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St. Dominic School is preparing to open its doors for in person learning on August 26.
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 six-foot social distancing
3. utilize regular hand washing and sanitizing the school daily
4. provide temperature checks each morning
COVID19 Additional Statement Regarding Schools 03.13.2020

Dear School Pastors and Principals:


Based on current guidelines from local public health departments, which recommend the cancellation of public gatherings involving 250 or more people, Bishop Richard E. Pates, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Joliet, mandated the closing of schools operated by the diocese.

The decision to temporarily close our schools, beginning Monday, March 16, applies to all Catholic schools, Religious Education, and Youth Ministry programs that are operated by the Diocese of Joliet until further notice. Catholic schools not operated by the diocese, such as those sponsored by religious orders, will make decisions individually.


During this closure period, Catholic school students will be asked to complete At Home Learning activities, and Youth Formation programs will be provided means to facilitate ongoing formation. 


Knowing that many families depend on the daily services we provide, the Catholic Schools Office, the Office of Youth Formation, and diocesan leadership are working to coordinate extended support to those families and students most in need during this time. More information will be shared in the coming days.


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Rev. John Belmonte, S.J., Ph.D.


Siguiendo las medidas recibidas del los departamentos de salud pública, las cuales recomiendan las cancelaciones públicas con 250 o más personas, el Obispo Richard Pates, Administrador Apostólico de la Diócesis de Joliet, ha mandado a cerrar todas escuelas operadas por la Diócesis. 

La decisión de cerrar nuestras escuelas temporeramente, comenzando el 16 de marzo, aplicará a todas las escuelas Católicas, Educación Religiosa y Pastoral con Adolescentes operadas por la Diócesis de Joliet hasta nuevo aviso. 


Las escuelas católicas que no son administradas por la diócesis, como aquellas que son auspiciadas por comunidades religiosas, tomarán sus decisiones de cierres individualmente.


Durante el período de cierre, se les pedirá a los estudiantes de las escuelas católicas que completen las actividades del programa de Servicios de Aprendizaje en Casa y los programas de Formación de Pastoral de Adolescentes recibirán los medios para facilitar la formación continua.

Sabemos que muchas familias dependen de los servicios que proveemos diariamente, la Oficina de las Escuelas Católicas, la Oficina de Formación de Adolescentes y el liderazgo diocesano están trabajando para coordinar apoyo extendido a esas familias y estudiantes con más necesidades durante este tiempo. En los próximos días compartiremos más información.

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