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Re-Opening Our Schools for the 2020-21 Academic Year

September 4, 2020:


August 24, 2020:

What happens if a student gets sick? (Updated Infographic)

August 18, 2020:

What happens if a student gets sick? (Infographic)

August 10, 2020:


August 7, 2020:

Naperville Community Television: Catholic Schools Readying to Reopen

August 6, 2020, 10:00 a.m.:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Parents/Guardians Regarding the Reopening of Diocese of Joliet Catholic School Buildings 

Preguntas Frecuentes (FAQs) para Padres/Guardianes Respecto a la reapertura de los edificios de las escuelas católicas de la Diócesis de Joliet

Re-Opening Diocese of Joliet Catholic Schools Quick Reference Guide (Infographic)

Reapertura de las Escuelas Catolicas de la Diocesis de Joliet Guia de Referencia Rapida (Infografia)

July 30, 2020, 4:00 p.m.:

St. Jude Catholic School students jump start new year with summer school

July 23, 2020, 8:30 p.m.:

To the Catholic School families,

As many of you know, I am starting my third week in the diocese as Superintendent of Catholic Schools and I have jumped right in with the ongoing work of the diocesan staff as they have worked through the return to school process. 

Today, I share with you the status of the plans to return to schools for this fall. 

Much like the re-opening committees that worked on re-starting masses in the diocesan churches, there has been a re-opening committee that is focused on reviewing each of the plans for the schools. School principals drafted plans and submitted them to the Return to School committee. This team has reviewed the plans and is in the process of returning the​ review rubrics and certifications back to schools.  

As Bishop Pates indicated in his June 16 message, he desires to re-open the schools for face-face learning in the fall. The prime responsibility of the schools review committee is to ensure that this is accomplished in the safest way. Our bishop has challenged us to ensure our efforts are based on SAFETY and ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE in the context of CATHOLIC IDENTITY. To this end, we cannot fulfill our charge without providing the safest environment possible for our teachers, students, administrative personnel and other employees.

Thus, each plan will be required to:

  1. utilize masks for students and staff throughout the school day
  2. maintain social distancing
  3. utilize regular hand washing and sanitizing the school daily
  4. provide temperature checks each morning

We understand that there are different opinions on this issue. Nonetheless, these guidelines are universally advocated by recognized experts and medical scientists. We want to protect all to the very best of our ability.

Once the certified plans have been received, the schools will be able to share the logistics of the plans with the school community. Questions about the school-specific plans should be addressed to the school principals. If there are questions about the process in vetting the plans, those should be directed to the Catholic Schools Office. 

I express my deepest gratitude to the members of the Catholic Schools Office, the diocesan staff and the many volunteer members of the review committee who have worked so hard in reviewing the return to school plans. Finally, I would like to thank all of you for your patience in this highly trying process. I know that we all look forward to a time when this is behind us. Please know that you and your students are in our prayers. 

Michael J. Boyle, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet
Direct 815-221-6120

July 20, 2020, 1:00 p.m.:

Bishop Pates and Dr. Boyle provide an update on plans for returning to our schools for the new academic year

June 16, 2020, 2:30 p.m.:

Bishop Pates Announces the Re-Opening of Catholic Schools