Diocese issues updated requirements for schools to begin in-person learning

As guidance from public health authorities continues to be refined about the return in in-person learning during concerns of COVID-19, the Diocese’s Department of Catholic Schools has issued an updated and detailed list of requirements for diocesan and parish Catholic schools in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

The requirement document was sent to principals Aug. 21 and is to be included by the schools in the re-entry plans that they are sharing with their parent communities. The requirements cover such key subjects as the wearing of masks by students, faculty and visitors; screening processes for fever or other symptoms of students, faculty and visitors; adherence to any updates from the New Jersey Department of Health and other agencies based on risks for each community and region, and contingency plans in the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the school.

It is noted by the Diocese that the requirements are established in adherence to the New Jersey Governor’s Executive Order 175 and are subject to change based on updates from the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Education.

To read the full requirements document, click here.  For a recap of the Diocese’s planning process and other criteria for school plans, click here.