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COVID-19 Updates:

March 13, 2020:  Chicago Catholic Schools closed until further notice to prevent spread of COVID-19

(All classes, activities, clubs, meetings, field trips, sports events, etc. cancelled until school resumes)

Please see the following communications from St. Ferdinand School and the Archdiocese of Chicago:

 

St. Ferdinand School Principal Letter on Temporary Closing due to COVID-19

 

Archdiocese of Chicago Statement on Temporary School Closings Due to COVID-19

 

Cardinal Cupich has released a video message regarding decisions affecting Masses and Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Please visit this link for more information.

 

The Archdiocese of Chicago has shared some important information regarding speaking to your child about the coronavirus. Please read the attached letter and discuss with your child as you deem appropriate:  Talking to Your Children About Coronavirus

 

To view Sunday Masses, please visit our Church’s Website, where recorded Masses will be available for viewing:

 

Saint Ferdinand Church

 

To stay up to date with our school via Facebook:

 

St. Ferdinand School Facebook Page

 

March 3rd News:

 

The Archdiocese of Chicago is closely monitoring the news regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and actively planning for any potential circumstances. St. Ferdinand School, along with all Archdiocesan schools, is adhering to all guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

This letter was sent directly to all parents via Powerschool.

 

To help protect your child(ren) and others from this virus and all illnesses:

Wash your hands regularly with warm or hot soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw in the trash.

•Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill.

•Stay home when you are sick. Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. When at home, if possible, try to distance yourself from people who are sick.

•Contact your health care provider immediately if anyone in your home experiences any of the following symptoms: severe cough; rapid noisy, painful, or other difficult breathing; and dehydration.

•We ask that you notify our school if anyone in your home has any Coronavirus (COVID-19) or influenza symptoms. COVID-19 related student absences will be excused. We will work with affected students’ families in providing schoolwork and alternate education arrangements (e.g. e-learning) to ensure the continuity of your child’s education to the best of our ability.

 

As a school, we are also:

  • Providing plenty of hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes and tissues through offices and classrooms.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting transmission points (doorknobs, light switches, desks, tables, hand railings, water fountains, etc.) regularly throughout the day.
  • Ensuring school maintenance staff has additional resources needed to increase sanitation/cleaning activities.

 

We will continue to provide updates and guidance as needed. Learn more at the CDC website or the Chicago Department of Public Health website.