The Diocese of Evansville has announced its plans for the 2021-2022 school year, including details on its COVID-19 health and safety guidance.
On Monday, Diocese of Evansville Superintendent Dr. Daryl Hagan said that during the upcoming school year, COVID-19 vaccines would not be mandated.
Additionally, Supt. Hagan said that masks for students and staff would be optional. However, students who are transported to and/or from school utilizing school buses will be required to wear a mask by federal guidelines.
Supt. Hagan also said that social distancing protocols would not be required during the Diocese of Evansville's upcoming school year.
Hagan strongly encouraged families to continue following preventive measures to reduce the spread of germs and stay healthy. He stressed that daily health screenings completed at home before sending students to school and routine handwashing are important habits to continue into the new school year.
The district noted that the new guidelines comply with the State of Indiana Executive Order 21-17.
In total, there are 26 Catholic schools across eight counties in the Diocese of Evansville's district.