Students Return to Diocese of Evansville Catholic Schools Starting Aug 5

The Diocese of Evansville’s Catholic schools will begin welcoming back students beginning on Aug 5 and continuing through Aug 13.

Posted: Jul 21, 2020 2:10 PM
Updated: Jul 21, 2020 11:46 PM

The Diocese of Evansville’s 26 Catholic schools, which are located in eight of the diocese’s 12 counties, are set to begin classes with opening days between Aug. 5 and Aug. 13. The full schedule appears below.

Here's the full schedule for when students of each Diocese of Evansville Catholic school will return to class:

Wednesday, Aug. 5

  • Corpus Christi, Evansville
  • Holy Redeemer, Evansville
  • St. Joseph, Vanderburgh County
  • St. Philip, Posey County
  • St. Wendel, St. Wendel
  • Mater Dei High School, Evansville (freshmen and sophomores only)

Thursday, Aug. 6

  • Mater Dei High School, Evansville (juniors and seniors only)
  • Reitz Memorial High School, Evansville
  • Annunciation at Christ the King Campus, Evansville
  • Annunciation at Holy Spirit Campus
  • Good Shepherd Catholic School, Evansville
  • Holy Rosary, Evansville
  • St. Benedict Cathedral, Evansville
  • Westside Catholic, Evansville
  • Resurrection, Evansville

Friday, Aug. 7

  • St. Joseph, Princeton
  • St. Matthew, Mount Vernon
  • Washington Catholic Schools, Washington

Monday, Aug.10

  • St. James, Haubstadt

Tuesday, Aug. 11

  • St. John the Baptist, Newburgh

Wednesday, Aug. 12

  • Holy Trinity Catholic School, Dubois County
  • St. Bernard, Rockport

Thursday, Aug. 13

  • Flaget Elementary School, Vincennes
  • Rivet Middle/High School, Vincennes
  • Holy Cross, Fort Branch
  • Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, Haubstadt

The Diocese of Evansville Catholic Education Office has produced answers to many frequently asked questions on the schools' reopening:

Will masks be required to be worn at school?

Masks and social distancing are extremely important to help stop the spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In those instances where we feel social distancing is not going to be accomplished to the extent we feel necessary, like in the hallways, we do expect students to wear masks.

Will students celebrate the Mass during school?

Yes, students will celebrate Mass during the school day while following all diocesan guidelines regarding Mass.

What are your plans for school buses?

Families are encouraged, when possible, to transport their children to and from school. Students in Vanderburgh County who take advantage of the EVSC's bus service will be required to wear a mask while on the bus. There will be a seating chart, and we ask families to sit together when possible. EVSC is also redoing the routes so there will only be two students per seat. For families outside of Vanderburgh County, please contact your Catholic school to learn of any additional changes.

What about athletics?

We are phasing in athletic programs in compliance with IHSAA and the Diocesan Elementary Committee on Athletics. We are currently in Phase Two.

What about students who have special needs?

We are working closely with parents who have children with special needs to answer any questions and to strive to meet their individual needs.

Will elementary students have recess?

Yes, students in elementary school will have recess and precautions will be taken to minimize the risk of the virus.

Will schools still provide after-school care for elementary students?

Yes, Catholic schools will be able to offer before- and after-school care for elementary students with the same safety and social distancing guidelines in place. Check with your local Catholic school to see what programs are available.

Will students be screened every morning?

We are asking all families to screen at home. Students must be fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for 72 hours. Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.

I am worried about the emotional state of my children. Will that be addressed?

Catholic school education is rooted in the conviction that we educate the whole child. We are working closely with Youth First and the other mental health providers. Counselors will be ready to assist students and families with making this transition. Catholic schools place a strong emphasis on community, and we will do all we can to promote genuine trust and collaboration among teachers, parents, and students.

What options will there be for families this school year?

Students will attend school within school facilities with new safety protocols in place and an emphasis on social distancing.

However, if a student needs to be quarantined, the school will provide extended learning. Students will use an extended-learning option temporarily and will still be connected to the student's school, teacher and classroom. This option will be used on a short-term basis only and must be approved by the principal. This option will also vary from school to school while considering the reasonableness of the request and feasibility of the resources available. For example, if school has started and a family member tests positive for COVID-19, the health department's recommendation is that all family members quarantine at home. This option will allow learning to continue with the least amount of interruptions possible. As already stated, this option will need to be pre-approved and is for those situations that are short term in nature.

Note: At this time, Catholic schools within the Diocese of Evansville do not have a long-term virtual option for families

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