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August 14, 2020

Dear Catholic School Families,

I hope that you and your families are well and have managed to find moments of joy and grace during a truly unprecedented summer. As this school year covers new ground for all of us, in addition to the updates you receive from your local school leadership, the Archdiocese will provide you with updates on a regular basis, as well, that will focus on health and safety, instruction, and overall reopening news. Much of the health and safety information will be geared to share with your children to reinforce what they will experience at school.  

It is important that you remain informed about our plan. I encourage you to read more about our reopening plan on our
school reopening website.

I am grateful for your ongoing partnership and trust during this complex time. Through working together, I am confident that this will be a safe and successful year for each of our Catholic schools.

Yours in Christ,

Jim Rigg, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Health & Safety
Our schools have worked hard to implement all health and safety procedures required for reopening. These procedures integrate all guidance from the CDC, Illinois Department of Health, and Chicago Department of Public Health, and were approved by an independent panel of epidemiologists. In addition to reviewing our Plan Overview, we encourage you to view the video to the right, taken from a recent webinar held for all school employees across the Archdiocese, which details what a school day will look like from drop-off to pick-up.
In-Person Learning
Tips to Prepare Your Child to Return to School
School life will look different this year as students and staff follow an array of health and safety requirements. Here are a few tips to help prepare your child for their return to school:
  • Discuss the COVID pandemic in an age-appropriate way. Explain that school will be different for them. These tips can be helpful in having this conversation with your child.
  • Talk about important health and safety procedures, such as masks, distancing, and hand washing.
  • Practice appropriate greetings when distancing, such as waving.
  • Ask your child to practice wearing a mask at home. This will help your child get used to the feel of the mask on their face.
  • Encourage your child to talk to you or your child’s teacher if they have questions or concerns. Help assure them that the school is doing everything to keep your child and all other children safe.
  • Pray with your child for an end to the COVID pandemic.
Virtual Learning
As part of our reopening plan, each school will offer a long-term virtual learning option for families that are not ready to return to school. Schools are finalizing their specific plan and communicating it to families. Because each school and community are unique the Office of Catholic schools offers flexible options and support for virtual learning:
  • Local, live-streamed lessons from our teachers in our classrooms, complemented by two individual check-in sessions with remote students throughout the day.
  • Local live and recorded lessons by a team of select teachers within the school, who will also conduct individual check-in sessions. Students will receive assignments, practice and support videos online.
  • eSchool 2.0 includes pre-recorded content from Archdiocesan teachers specializing in virtual instruction across core subjects, curriculum sources through a remote learning system, and individual check-ins throughout the day by one of our teachers.
  • Virtual Learning Partnership with curriculum delivered by a leading, accredited virtual educational provider, aligned with our Archdiocesan standards, and its team of highly qualified teachers who are specially trained in virtual instruction and conduct daily live lessons for your child.
Regardless of whether a child attends via virtual learning for the entire year or only periodically, every student will have regular interaction with their class and the broader school community. We value our strong sense of community in each of our Catholic schools, and we will continue to preserve and foster it throughout the year.
We are Called…to Practice Positive Behaviors
"We are called” is the theme for this school year. In a very practical way, this year we are called to mask up, practice good hygiene, and keep social distancing! For some of our schools, we are just days away from the first day. In order to make it a healthy opening and to be able to continue in-person learning, we need to increase our commitment to health and to each other. Positive behaviors in and out of school are the key. We want all our students, staff, and community to be healthy, and to do that, we need you to practice good hygiene (wash your hands!), social distancing and wearing a mask. If we all do our part, we will have a safe and healthy return to school.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, suggestions and concerns. Thank you for your commitment to your Catholic school community and for your patience as we work to prepare for a healthy and fruitful school year.

Have questions? Your principal is the best first contact about operations, safety procedures and academics as they will be addressed at the school level. Next, please send your questions to
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