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TO: Catholic School Communities

CC: Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, DD, Bishop of Peoria Very Rev. Msgr. Philip Halfacre, Vicar General
Ms. Patricia Gibson, Chancellor and Legal Counsel

FROM: Dr. Sharon Weiss, Superintendent of Schools DATE: March 23, 2020
RE: Schools’ Closure Update

 

Per the direction of the Bishop of Peoria, our diocesan elementary and secondary schools will

th th extend closure through Holy Monday, April 13 with a return date of Tuesday, April 14 .

If COVID19 coronavirus pandemic has not subsided, additional communication will be sent to our school communities to keep our families informed.

E-learning will continue through April 12th, with the exception of Good Friday and Easter Monday, as we move from the observance of Holy Week to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

May God continue to bless us during these days of uncertainty with the consolation and hope that we have in Our Risen Savior.

Extra Info

If families do not have internet access, there are several providers who are now providing free internet access due to the pandemic.  From our research:

 

“In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, schools across the nation are ceasing face-to-face instruction and moving to online learning.  Consequently, a number of Internet service providers are making provisions to provide free (or heavily discounted) Internet service to low income families:”

www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/coronavirus/comcast-offers-2-months-of-free-internet-to-low-income-customers-who-qualify-amid-covid-19-pandemic

www.pennlive.com/news/2020/03/comcast-offers-2-months-of-free-internet-to-low-income-customers.html

www.freepress.net/news/press-releases/free-press-calls-major-internet-providers-waive-broadband-bills-risk-people-and

www.cnet.com/news/carriers-begin-suspending-internet-data-caps-during-coronavirus/

 

In addition, several education vendors are providing free subscriptions to their cloud-based learning tools during school closings from the coronavirus.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NUKLZN7hGSu1Hzm70kfzBKs-lsSELaEMggS60Bi2O2I/htmlview?usp=sharing&usp=embed_facebook&sle=true&pru=AAABcPfZWGI*PvU7qdB-6f_X4uD6UhfoYA

 

 

Effective March 14, 2020, all athletic and extracurricular practices AND scheduled games/events are canceled until further notice.