Keeping Catalyst communities safe- Update 3.11.2020

The health and wellness of Catalyst scholars and staff is our highest priority. We are working closely with Chicago Public Schools and health officials to monitor and respond immediately to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation, and we will provide regular updates as the situation develops.

We encourage you to read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to learn “what you need to know” [Spanish]. Additional resources can be found here: www.chicago.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

If you ae sick, you must stay home.

  • Students and staff who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness may not come to school until they are free of fever (oral temperature below 100.4°F) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • Student absences will be marked as excused.

If your child becomes ill at school, we will ask you to take them home immediately.

  • If you’re not feeling well, we encourage you to go straight home and avoid crowds and public spaces, if possible.
  • If you have a child who needs to be sent home:
    • Your child’s school will contact the person listed as parent or legal guardian. If they cannot be reached, the school will contact the individual listed on the student’s emergency contact form.
    • Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date.
    • Your child’s school will also provide you with upcoming classwork.
  • If any family needs help locating medical care, please reach out to the Office of Student Health and Wellness at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the Healthy CPS Hotline 773-553-KIDS (5437). 
  • If you or your child has a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and did not havedirect contact with a COVID-19 positive person, please contact your primary care provider. 
  • If a you have a concern that someone in your family has had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the CDPH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 312-746-4835.

The best strategy against spreading germs is to practice good hand hygiene.

Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds remains the best strategy against spreading illness. We encourage everyone to clean their hands often. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol is a suitable alternative. Please note that small children should only use hand sanitizers under adult supervision. The use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers has raised concerns about eye contamination, skin reactions, alcohol poisoning, and flammability.

Please let our school teams know if you have any questions or be of assistance with any specific concerns.

Catalyst Board of Directors Meeting Agenda 3.2.2020

Catalyst Schools- Board of Directors Meeting

March 2, 2020 2:45-5:30 PM


Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School

5608 W. Washington Blvd.

Chicago, Illinois 60644


*2:45 – 3:30- Catalyst parent and Board member meet and greet

*3:30 – 3:50 Reconvene and welcome

  • Review of agenda
  • Review and vote for approval of November 25, 2019 Board of Directors’ meeting minutes; February 27, 2020 and Finance Committee’s meeting minutes; and January 16, 2020 and February 27, 2020 Academic Committee’s meetings minutes.
  • Monthly academic dashboard and SY2019-2020 strategic plan updates
  • Catalyst Circle Rock charter renewal document review
  • FY20 year to date review

*3:50 – 4:00 Opportunity for public comment, if requested (2 mins max per speaker)

*4:00 – 4:30 Academic and Mission Committee

*4:30 – 5:00 Finance and Strategic Issues Committee

  • FY20 private fundraising goal and year to date review
  • Kehrein Center for the Arts update

*5:00 – 5:25- Closure and next steps


Catalyst Circle Rock win ballroom dance championship for third consecutive year!

On February 13th, Catalyst Circle Rock's 5th and 6th grade scholars defended their title as “May I Have this Dance” ballroom dancing champions at the Chicago Cultural Center! Through the incredible efforts of our scholars and Mrs. Knight, the CCR team won the title for the third consecutive year! Congratulations!!

Ballroom Dance Champions 2020

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