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Catalyst Schools' 2020-2021 Student Lotteries Postponed

Due to the mandatory school closures for all Illinois schools through March 30, 2020, the Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-8 and 10-12 school lotteries for the 2020-2021 school year (scheduled for March 24, 2020 at Catalyst Maria and March 25, 2020 at Catalyst Circle Rock) will be postponed indefinitely. A new date will be released as soon as it becomes available.  The applications for the lotteries will remain open. Thank you and stay safe.

Resources for families during Catalyst closure March-April 2020

In partnership with Chicago Public Schools, the Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-12 buildings will be CLOSED to scholars and school staff beginning March 16, 2020 through April 20, 2020.

If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS 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 CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437).

If you are concerned that you or your child have 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

Healthy meals will be available to all Catalyst students at the CPS location nearest their home. All families will be able to pick up meals at their nearest CPS school beginning Tuesday, March 17, between 9 a.m and 1 p.m. daily. Lunchroom staff will prep, bag, and provide meals outside of the school building. To find the location nearest your home, please visit https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/schoollocator/index.html

Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria will receive deep cleanings between Monday March 16, 2020 through April 20, 2020.

Internet access: Comcast is providing FREE internet for the next 60 days.  Please contact Comcast at 855-846-8376 (for English speakers) or 855-765-6995 (for Spanish speakers), or go to www.internetessentials.com.

Unemployment

Additional e-learning resources will be distributed through Class Dojo and Illuminate in the coming days. 

For the most reliable information about COVID-19, please visit:

 Chicago Department of Public Health

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Chicago Public Schools

 

Catalyst Schools CLOSED March 16-30, 2020

Governor JB Pritzker has declared mandatory school closures for all schools, both public and private, serving Illinois pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students.

Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-12 buildings will be CLOSED to scholars and school staff beginning March 16, 2020 through March 30, 2020.

If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS 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 CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437).

If you are concerned that you or your child have 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

For the most reliable information about COVID-19, please visit:

We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and we will provide updates as the situation continues. 

Keeping Catalyst communities safe

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.

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.

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.

Support Catalyst    

Please join our efforts as a champion for changing lives at The Catalyst Schools. If you would like to speak with a Catalyst staff member about your donation, please call us at 773-295-7001.