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Superintendent: Masks optional in Catholic schools this fall

Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools, released a memo June 30 updating the use of face masks in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Trenton for the upcoming school year.

“Masks on employed adults are optional,” the memo stated. “This includes teaching staffs, members of administration and non-contact employees. Masks on children are optional as well.  If a parent deems a mask is significant to the safety of their respective child(ren) they are encouraged to have their child(ren) wear a mask within the school.”

The amended protocols followed New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement during a June 28 news conference, as well as the New Jersey Department of Public Health’s updated recommendations.

“Absent any dramatic change in our situation before the beginning of the school year, masking by students while in their school buildings will not be mandatory unless a school district requires masking as part of its own protocols,” Murphy said.[…continue reading]

Diocese encourages return to church, lifts many COVID-based protocols

Following an unprecedented year of pandemic-related challenges, the Diocese of Trenton’s school superintendent issued a letter to parents thanking them for their partnership and commending Catholic schools’ faculty and staff for their commitment and resiliency.  In his May 24 letter, Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt also announced that all parish and diocesan Catholic schools will return to full time in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 academic year.

With only a few exceptions, the schools of the Diocese offered in-person learning on a full day schedule for the past year, according to Dr. Schmidt. Remote learning was made available as needed in response to parents’ requests and health protocols where COVID-19 exposure was suspected. Citing the increased availability of COVID-19 vaccines for adults and older children, thereby reducing the risk of transmission of the virus, the Department of Catholic Schools has determined that full-time remote learning will not be necessary come September. […continue reading]

To read his full letter click here.

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