While the safety and health of students, faculty and families are paramount, research has shown that in-person instruction offers the optimal learning environment. Guidance provided is based on the medical and professional information currently available.
“The MCAAP and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education share the goal of bringing most students in the Commonwealth back to in-person learning this fall while minimizing the risk to them, the school staff, and their families. We are quite pleased with the recommendations and happy to endorse these guidelines.”
Elizabeth Goodman, MD, MBA President Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Lloyd Fisher, MD Vice-President/President Elect Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
The Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools follows the guidelines set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in conjunction with the Department of Public Health.
To review the most current guidelines, please check out the FAQ document.
Each school has multiple plans for in-person, hybrid, and remote learning, to ensure they can quickly pivot to a different learning mode should circumstances dictate.
For students with health issues or concerns that preclude on campus learning, all schools will offer live streaming capabilities to ensure students feel a part of the community. We recommend families discuss concerns with school leaders so there is a smooth transition into the return to school, whether the student is on-campus or remote learning.
These guidelines are subject to change should there be an increase in COVID-19 cases and DESE updates state education recommendations.
Pre-K through Grade 8
Most Catholic schools serving Pre-K through Grade 8 students have re-opened this fall with in-classroom instruction with safety protocols and restrictions. Specific and more in depth details from each school is available from the school leadership and can be found on the school website:
NEW BEDFORD AREA
- All Saints Catholic School
- Holy Family Holy Name School
- St. Francis Xavier School – Acushnet
- St. James St. John School
- St. Joseph School
FALL RIVER AREA
CAPE COD AREA
High School – Grades 9 through 12
The four Catholic high schools have announced their return to school plans on an individual basis and are available on their websites.
The Important Role Families Play
Families, in consultation with their medical providers, ultimately make the decision as to whether their children will attend in-person instruction, or whether their children will continue with remote learning. The Diocese of Fall River Catholic schools provide options for any decision that best meets the needs of each family.
In order to maintain the safety of each of our schools, families also play a critical role in supporting the new culture of health and safety that each school must establish. These include:
• Checking your children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms and keeping them home from school if they are sick or have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
• Supporting the use of masks in school, arranging alternate transportation whenever possible, communicating with teachers, school leaders and local authorities, and continuing to follow state guidance on health and safety outside of school.