Notre Dame Schools plan to Reopen for On-Campus Learning this Fall

In a letter issued to the Notre Dame community, Board of Trustees Chairman, Vincent Gilroy announced plans to reopen Notre Dame Schools for in-school learning for the 2020-21 school year. At the forefront of these plans is the health and safety of students and faculty.

“With careful and informed planning, we will be working throughout the summer to prepare for our students’ safe return to the physical classroom in some fashion. Please be assured throughout this entire process and beyond, we will continue to take our cues from county and state officials, as well as the Diocese, and will pivot to alternative plans if necessary. As always, safety will continue to be our top priority,” said Gilroy in his letter. We are confident our schools’ protocols and processes will keep our school environments as healthy and as safe as possible for all members of our communities.

To help ensure healthy school environments are maintained, specialized workgroups composed of school leaders, registered nurses, and doctors has been assembled. This group is working with schools to identify the best health measures and policies in preparation for the coming school year. In addition, workgroups have been formed to focus on academic preparedness, communications, campus life, and workforce resources.  These groups will work together to create and implement reopening guidelines and procedures over the next two months that will be shared with students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Recognizing the unique challenges parents have faced over these past few months as schools have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gilroy and Executive Principal Roy Kane would like to express sincere gratitude for their increased efforts in making distance learning a success.

“None of this would have been possible without the incredible efforts made by our parents to play an even bigger role in their children’s education,” they said. “While balancing your own work, caring for your families and other day-to-day responsibilities, you have stepped up to make sure we had a productive finish to the school year.”