Return to School Plan - Fall 2020
As of August 4, 2020
Marquette Catholic High School will start school on August 20, 2020, and will be implementing a Hybrid Model of in-person and online learning.
The first day for students with a last name ending in A-L will start school in person on August 20th.
Students with the last name M-Z will start school on August 21, 2020.
The following plan will be implemented and maintained to keep our school community healthy and safe. Please note the guidance in this plan may be amended as needed as circumstances change and/or additional information becomes available.
Why the Hybrid Model?
We believe it is important for our students’ mental well-being and academic development that we return to a normal school environment as soon as possible while doing so in a safe way.
How will the Hybrid Model work?
All Marquette students will rotate between in-person attendance and online learning, with only half of the student body physically present for school until such time as public health data indicates the School can transition to daily in-person attendance. On an alphabetical basis, one half of the students will be in school Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the first week and Tuesday and Thursday of the following week. The other half of the student body will be on the opposite schedule. On the days students are not physically at school they will attend classes remotely.
Please note, students who have chosen the 100% remote learning option may not change to the Hybrid model until the start of the next quarter.
COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Fortunately, there are a number of actions school staff can take to help lower the risk of exposure to and spread of COVID-19 during school sessions and activities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2020). Personal prevention practices including face coverings, handwashing, staying home when sick, and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important principles for the prevention of spreading the virus.
- Students and parents will conduct at-home screening prior to arrival each day the student will be on campus. Home screening should include a temperature check.
- Upon arrival at school students will be temperature checked again. Individuals with a temperature over 100.4 will not be granted access to school.
Restrictions for Campus Visitors
- Access to the Marquette campus is restricted to students, faculty, staff, approved vendors, and invited guests.
- Non-essential visitors to campus will not be admitted.
- Visitors must wear a face covering, complete temperature check, and follow all MCHS social distancing protocols.
- Invited Guests will complete an online questionnaire before their visit is approved.
- Parents/guardians during emergency situations should go to the middle doors on 4th Street and use the intercom to speak to the main office. Wait outside for further instruction.
- Requests for access to campus by non-essential visitors will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please fill out the questionnaire at www.marquettecatholic.org 24 hours prior to visit time. Please do not arrive unless your request is approved.
- Urgent requests may be communicated by phone to 618-463-0580 ext. 0 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Masks are required at all times on the Marquette Catholic campus.
- The Marquette student handbook continues to apply as normal.
- Marquette will be on a White “A” schedule each day we follow the Hybrid model.
- Lockers will not be available.
- Backpacks will be allowed until further notice.
- Water fountains throughout the building will be off. Students may bring water but no sugary drinks.
- Students will have an assigned seat in each classroom. Once assigned, students will use the same desk daily.
- Students will wipe down their desks with a disinfectant at the end of each class.
- In the main building, students will use the 2 side stairwells to go DOWN only.
- In the main building, students will use the middle stairwell to go UP only.
- In the STEM center, students will enter only using the main STEM Center entryway and the emergency exit on 4th street to exit the building.
For students attending class remotely
- Students must be visually present, on time, and seated at a desk or table for each class period.
- Be in an environment conducive to learning.
- Students must be in uniform just as if they were physically present.
- Students will follow in-school rules, for example, no eating breakfast, walking around or leaving “class.”
For students attending class at School
- Sit in the same assigned seat every day.
- Wipe down the desk before leaving.
- Do not share devices.
- Please keep the backpack out of the aisle.
- Follow teacher instruction for hygiene and social distancing.
- Students should arrive at school at approximately 8:00 am or slightly thereafter. Classes start at 8:09am.
- Students will enter the school at the door closest to their first class.
- Students will not be permitted to gather in groups prior to school, whether inside or outside.
- Students shall proceed directly to their class upon arrival and maintain social distancing by proceeding to their assigned seats. Classrooms will be open.
- Juniors and Seniors who have late arrival, which requires the permission of parents and the school, will arrive prior to their first class. Please contact the Dean of Students for information regarding late arrival permission.
End of Day Procedures
- Junior and Seniors who have "Early Out" (with school and parent permission) shall have early out if they do not have 8th period, or 7th and 8th period classes. Such students must vacate the school as soon as their last class ends.
- All other students will be dismissed no later than 3:00 pm, on a staggered schedule to promote physical distancing.
- If you are picking up a student(s) please communicate a pre-arranged location for your student (s) to find you.
- Students should proceed directly to their ride home unless seeing a teacher.
Bell Schedule - Hybrid Model
- Masks must be worn at all times when on the bus.
- Use the same seat daily for tracing purposes.
- No more than 50 students per bus (Per Illinois “Phase 4” guidelines). Social distancing must be maintained to the greatest extent possible.
- Siblings should sit together.
- While using the Hybrid model lunch periods will not have more than 50 students at any one time. The cafeteria, gym, Commons, and Explorer Plaza will all be utilized for lunch periods.
- Students should always sit in the same spot for contact tracing purposes.
- Box lunches and prepackaged a-la-carte items will be available for purchase through Marquette food service.
- Social distancing must be maintained during lunch periods.
Health Monitoring Protocols
- No one will be allowed in the school with a temperature over 100.4.
- Parents and students should complete self-monitoring before coming to school. Screening procedures are available at the end of this document.
- Parents of students who do not drive should have alternate plans for pickup if a student does not pass screening procedures upon arrival.
- Temperature checks will be available throughout the day for students and employees in a designated isolated area of the building.
- Students who develop symptoms during the day must notify an administrator and will be isolated until parent/guardian arrives for pickup.
- Stay home if you have a fever, cough, are not feeling well, have a positive test for COVID-19, have been tested for COVID-19 and not yet received results, or recently were in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
Who should self-quarantine, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)?
A.) Any student, faculty, or staff who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been deemed to be a “Close Contact” of someone who tested positive.
B.) Any student, faculty, or staff member who is notified of being a “Close Contact” of a COVID-19 positive person.
Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive shall:
- Immediately notify the school by calling 618-468-1397.
- Self Quarantine for 14 days from the date the test was completed per CDC guidance.
- Verify that you are symptom-free without the use of symptom reducing medication and obtain verification from a medical provider, or your county health department, verifying the quarantine period has ended.
Anyone who is a Close Contact with someone who has COVID-19 shall:
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- Monitor for symptoms including fever (100.4 °F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms (available at the end of this document).
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk of becoming ill from COVID-19.
- Be symptom-free without the use of symptom reducing medication before returning.
Who will be defined as a Close Contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them).
- You shared eating or drinking utensils.
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
Details Regarding Cloth Face Covering/Masks
- Masks must be worn at all times.
- Face shields may be used in lieu of masks by teachers.
- Masks are considered part of the school uniform and must be consistent with the Marquette uniform policy, including approved colors, and without logos. Approved MCHS logos are allowed.
- “Gaiter” or pull-up styles are permitted.
- Fever or chills (100.4 or higher, no entry to school or activities)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms and will continue to be updated by the CDC as more information becomes available.
Hand Washing Best Practices
According to the CDC, washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and intestinal infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you:
- Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands.
- Touch a contaminated surface or objects.
- Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects.
Proper handwashing should be performed multiple times per day including but not limited to arrival and dismissal; before, during, and after preparing or eating food; after visits to the bathroom; using a tissue, coughing, or sneezing; after touching objects that have been shared by others; after touching garbage.
Athletics and Activities
- Marquette Catholic is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and will continue to follow their guidance, as well as that of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), regarding safety, precautions, and participation.
- Students who have chosen to participate 100% remotely may not participate in athletics or activities.
Student Information System
Learning Management Systems
- Google Classroom (all courses except Math)
- My Math Lab (Math courses)
Students and teachers will continue to utilize approved applications including Zoom, Google Meet and email. Teachers will use a variety of resources including, but not limited to, Remind, Edpuzzle, Anchor, Educreation, Flipgrid, Kahoot, Youtube, Quizlet, and Nspire.
Marquette Catholic High School would like to thank our Covid-19 team whose members are
Dr. Ed Blair, M.D.
Dr. Tom Hanson, M.D.
Mrs. Johanna Marshall, RN
Mr. Michael Slaughter, Principal
Mrs. Barbara Snyders, Academic Dean
Mr. Tim Harmon, Dean of Students
Mr. Brian Hoener, Director of Athletics
Mrs. Rita Haynes, RN, BSN, CIC - Infection Prevention Specialist, OSF HealthCare
Mr. Gerard Fischer, President Marquette Catholic Board of Directors
Mr. Robert Stephan - Communications Consultant
Mr. Dave Bartosiak, CPA - MCHS Chief Financial Officer; Partner C.J. Schlosser & Company
You may contact the COVID team at email@example.com.