Like other school systems when COVID-19 hit, Catholic schools had little time to create new lesson plans and prepare staff for a whole new format of teaching children ages 3 to 18.
“I am proud of our Catholic schools. Within 72 hours, we pivoted on a dime and had a plan with principals to continue teaching. Our nimbleness allowed us to begin distance learning weeks before other schools” said Carol Nesbitt.
In that spirit of agility, the Archdiocese of Denver was one of the first institutions to announce school will be back in person in the fall for the 2020-2021 school year.
The announcement was sent in a letter from the Archbishop explaining the efforts and special measures by the archdiocese to keep students and staff healthy during the return to class.
A task force composed of school leaders, nurse practitioners, doctors and a virologist has been assembled. This group is working with schools to identify the best health measures and policies in preparation for the coming school year.
At the forefront of these plans is the health and safety of students and faculty.
“We will carry out in-person instruction with increased health protocols and processes to ensure our schools are going above and beyond to protect the health of every member of our Catholic School community, especially our most high-risk members” said Superintendent Elias Moo.
For those parents who may not feel comfortable sending their children to school for any in-school learning, the Archdiocese and Office of Catholic Schools are also formulating a virtual distance-learning option (meaning an online option). Families who are interested will still be able to receive instruction in core content areas while remaining connected to their local school community. More details on this option will be available at the end of June.