JULY 20, 2020 LETTER – SCHOOL YEAR UPDATE

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Dear Parents, Guardians, Administrators, Faculty, and Staff,

We believe parents are their children’s first and most important teachers.  Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, in The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools, indicates that most parents share the responsibility of educating their children with other individuals or institutions, mainly schools. For this reason, we invited parents/guardians, administrators, faculty, staff, and others to respond to a survey about the reopening of our schools.  Results from the survey help to inform what should go into the Catholic Schools Office Back to School Plan Template (comprehensive 40-page document) that schools used to individualize their reopening plans.  Parents should see those plans soon; some schools have already sent them.  

We believe education is about relationships, and the model comes from the Holy Trinity. We believe that we are created in the image of God and made for relationships.  We are made for communion with God and with each other in this life and the next. These relationships with God and each other are at the core of our Catholic Identity.  Together, bishops, parents, and educators must make choices that promote overcoming individualistic self-promotion, solidarity instead of competition, assisting the weak instead of marginalization, and responsible participation instead of indifference-The Holy See’s Teachings on Catholic School. Because we value relationships and community, we ask everyone to work together to support the reopening plans all of us played a part in creating. By so doing, we will give children the opportunity they need to grow in their knowledge and love of God and to develop their God-given talents so that they can glorify God and serve others.

We believe “Behold; children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalm 127:3).  This is why we must do what is best for all children when it comes to safety.  For these reasons, even though eve