Divine Providence School
February 25, 2021 Home and School Connection
Things are changing!
It seems that changes are constantly being made, and sometimes they are hard to keep up with. Here are some common questions we have with their answers. Some of these situations have a new answer!
My child was not feeling well, and it is a symptom of COVID. What happens to them and their siblings?
If a child has is not feeling well and has a COVID-19 symptom (click here for CDC guidance on COVID-19 symptoms) the child and all family members will be sent home for monitoring. If the child is symptom free the following day, all may return to school. If they continue to have any symptoms, they need to be seen by a doctor. Siblings may not return to school until the sick child's symptoms have improved. When they are seen by the doctor, there are a few possibilities: The doctor may be able to give an alternate diagnosis or the doctor will order a COVID test. IF THE TEST IS NEGATIVE, we will need an alternate diagnosis. Please make sure int contains the alternate diagnosis and not just stating your child's symptoms. For example, if your child has an upset stomach, we must have a diagnosis such as: stomach virus, not stomach pain. It must be a note by the child's doctor's office. In most cases, the doctor will require a COVID test. Your child and all siblings must remain at home until the test results have been submitted and they are approved to return to school.
Day 1- SICK CHILD- all siblings stay home/ are sent home
Day 2 - if child is well, all may return to school
Day 2 - if child is still not feeling well, all siblings remain home, child is expected to see a doctor.
At doctor- child myst be given an alternate diagnosis or be COVID tested
If alternate diagnosis is given, child and siblings may return when symptoms improve and child is fever free for at least 24 hours without medication.
If there is a COVID test- child and siblings remain home until you receive the result. If POSITIVE, communicate this to the school immediately.
if NEGATIVE, doctor provides and alternate diagnosis, child and siblings may return when symptoms improve and child is fever free for at least 24 hours without medication.
We are going away for spring break. Will my child need to quarantine when we return?
This is a new update. We now have a map that will show us which states your child will need to quarantine if you visit. Please see the map below. At this time, we will not accept a negative COVID test to return to school. If you are traveling over spring break and will need to quarantine, please let us know as soon as possible so it is an easy transfer when you return. If you visit a yellow state, no quarantine is necessary.
If my child had a negative COVID test, why do you need the alternate diagnosis?
The reason for this is in case your child has been tested too soon. Students also tend to be asymptomatic and we do not want to take any chances that they or a classmate has the possibility of being positive.
Do I need to let the school know if the doctor doesn't think it is COVID, but tests anyway?
YES, we ALWAYS need to know about any COVID test that anyone in your home may need to get. Specifically you will be asked: what type of test did they have (nasal, oral, rapid)? Where did they have the test, including the address? When did symptoms begin? What were they? Have they been around anyone diagnosed positive? Results are communicated with the Archdiocese.
** Reminder, if anyone in your home tests for COVID, you must communicate this to Mrs. LeTourneau immediately, please do not wait to receive results.
The map below is updated every Tuesday. You can find the most current map by clicking here.
5 Essentials Survey
This is a reminder to participate in the parent survey supplement, part of the Climate, Culture, and Catholic Identity Survey administration utilizing the 5Essentials Survey. We guarantee that survey responses will never be connected to the identity of you or your child. School reports will only present aggregated information of how parents and students responded as a whole.
A parent survey report will be generated if at least 20 percent of parents respond to the survey. While the parent data will not be made public, the parent report will be made available to Mrs. LeTourneau and Dr. Jim Rigg, superintendent of the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools and will enable them to make considerations based on the responses given by Divine Providence School parents. Your participation in the parent survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Again, your identity and individual survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
Teachers and 4th through 12th graders throughout the district are taking the teacher and student 5Essentials Survey. School-level 5Essentials Reports will be generated if teachers and/or students meet their 50 percent response-rate thresholds. These research-based reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2021.
Please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/ to take the parent survey.
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Customer Support at 1-866-440-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farewell and Hello!
On March 1, Mrs. Mahalingam will be returning from her maternity leave.
Click here for instructions on how to obtain necessary tuition documents for 2020.
REGISTER BY MARCH 5th TO PAY THE EARLY REGISTRATION FEE!
Re-Registration for 2021-2022 School Year
Early-Bird Fees Available Now!
We are now in the process of planning for the upcoming school year! Planning for our school budget, textbooks, resources and the programs we can offer is all impacted by our school’s enrollment. This year, we are going paperless! We are asking all our current families to recommit to Divine Providence Catholic School for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please complete re-registration HERE.
The early-bird registration fee is $150.00 per family (non-refundable). Registration cost will increase to $200.00 per family after Friday, March 5, 2021. It is important that you secure your child’s placement on or before March 5th to avoid additional fees. Open registration begins for all new families beginning next week.
If you have any new student(s) in your household whom you plan on enrolling at Divine Providence for the next school year, please submit your child’s birth certificate, a new student application, immunization record and Baptismal certificate (if applicable) to Linda Hawkins, Director of Marketing and Enrollment at email@example.com
If you are not planning on returning to DP for the 2021-2022 school year, please let the school office know. Thank you!
Please help us share the word!
You can receive $500 off tuition next year by referring a new family! You can receive more than one discount if you refer more families. (You would receive the discount at the end of the 21/22 school year provided the referred family has been current with all tuition payments)
NUT cards! All students who have registered for next year will receive a NUT card! This will give them Friday out of uniform days from March 12- June 4th! The first class to get 100% response about next year (either they are registered or have let us know you will not be returning) will get a pajama day!
Spring Pictures and Graduation Retakes- March 10th!
Spring pictures are optional and there is no pre-ordering necessary. Ordering can be done once proofs arrive in a few weeks. Children who will have their picture taken should wear a nice outfit to school. Please make sure your child dresses appropriately. Jeans and shorts are not allowed. Due to the green screen used for different background choices, students should not wear anything green.
Graduation retakes are also taking place on March 10th. The dress code is the same as the original graduation picture day. Please follow the instructions that were provided in your photograph packet and return the packet and the fee to the school office by March 5th.
If there are Virtual Learners who wish to have their picture taken please contact the school office to schedule a time.
2019-2020 School yearbook
Please fill one form out for each child you would like to purchase a 2019 - 2020 yearbook. (This is LAST school year, not the current school year) Yearbook money will be billed to your FACTS account. Payment must be made upon billing in order to receive the yearbook. **Limited amount of yearbooks available!** Distribution o yearbooks will be in order of families that order one. Due to the limited quantity, we may not be able to fulfill every order. You will not be charged if we cannot fill your order.
The price for EACH book is $18.00
Use this link if you would like to purchase a 2019-2020 Divine Providence School yearbook
IMPORTANT - If anyone in your household tests for COVID-19
The reality is that children may be positive with the slightest of symptoms. Always keep our school in your communication.
From Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools
Click here to see the list of states requiring quarantine
The Office of Catholic Schools’ Infection Protocol Guide details the steps required of school administrators
March 1 - Chicken Nuggets
March 2 - Classic Hamburger
March 3 - Hot Dog
March 4 - Breaded Chicken Sandwich
March 5 - Deep Dish Cheese pizza
March 8 - Chicken Tenders
March 9 - Cheeseburger
March 10 - Beef and Cheese Tacos
March 11- Confetti Pancakes
March 12 - Pizza Dippers
March 15 - Chicken Nuggets
March 16 - BBQ Meatball sub
March 17 - Nacho Combo
March 18 - Mini Maple Waffles
March 19 - NO SCHOOL
March 22 - French Toast Sticks
March 23 - Hot Dog
March 24 - Rotini & meat sauce
March 25 -NO LUNCH, 1:00 dismissal
March 26 - Mozzarella Sticks
March 29 - Mini corn dogs
March 30 - Hot dog
March 31 - Pizza dippers
March 10 - Optional Spring picture day
March 10 - 8th Grade Graduation RETAKE day
March 19 - NO SCHOOL Faculty in-service
March 25 - 1:00 Early dismissal
April 2 - NO SCHOOL Good Friday
April 4 - Easter Sunday
April 5 - 9 - Easter Break NO SCHOOL
2021 Early dismissal dates:
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Phone Number for Extended Care (To call or text during extended care hours) 773-682-6196
Divine Providence Staff 2020-2021
Please CLICK HERE for the faculty for 2020-2021