Students enrolled in Maine's Catholic schools will head back to the classroom this fall, the Office of Maine Catholic Schools announced Monday.
Classes for the 2020-2021 school year will be held five days a week with a full-day schedule. Before and aftercare at the schools will also reopen.
“Following CDC guidelines for reopening schools, we are in the process of modifying our classrooms and facilities to successfully comply. Additional cleaning supplies have been ordered, and extra staff is being brought on to assist. We are confident that our schools' health protocols and processes will keep our school environments as healthy and as safe as possible for all members of our communities.”
The schools overseen by the Office of Maine Catholic Schools include:
- All Saints School (St. John Campus/St. Mary Campus) in Bangor
- Holy Cross School in South Portland
- St. Brigid School in Portland
- Saint Dominic Academy in Auburn and Lewiston
- St. James School in Biddeford
- St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick
- St. Michael School in Augusta
- St. Thomas School in Sanford
Maine Catholic Schools is also working to develop remote learning for those who feel uncomfortable sending their kids back to school.
“The Diocese of Portland is assisting each of our schools in developing a virtual, distance-learning option where interested families will still be able to receive instruction for children in core content areas while remaining connected to their local school community,” said Pelletier.
Due to social distancing requirements that will be in place in classrooms, families are encouraged to enroll their student or students soon as space is filling up at all schools.
Click here to learn more about Maine's Catholic schools.