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

November 6, 2020:

You may have seen news that some of the Illinois dioceses are moving to an adaptive pause in Catholic school instruction from January 4-19. Please be aware that Diocese of Joliet Catholic schools will NOT have a system-wide adaptive pause after Christmas vacation. Any decision to move to remote learning will be a local decision announced by each school principal. Please contact your school directly with any questions.

October 21, 2020:

We are aware there is an increase in COVID-19 positivity rates in DuPage, Will and Kankakee counties. Most of our schools are in week 9 of instruction, and all continue to follow the safety procedures outlined in our school-specific reopening plans and adhere to county and state guidelines for students learning face-to-face.

We continue to monitor the county statistics daily and the COVID prevalence rate in diocesan schools. To date, our diocesan prevalence rate is extremely low and contact tracing has indicated that positive cases are traced to outside sources. Based on our success to date, we have decided to continue to follow the path that has worked for us. We understand this is a fluid situation and will continue to be vigilant.

Our schools, staff and families have done a heroic job in maintaining a safe learning environment for our students both inside and outside of the school building. We can only attribute this to the diligence and dedication that each of our staff members and school families demonstrate on a daily basis. We remain grateful for your hard work and dedication.

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