Greetings Holy Trinity Parents, Guardians,
Welcome to the start of the 2021-22 school year! We are so excited to have everyone back in the building and resume regular Holy Trinity activities. We are hopeful that the continued partnership between the school and parents thrives now more than ever. Last year presented a bevy of unforeseen challenges, but our teachers and staff rose to the occasion and presented rigorous and insightful lessons that spanned in and outside the classroom. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Holy Trinity stands undaunted and exudes excellence in education instruction.
As it relates to Covid-19, I’d like to update our Holy Trinity families on our plans for re-opening. Below are some specifics we’d like you to know:
Our decision on masks was data driven. Three weeks ago, we sent a survey to parents on their student’s vaccination status and If parents felt wearing a mask is essential to the school day at HT. We discovered that likely 20% or more of our students may not be vaccinated by August 25th. However, approximately 70% of our parents are in favor of all students and employees wearing masks every day.
The CDC and the Archdiocese have given guidance that masks may be optional in schools. However, given the emerging data on the Delta variant and the data drawn from our parent survey, Holy Trinity has decided that all employees and students are to wear masks until we achieve institutional herd immunity which we have set as:
Holy Trinity Students: 80%
Holy Trinity Employees: 90%
This means we are requesting proof of vaccination from all vaccinated students and employees. Once both thresholds are achieved, Holy Trinity administration will re-evaluate and discuss lifting mask mandates. We will continue to monitor COVID cases in the city of Chicago and continue to follow the CDC guidelines.
Our testing provider Free Covid Care will be at Holy Trinity to provide rapid testing to all students and employees every Friday between 2:30-4pm . All student-athletes must be tested every week or will be ineligible for practice or participation in games. We strongly encourage all students unvaccinated to be tested every week. Vaccinated students and employees are also invited to be tested.
One change for this year is that temperature checks will no longer happen at Holy Trinity upon entering the building but we still ask that you monitor your student’s health each morning and that you do not send sick students to school.
Holy Trinity will be keeping a 3 foot social distancing rule in all classes, cafeteria, and assemblies. We caution all unvaccinated students to remain mindful of social distancing and keep 3-6 feet distance between other individuals.
All cleaning protocols will remain in place including deep cleaning with a jet sprayer. All surfaces, including door knobs, high touch surfaces, bathrooms, and common areas will be cleaned with disinfectant throughout the school day. Additionally, we will maintain air quality through continued ventilation efforts as well as use of the portable air purifiers put in place last school year.
The Main Office will keep an accurate count of all employees and students and their proof of vaccination status. The Main Office will be setting up an online tool so that HT families may upload proof of vaccinations or parents can simply bring vaccination cards directly to us. Only the School Principal and his designee will have access to proof of vaccination cards to further protect student medical records.
As we reopen, we also intend to keep parents updated and communicate with you in a timely manner. In an effort to ensure parents know what’s occurring at school, I have included a school calendar in this mailing. Furthermore, Holy Trinity will produce a biweekly newsletter to remind parents of upcoming events and important news. I’d like to highlight a few things here:
The uniform guide is unchanged from last year and is included within this mailing. There is a point of emphasis however regarding sweatshirts and jackets. We are advising all parents to purchase the HT pullover and/or the sweater for the winter. Please ensure your student is well layered for the winter, but within Holy Trinity uniform guidelines.
Holy Trinity has changed to a 10 point scale and has added a plus/minus system. For example, a student doing very well in a class could earn an:
A+ 100-98 A 97-93 A- 92-90
All students will have access to lockers this year. Locks will be provided to each student by Holy Trinity. Students cannot use any outside locks. Lockers are assigned, meaning students do not get to choose/switch/take up lockers not assigned to them.
September 11 – 8am
December 11 – 8am
February 12 – 8am
April 2 – 8am
Ventra cards can be purchased for $2 at the Business Office [cash only]. The family will then set up a Ventra account (instructions given by the Business Office) so that money can be added to the card for travel. The Business Office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm.
All Parent Meeting Dates
All parents will be given information on Covid-19, uniforms, important dates, tuition and fees, and additional pertinent items. All parents are encouraged to attend.
August 23, 2021, 6pm
Freshman/Sophomore, via Zoom
August 24, 2021, 6pm
Junior/Senior/Transfers, via Zoom
Parent Town Halls
All parents are welcome to attend. Meetings will happen at the beginning of every semester beginning at 6pm via Zoom. Parents will be emailed the zoom link reminder a couple of days before each meeting.
August 17, 2021, 6pm via Zoom
January, 12, 2022, 6pm via Zoom
Parent Club is a platform for HT parents to support the students, faculty, and staff of Holy Trinity High School through volunteering, events, and fundraisers. Parent Club also provides an opportunity for HT families to connect and support one another. All are welcome! Watch your Parent News emails for upcoming opportunities.
*September 23, 2021-This meeting will be at Holy Trinity HS. Refreshments will be served*
October 19, 2021, Location TBA
November 30, 2021, Location TBA
December 15, 2021, Location TBA
January 21, 2022, Location TBA
February 23, 2022, Location TBA
March 30, 2022, Location TBA
April 27, 2022, Location TBA
May 18, 2022, Location TBA
In closing, we want to stress once again how important it is to get vaccinated. Holy Trinity High School is committed to partnering with our families to protect the health and safety of all who are on our campus. Please help us in the fight against Covid-19. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Quincy Paden, Ph.D