The Catholic Schools Office for the Diocese of Owensboro is pleased to announce that in-person instruction will resume following the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. There are 17 Catholic schools in the diocese and each school has been given the option to return to in-person instruction either the week of January 4 or January 11, 2021. This allows each school to make an informed decision based on their individual community COVID-19 situation.
“All of our schools have worked tirelessly to create a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff,” said David Kessler, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the diocese. “This same commitment will continue as we move into a new semester and a new year.”
The Owensboro Catholic Schools (K-12) will return to in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 5, according to Keith Osborne, Chief Administrative Officer for OCS. “Just as we have done since in-person instruction began on August 26, we will continue to strictly implement all safe at school protocols”, he said. “We are grateful for the support of our Bishop, our Superintendent, and other key leaders who have provided direction and guidance throughout this most challenging year.”
All Catholic schools across the diocese transitioned from in-person instruction to virtual-only learning on November 23, 2020, after an executive order from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.
“OCS transitioned seamlessly to virtual instruction as required, but our belief is that there is no replacement for in-person instruction, Osborne said. “We will monitor closely the situation in our community and will adapt, as necessary. Our families have done a really good job in making the right choices throughout this first semester to do their part in keeping our schools open, and I know we can continue to count on their complete support of our efforts.” Osborne stated.