Dear HSA Community,
With the number of COVID-19 cases across the state and region increasing and as a result of our communications and coordination with the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), HSA is taking proactive measures to help to reduce the spread of illness throughout our community.
Although we are not closing school at this time, HSA is implementing the following measures, as recommended by the CCDPH, until further notice:
- Large gatherings that include visitors, from outside the school who are not our students, are canceled. This includes:
- McKinley Melodies, Choir, and Ukulele Concert
- FLL Junior Expo
- Family Literacy Night
- PTO Easter Egg Hunt
- International Dinner
- PTO Meeting
- All domestic trips are canceled.
- All school trips are canceled.
- All field trips are canceled.
- All sports practices off campus are canceled.
- All outside facility rentals are canceled.
- All outside speakers are canceled.
- Athletic practices or competitions without spectators may continue as planned.
We will evaluate whether or not these performances and events can be rescheduled at a later time. Additional and more detailed information will come from the immediate sponsor or coach.
School will remain open and we will continue our cleaning and disinfection practices as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will revisit these protocols as necessary.
Our custodial staff has been taking extra sanitation measures to minimize the spread of any type of communicable diseases. All surfaces, door handles, phones, light switches, etc. are being cleaned with a bleach-based cleaner regularly. We are trying to distribute additional cleaning supplies to each of the classrooms so that they are on hand. As always, and especially during flu season, anyone who becomes sick with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing needs to stay home. Contact your medical provider with questions.
Right now, these are the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your school community:
- Wash your hands often with 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.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope you understand considering the current situation. During this time we are asking for all families to comply with the safety hygiene tips.
Please understand that this is a rapidly changing event, but we will keep you updated as soon as those changes are made.
Additionally, linked are the Illinois Department of Public Health information and resource pages:
topics-services/diseases-and- conditions/diseases-a-z-list/ coronavirus#tab-0-0
topics-services/diseases-and- conditions/diseases-a-z-list/ coronavirus/translated- resources
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at 773-247-8400