The Department of Catholic Schools has issued an update regarding when schools will return to in-person instruction. Please read the following letter.
I pray you and your family had a peaceful Easter Sunday. Over the past few days our office has received several inquiries about the resumption of in-person instruction. On April 3rd, you received the attached letter regarding the extension of distance learning. A public announcement from the ADLA office of communications followed and was posted on the Archdiocese website. Since this letter was issued, our status has not changed – we will return to in-person instruction when public health officials determine it is safe to do so. As a result, distance learning will continue and we must prepare to maintain this through the end of the school year. It’s possible that Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties could lift Safer at Home orders at varying times; this may impact our schools differently. We are in communication with public health officials in all three counties and will continue to inform you of developments.
Given the unprecedented times we are facing, we are determined on Ending the School Year Strong. Next week, the elementary and high school leadership councils will be engaged in a discussion on the conclusion of the school year, which will focus on guidance for consideration by school communities around critical milestones on subjects like graduation, baccalaureate mass, Pre-K/K and 8th grade promotion, and campus closeout and cleaning protocols. The goal is to have draft guidance from the respective councils by May 1st.
In addition, I will be forming a joint taskforce of elementary and high school leaders to discuss how we will Start the School Year Smart. This conversation will involve pastors, principals and presidents from around the Archdiocese to discuss what a return to campus looks like. There has been much said in the media lately about how schools will return to in-person instruction in the fall and many are asking critical questions about how our schools will respond. It’s vital our community comes together to weigh the faith, social and emotional, and educational needs of our students with the health and safety requirements we will likely face in the fall. I will be reaching out to school and parish leaders to invite them to this conversation with the goal of producing a draft report by June 1st.
Thank you for continued commitment to our educational ministry in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I’m humbled by your perseverance, passion and faith during this time of uncertainty.
Yours in Christ,
Paul M. Escala
Superintendent of Schools