CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After months of online learning, students enrolled in the Archdiocese of Chicago will make their way back to school this fall.
“We will do whatever is needed to open our schools this year.”
In a video to parents and students, Cardinal Blase Cupich said the coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t undermine a "proud tradition of education".
“Our decision to aggressively plan for reopening our schools this year is based on the value we place on face-to-face instruction and the community learning environment that has distinguished Catholic school education over the years," Cardinal Cupich said.
That includes taking every possible safety measure in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
“Enhanced regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-contact areas, the use of plexiglass barriers in common spaces such as main offices, the availability of adequate supplies of sanitizer and PPE and temperature checks on anyone showing symptoms," he said.
The school system had switched to online learning mid-March, and students who need to stay at home will still have that option this fall.