March 23, 2020

At the direction of Governor Tom Wolf, all schools in the Diocese of Scranton Catholic School System are currently closed.

While the governor announced an extension of the initial closure period today, we believe it to be in the best interest of the health and safety of our school community to extend the closure for all schools in the Diocese of Scranton until Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The situation continues to be fluid and if any changes to that date are needed, that information will be communicated as soon as possible.

At this time, all school buildings are closed to all personnel.  Principals and faculty are now working from home, but remain a resource to our students and families and are available through email during this unprecedented time.

The Diocese of Scranton Catholic School System has moved to “distance learning.” All teachers are preparing and delivering instruction to our students through the use of our email system. Administrators have been sending regular communication to parents/students through the use of our email system.

All of our schools have been finding ways to keep our communication lines open and positive school spirit alive during this period of “distance learning.” Schools have been using social media to show students learning in their new, unique environments.

With respect to Easter, teachers will not be sending lessons on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Easter Monday (April 9, 10, and 13, 2020).

 

March 17, 2020

At the direction of Governor Tom Wolf on March 13, 2020, the Diocese of Scranton Catholic School System announced the closure of its schools for two weeks.

The Diocese of Scranton Catholic School System moved to “distance learning” effective Monday, March 16, 2020. All teachers have prepared and delivered instruction to our students through the use of our email system. Administrators have been sending regular communication to parents/students through the use of our email system.

As a result of all K-12 school districts in the commonwealth closing, all faith formation classes in parishes should also be cancelled. Programs are encouraged to offer remote or online learning if possible.

During this period of “distance learning,” custodial staff from each school are thoroughly cleaning our classrooms and common areas (including door handles, desks and cafeterias) daily with proper sanitary materials to minimize the spread of viruses.

The Diocesan School System is following travel considerations listed in this document and may require students and families who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are returning from countries designated at Risk Level 3 to wait a full 14 days after arriving in the United States and have notice from a healthcare professional that they are free from flu-like symptoms in order to return to school and school functions when classes resume. Additionally, families will be asked to provide an itinerary of any travel and may be asked to wait 14 days until returning to school.

March 13, 2020

At the direction of Governor Tom Wolf, the Diocese of Scranton Catholic School System will close for two weeks effective immediately.

The Diocese of Scranton Catholic School System will be moving to distance learning effective Monday, March 16, 2020. All teachers have prepared to deliver instruction to our students through the use of our email system. Administrators have been sending regular communication to parents/students through the use of our email system.

As a result of all K-12 school districts in the commonwealth closing, all faith formation classes in parishes should also be cancelled immediately. Programs are encouraged to offer remote or online learning if possible.

Diocese of Scranton Catholic School System to close schools and begin “distance learning” effective Monday
March 13, 2020 

Follow-up on COVID-19 March 12, 2020

COVID-19 March 12, 2020

At this time, all schools within the Diocese of Scranton remain open and under the most recent guidance from the Governor, we will not be holding mass gatherings – especially those with more than 250 attendees.

Plans for continued “distance learning” have been developed and teachers and administrators are prepared to distribute information to parents/students should the need arise.

The Diocesan School System is following the travel considerations listed above and may require students and families who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are returning from countries designated at Risk Level 3 to wait a full 14 days after arriving in the United States and have notice from a healthcare professional that they are free from flu-like symptoms in order to return to school and school functions.

The Diocesan School System continues to take additional precautions in an effort to protect our classrooms and shared areas from any viruses. Custodial staff from each school thoroughly clean our classrooms and common areas (including door handles, desks and cafeterias) daily with proper sanitary materials to minimize the spread of viruses. In order to support the prevention of viruses at all schools, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines, and keep your student home if they show any of the following:

  • Fever‐greater than 100°F and your child should stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever. This should be determined without the use of fever‐reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croup cough
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

In regards to parish faith formation programs, Catechists should remind students of proper handwashing techniques and coughing and sneezing etiquette.

If threat is moderate to severe, faith formation programs or other parish gatherings should be postponed or canceled.  Parishes should follow the lead of their Diocesan school or local public school districts in canceling Religious Education classes.

Parish Religious Education programs should plan on offering remote or online learning if possible.