January 15, 2022
This version of the SCCS School Health Plan includes recommendations by the CDC that were adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) a few days ago. It includes some significant changes including:
- A shortened time of isolation for both individuals with COVID-19, as well as individuals deemed as close contacts.
- A test to stay option permitting an individual who is a close contact to stay in school while submitting to testing requirements.
Please carefully read the updated School Health Plan in full, and review the matrices included to ensure you are fully aware of the additional requirements that accompany utilizing either of those options. The state has continued to "tweak" their requirements throughout this week and we are working hard to ensure we stay abreast of the changes. We are in contact with other local school administrators and have received input from our legal counsel. If the state continues to "tweak" their requirements, our School Health Plan will likely continue to need updating. As such, I ask for your continued patience and understanding as we work through this together. Be assured that our administrators are working diligently to provide what we feel are our best options for the School Health Plan.
While I am extremely thankful that our school has been able to continue with in person learning, I covet your prayers. Staying up to date on COVID protocols, ensuring our protocols meet state requirements, and the testing of many of our staff and faculty, has become extensive. I am in awe of the work that our administrators, faculty, and staff are doing to ensure we continue to invest in every student. We want to keep our students in school for as many days as we can while also providing a safe environment for that learning to occur. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us, and may our Father in heaven continue to bestow His grace and peace upon us.
Thank you for partnering with us and putting your trust in our faculty and staff. I want to assure each and every family that our leadership team is working diligently during these challenging times to do what is best for all of our students. Let's continue to work together. To God be the glory!
Henry Doorn, Jr.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.