At this time, our plans for the 2020-2021 school year are based on an on-site program. However, our responsiveness to the changing situation in regards to Covid-19 risk and state or county Phase designations, means that we are ready to shift to remote learning at any time for either part or all of a classroom's weekly schedule.


Read about how we approach remote learning here (should this become part of our program moving forward.)

Read more about our 2020-2021 plans BELOW.

Our CURRENT Plans for the 2020-2021 SChool Year

UPDATE JULY 17, 2020

As of the end of July, the ground under our feet continues to shift with regard to the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the possibility of returning to school in person in Fall 2020. At this point, it remains our goal to offer in-person learning 5 days per week. However, this depends on many factors, most importantly Illinois not regressing to Phase 2 school closures. We are working closely with teachers as well as an advisory team of medical professionals (see sidebar) and are focusing on 5 areas related to the safety of our school community:


  • Cohorting/group size


  • Masks


  • Hand washing


  • Physical and social distancing


  • Cleaning/disinfecting


We are also continuing to plan for remote learning, either for the whole student body or for those who are not yet comfortable sending their children back in person, and for quarantine needs.


We believe it is vitally important to hear from all stakeholders and to consider all ideas and options. Thus we have created a process for finalizing our Reopening Plan.


Please trust that we are hard at work and considering every possible angle to keep our community of learners safe and our children learning in 2020-21.

End-of-Year Survey and Phone Call Insights


In addition to following the guidance of our Health Advisory Committee for reopening, we are also closely looking at the feedback you've given us over the last several weeks. We appreciate everyone who took time to fill out of the survey and/or have a conversation with us.


Click here for a summary. We are available and ready to talk again should your circumstances change or should you have further questions or ideas to share.

Covid 19 "TCS Families Fund"

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A recent New York Times article explains the "pod" concept and how it drastically reduces risk for returning to school. Small groups of 15 (or less, as required/needed) are a part of the plan TCS is implementing in its school re-opening plan.

TCS Health Advisory Committee

To help us evaluate and confirm our reopening procedure, and to help us develop ways to appropriately and safely respond to Covid-19 throughout the school year, we are so grateful to have the help of our newly assembled Health Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of TCS parents who are professionals in the medical field, and also understand the unique needs and ways of our school community.


Thank you to our Health Advisory Committee:


Michael Angarone, DO

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Medical Education Feinberg School of Medicine


Magda Houlberg, MD, FACP

Chief Clinical Officer, Howard Brown Health


Muriel Jean-Jacques, MD Internist, Northwestern Medical Group and Assistant Professor Feinberg School of Medicine


Laurinda Karston, OTR/L
UI Health


Regina Kim, MD
Family Medicine, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine 


David Shoham, PhD, MSPH

Epidemiologist and Director of Loyola's Public Health Programs

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”  John Dewey

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