FALL RIVER – The Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools Office announced today that all Catholic schools serving Pre-K through Grade 8 students will fully reopen this fall with in-classroom instruction five days per week.  The four Catholic high schools in the diocese will announce their plans for re-opening on an individual basis.

While the safety and health of students, faculty and families are paramount, research has shown that in-person instruction offers the optimal learning environment.  Moreover, each school has submitted a plan to the Central School Office that follows the guidelines set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Each school is able to follow the three to six feet of social distancing requirement and still provide 100% in classroom instruction.  For students or families who have compromised health conditions, every school will also offer live streaming capabilities to ensure students choosing to learn remotely are still part of the school community.  Positive parent feedback of the Catholic school remote learning experience started immediately and continued through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.  While parents were highly satisfied with their child’s remote learning experience, there is consensus that students of all ages yearn for the sense of community provided by their Catholic school.

“We are so pleased that our students will be able to come back to the school they know and love this fall,” said Stephen A. Perla, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Fall River Diocese.  “Our school leaders have worked extremely hard to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students and teachers.  They are just as excited to return to a building full of life with the activity and sounds of happy kids.”

Andrew Raposo, principal of Espirito Santo Parochial School, Fall River, added, “We are blessed with such a big building that can safely accommodate our students and more.   We welcome any family who may have some concerns about their child’s learning experience and are interested in how our school could help bridge a learning gap.”

“Education is the hot topic this summer and we are so thrilled to return as close to ‘normal’ as possible,” indicated Mona Lisa Valentino, who is principal of St. John Paul II High School in Hyannis.  “Our students are excited to be back in class in August to pick up where they left off in the middle of June.  There is a very strong sense of community and we welcome all new families who may feel a need to change their child’s educational direction.”  St. John Paul II High School announced their return to school plans earlier this week.  Similar announcements will be made by Bishop Stang High School, Bishop Connolly High School and Bishop Feehan High School.

For more information about the Catholic Schools Alliance, please go to www.catholicschoolsalliance.org.

About the Catholic Schools Alliance

The Catholic Schools Alliance comprises administrators, teachers, staff, parents and clergy joined in partnership to educate the children of the Diocese of Fall River in Catholic faith and values. Our schools have a demanding educational culture that helps students from across the academic spectrum reach their God-given potential. With an emphasis on service and respect for the dignity of every person, we prepare students to meet the challenges of today’s diverse world and become meaningful contributors to society.

The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Bishop of Fall River