As our country and our diocese continue to navigate this unique situation, our Office of Education is continually working to provide the most up-to-date resources for our administrators, teachers, students, and parents.

Back to School Safety Requirements (Updated 9/9/2020)

Back to School Information

Pautas de regreso a la escuela

ELC Guidelines- Updated 11.20

Exposure and Quarantine Guidelines 12.2.20

Reported Cases

Each week, all of our schools report the number of teachers and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of students who are currently in quarantine due to exposure. Each Monday morning, our office will provide the most up-to-date count of cases and outbreaks in the 13 schools across our Diocese.

During the week of January 4-8, 2021, 20 new cases were reported and 220 students and staff members were in quarantine. Zero new outbreaks were reported.

*Cases reported over a weekend are counted in the next week’s report.

As of the end of the day on Friday, January 8, 2021
Total Cases: 137
Total Outbreaks: 7
*An Outbreak is defined as three or more cases within one group (class, sports team, etc.)

On Tuesday, August 4th, Dr. Carlos Latorre, MD, MS, FAAFP, and Mrs. Stephanie Brown, Assistant Superintendent, hosted a webinar to review the back-to-school guidelines for schools in the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. Click the link below to view a recording on the webinar:
Webinar with Dr. Carlos A. Latorre, MD, MS, FAAFP

You can also view shorter informational videos below, to hear answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our plans for returning to school.

Back to School Frequently Asked Questions

As we prepare to open our schools in just a few weeks, we wanted to provide you with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding our plans to return to campus.

How were these guidelines created?

Our guidelines were created by a Diocesan Task Force comprised of principals, teachers, parents, and healthcare professionals. Click here to for a message from Karla Luke, Associate Superintendent, for more information.

What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

There are several steps all individuals can take to help stop the spread. Click here for a message from Michelle Glorioso, NP, parent, and member of our task force.

What are our schools doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

When you return to school in August, you will notice several new procedures in place. Click here for a message from Bridget Martin, principal at Sacred Heart School in Southaven.

Will schools still offer extracurricular activities?

As Catholic schools, we recognize the importance of enrichment activities in fulfilling our mission to educate the whole child, and we are working to balance this commitment with current limitations on activities that ensure the health and safety of all community members. Click here for a message from Craig Mandolini, principal at St. Joseph Catholic School in Greenville, discussing plans for extracurricular activities.

Learn more about the seven characteristics Mr. Mandolini refers to in this Decision Matrix Guide.

What if I have additional questions?

We want to ensure that all of our community members are confident in the educational experience we will provide this year. Click here for a message from Stephanie Brown, Assistant Superintendent, and chair of the Diocesan Taskforce.