"I want to take a moment to talk about something that has been the topic of many conversations over the last several weeks – the reopening of Catholic schools.
Since June, when Cardinal Cupich shared our intent to reopen schools, the Archdiocese has made in-person learning its top priority, but only if it could be done safely.
An entire team of dedicated Arch staff has been working since April on a strong, health-and-safety-focused plan overseen by local medical experts. The plan aligns with all of the guidance from the state, city of Chicago and county health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teams at each school have been doing everything possible to implement the plan to make school buildings welcoming and safe.
Each of our schools has a plan to allow for in-person learning, as well as virtual or e-learning, where and when needed.
But these are truly unprecedented times for us all. The challenges COVID-19 presents are real, and we have the humility to acknowledge that we may have to adjust these plans if needed. But with God’s grace, we will learn together and adapt together. It is the strength of our community – that which makes us the Church – that will carry us forward.
I would like to make a special note of thanks to our teachers and principal, Miss Mary Keenley. We would not be having a conversation about Catholic education ministry and what was best for children if our teachers and principal were not dedicated to doing what’s best for our students and families.
Like all the essential workers who have served to help their community during the pandemic, our teachers are serving our families, our neighborhood and this parish and for that we are incredibly grateful.
We will continue to communicate with you over the next weeks about the progress of our school reopening efforts. In the meantime, I ask that you join me in praying for our principals, teachers and school families throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago."