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Welcome Back to Campus

Our plan is to open in August with a new hybrid bell schedule that 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.

Communication Updates

FAQs for the 2020–21 Academic Year

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Do students need to wear a mask at all times?

    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.
  • 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.

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

List of 6 items.

  • Steering Committee

    Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ
    President

    Charles Heintz
    Principal

    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
  • Academic Work Group

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

    David Behof '92, Chair
    Director of Research and Technology
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Bell Schedules for the 2020–21 Academic Year

List of 3 items.

  • Hybrid Bell Schedule

    Our Hybrid Bell Schedule allows for one or two grade levels to be learning at school while other students are learning from home. We will begin the school year with one grade level coming to campus each day between August 13 and September 4. By September 1, we will communicate our plans for increasing our capacity for in person instruction (two grade levels per day or four grade levels per day). A full calendar of in-person days for the first four weeks of school is as follows:
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  • E-Learning Bell Schedule

    E-Learning will be used when it is not safe to have in-person learning, and all teaching and learning will be done remotely. Based on feedback we received from year-end surveys of students and teachers, we modified our E-Learning Bell Schedule to include a lunch period, start the school day earlier and increase class periods by 5 minutes in length. Visit the E-Learning Days web page for additional information.
  • Traditional Bell Schedule

    It is our goal to return to our Traditional Bell Schedule as soon as possible. ISBE’s guidance suggests that it is best to return to school in phases. When we do return to full-capacity learning in the building, we expect that we will need more time in the morning to screen students for symptoms of COVID-19; therefore, we’ve adjusted our daily school schedule to start at 8:00 a.m. for the entire school year when there is in-person learning happening in the building. Class periods will be 55 minutes long and time will be added to the second period and fifth period of the day to accommodate homeroom announcements and the Examen prayer, respectively.

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 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

List of 1 items.

  • Travel Advisories

    Students and employees who plan to travel internationally or domestically should use caution and evaluate travel plans at this time. For guidance on travel considerations, please reference the CDC travel advisories.

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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