COVID-19 Safety Practices

Student & staff safety is our priority

HPNC is following the Interim Guidance on Management of Covid-19 Cases in PreK-12 Schools from the Chicago Department of Public Health to respond to incidences of Covid-19 symptoms and possible exposure. If your child is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or was potentially exposed to the virus, please refer to the guidelines and the included chart to determine the need for action. 


Hyde Park Neighborhood Club takes the threat of Covid-19 very seriously. We have been implementing robust safety protocols for our in-person programs since March 2020. We are proud of our track record of safety.

Since March 2020: 

  • in-person programs continued at reduced capacity 

  • total of four unrelated Covid-19 cases 

  • 100% contained 

  • 0 spread 

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


Our facility 

  • Mask wearing indoors is strictly enforced for all adults and children over the age of 2, including suspensions for repeated noncompliance

  • We follow the CDC guidelines on ventilation in schools and childcare programs. We have installed HEPA filters in the building's HVAC system, which are able to capture airborne viruses. The HVAC system runs continuously while the building is occupied, regularly replacing interior air with fresh air from the outside. Each classroom is equipped with a smart HEPA air purifier and windows are open each day that the weather allows. 

  • All people (kids, staff, support staff) who enter our building are screened for Covid-19 symptoms including using touchless temperature checks at the door. 

  • 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

  • Groups and class sizes are restricted and isolated to limit exposure 

Our team  

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

  • 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  

Click here for a full list of HPNC's Covid Safety Protocols

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