Planning Ahead Task Force Update

Dear Catholic School Families,

We pray that your summer is off to a wonderful start! We hope that you and your family are able to take time to relax and unwind, especially after a challenging school year.

When the decision was made to close schools statewide on March 12th, Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore quickly and seamlessly transitioned to continuous learning. Remote instruction was implemented for all students across the Archdiocese, beginning on March 16th. Students did not miss a day of instruction and continued to remain academically engaged and challenged throughout the balance of the school year. This was accomplished due to the commitment and planning performed by our dedicated educators and administrators.

As we look ahead to the 2020-21 school year, a Planning Ahead Task Force for Catholic Schools has been established. The goal is to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure the safe return of our faculty and staff on August 24th and students on August 31st, with contingency plans should a virus surge occur requiring a period of distance learning.

The task force is comprised of five sub-committees:

Social Distancing, Facilities, and Operations

Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Student Support Services

Classroom Technology

COVID – 19 Response Protocols

Strategic Communications and Emerging Opportunities

The sub-committees include healthcare professionals, counselors, educators, school leaders, parents, and experts in various applicable fields. These committees will offer guidance to complement recommendations from the CDC and state / local officials. Their work is aimed to ensure that Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools are fully prepared to start the new school year on August 31st.

The reopening framework is scheduled to be in place by July 24, 2020. This timeline may shift as state and local government policy and guidance evolve. We are committed to keeping our school families informed as we develop the reopening plan and we will provide a bi-weekly update on the work of this important task force throughout the summer. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to a Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Have a blessed summer!

Yours in Christ,

Dr. Donna Hargens

Superintendent of Catholic Schools

James Sellinger

Chancellor of Education

July 2 Task Force Newsletter