Catholic Schools

Diocese of Owensboro COVID-19 and the Schools Guidance

August 4, 2021

Dear Catholic School Families and Staff,

We are committed to beginning the 2021-2022 school year on time and with the best opportunity for uninterrupted, in-person learning for our students and staff.  We share the concerns of our state health officials and healthcare professionals on the rising transmission rates of this virus and the variants that exist in our diocese.  The Delta variant is more contagious and is infecting younger populations.  After consulting with health professionals and our diocesan leadership, we have decided that all students and staff, whether they are vaccinated or not, will be required to be masked indoors from the start of school until Labor Day.

After Labor Day, if conditions have improved, we want all schools to be empowered to evaluate the conditions in their individual communities and determine the best course of action regarding masking protocols at that time.  This will allow the maximum flexibility for each school community based on local conditions.

All of our schools have worked tirelessly to create a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff.  This same commitment will continue as we move into a new semester and a new year.  As a community, we all have to continue to be flexible and willing to adapt to changes to ensure our schools can open and remain open.  We know that during this time, changes can happen quickly, but we still need every single person in our Catholic school community to remain committed to the decisions that are made.

Finally, we are asking our families to continue their unwavering support of our principals, faculty, and staff as they once again adapt for the best possible safe return to school for our students in 2021-22.  Our schools did a truly amazing job last year we want to continue building on that success.  We are all committed to making this a great year!

God Bless,

David Kessler
Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Please click here for an updated School Reopening Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please click here for an updated Kentucky Department of Education K-12 School Guidance.

Please click here to down the June 7, 2021 letter from David Kessler, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Owensboro, in a PDF format.

Please click here to download the August 13, 2020 letter in a PDF format from David Kessler, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Owensboro.

Please click here to download the June 17, 2020 letter in a PDF format from David Kessler, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Owensboro.

The mission of the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Owensboro is to share in the Church’s mission: to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ as lived out in the Catholic Church, which creates a worshiping community of believers whose service is a witness of their Christian love.

Catholic School educators have a commitment to students, to the ministry of teaching, and to the community. The Catholic school educator makes the well-being of students the foundation of all decisions and actions, performs teaching responsibilities with diligence and integrity, and believes the Catholic school community is both an agent of appropriate change and a preserver of basic tradition.


Diocese of Owensboro Catholic Schools Office
David Kessler, Superintendent
Jo Ann Mathieson,
Assistant Superintendent
Leah Mullins, Administrative Assistant

Contact any one of our Catholic schools, or call the Catholic Schools Office at 270-683-1545 to learn more.