It’s official! Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy is thrilled that the full reopening plan has been released from the Office of Catholic SchoolsWe can’t wait to safely and thoughtfully welcome each and every family back in August.
Dear School Families,
Last month, Cardinal Cupich announced our intent to reopen Catholic schools for face-to-face classes this fall. Since this announcement, the Office of Catholic Schools has been working hard to develop our specific plan for school reopening. The planning process included consultation with several groups, including the Archdiocesan COVID-19 Task Force, a panel of medical experts, state and local officials, priests, principals and school parents. We are releasing our reopening plan to schools this week. I invite you to view a Summary of the Reopening Plan along with a Parent FAQ. Each of these documents contains important information about how our schools will open and what instruction will look like when school begins. Our plan is built upon the following principles:
- The safety and well-being of all our students and faculty is and will remain the first priority.
- Everything possible will be done to timely reopen our school buildings and provide a safe, faith-filled, high-quality education for our students.
- The current situation in Illinois remains fragile. While much has been achieved over the past several months, there remains the potential that the gains could be lost if we are not collectively prudent and cautious with how we proceed.
- The trust our school families place in us is sacred and as with all aspects of our ministry, our reopening efforts will move forward with complete transparency and clear, open lines of communication.
- We call all people within our communities to exercise faithful citizenship and ask that each family take personal responsibility for the common good as well as their own safety.
In the coming weeks, we will work closely with each school principal and their staff to ensure that proper steps are taken to safely reopen our schools. If you have specific questions about your school’s reopening process, I encourage you to contact your principal. However, please bear in mind that each school is still taking steps to prepare for the year. As such, not all questions will be answered until closer to the start of the new instructional year. In addition, I know that some families may not wish to return to face-to-face instruction quite yet but wish to remain enrolled at their school. We are working with all schools to provide an ongoing, high-quality virtual option for families that are not ready to physically return. If you share this concern, I encourage you to contact your school’s principal. Should you have questions for the archdiocese, you may reach us through ReopenSchools@archchicago.org.
I am incredibly grateful for your trust and support as we prepare for the upcoming school year. May God continue to bless our efforts on behalf of our precious Catholic schools!
Yours in Christ,
Jim Rigg, Ph.D.Superintendent of Catholic SchoolsArchdiocese of Chicago
Keep reading for a message from Principal Barb!
Dear Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy families,
First, I want to take a moment and acknowledge the unique circumstances we are in as we begin this school year. I recognize there are a lot of questions and a lot of unknowns.
We are happy to share today the Archdiocesan reopening plan and look forward to in person instruction this fall! Per our reopening guidelines we have redesigned our classrooms to provide ample space to safely accommodate 25 students with social distancing protocols.
Our goal at Cardinal Bernardin is to bring stability and learning to our students during this extremely challenging pandemic no matter the circumstances. Our goals include:
- The safety and well-being of students and school employees are our primary concerns. We will do what we must so that everyone in our schools feels safe and undeterred.
- Reopening our school’s building.
- The progress of the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois remains unpredictable, and there remains the potential that school buildings must be closed again if a significant rise in cases were to occur. This is our schools tentative remote learning plan for the 20/21 academic school year depending on our state’s progress in the pandemic and if the need arises.
- Faithful citizenship is key- we expect our families to take personal responsibility for the common good as well as their own safety.
- Continuing to deepen the home school partnership.
The reopening plan will not answer all of your questions, but it will get us all started in the same direction. This summer, we are utilizing these weeks to prepare and strengthen the plan for safety, learning and support that we want to provide for our families. We will include COVID updates in a parent handbook as well that you will receive before school begins. During these unprecedented times, your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
More than anything, I want you to know that we are holding you and your children close in our thoughts and prayers and we can’t wait to see you this fall!
Mrs. Barb Labotka
P.S. Some parents have asked for the supply list to get a head start!