Archdiocese Of Detroit Closing All Catholic Schools 2 Days Over Coronavirus

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March 12, 2020 - 3:45 pm

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DETROIT (WWJ) - The Archdiocese of Detroit is requiring all Catholic schools to close on Friday and Monday, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

In a letter sent to parents Tuesday, Catholic Schools Superintendent Kevin Kijewski stressed that this is out of an abundance of caution, and that there is no reason to believe COVID-19 is an immediate threat to the schools. 


Classes on Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 16 will be canceled in all Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools to allow school staff time to prepare for this possible event and to complete additional deep cleaning of all school facilities, Kijewski said. 

He said principals and teachers are currently developing school-specific distance learning plans in the event of an extended school closure. Details of these plans will vary from school to school and they will be shared with parents by the school administration at a future date. 
Any decision to close a school for a longer period would be made on a case-by-case, Kijewski said. 

Meanwhile, the schools are currently undertaking mitigation strategies that include: 

  • Student education about COVID-19 and preventive hygiene practices
  • Regular and diligent disinfecting of classrooms and common areas of school  § Minimizing the number of large group gatherings such as school masses, assemblies, and after school extracurricular activities.
  • Indefinitely cancelling all school trips and non-essential after school activities until further notice (information regarding athletic competitions will be issued by CYO and the CHSL). 


Kijewski is asking parents to immediately report any confirmed COVID-19 cases to a school administrator, and keep their children at home if they're not feeling well. 

"As this situation continues to evolve and additional information emerges, your school’s administrator will communicate important updates and plans with you.  As a community of faith, please join together in praying for all those affected by this disease," Kijewski said.