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2021-22 Operating Framework

During the 2020/21 school year, the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools put the needs of their students first by providing a top-quality, faith-filled in-person education during a worldwide pandemic. Thanks to the incredible dedication and ingenuity of our school employees, the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago was one of the largest school systems in the country to conduct in-person education every day last year. This was only possible because we collectively followed a set of principles and a single operating framework. As a result, our students flourished. With your help, we look forward to meeting – and hopefully exceeding – that achievement again this year. Please read the Operating Framework for the 2021-22 School Year released on 8/5/21 below.


We will follow the City of Chicago Travel Advisory for all schools, whether they are located in Chicago, Lake County or Cook County.

Domestic Travel

  • Fully vaccinated students/teachers/staff do not need post-travel COVID-19 testing or self-quarantines as long as they are not symptomatic and provide proof of vaccination.
  • Unvaccinated students/teachers/staff must follow the prevailing post-travel quarantine recommendations when traveling to Orange States. This currently means a 10-day quarantine OR proof of a negative test no earlier than 72 hours prior to returning to Chicago (or anytime post return, though an individual must quarantine until a negative test result is received). A negative test = no quarantine required.

International Travel

  • The CDC currently requires a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to board a plane to the United States. Because of this negative test, there is no required quarantine upon arrival, regardless of vaccination status.
Visit The Chicago Department of Public Health Travel Advisory