Earlier this week, the Catholic Dioceses of Chicago and Joliet announced that all the parochial schools under their jurisdiction will be re-opened for in person learning in the fall!.
The Diocese of Joliet, which covers schools in DuPage, Kendall, Will, Grundy, Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties, made the announcement on Tuesday.
The Diocese of Chicago, which covers schools in Cook and Lake Counties, made the announcement on June 8th.
The Rockford Diocese, which cover Kane, DeKalb and the rest of the counties sin NW Illinois, released a statement that is far less committed to the idea of reopening in August than that of the Chicago and Joliet Dioceses.
That’s great news, and I hope it remains great once classes are back in session! The question that remains is HOW that will happen. I haven’t seen or read anything about details, so it kind of sounds like announcing an opening without plans is putting the cart before the horse. Will there be mandated masks for kids? Social distancing for Kindergartners? If those are the requirements, it may mean going back into the classroom would be harder and less effective than at-home learning…at least for the youngest of students.
I have faith – get it?! – that those factors are being taken into account by the private school in our area, and they will do right by the kids and the educators.
Has anyone heard from the Rockford Diocese which covers Kane County?!