This most recent academic year will always be remembered in history as “the year that education was disrupted”. From the time that all schools were closed on March 13, 2020 until the present, education has been a major topic covered by the media, social media, as well as in personal conversations. Catholic education previously has never received such visibility or attention from the mainstream media, and our Catholic schools are no exception.
While we were unsure of what the future held when we opened for in-person learning in September 2020, we did know that our focus was always on the health and safety of our students, families, and faculty. We are so excited that during this year, all of our Catholic schools remained open, as a result of our school communities pulling together for the greater good.
As we close out 2020-21, we also thank God for the grace of perseverance, patience, and prayer.
Here is what some of our families are saying about their experience at our Catholic schools during this historic time:
“I was worried about sending my kids to school this year due to COVID, and was especially worried about the transition to kindergarten after missing so much in-person learning last year due to COVID. My daughter is now flourishing – she’s more confident, becoming great at math, and reading me new books daily!”
“Every single person at this [Catholic] school puts so much of themselves into the school and the students. What a great group of people! You are all amazing.”
“In a year of uncertainty [our child’s teacher] has provided a constant sense of stability and normalcy which we will always be grateful. We will look back on this year with the most positive memories, and it will always hold a special place in our hearts because of this amazing teacher.”
“[Our children’s] transition could not have been smoother.”
The success of this historic year could not have occurred without the leadership and commitment by our 700+ principals, teachers, staff and volunteers who gave “over and above” to ensure that our students received a meaningful and faith-filled education.
Who knows what the 2021-22 school year will be like, but you can be sure, our Catholic schools will be ready!