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COVID-19 Safety Practices

Student & staff safety is our priority

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HPNC closely monitors Covid-19 Community Level in Chicago and Cook County and requires families to report known cases of Covid-19 in our programs. HPNC will follow the current Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning from the CDC, meaning that requirements may change if Community Levels reach "High" or there is a reported exposure. 

Vaccinations keep people safe and allow young people to participate in programs without interruption. While current guidelines do not require quarantining following an exposure, if HPNC is required to issue a quarantine notice, no refund will be given for unvaccinated children for the quarantine period. 

Here are the steps we take every day to provide as safe an environment as possible: 

 

Our facility 

  • We follow the CDC guidelines on ventilation in schools and childcare programs.

  • We have installed MERV-13 filters in the building's HVAC system, which runs continuously while the building is occupied.

  • Each classroom is equipped with a smart HEPA air purifier.

  • Classroom windows remain open as weather conditions allow.

  • Every evening after programming, all spaces are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

Our programs 

  • We prioritize using outdoor spaces and our large, well-ventilated gym for programs when possible

Our team  

  • All HPNC staff are strongly encouraged to receive a Covid-19 vaccine and boosters.

  • HPNC staff receive generous sick time benefits so there is no pressure for staff to come to work while experiencing troubling symptoms of Covid-19