we move toward August and through the school year. We are committed to developing a pathway that is focused on safety and best practices, manifesting the best characteristics of our tradition of cura personalis. We know that creativity and flexibility must characterize our work. We also know that it will be crucial to communicate clearly and frequently with you and all members of the Loyola Academy community.

COVID-19 Recovery Team Work Groups

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  • Steering Committee

    Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ

    Charles Heintz

    Lynn Egan
    Director of Web Development and Digital Communications

    Nancy E. Paridy
    Chair, Loyola Academy Board of Trustees
    Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    Joe Roddy '82
    Loyola Academy Board of Trustee Member
    Attorney/Partner, Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, PC

    Work Group Chairs

    • Lisa Cormier, MD
    • Murray Snow, Dupage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
    • George Chiampas, MD
  • Academic Work Group

    The Academic Work Group ensures continuity and quality of learning, including online resources.

    David Behof '92, Chair
    Director of Research and Technology

    Team Members
    • Josh Hooker, Theology Department Chair
    • Anneliese Kranz, School Counselor
    • Elaine Mueller, English Department Chair
    • Phil Nieman, Associate Principal for Academics
    • Amanda Pagnotta, Teacher
    • Ademola Popoola, Chief Information Officer
  • Facilities Work Group

    The Facilities Work Group ensures necessary accommodations for social distancing and de-densifying; PPE resources and use, including training on proper use; campus signage and communication; sanitation and cleaning of campus.

    Dennis Stonequist '90, Chair
    Executive Vice President

    Team Members
    • Josh Gutierrez, Security Officer
    • Brigitte Kusevskis, Assistant Dean of Students/Teacher
    • Dave Stuercke, Director of Facilities
    • John Stutz, Associate Director of Facilities
    • James Chantanasombut, Quest Food Management Services
    • Jack Scapin, Valenti Builders
  • Health & Safety Work Group

    The Health & Safety Work Group ensures that COVID-19 response efforts are driven by medically accurate information and medical best practices. It will address issues regarding students, faculty and staff with underlying medical conditions and mental health; COVID-19 testing and tracing; PPE inventory and usage.  Ensure that IDPH, ISBE and CDC guidelines are followed.

    Corry Braasch, RN, Chair

    Team Members
    • Sheila Blanchfield, School Counseling Department Chair
    • Andrew Rdzok, Coordinator of Athletic Training
    • Tricia Kane, RN
    • Maureen Vance, MSN, RN
    • Chief Ben Wozny, Wilmette Fire Department, Consultant
  • Personnel Work Group

    Priorities of the Personnel Work Group include: employment issues, training for pre-return to work, how to use PPE, attendance, sick leave, remote working, work with those with underlying medical conditions, revise policies as necessary.

    Matt Smith, Chair
    Human Resources Director

    Team Members
    • Armida Dabu, Accounting Manager
    • Debbie Ganz, Administrative Assistant, Fine Arts Department
    • Mike Gombac, Teacher
    • Mallory Thelander, Teacher
    • Mike Kotowski, Teacher
    • Alfonso Lopez, Maintenance
    • Julie Meier, Executive Assistant to the Principal
  • Student Life Work Group

    Student Life Work Group ensures that the campus response meets the needs of student development and safety in all aspects of their LA experience with a focus on athletics, ministry and cocurriculars.

    Genevieve Atwood, Chair
    Vice President for Athletics and Fitness

    Team Members
    • Colleen Aufderheide, Fine Arts Department Chair
    • Sarah Bennett, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/School Counselor
    • Noah Hartman, Teacher/Assistant Director of Student Activities
    • Kay Gregg, Ministry Assistant Department Chair
    • Melissa Krein, Director of Student Activities
    • Susie McGovern, Physical Education Department Chair
    • Chris Penna, Director of School Culture
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Health & Safety

List of 6 items.

  • Wear A Mask

    As Ramblers, we are called to be women & men for others—something as simple as wearing a mask helps to keep everyone within the community healthy.
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  • Keep A Safe Distance

    COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are within close contact of each other (within 6 feet). Recent studies indicate that a significant portion of COVID-19 transmission is done through people that have no symptoms. That's why one of the first tools to employ in the fight against COVID-19 is physical distancing. We all have a personal responsibility and community accountability to help stop the spread.
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  • Contact Tracing, Quarantine, Isolation

    Quarantine and isolation helps protect the our community by preventing exposure to people who may have come in contact with COVID-19 or who may have tested positive. Contact tracing allows us and the public health department to identify who should quarantine and/or isolate.
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  • Wash Your Hands

    Handwashing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds especially after you’ve been in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
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  • Symptom Checks

    For the health and safety of our entire community, Loyola Academy will be conducting symptom checks and temperature screens of all students, faculty, staff and visitors upon entering the building.
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  • Stay Home If Sick

    If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 including coughing; fever; chills; body aches; loss of sense of taste or smell; sneezing; runny nose; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; extreme fatigue; diarrhea; nausea/vomiting; or sore throat—STAY HOME.
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Back to School Safety Precautions

Student Videos

Prevention Tips

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  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

    If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Wipe down surfaces regularly with disinfectant wipes.

  • Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Elbow bump instead of shaking hands.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw it away immediately.

  • Do not send your student to school if he or she is sick.

    Absences due to illness, including fever-related absences, will be recorded as an Excused Absence without a doctor's note. Teachers will work with students to create a plan to make up missed work.
  • Per our local authorities, it has been recommended that students stay home until they are fever-free for 48 hours.

  • If your student has a combination of a fever, cough and shortness of breath, contact your doctor.

    As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.
    • COVID-19

      Symptoms of Coronavirus

    • COVID-19

      Stop the Spread of Germs

    • COVID-19

      Face Coverings Dos & Don'ts

    • COVID-19

      Social Distancing

Maintaining a Positive School Culture

As a Jesuit school, we operate from a place of love and compassion rather than fear in our pursuit of creating an environment that is healthy, safe and free from bias or discrimination. Worldwide and in times of viral outbreak, there has historically been an uptick in racial harassment, xenophobia and insensitive remarks. Loyola Academy will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

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