Catholic schools around the Diocese are enhancing their in-person reopening plans, where necessary, after a new set of guidelines was issued by the state Department of Health on Monday (8/10).
All diocesan school principals gathered for a meeting Tuesday (8/11) to discuss the new state guidance. Most schools already meet the suggested guidelines, and others will do so before opening day.
The Health Department guidance says a “blended or hybrid” model is warranted for schools in counties with “moderate” risk, which is the current risk level in all five counties of the Diocese. The Department defines “blended” as a model in which the number of students is low enough to permit six feet of social distancing.
Diocesan schools already have announced plans to reopen for in-person learning, with virtual learning as an option.
Under the new Health Department guidance, all schools will review the steps taken to provide proper social distancing. To achieve this some schools will move to a hybrid schedule that allows for a blend of in-person and virtual learning.
Parents already have received the details of reopening plans from their individual school, and will get additional information if those plans are refined.
“Our primary goal is that our schools will be places where students can come and learn, while parents can rest assured that we have taken all possible steps for safety,” Dr. Brooke Tesché, Chancellor of Catholic Education.
“We will be monitoring conditions and health and safety guidance, and will be flexible as needed, while continuing to provide our students with quality, faith-based education,” Dr. Tesché said.