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Frequently Asked Questions

How will Saint Patrick High School enforce social distancing?

The safety, health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community remain our highest priority. To that end, Saint Patrick High School will enforce social distancing for the 2020-21 academic year to the greatest extent possible by not allowing anyone to enter the building without a face covering/mask and temperature and symptom checks. In addition, social distancing signage and hand washing reminders have been added throughout the building and faculty and staff will encourage students to practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the CDC, symptoms for COVID-19 may include (but are not limited to): fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

What should I do if my son is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?

The CDC recommends that anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should self-quarantine. Self-quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others and helps prevent spread of disease. If a student is exhibiting symptoms during an in-person school day, he will be sent to the nurse and placed in a Quarantine Room until his parents are notified and transportation can be arranged.

What happens if a student, faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student, faculty or staff member tests positive, the school will initiate contact tracing. The CDC defines contact tracing as identifying people who have an infectious disease and people they came in contact with to interrupt disease spread.

To prevent the further spread of disease, people who had close contact with someone with COVID-19 (15 minutes or more without wearing a mask) are encouraged to stay home and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19. People should monitor themselves by checking their temperature twice daily and watching for symptoms of COVID-19.

What happens if a family member of a student, faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

If a family member tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be asked to quarantine at home for at least 14 days and may only return to school after all family members are symptom free for at least 3 days. If a student is exposed to someone outside the home who tests positive for COVID-19, they should quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with the person.

Is Saint Patrick High School doing anything else to help monitor or mitigate additional potential COVID-19 situations?

The IDPH is monitoring key indicators to identify early but significant increases of COVID-19 transmission in Illinois, potentially signifying resurgence. These indicators can be used to determine whether additional community mitigation interventions are needed for a region, or Saint Patrick High School, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. More information may be found here.

Is it ok for students and families to travel during the school year?

Whenever possible, students and families should avoid traveling during In-Person Learning, particularly to areas with community spread. If a student travels internationally or domestically to an area with community spread, they will be asked to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to school.

Are there any special accommodations for students with IEP’s, etc.?

Families of students with IEP’s should contact Mr. Sergio Muro, Director of Student Services, at or Mrs. Lisa Bodnar, Director of Diverse Learning, at to review their IEP or Service Plan and determine the appropriate modifications for instruction.

Is there are an option for full-time Remote Learning for my son?

Yes. Students who have medical conditions, or family members with medical conditions, or general concerns with returning to school may request a full-time Remote Learning option. Students will be expected to adhere to the expectations and guidelines for daily Remote Learning. Please contact Mr. Christopher Perez ‘91, Director of Curriculum, at by Friday, August 7 if you are choosing full-time Remote Learning.

Is there a reduced tuition rate for students choosing either the Hybrid Learning model or full-time Remote Learning? 

Unfortunately, Saint Patrick cannot provide a tuition discount for students who choose either learning model. Tuition revenue is the sole source of compensation for faculty and staff. Additionally, costs for the school have risen substantially since the pandemic began and especially as we prepare to safely reopen our building. We will work with families with financial hardship as much as possible. Some fees may be prorated, lowered, and/or refunded due to lessened activities and time on campus. Any fees that are refunded or prorated at a lower rate will be processed at the end of the year.

If my student chooses full-time Remote Learning, can he attend before or after school athletics, activities or clubs?

If a student chooses full-time Remote Learning, he should avoid before and after school athletics, activities or clubs for those same reasons. For other considerations, please contact the Principal’s office.

Will counselors be available during a school day?

Counselors will be available each day and will keep in regular contact with their assigned students during In-Person Learning and while students are attending class remotely.

What happens if the state requires school to close again?

If the state requires schools to close again, Saint Patrick High School is prepared to transition to full-time Remote Learning with modifications based on feedback from a student/parent survey in the spring. Any Remote Learning in the 2020-21 academic year will include synchronous learning and asynchronous learning with a preference to synchronous learning. Faculty will be required to offer daily office hours and Remote Learning days will follow a traditional school day including attendance check-ins.

How can I best prepare for the school year?

Students and parents should carefully review this Return to School Plan and be on the lookout for follow up communications in the weeks leading up to the start of the academic year.

How will the school communicate with parents?

We will communicate with parents through weekly e-communications and provide additional updates, as needed. If you are a parent of a current student at Saint Patrick and are not receiving e-communications or would like to change your email, please contact Ms. Jennifer Sloan, Director of Communications, at

How can I support the school in their efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy during this time?

As we have repeatedly said, our strength is our community. Now more than ever, we need to support each other by taking the necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe. We ask parents to work with Saint Patrick by encouraging students to wear their masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible. We also remind parents to monitor everyone in their household for symptoms of COVID-19 and self-quarantine, as needed.

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