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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.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at covid.information@loy.org.

COVID Protocols & Commonly Asked Questions

List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What are the daily health screenings?

    By entering campus all students, faculty, staff and visitors self certify that
    • I have not received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past five days.
    • I am not currently under an order of quarantine.
    • I have not experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last fove days. If I have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the last five days, I have since received a negative COVID-19 test result.
    If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, you must stay home and get tested.
  • Q. Do students, faculty, staff and visitors have to wear a mask while on campus?

    Effective Thursday, February 10, 2022, masks are optional while on campus for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Anyone who wishes to continue to wear a mask in school is encouraged to do so. We support everyone’s decision regarding the regular use of masks.
  • Q. Do students have to submit proof of vaccination?

    Yes. If you have not already done so, please submit a copy of your child's completed COVID vaccine card to healthforms@loy.org. Proof of vaccine will be extremely helpful for contact tracing purposes. Please re-submit COVID vaccine cards to reflect additional boosters.
  • Q. When should I keep my child home?

    Any student vaccinated or unvaccinated, experiencing even one symptom of COVID-19 including moderate to severe headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue from unknown cause, cough, fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, body aches, loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, must stay home and get tested.

    If you receive a negative test result, you may return to school as long as you have been fever free for 24 hours and have an improvement of symptoms.

    If you test positive, please let the nurse know by emailing nurse@loy.org If anyone in your household is experiencing any COVID symptoms and you are unvaccinated, you must stay home until a test result for the person who is experiencing symptoms is received. If the ill person tested negative, anyone in the household may return to school. Vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine if someone in their household tests positive or is experiencing symptoms.
  • Q. What if I test positive for COVID-19?

    • Quarantine at home for five days from start of symptoms; if you do not have symptoms, quarantine five days since your positive test date. Strict masking for an additional five days.
    • Isolate the COVID-19 positive person alone in a room away from others.
    • Report any positive case or close contact exposures to Loyola’s school nurse, Mrs. Corry Braasch at nurse@loy.org.
    • Strick masking must be maintained for the next five days after isolation.
    • May return to on campus classes and activities on day six after the five day quarantine is complete, AND the infected person is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine AND other symptoms of COVID are improving. Masking is required when returning on days 6–10. If you cannot mask or do not want to mask, then you must stay home for the full 10 days.
    • A negative COVID test is not needed after testing positive and the five day quarantine is complete before returning.
  • Q. What should I do if I'm told to quarantine?

    Notify the school nurse about your exposure. Loyola Academy’s policy states that five days of quarantine are required for students, faculty and staff that test positive and also for unvaccinated individuals who are deemed to be a close contact exposure. Both situations require the permission of the nurse’s office to return to school.
  • Q. What do I do if someone in my household tests positive?

    • Every unvaccinated family member in the same household must quarantine five days from the last day of exposure to the individual who tested positive.
    • Vaccinated individuals or individuals who can show proof of a positive COVID test within 90 days of the date exposed do not have to quarantine, even if a household family member tests positive as long as they remain asymptomatic.
    • 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 nurse@loy.org about any exposure to a positive case at home.
  • Q. What is Loyola's quarantine policy if I test positive or am unvaccinated?

    Loyola Academy’s policy states that five days of quarantine are required for students, faculty and staff that test positive and also for unvaccinated individuals who are deemed to be a close contact exposure. Both situations require the permission of the nurse’s office to return to school.
  • Q. What should I do when my quarantine is over?

    When the quarantine is over, the individual may return to school as long as that person has been fever free for 24 hours and has no symptoms or an improvement of symptoms (if tested positive). Please make sure you check with the school nurse on your agreed upon return date before returning. You can email the nurse at nurse@loy.org.
  • 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 five days from the positive test date or the onset of symptoms (if you are experiencing symptoms). Report any positive case to our school nurse, Mrs. Corry Braasch at nurse@loy.org.
  • Q. What type of COVID test results are acceptable?

    Antigen, PCR or rapid PCR tets are acceptable.
  • Q. Does my child need to receive regular COVID-19 testing?

    Per IDPH and ISBE guidance for schools, unvaccinated students will be subject to randomized weekly COVID-19 testing. Randomized testing will be conducted confidentially through the Nurse's office during free periods.
  • Q. What are Loyola Academy guidelines for school-sponsored overnight travel (e.g. retreats, service opportunities, athletic tournaments, etc.)?

    As of Thursday, February 10, 2022, all students, regardless of their vaccination status, are eligible to participate in school-sponsored overnight trips. Students are expected to avoid participation when experiencing COVID symptoms. 

    Students will not be COVID tested before and after overnight travel experiences.
  • Q. What are Loyola Academy's personal travel guidelines?

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

    Individuals should follow the Cook County Department of Public Health travel guidance.

    For international travel, students and families should follow these steps:
    • Consult the CDC website for updates and restrictions.
    • Test 3-5 days upon return to the US after travel, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Unvaccinated students are required to quarantine for five days.

    If you do choose to travel, please follow all safety precautions and guidelines of CCDPH and let the school nurse know if you have a travel quarantine to report by emailing nurse@loy.org.
  • Q. If I test positive or the school asks me to quarantine, will I be able to attend class virtually?

    Full, in-person learning has proven to be invaluable, therefore, remote learning will not be provided for students who are absent for any reason. Absences will be excused for students who provide medical documentation of a positive test result or a required quarantine.

    When at home, students will have access to daily assignments in onCampus and will be able to share their progress with their teachers. Teachers will be available to provide information via email, and counselors will help students navigate the student’s return to school.

When reporting, we ask that you email the information to nurse@loy.org 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. A close contact in school, when strict masking is being followed, is defined as being within 3 feet for 15 minutes or more. 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. Vaccinated students do not have to quarantine and may return to campus as long as they are symptom free. If an unvaccinated student is exposed, please quarantine that person for five days from the date of exposure. A COVID test is recommended on day five. If the unvaccinated students does not have any symptoms on day six, they may return to campus while adhering to strict masking for the next five days. Vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals should monitor their symptoms for the entire 10 days after an exposure. If at any time the exposed person begins to have symptoms during that time, they should stay home and be tested for COVID.
  • Reporting an Illness

    Please let the nurses know if your student is experiencing any COVID symptoms including: moderate to severe headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, fever of 100.4 degrees fahrenheit or higher, or new loss of taste or smell and stay home. 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 Advisory or the Cook County Department of Public Health Travel Guidance. Please report the date of return from the high risk state.

COVID-19 Recovery Team

To guide our planning, we've assembled the LA COVID-19 Recovery Team, comprised of school leaders and medical experts. 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.

Committee Groups and Members

List of 6 items.

  • Steering Committee

    Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ
    President

    Charles Heintz
    Principal

    Lynn Egan
    Director of Communications and Content Management

    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

    Consultants:
    • 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
    • Phil Nieman, Math Department Chair
    • Amanda Pagnotta, Teacher
  • 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
    • 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
    Nurse

    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, Assistant Controller
    • 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, Associate Principal for Academics
    • Chris Penna, Assistant Principal for Student Success

Health & Safety

List of 6 items.

  • Masks

    Effective Thursday, February 10, 2022, masks are optional while on campus for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Anyone who wishes to continue to wear a mask in school is encouraged to do so. We support everyone’s decision regarding the regular use of masks.
  • 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

    As of Monday, May 24, Loyola Academy will no longer be conducting temperature screenings or symptom checks at school entrances. However, by entering the building all employees, students, parents and visitors certify the following:
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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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Prevention Tips

List of 8 items.

  • 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 24 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.

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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