Health, Wellness, & Covid-19
2021-2022 Health Plan
you will see that our Health plan more closely resembles what we remember as “normal school.”
Timothy Christian Schools successfully navigated the 2020-2021 school year as one of the only large PreK-12 schools in all of Chicagoland to provide a fully in-person model for the entire school year. Timothy played a key role in helping several other Christian schools navigate the year, as well; and as a leader, we undoubtedly will play this role again in 2021-2022.
We started the year in August 2020 with nearly 90% of our students joining us in-person and finished the year in May with more than 97% of our students regularly joining us in-person. The Timothy community rallied and demonstrated an extraordinary level of cooperation to achieve our goals. The same level of dedication will be required of us again, and I have no doubt that each one of our families will meet that challenge.
As you carefully read through the 2021-2022 Health Plan, which has been approved by the Timothy administration, the Timothy Board of Directors, and the Timothy Health Task Force, we ask for your unwavering and uncompromised cooperation. Whether you print this and put it on the refrigerator or simply read through it leisurely with your family, there’s one requirement that is paramount for our success: if your child is sick, please keep him/her home!
Our plan is based on consideration of our own internal data from the 2020-2021 school year, data and information from other schools, the expertise of our health task force, guidance from the CDC, IDPH, ISBE, and the local health department and other local entities, and a lot of prayer. Later in the document, you will see various responses (notable quotes) from various leaders who have each reviewed our plan.
It remains our conviction that a responsible and adaptable plan accompanied with opportunities for parental choice will yield the best results. No different than any other year, we are ready and willing to pivot to lesser or stricter protocols if warranted. There are plenty of factors that could lead to adaptations in the plan. It seems unlikely that our plan will remain “as is” for the entire school year, or even the entire summer. Every successful organization maintains a posture of constant learning, growth, and flexibility.
We are excited about the 2021-2022 school year! It will take all of us to achieve our mission. Let’s stay united as a team and stick together...through it all. Our students are counting on us. By the grace of God and the power of His might, we can do it! We appreciate your support and covet your prayers.
- Here's what important leaders have to say about Timothy's Health Plan:
- Will Timothy offer a fully remote option for the 2021-2022 school year?
- Will families be required to continue to daily self check their child(ren) for symptoms?
- Will the Covid email inbox be open again next year?
- Are masks optional for the 2021-2022 school year?
- What about sports for the 2021-2022 school year?
- Will Timothy contact trace during the 2021-2022 school year?
- Will Timothy require or track Covid vaccination status?
- What if my child is sick? How soon can he/she return to school?
- What if my child or someone in my household has an exposure to someone who has tested positive for Covid?
- What if my child tests positive?
- Will Timothy still separate students with plexi-glass?
- Will Timothy require social distancing in the 2021-2022 school year?
- What should I expect regarding lunch?
- What about cleaning and hygiene protocols?
- Will the HEPA air filtration systems still operate in the classrooms?
Facts and Figures
The pediatric Covid survival rate for ages 19 and younger in all of DuPage County is 100%. And for ages 20 and younger in the entire state of Illinois it is 99.998%. This assumes all positive cases have been captured in the last 16 months, which seems illogical and improbable. In other words, the percentages statewide are likely even more favorable. Although in DuPage, it’s impossible to improve upon 100%. We frequently hear that the approach to Covid must be purely scientific, which of course has strong merit...and yet has also drawn different scientific interpretations across the country. Others insist that all of this has become far too political. But here at Timothy, this deep into the pandemic (16 months later), we can look at data. So we believe we can actually use mathematics -- simple arithmetic -- to assist in our decision-making.
We finished the 2020-2021 school year with 113 total positive cases (51 ES, 22 MS, 29 HS, and 11 Staff) -- all fully and quickly recovered -- and 825 negative tests recorded. We consistently had more than 1,200 people on our campus every weekday, collectively frequenting our campus more than 200,000 times! We had 6 entire grades with 5 positive cases or less, 9 entire elementary classrooms with only 1 positive case, and 2 elementary classrooms with 0 cases. We did not have a single full time staff member test positive during the entire second semester.