Although the doors to our schools were closed, classes remained in session! Our Office of Catholic Schools quickly went to work to make sure we upheld our commitment to provide the highest standard of education under extremely difficult circumstances.
- Supported our 37 Catholic Schools in deploying distance learning on March 16, 2020 – weeks before most public schools.
- Catholic School Emergency Relief Fund in partnership with Seeds of Hope and the Office of Development, raised over $633,000 to give over 500 students access to distance learning and provide financial support for hundreds of families hardest hit by COVID-19.
- Facilitated multiple virtual teacher trainings and school leadership meetings to keep schools up-to-date on the developing status of COVID-19 and support them in responding to the needs of their community during the pandemic.
- Participated in calls with federal and state government officials, and Catholic educational leaders across the country to share our response to COVID-19 and advocate for the needs of our Catholic school communities
- Prevented the permanent closure of Holy Trinity and St. Catherine of Siena by creating a new regional-diocesan school, Bl Miguel Pro Catholic Academy, to open in the fall of 2020 that will consolidate the two existing schools and established a new, renewed program that will continue to provide a quality Catholic education for the families of those communities.