Letter from Superintendent of Catholic Schools to Families – August 13, 2020
August 13, 2020
Parents and Families,
As you are all now aware, the Diocese of Owensboro has made the commitment to return our students back to school, in person, five days a week. I want to truly thank Bishop William Medley and the other Bishops in the Catholic Conference of Kentucky for taking a huge leap of faith and moving forward with the recommendations of their superintendents and administration to return to school. This was not an easy decision and one that was thoughtfully and spiritually thought out from all angles. We are all truly blessed to witness such great leadership in a time that we so desperately need it.
In the next few weeks, we will enter into a whole new era of what the school day will look like for our parents, students, and faculty. There will be new procedures and guidelines that we have never been faced with before. Each one of our schools has worked tirelessly since the end of the last school year to create a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff. The problem still very evident is the “uncertainty” of this virus and the new information that is learned about it each and every day. As a community, we all have to be flexible and willing to adapt to changes as we work through the school year. With all that being said, there are two major components of this pandemic we are going to have to accept to ensure our schools can open soon and remain open.
First, we as a Catholic school community have to accept that fact that we are going to encounter cases of COVID-19. This is an inevitable fact we all have to come to terms with. The positive part of this is the diocese and our local schools are in constant contact with our local health departments and are ready to deal with situations as they arise. Our goal is the same as it would be for any sick child or employee. We want them follow the proper procedures, get well, and return to school as soon as it is safe to do so.
Secondly, we need every single person in our Catholic school community to be committed to making this work. We can create the greatest plans in the world, but if we don’t have the complete honest buy-in from our community, those daily school procedures and guidelines won’t matter much. We need students and parents to make responsible choices outside of school hours to keep us from being forced to an NTI situation. We are “all” going to have to make sacrifices in order for this to happen. During my media interviews yesterday, I emphatically informed them that our parents were 100 percent invested in making this work. Please help me keep my word.
Finally, we are asking our families to be patient with our principals, faculty, and staff as we continually work together for the best possible return to school for our students and families. We are committed to this and we will all get through this together!
Superintendent for the Catholic Schools Office
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.