Timeline of diocesan response to COVID-19
January 21, 2021
March 12, 2020 -- Illinois closes schools -- Governor J. Pritzker closes Illinois elementary and high schools in response to the growing COVID-19 threat
March 13, 2020 -- Diocese responds -- Bishop David Malloy approves Education Office plans for online e-learning at diocesan elementary and high schools   *
March 20, 2020 -- Education Office shares guidelines -- Diocesan schools will go to e-learning with continued grading, attendance checking and daily routines — prayers, pledge and announcements — using social media.
March - June 20, 2020 -- Classes online  -- Diocesan schools continue with online teaching
April 17, 2020 -- Closing extended -- Governor Pritzker extends closings for all elementary and high schools through the end of the 2019-20 school year
May 5, 2020 -- Fall opening plan announced -- Restore Illinois re-opening plan published. Diocesan Education office begins planning for 2020-21 school year.
June 23, 2020 -- ISBE sets calendar -- The Illinois State Board of Education issues its 2020-21 school year calendar with fall opening guidelines. Diocesan schools plan for in-person classes, but allow parents to opt for online e-learning for their children.
Summer 2020 -- Teachers at St. Edward Catholic Preparatory Academy in Elgin prepare for students.
Aug - Dec 20, 2020 -- Learning options -- Diocesan schools open 2020-21 school year with both in-person and online options
Nov 10, 2020 -- January e-learning scheduled -- The Education Office schedules e-learning for all diocesan schools from Jan. 4-18 to allow a post-holiday quarantine.
Jan 19, 2021 -- In-person classes resume -- The Education Office re-opens all diocesan schools for in-person learning through the end of the 2020-21 school year, as long as the COVID-19 spread remains low enough.
* Rosary High School and Marmion Academy in Aurora are run by religious orders, not the diocese, and set their own rules


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