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October 6, 2021

Revision to Diocese of Joliet COVID-19 Singing Protocols (PDF)
This document shall supersede all previously issued guidelines and are subject to revision. Parishes shall defer to local regulations if they are more stringent. A pastor may choose to take more restrictive measures than those listed here, but he may not take less restrictive measures.

August 27, 2021

Updated COVID-19 Guidance per Governor's Statewide Mask Mandate
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Updated Downlodable PDF Flyer for Church, Parish Centers or Office Doors

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August 19, 2021

Revision to Diocese of Joliet COVID-19 Protocols
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 Includes updates for:

  • Parish Activities
  • Procedures for Liturgical Services
  • Educational Activities (both schools & RE)
  • Additional guidance for masks, vaccines, physical distancing, cleaning, etc.

NOTE: This document shall supersede all previously issued guidelines and are subject to revision. Parishes shall defer to local regulations if they are more stringent.

 

Updated Downlodable PDF Flyer for Church, Parish Centers or Office Doors

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August 4, 2021

Diocese of Joliet Catholic Schools to require masks

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today announced a mask mandate for all PreK-12 school students and staff. During the 2020-21 academic year, Diocese of Joliet Catholic schools followed scientific mitigation guidelines offered by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health and recommended by the Illinois State Board of Education. These efforts allowed our schools to successfully conduct in-person learning with masks.

The safety of our students remains a top priority, along with providing academic excellence guided by Catholic values. To comply with the mandate, we will require masks for all students, teachers, staff and visitors in our Catholic schools. We pray for those affected by the coronavirus, and we pray for an end to this pandemic. 

July 21, 2021

NOTE: SOME OR ALL ELEMENTS OF THIS UPDATE HAVE BEEN SUPERSEDED. PLEASE SEE ABOVE

Diocese of Joliet Catholic Schools Office issues COVID-19 guidance for 2021-2022 academic year

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Diocese of Joliet Catholic schools have followed scientific mitigation guidelines offered by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). These efforts allowed our schools to successfully conduct in-person learning for our students during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The CDC recently issued guidance for in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year beginning this August, which was adopted by IDPH and ISBE. Diocesan schools will follow this guidance as follows:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated — including children younger than 12, who are not yet eligible for vaccination — are recommended to wear masks. Staff and students will not be required to provide their vaccination status.
  • Parents will decide whether their children will wear a mask. All parents will be required to sign a “Mask Use” form.  This is based on the decision-making control granted to local school administrators by the CDC guidance:

“CDC continues to recommend masking and physical distancing as key prevention strategies. However, if school administrators decide to remove any of the prevention strategies for their school based on local conditions, they should remove them one at a time and monitor closely (with adequate testing through the school and/or community) for any increases in COVID-19 cases. Schools should communicate their strategies and any changes in plans to teachers, staff, and families, and directly to older students, using accessible materials and communication channels, in a language and at a literacy level that teachers, staff, students, and families understand.”

  • Physical distancing of 3 feet is still recommended.

Diocesan school officials will monitor any outbreak of COVID-19 cases and, if needed, implement more stringent mitigation efforts — including mandatory masking — to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We look forward to the new school year and welcoming back our students to a diverse curriculum focused on academic excellence and Catholic values.

June 4, 2021

NOTE: SOME OR ALL ELEMENTS OF THIS UPDATE HAVE BEEN SUPERSEDED. PLEASE SEE ABOVE

Diocesan COVID-19 protocols during Illinois "Phase 5"
TO TAKE EFFECT JUNE 11, 2021

  • Updated guidance for church services relating to: masks, seating capacity, sanitization, etc.
    • [Update June 8, 2021] Clarifications added regarding
      • Altar servers
      • Holy water fonts
      • Singing
      • Wind/brass instruments
  • Downloadable flyer for church, parish center or office doors: "Please wear a mask unless you are fully vaccinated."