Back to School!

2020-2021 Reopening Plan

Academic Plans

  • Using Google Classroom and Schoology as online learning management systems to integrate in-class and e-learners.

  • Teachers have created curriculum maps incorporating plans for in-class and online instruction.

  • Diagnostic assessment, iReady, to help gauge student learning needs.

  • Chromebooks and iPads available for in-class and at-home instruction. Training for teachers, students, and parents on new technology.

  • Preparing an e-learning plan to communicate expectations and guidelines for online instruction. This will include daily check-ins with students as well as daily assignments in all core subjects.

  • Continue to pray together as a community.

Health and Safety Plans

Traffic Flow, Cohorts, and Building Preparation

  • Single-student families drop off/pick up child on 15th Street. Multi-student families drop off children in parking lot, following traffic pattern. Parents may not enter the building at arrival and dismissal times. Please view the pages at the end of this document for more details about arrival and dismissal procedures.

  • Staff and volunteers perform “Wellness Checks” (temperature, masks, soap/hand sanitizer, verbal symptom check) when students leave cars in the morning.

  • Students remain within a cohort as their homeroom class. Students wear masks and remain socially distanced within their cohorts, and cohorts interact as little as possible. 

  • Social distancing in place throughout the building, and specific routes allow for lack of interaction between cohorts.

  • Teachers and staff members not within a cohort maintain 6ft social distance at all times.

  • Plans for the regular cleaning and disinfecting of the building, focusing on shared spaces, commonly touched areas, and bathrooms.

  • Students eat lunch in homerooms, or limited groups use the cafeteria without mixing cohorts.

  • Hand sanitizing stations available in all classrooms, main office, restrooms, and throughout the building

  • Drinking fountains only used to refill water bottles.


  • Classrooms decluttered with the goal of maximizing floor space.

  • Desks arranged in rows and distanced with students facing the front of the room. Foldable desk barriers used to assist with distancing.

  • Area rugs removed from classrooms.

  • Supplies assigned to specific cohorts and/or students, avoiding shared supplies when possible.

  • Core classes taught in cohort homerooms, with teachers moving from room to room rather than the students.

  • Special area teachers visit cohort homerooms. 

  • Early Education Classes: Develop naptime strategy that maximizes distance. 


  • Opportunities for cohorts to move outside for lessons. Students may remove masks when they remain 6ft apart outdoors.

  • Recess scheduled throughout the day so that cohort structure remains in place. Playground equipment assigned to individual cohorts.

  • When multiple cohorts are outside, 30 ft of space will separate the cohorts.

Infection Protocol

  • This plan is based on that of the Archdiocese of Chicago. They have worked closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health, and they have followed the guidance of the CDC and the American Association of Pediatrics in crafting a plan that keeps everyone at Saint Agnes safe and healthy. While several aspects of the plan, such as wearing masks, remaining in cohorts, and washing/sanitizing hands, will help to prevent the spread of illness, we also have plans in place for what to do in the event of someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Anyone who exhibits symptoms during morning wellness checks will not enter the building.

  • Students displaying symptoms during the day will be placed in isolation until they can be picked up. Parents make sure to list emergency contacts who will be able to pick up student if they are unable.Someone who is displaying symptoms should see a doctor.

  • Any siblings of the student (or anyone living in the same household) should likewise be sent home, regardless of whether they display COVID-19 symptoms. Siblings may return for the next day of school unless the student receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or the siblings develop symptoms.

  • If it is determined that an individual does not have COVID-19, they may return to school when symptoms subside with a doctor’s note or negative test results.

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 or does not seek medical attention, students must isolate and not return to school until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.

  • If a member of a cohort is diagnosed with COVID-19, the entire cohort will quarantine at home for 14 days. A letter notifying all families will be distributed. Learning will be conducted remotely during this time.

  • The principal and school staff will closely monitor the health of all who remain at school. Principal will contact the Regional Director to determine if further action is needed.


  • EDP is still available beginning at 6:30 a.m. and lasting until 6:00 p.m. Students remain socially distanced and do not share items. Isaiah Hall utilized to space out students when needed.

  • Volunteer usage minimized as much as possible.

  • Classrooms used by other groups are cleaned and disinfected before and after they are used by any external group. Religious education will be taking place remotely this year.

  • Choir, Drama/School Play, Advent Lessons and Carols, etc. canceled or conducted virtually. No field trips take place this year.

  • Students should come to school with appropriate masks. This year students may wear the regular school uniform or the gym uniform interchangeably. Also, the shoe policy is changing this year to a gym shoe (no dress shoes) that is ALL white, ALL black, OR black and white ONLY.








A Message from the Principal

Teacher's Messages



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The first three bolded items are new this year

  • School shoes note: One pair of gym shoes is all that is required: all black, all white, or black and white only. No other colors allowed. This provides an economical, comfortable, and safe shoe requirement for your child.
  • School uniforms and gym uniforms can be worn interchangeably so as to keep uniforms clean.
  • Hair must not cover eyes. Natural, all one color. No dyes/streaks. No extreme cuts, excessive ornamentation , or razor cut lines allowed.
  • Earrings/Jewelry: Not allowed. If your child gets her ears pierced, the earrings must be out by Aug. 31.
  • Thank you for your cooperation! If you have questions, please call.

Here are the Dress Code details.