COVID-19 Health & Safety
Please note, updates for the 2022-2023 academic year will be published after guidance is received from ISBE/DCFS. In the meantime, we are maintaining the health and safety guidelines and priorities from the the 2021-2022 academic year. Overall, our objectives remain:
- Deliver a quality modern Montessori education that upholds our authenticity and the core principles that shape our school
- Prioritize the health, safety and well-being of all members of our community
At Chiaravalle we hold a collective responsibility to follow CDC guidelines to keep our community safe. If your household has been exposed to COVID-19 or someone is exhibiting symptoms, please seek medical attention and remain off-campus until you have met CDC criteria. Please alert our school nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org. The school nurse will continue our protocols of notifying the constituents of communicable diseases in our school. However, the family is responsible for contact tracing and notifying those they have been in close contact with. Families will receive information regarding individual and group quarantine guidelines when these have been made explicit for schools by ISBE.
As part of summer 2020 renovations, Chiaravalle replaced the HVAC system in the historic Burnham building with an eco-friendly, best-in-class model that replaces fresh air in the building twice an hour. Each classroom space is served separately by the system without mixing fresh air supplied and air returning. The construction, which had been scheduled for the summer of 2020 prior to the coronavirus pandemic, allowed the school to include additional state-of-the-art enhancements that use advanced oxidation technologies and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) in conjunction with the high-efficiency HVAC system to reduce airborne disease transmission. We are fortunate that the timing allowed the school to go above and beyond to improve air quality and reduce the risk of airborne exposure.
The Middle School space features additional air purifiers and filters to improve ventilation inside the classrooms. Additionally, we coordinate cleaning protocols as well as thoughtful indoor and outdoor space usage with the First Congregational staff and Mudlark who share the same large building.
Daily cleaning protocols are increased including more frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces. School custodial staff will wear masks, undergo training on COVID safety, and are trained to use disinfectants in a safe and effective manner and to clean up potentially infectious materials and body fluid spills.
Students at every age level are taught proper techniques for handwashing. Hand sanitizing stations are located at the entrance and throughout the building. Hand washing will be required before entering any of our spaces, and hand sanitizer or hand washing must also be used before and after touching shared equipment.
Chiaravalle's thoughtful Montessori classroom designs include multiple sinks in each classroom to facilitate student hand washing and hygiene practices. For our 0-6 students, dedicated bathrooms are also available within each classroom. Middle School has access to multiple restrooms and sinks.
In the case of an exposure or high area case rates, as determined by the CDC, collective, consistent use of masks is one of our best strategies to reduce viral exposure and allow our students and staff to stay healthy. Mask guidelines will be updated as needed and as additional guidance is provided by the state. We ask students to bring at least one clean mask per day. The school can provide a back-up if your student’s mask is wet or soiled.